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The B stage flies in the air. All Access Staging supported this tour. Photos by Elliot Ingham

Fall Out Boy ‘Mania’ Tour

Tommy Howard • Wide Focus • November 9, 2017

Robb Jibson Designs Band’s Largest-Scale Production to Date.

Rock band Fall Out Boy recently embarked on their arena sized Mania tour, kicking off with the first show in Cleveland on Oct. 20. The North American tour leg runs through Nov. 18 before heading overseas, with shows planned in early 2018 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The new tour, in support of the new album of the same name (due out in January), features hip hop act Blackbear and actor-rapper Jaden Smith.

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Bruno Mars 24K Magic Tour photo by Steve Jennings

Bruno Mars ’24K Magic’ World Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text) • Wide Focus • November 9, 2017

The popular Bruno Mars 24K Magic world tour, which kicked off in the U.K. and Europe in late March and has been traveling around North America since mid-July, has been playing to packed arenas in cities (and many multiple nights). Bruno, band and crew head to South America later this month after four shows at the L.A. Forum.

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The show is a mix of timecode and manually-triggered lights. Pictured here, GLP impression X4 Wash fixtures can be seen lighting the stage. All photos by Kevin M. Mitchell

Mary J Blige ‘Strength of a Woman’ Tour

Kevin M. Mitchell • Wide Focus • November 9, 2017

LD Ryan Williams Brings Arena-Style Lighting to Theater-Sized Show

Ryan Williams launched an arena-style look made for a theater tour — and at the Mary J. Blige Sept. 13 show in St. Louis’ Fabulous Fox 4,500-seat theater, he did it impressively. “The Fox is an intimate space, but believe me, we have been in even smaller venues,” William says. “We rig for where we’re at. Overall, this tour rig is a little modest compared to her normal arena tours, but it packs a bit of a punch.”

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Robe fixtures played a key role in the design. Pictured here, 'Sympathy for the Devil.' Photos by Manfred H. Vogel.

Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ Tour Launches in Europe

PLSN Staff • Wide Focus • November 9, 2017

The Rolling Stones recently completed the first European leg of their “No Filter” tour. Neg Earth provide lighting for the shows and Solotech provided the video screens looming in four monolithic structures designed by a team of stage architects from Stufish led by Ray Winkler.

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Verite photo by Nicole Mago

Getting Visual for Vérité

Bobby Boyer • Wide FocusOctober 2017 • October 12, 2017

Critics have had a hard time categorizing the music of Vérité, since the former Times Square Applebee’s waitress Kelsey Byrne burst onto the scene with a string of self-released YouTube hits like “Strange Enough.” Pop, indie, electro, alternative… it doesn’t matter what label anyone slaps on it, this quixotic mix of delicate, but fearless vocals, soaring melodies and synth flourishes bend and break musical barriers just as surely as it enthralls fans.

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Claypaky Mythos fixtures played a key role in Ed Sheeran's Divide tour. Photo by Steve Jennings

Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) World Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text) • Wide FocusSeptember 2017 • September 10, 2017

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is out on his world tour in support of his latest album ÷ (Divide), a title which follows in the footsteps of his previous releases, 2014’s x (Multiply) and 2011’s + (Plus). The albums were released, respectively, in March 2017, June 2014 and Sept. 2011.

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Photos courtesy Blueshift Design

Alan Jackson ‘Honky Tonk Highway’ Tour

Thomas S. Friedman • Wide FocusAugust 2017 • August 11, 2017

With 16 studio albums and nearly 60 million records sold worldwide, the multi-platinum recording artist Alan Jackson has solidified himself as one of country music’s most iconic talents. In a career that spans three decades, Jackson is still hard at work touring the nation for his dedicated fans. Needing a new production design to support the current “Honky Tonk Highway Tour,” the management team once again enlisted the creativity of Craig Rutherford of Blueshift Design who, in turn, called upon Nashville-based tour provider Elite Multimedia.

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All photos by Kevin M. Mitchell

Breaking Day with Norah Jones

Kevin M. Mitchell • Wide FocusAugust 2017 • August 11, 2017

A Well-Crafted Backdrop, Perfectly Lit, Creates a Palette of Possibilities

Creating textures. Accenting moods. A woman with a beautiful voice at a Yamaha grand piano with a fantastic band behind her. All in a day’s work for lighting designer Steve Baird as he works with a perfect backdrop and just the right amount of lights (not one too many or one too few).

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Claypaky B-Eyes provided washes and beams. Photo by Steve Jennings

Move – Beyond – Live On Tour

Photos and Text by Steve Jennings • Wide Focus • July 12, 2017

Back for their third tour, siblings Julianne and Derek Hough of TV’s Dancing With the Stars fame were out on their Move — Beyond — Live On Tour, which launched April 19 in Akron, OH and crisscrossed the country before concluding in Santa Rosa, CA June 17. With a combined total of nine wins on the show, the dancers are delighting audiences with their routines with the show visuals adding their own razzle-dazzle. The tour’s designers include Peter Morse (lighting) and Butch Allen (set). We spoke with Morse about the show.

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Hall & Oates are framed by Elation WW4 fixtures on the arch. Photo by Ben Dickman

Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears

Mike Wharton • Wide Focus • July 12, 2017

Fresh Looks for a Unique Co-Headlining Tour

One of this summer’s best tickets for fans to spend their money on is the co-headliner of a set of artists who achieved that rare strata of both popular and critical acclaim, top forty titans Tears For Fears (TFF) and Hall & Oates (H&O).

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U2 2017 'Joshua Tree' tour photo by Steven Jennings

U2 ‘Joshua Tree’ Tour 2017

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text) • Wide Focus • June 8, 2017

U2’s 2017 Joshua Tree tour marks 30 years since the band released the classic album of the same name in 1987. The show highlights themes and imagery still current in today’s culture captured by longtime U2 photographer and film director Anton Corbijn. We spoke with creative director and lighting designer Willie Williams on the third date of this tour, which also features a set design by Ric Lipson of Stufish, staging by Tait, and lighting and video supplied by PRG/PRG Nocturne. New technologies include PRG’s Spaceframe and a 4K broadcast camera system integrated into the design.

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Eric Church 'Holdin’ My Own' Tour 2017 photos by Steve Jennings

Eric Church ‘Holdin’ My Own’ Tour 2017

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text) • Wide Focus • May 13, 2017

Eric Church is out packing arenas on his “Holdin’ My Own Tour” with Butch Allen back as production and lighting designer and Rob Koenig and Scott Chmielewski as programmers. With close to three hours on stage, Church covers the bases and doesn’t disappoint the fans with his 360 end stage show, where he can get close and personal. We spoke with lighting director Gavin Lake about Allen’s production design. Lake took over LD duties back in February of 2015, as he explains.

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