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Journey & Def Leppard 2018 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • December 2018
  • Wide Focus
• December 7, 2018
The Journey and Def Leppard 2018 tour, which included both arena and stadium dates, was a huge success. Both iconic bands, each with a career that spans 40-plus years, made for quite a pairing. The lighting design was a collaborative effort between Kevin “Deuce” Christopher (LD and lighting director for Journey) and Kenji Ohashi (LD […] Read More...

Coheed and Cambria/Taking Back Sunday Tour

Mike Wharton •
  • October 2018
  • Wide Focus
• October 13, 2018
A Shared Experience with Different Visions The Coheed and Cambria/Taking Back Sunday co-headlining summer tour sponsored by Live Nation is “unique in that it is  predominantly a good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll lighting show,” says Jason Reberski, owner and CEO of tour lighting vendor JR Lighting Design, Inc. Outside of I-Mag supplied at local venues, […] Read More...

Counting Crows Embark on 25th Anniversary Tour

Craig Rutherford •
  • October 2018
  • Wide Focus
• October 13, 2018
To paint a singer’s voice and lyrics with adjectives like “wordy introspection” and “expressive” is to color the expectation of the performance — there will be energy, to be sure, but layered through with moments of intense gravitas and feeling. Such a performance requires a deft hand leading the lighting. The mark of a good […] Read More...

Halestorm/In This Moment 2018 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • October 2018
  • Wide Focus
• October 13, 2018
Halestorm and In This Moment are on tour (with New Years Day) for a true triple threat of rock ‘n’ roll with three powerful female voices leading their bands — Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Maria Brink of In This Moment and Ashley Costello of New Years Day — on a tour bringing back more of […] Read More...

Dispatch 2018 Tour

Richard Olson •
  • September 2018
  • Wide Focus
• September 14, 2018
The Indie/Roots Band Tours Again with a Creatively Efficient Design Dispatch is a trio of guys who first met and played together while in college at Middlebury, VT, a part of the country that has been known to produce some great indie bands, many of them considered to have mastered the jam band genre. They […] Read More...

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters 2018 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • August 2018
  • Wide Focus
• August 13, 2018
Carl Burnett is out with Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters tour as lighting designer and director, having worked with Plant since 2014. Burnett had worked with the tour manager (Gary Trew at the time) previously on a David Gahan tour, and when the position was open for a new Plant tour, Burnett was […] Read More...

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Richard Olson •
  • July 2018
  • Wide Focus
• July 13, 2018
Farewell Tour Kicks Off in Style Next year marks 50 years since a group of Jacksonville kids adopted the name Lynyrd Skynyrd (though they first formed in 1964), based on the name of Leonard Skinner, the school basketball coach who, as the story goes, kept telling its members their hair was too long. They came […] Read More...

Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • July 2018
  • Wide Focus
• July 13, 2018
Mark Wheatley has been touring since 1996, starting as a rigger on smaller scale musical tours around the U.K. working for a local lighting company. That type of touring gave him a wide range of knowledge that helped make him more employable, and he worked as a rigger/dimmer man with acts like Motörhead. He learned […] Read More...

Foreigner

Bryan Reesman •
  • July 2018
  • Wide Focus
• July 11, 2018
Feels Like the First Time Again as See Factor Backs the Production Last year, Foreigner celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut album, and this year marks five years of service for lighting designer Dan Lastovka. The man has certainly been having fun working with the iconic classic rock band, and its guitarist/co-founding member Mick […] Read More...

Judas Priest ‘Firepower’ Tour

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • May 2018
  • Wide Focus
• May 14, 2018
LD Tom Horton Lights the Metal Gods on their Latest Tour Judas Priest, the U.K.-based heavy metal artists, have been around for almost 50 years now. With their new album, Firepower — their 18th — released in March to widespread acclaim, this band, which has sold more than 50 million copies of their albums to […] Read More...

Walk the Moon “Press Restart” Tour 2018

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) •
  • April 2018
  • Wide Focus
• April 12, 2018
Creative directors Jeremy Lechterman and Jackson Gallagher of FragmentNine (Alt-J, Lana Del Ray, OAR) have the “Press Restart Tour” from Walk The Moon out on the road. We spoke with them and lighting director Allison “Blue” Siegel (Misterwives, Mike Posner, American Authors) about the current tour design. Jeremy Lechterman and Jackson Gallagher Creative Directors, FragmentNine […] Read More...

Porter Robinson’s ‘Virtual Self’ Tour

Jim Hutchison •
  • March 2018
  • Wide Focus
• March 12, 2018
Pioneering electronic music producer Porter Robinson has teamed up with lighting designer Ben Coker of Orlando’s Zenith Lighting and collaborated with All Access Staging for the 2018 “Virtual Self” Tour. This isn’t your typical EDM blink blitz — Coker, the Porter Robinson team, and All Access Staging have come up with a fully ground-based, modular floor kit with absolutely no front light package. Read More...

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