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Aerosmith “Deuces are Wild” Residency

Steve Jennings (Photos and Text) • September 2019Showtime • September 6, 2019

The 2019 “Deuces are Wild” shows at the Park Theater in Las Vegas are running, off and on, from April 6 to Dec. 4. Photos by Steve Jennings

Lighting Co



Park Theater,

Las Vegas NV


Lighting Design: Fireplay/Steve Dixon, Producer; Amy Tinkham, Show Director; Jamie Lew, Art Director; Josh Zangen, Production Design; Kelly Sticksel, SFX Designer

LD’s/Programmers: Nick Whitehouse, Steven Douglas, Cosmo Wilson

Lighting Crew: Tom Bider (Crew Chief), Steve “Scooba” Sligar, Jen Kerbs, Cecil Nelson, Andrew Meyer, Graham Hill

Video Director: Colleen Wittenberg

Video Content: Pixomondo

Video Techs: Django Cardenas, Bradley Hall, Christopher Small, Dino Stokes

Tour Manager: Max Bischman

Production Manager: Dennis Gardener

Production Assistant: Jennifer Armstrong

Stage Manager: Stoney Stonecipher

Staging Co: SGPS

Automation: Jordan Partier

SFX/Lasers, CO2, Low Fog: Pyrotecnico

Laser Tech: Zack Lawson


2          grandMA2 consoles (1 for backup)

104     Claypaky Mythos

48       Claypaky Sharpy Wash

60       Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FX

40       Vari-Lite VL3500 Spots

50       Martin MAC Viper Air FX

40       TMB Solaris Flares

28       Chauvet Strike 4 fixtures

10       Robe Spikies

6          PRG Best Boy Spot HP’s

1          ARRI Ruby 7

1          Par 64 can w/NSP

3          MDG The ONE Hazers

1          Follow-Me system

Designer Insights from Steve Jennings:

PLSN caught a few songs from Aerosmith’s “Deuces Are Wild” Las Vegas residency where the band is rocking out to sold-out crowds at the Park Theater. The shows’ lighting director, Cosmo Wilson, tells us that this was a bit of a different experience for him, as he’s usually designing everything himself. For this show, Fireplay served as the creative team for show design and production.

“They wanted my input on some design factors, but mainly my show operation. We programmed together and would take turns writing cues, then I would run it and we’d make any necessary changes. When we finished, the band felt it needed to be more dynamic, and that’s the way I run my shows, so we went through the cue structure and we made it so I had more hits and bumps for the accents… then we were off to the races!”

Timecode was discussed a lot in the beginning, but it was realized that this is not a timecode band! They went back and forth for a while, and settled on minimal timecode. “Even then, the timecode was programmed to come on and off during the songs in order to allow the band to ‘jam,’ and at the end of the day, only a few songs are actually on timecode, and of those, I have accents that I use to bump over the timecode cues,” Cosmo notes. “The one song that uses a lot of timecode is ‘Elevator,’ mainly because of the laser cues.”

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