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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...
Bruno Mars 24K Magic Tour photo by Steve Jennings

Bruno Mars ’24K Magic’ World Tour

PLSN Staff •
  • 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

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

Fall Out Boy ‘Mania’ Tour

PLSN Staff •
  • 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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Verite photo by Nicole Mago

Getting Visual for Vérité

PLSN Staff •
  • October 2017
  • Wide Focus
• 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

PLSN Staff •
  • September 2017
  • Wide Focus
• 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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