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The band played behind a curtain of laser beams from Lightwave International. Photo by Erik Kabic Photography.
The band played behind a curtain of laser beams from Lightwave International. Photo by Erik Kabic Photography.

The Killers Help Launch T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Nook Schoenfeld
Cover Story

Major Laser and Light Show Augments a Dynamic Evening in Vegas’ Biggest Venue

The opening weekend of MGM Resorts $375 million T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas was filled with non-stop action from several shows. Starting off with the best that Vegas has to offer on April 6 were hometown heroes The Killers. A large production was designed by long time production and lighting designer for this act, Steven Douglas; with all the production elements one would expect for a first class rock show opening a mega venue.

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PLSN Show Report - 2016 Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany
PLSN Show Report - 2016 Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany

Prolight + Sound 2016 Show Report

Nook Schoenfeld
Features

The 2016 Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse exhibitions in Frankfurt, Germany swapped physical locations this year, and instead of being held concurrently, the show dates were staggered, with Prolight + Sound running April 5-8 and Musikmesse held April 7-10. It’s part of the organizer’s re-launch of Musikmesse from a trade fair to more of a consumer music event and festival. Not everyone was happy with the changes, of course, but that didn’t hurt the overall stats for Prolight + Sound — which enjoyed an increase in total exhibitors (from 920 to 940) and a 16 percent increase in the exhibition display area. And as ever, there were plenty of technological advances on show.

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Nook Schoenfeld
Nook Schoenfeld

The Inevitable Death of Tungsten

Nook Schoenfeld
Editor's Note

I’m proud of the diversity of our articles because we cover so many different stories, from so many different angles. With every story I read, I usually get a spark of info that leads me to think along another tangent. If the spark is big enough, I may expand on it and offer an opinion on something. Such a thing happened in the article we publish this month featuring Don Holder lighting the revamped Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway (see “Inside Theatre").

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Ultra Music Festival main stage photo by Adam Kaplan
Ultra Music Festival main stage photo by Adam Kaplan

Miami Ultra Music Festival 2016

Mike Wharton
Festival Spotlight

Words cannot quite capture the visual extravaganza that is Miami Ultra Music Festival (UMF) 2016. Now in its 18th year, the hugely popular electronic dance music (EDM) event held annually on Bayfront in downtown Miami, played host to a sellout crowd of more than 165,000 over three days, from March 24-26. The event’s Main Stage, Carl Cox & Friends Stage and World Wide Stage would each be, by themselves, impressive enough to anchor a major music festival. Combined and extended by other stages, including the U.S. debut of the flame-shooting Arcadia Spider on the Resistance Stage, the Ultra Music Festival retains its perch as a world-class blockbuster event.

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Bruce Springsteen 2016 'River' tour photo by Steve Jennings
Bruce Springsteen 2016 'River' tour photo by Steve Jennings

Q&A with Jeff Ravitz and Peter Daniel on Bruce Springsteen's 2016 'River' Tour

Debi Moen with Photos by Steve Jennings
Production Profile

"Can you recreate a 1980s concert look in 2016?” Bruce Springsteen asked of his longtime LD Jeff Ravitz. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s The River Tour 2016 commemorates the release of the double album of the same name in 1980, and Bruce wanted the old vibe of yesterday to flow into his new shows today. A challenging idea, especially since fixtures and video equipment are light years ahead of where they were then. LD Jeff Ravitz has been working with The Boss since 1984, but he shuddered when the phrase “PAR cans” was bandied about. And video? Not much in 1980. PLSN looked at the lighting from Morpheus Lights and video production from Pete’s Big TVs on this current tour.

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Solotech provided the gear for LD Dale Doucette.
Solotech provided the gear for LD Dale Doucette.

Heart's 'Queens of Sheba' Canadian Tour

Richard Olson
Wide Focus

Sister Act’s Co-Headlining Tour Rocks with New Rig, LD

Forty years after their first hits climbed the charts, American rock band Heart teamed up with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts for a “Queens of Sheba” 2016 tour through Canada. The Wilson sisters — Nancy and Ann — performed their rock staple hits beneath an automated rig provided by Solotech.

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LD Matt Mills
LD Matt Mills

LD Matt Mills with Disturbed

Debi Moen
On the Road

TOUR: Immortalized Tour

DATES: Feb. 2016 into 2017

THE DESIGN: “My intent was to do a 100 percent LED rig. I got close, but at the last minute, I changed the profile fixtures out. I really needed a bit more horsepower to cut through the wash. There were several conference calls about ideas and direction. I was their LD when they went on hiatus back in 2011, and was flattered to get the call back. Fortunately, there was already a relationship built, and we picked right up where we left off.”

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Joe Paradise has handled the band's impressive visuals for a decade.
Joe Paradise has handled the band's impressive visuals for a decade.

311 Returns to New Orleans for 3-11 Day Celebration

Richard Olson
Wide Focus

The highly diversified band 311 once again took the stage at the Smoothie King Center (formerly New Orleans Arena) on March 11 to celebrate the unofficial holiday they created back in 2000. The biannual celebration happens on March 11 (on even years), in a numeric parallel with the band’s name. Once again, there were just too many songs on the set list to fit in any one performance, so 311 Day 2016 included a concert on March 12 as well.

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Photo by Joan Marcus
Photo by Joan Marcus

White Box Magic: LD Don Holder’s Design for 'Fiddler On the Roof'

Bryan Reesman
Inside Theatre

Unlike the typical Broadway show, director Bartlett Sher’s new revival of the iconic musical, Fiddler On The Roof, takes place in a white box setting with a highly reflective back wall, which allowed Tony Award-winning lighting designer Donald Holder the chance to play and sculpt with light in fun ways. “I got a lot of the responsibility for changing the space, of transforming it from one location to the other, one season to the next,” he tells PLSN. “It was real, pure storytelling through light. You don’t always get that opportunity. It was a challenge, but also a joy.”

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Screenworks' Andy Gerber, Danny O'Bryen and Randy Mayer
Screenworks' Andy Gerber, Danny O'Bryen and Randy Mayer

Screenworks/NEP's Danny O'Bryen: A Career in Video

Kevin M. Mitchell
Company 411

It’s hard to remember a time when video wasn’t part of the live event landscape, though Danny O’Bryen sure does. He was there. As a kid, O’Bryen’s first gig in the business was plastering New York City with concert posters for $50 a day. This led to some live event work and then, wisely, he dabbled in video in the earliest part of the visual revolution.

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