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Top Tours of 2019: Vendors, Crew and Gear

PLSN Staff • News • December 30, 2019

Ed Sheeran 2019 tour image by Ralph Larmann for Meyer Sound

LAS VEGAS – PLSN is once again assembling its annual Showtime feature listing vendors, crew and gear for the top tours of 2019, as ranked by Billboard’s end-of-year charts, for the January 2020 issues of PLSN and FRONT of HOUSE magazines. Here’s a sneak peek of the data we’ve amassed so far.

(Note: Some of the listings may need to be edited to fit the printed page. If so, we will be sure to provide URLs where readers can find the full listings online.)

Top Tours: Lighting/Video Vendors

1: Ed Sheeran

  • Lighting: LCR/SES
  • Video: Colonel Tom Touring

2: Pink

  • Lighting: Solotech
  • Video: Solotech

3: BTS

  • Lighting: Morris Light & Sound
  • Video: Solotech

4: Elton John

  • Lighting: PRG
  • Video: Solotech

5: The Rolling Stones

  • Lighting: Upstaging, Neg Earth
  • Video: Solotech

6: Metallica

  • Lighting: Premier Global Production
  • Video: PRG Nocturne

7: Ariana Grande

  • Lighting: Upstaging
  • Video: PRG L.A.

8: Paul McCartney

  • Lighting: Upstaging
  • Video: Solotech

9: Backstreet Boys

  • Lighting/Video: PRG

10: Kiss

  • Lighting: Christie Lites
  • Video: Solotech

11: Cher

  • Lighting/Video: Solotech

12: Shawn Mendes

  • Lighting: Christie Lites
  • Video: Video Screen Services

13: Michael Buble

  • Lighting: Christie Lites
  • Video: Solotech

 

Top Tours: Full Details

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran 2019 tour image by Ralph Larmann for Meyer Sound

Lighting Cos: LCR/SES

Video Co: Colonel Tom Touring

Crew

  • Show/Lighting Designer Mark Cunniffe,
  • Lighting Director: Matt Jones
  • Programmer: Alex Passmore
  • Lighting Reps: Mike Oates (LCR), Michael Brammer (SES)
  • Crew Boss: Dave Cox
  • Dimmers: Rob Starksfield
  • Lighting Techs: Travis Mitchell, Stuart Picton, Chris Wynn
  • James Townsend, Brandt Gentry, Steve Bliss
  • Production Manager: Chris Marsh
  • Production Coordinator: Helen Himmons
  • Tour Manager: Mark Friend
  • Tour Coordinator: Amanda Thompson
  • Production Asst: Cally Harris
  • Stage Managers: Matt Caley/Trevor Dawkins
  • Video Director: Phil Mead
  • Video Engineer: Bob Larkin
  • Video Content: Moment Factory
  • Notch Programmer: Matt Swoboda
  • Video Techs: Eoin MacMahon, Pat Gibbs, Tony Whitehead, Marc Lawrence
  • Riggers: Seth Cook, Omar Franchi
  • Automation: Omar Franchi
  • Set/Staging: HighPost Structures, Tait, WonderWorks, Litec, Mojo Barriers
  • Trucking: SOS/SET (U.S.), KB Event (U.K.), Rock-it Cargo

Gear

Lighting:

  • 2       grandMA2 Full consoles
  • 1       grandMA2 Light console
  • 140  Claypaky Mythos 2 fixtures
  • 32     Claypaky Scenius Unicos
  • 74     SGM G4’s
  • 24     SGM P10 Washes
  • 12     Martin Atomic 3000 LED
  • 18     TMB Solaris Flare Q Plus
  • 4       Robert Juliat Lancelot
  • 4       MDG The One Stadium Hazer
  • 1       Custom LED tape setup by Tait for the set
  • 1       Kinesys motor system

Video:

  • 400  ROE Visual Carbon 5 LED tiles (1200 mm)
  • 175  ROE Visual Carbon 5 LED tiles (600mm)
  • 560  KTL Flyer 12mm tiles (I-Mag)
  • 2       disguise gx 2 media servers
  • 1       Blackmagic Design ATEM 2ME switcher
  • 3       Sony 1700 cameras
  • 3       Canon cameras w/100x, 86x, 24x lenses
  • 5       Bradley CamBall 3 cameras
  • 1       GoPro MK2 camera
  • 1       Brompton Tessera SX40 processor
  • 4       Brompton Tessera XD units
  • 2       Brompton Tessera M2 HD units
  • 1       Ross Carbonite Black video switcher

Tour Notes

Performing on his own, with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a custom loop pedal, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (“Divide”) Tour topped U2’s 360 as the top money-making tour of all time, setting records for both gross revenues ($776 million) and total attendance (8.8 million). The 258-show run included 14 tour legs from mid-March, 2017 to August 2019, scoring #4 (2017), #1 (2018) and #1 (2019) on Billboard’s year-end charts.

 

P!NK

PINK © Steve Jennings

Lighting Co: Solotech

Video Co: Solotech

Crew

  • Production/Lighting Designer: Baz Halpin
  • Associate LD/Programmer: Eric Marchwinski
  • Lighting Director: Steve “Six” Schwind
  • Lighting Crew: Matt Lavallee, Anthony Michon, Dany Yockell, Sarah NG, Tony Cerasuolo, Leo Dumont-Frenette, Gabi Scheff, Steve Gertsman
  • Solotech Account Rep: Dean Roney
  • Video Director: Larn Poland
  • Video Programmer/Media Servers: Kirk J. Miller
  • Video Project Manager: Louis-Philippe Gaudreau
  • Video Crew: Tim Jones, Rob Brewer, Brian Henson, Austin Wavra, Gavin Thomson, Nate Fountain, Kevin Paul
  • Screen Content: Silent Partners Studio
  • Screen Producer: Gabriel Coutu-Dumont
  • Content Creative Director: Janicke Morissette
  • Pyro: Pyrotek Special Effects
  • Pyro Crew: Reid Derne, Nickolas Zangari, Bernard Walker
  • Sets/Automation: Tait
  • Inflatables: Landmark Creations/Tom Meacham
  • Automation Crew: Russell Macias, Josh Levin, Leonardo Baca, Jason Jones
  • Riggers: Gabe Wood, Paul Sapsis, Chuck Sage Anderson, Shawn Gibson, Daniel Porter, Steve Davidson
  • Carpenters: John Williamson, Eric Duheaney, Chris Woo, Martin Capiraso, Jason Starr, Willie Adams
  • Tour Coordinator: Bill Buntain
  • Road Manager: Nancy Shefts
  • Production Manager: Malcolm Weldon
  • Production Coordinator: Derek Wilson
  • Assistant Production Coordinator: Clarence Gaoiran
  • Stage Manager: Greg Bogart

Gear

  • 3       grandMA consoles
  • 118  Claypaky Mythos 2 fixtures
  • 93     Claypaky Scenius Unicos
  • 92     Robe Spikies
  • 8       Robe Patt 2017
  • 6       Robe BMFL Spots
  • 36     Chroma-Q Color Force II 72
  • 36     Solaris Flare LR
  • 32     Solaris Flare Q+
  • 24     GLP impression X4 Bar 20’s
  • 16     GLP impression X4’s
  • 7       Vari-Lite VL6000 Beams
  • 63     Tait LED Deck Trim
  • 40     Integrated Prop LED
  • 3       MDG TheOne foggers
  • 2       Martin ZR44 foggers
  • 900  Solotech/Saco 6mm LED panels
  • 6       Christie projectors
  • 1       Grass Valley Karrera switchers
  • 6       Grass Valley HD LDX86 cameras
  • 2       disguise gx 2 media servers

Tour Notes

Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour ran from March 1, 2018 to Nov. 2, 2019, grossing $397 million from more than 3.1 million tickets sold for 159 shows. The tour climbed to the #2 spot on Billboard’s top tour chart for 2019, up rom #5 in 2018. The concert is a showcase for the singer’s athleticism as well as her vocal prowess as Pink flies above the stage for some numbers and joins in with her dancers for others.

 

BTS

The tour featured new AR technologies along with numerous gags and effects. Photo courtesy disguise.

Lighting Co: Morris Light and Sound

Video Co: Solotech

Crew

  • Production, Lighting & Video Design: Jeremy Lechterman, Jackson Gallagher/FragmentNine
  • Show Producer/Production Management: Big Hit Entertainment, Plan A/Kevin Kim
  • Promoters: AEG (Arenas), LiveNation (Stadiums)
  • Production Manager: Joel Forman
  • Lighting Crew: David Carr (Crew Chief), Joshua Dirks, Nicholas Monaco, Tommy DeWitt Jr., Kurtis Wilkinson, Ian Rehn, Adrean McDonald, Derek Williams, Amanda Ritchie, Daniel Gibbs, Jessica Sanders, Brandon Stewart, Thomas Smith, Tyler Scherbing
  • Video Crew: Alejandro Castaneda, Sebastien Lamoureux, Neil Carman, Nicholas Keiser, Bo O’Brien, Abram Main, Maxwell Gabriel, Geoffrey Ford, Timothy Mattefs, Pearl MacMahon, Austin Colby, Joshua Phebus, Michael Duque, Jason Dickie, Dana Jespersen, Philippe Benjamin, Robert Lawrence, Nicholas Bechtel, John Dolderer
  • Video Content: SHOP, Paul Beckett/Bryte Designs, All of it Now (AOIN), ALIVE.
  • AR Content Integrator: AOIN/Berto Mora, Danny Firpo
  • Media Servers: Live-Lab
  • Pyro/Lasers: Image SFX; Phillip Payne, James Beardmore, Mark Jones, Morgan Travis, Didier Giraldo, Joel Richardson, Daniel Rabinovich, Ruth Newhouse, Alexander Toverada, Michael Pagan, E’Angelica Nelson, Darren D’Amour, Raymond Seymour, Jason McEachern
  • Sets, Staging, Automation & Rigging: Tait, StageCo, Atlanta Rigging, Five Points Rigging
  • Automation Crew: Sean Denihan-Mullarkey, Kiel Heerding, Simon Nott, Dan McLaughlin
  • Riggers: Kevin McConville, Head Jerry Ritter, Charles Melton, James Brazil, James Harrelson Jr.
  • Carps: Tracy van Egmond, David Medrano, Allen Haley, Everett Shewmake, Minh Nguyen, Allen Swinson, Kurt Jenks, Nicholas DiBiaso JR, Graham Scott, Byron Rentz
  • Stage Managers: Brian Bassham, Terry Cooley, Aaron Draude
  • Site Coordinator: Robert Hale
  • Backstage Manager: Lydia Bourgeau
  • Backstage Assistant: Kathryn Riddle
  • Production Coordinators: James Taylor, Aaron Siegler, Debra Taylor, Shelby Kirshner
  • Production Assistant: Matthew Copney
  • Show Power: Carlos Oldigs, Christopher Lanning
  • Drones: Intel

Gear

  • 32     Robe RoboSpots w/BMFL Followspot LTs
  • 432  Flown fixtures
  • 225  Ground supported fixtures
  • 664  Total fixtures
  • 1,000’       GT Truss
  • 11     Lighting consoles w/22 nodes
  • 132  Universes of lighting control
  • 1       stYpe Red Spy optical camera tracking system w/Vinton tracking head, disguise gx 2 media server

Tour Notes:

BTS, which formed in 2013 as a seven-member K-pop and hip-hop boy band, launched their 2018/2019 “Love Yourself/Speak Yourself” world tour in Seoul Olympic Stadium in late August, 2018 before performing at large venues North America and Europe in late 2018, then packing stadiums around the world. The group, which performs its songs and rap numbers in Korean, emerged at #3 on Billboard’s Nov. 1-Oct. 31 charts with $196 million in ticket sales and 1.6 million fans attending 42 shows. (The band’s 14-month tour included 62 shows in all.)

 

Elton John

ELTON JOHN Farewell Yellow Brick Road © Steve Jennings

Lighting Co: PRG

Video Co: Solotech

Crew

  • Creative Directors: David Furnish, Tony King, Sam Pattinson
  • Tour Director: Keith Bradley
  • Tour Manager: DC Parmet
  • Production Manager: George Hoadley
  • Lighting Design: Patrick Woodroffe/Woodroffe Bassett Design
  • Associate Lighting Design: Terry Cook
  • Lighting Director: Kevin “Stick” Bye
  • Lighting Programmer: Eric Marchwinski
  • Lighting Co: PRG
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Corey Tom
  • Lighting Techs: Mike Rinehart, Kevin Hartrum, Andy Horn, Mike Rothwell
  • Lighting/LED Tech: Francis Calabrese
  • Lighting/Ground Control Tech: Scott Amiro
  • Dimmer Tech: James “JT” Thom
  • Video Co: Solotech
  • Video Production & Content Co: Treatment Studio
  • Treatment Studio Team: Sam Pattinson, Lizzie Pocock, Helen Campbell, Matthew Sanger
  • Video Programmer/Media Server Tech: Lars Kristiansen
  • Video Programmer: Zach Peletz
  • Video Director: John Steer
  • Solotech Crew Chief: Kim Hampton
  • Solotech System Engineer: Nick Ruoco
  • Solotech Account Rep: Paul Becher
  • Video Techs: Nick Roucco, James Gardener
  • Set Design: Stufish Entertainment Architects/Ray Winkler
  • Stage Construction & Automation: Tait/James Fairorth, Brian Levine, Shannon Nickerson, Brock Mearig
  • 2nd Automation: Mike Rothwell
  • Scene Sculpture: Jacqueline Pyle
  • UK Design Associate: Miriam Evans
  • Production Assistant: Sammy-Jo Lizotte (Europe)
  • Band Road Manager: Jin-Joo Maddy
  • Stage Manager: Dennis McManus, Richard Bagwell
  • Riggers: Mike Gomez (Production), Hunter Gomez (Ground)
  • Carpenters: Ryan Floyd (Head), Lennie Watson, Ron Czajkowski, Tim “Squid” Finncannon, Kevin “Mo” Hale
  • Security: J. David Olsen

Gear

Lighting:

  • 2       grandMA consoles
  • 78     Claypaky Scenius Unicos
  • 15     Claypaky Mythos
  • 38     PRG Bad Boy Spot CMY’s
  • 12     PRG Best Boy Spots
  • 18     GLP impression X4 Bar 20’s
  • 38     4-Lite square DWE moles
  • 4       PRG Bad Boy GroundControl Followspots

Video:

  • 1       Upstage Wall & Rake (2790 x 2442 pixels)
  • 2       I-Mag screens SL/SR (1056 x 594 pixels)
  • (1,549 Saco 6mm LED tiles in all)
  • 3       disguise gx 2 media servers
  • 1       Ross Video Carbonite Black 2 M/E switcher
  • 4       Grass Valley LDX 86 studio cameras
  • 2       Fujinon telephoto lenses
  • 5       Robotic cameras
  • 8       POV cameras
  • 2       AJA Ki Pro Ultra video recorders

Tour Notes

Elton John is on his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour. This artist has sold more than 300 million records in his 50-year career and has been showered with accolades — Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards, an Academy and Tony Award, and even a British knighthood since 1998. The tour, which launched Sept. 8, 2018, is traveling to five continents and will continue through 2020 with at least 270 shows on the schedule and the chance for 300 or more if the tour extends into 2021.

 

Rolling Stones

THE ROLLING STONES © Steve Jennings

Lighting Cos: Upstaging, Neg Earth

Video Co: Solotech

Crew

  • Show Design & Creative Direction: Patrick Woodroffe/Woodroffe Bassett Design
  • Stage Architect: Ray Winkler/Stufish Entertainment Architects
  • Lighting Director & Programmer: Ethan Weber
  • Video Designer: Roland Greil
  • Associate Lighting Designer: Terry Cook
  • Production Director: Dale “Opie” Skjerseth
  • Tour Director: Paul Gongaware
  • Production Coordinator: Lizzie Scace
  • Production Assistant: Debbie Taylor
  • Lighting Cos: Neg Earth, Upstaging
  • Lighting Techs: Andrew “Fraggle” Porter (Head), Barry Branford, Damo Coad, William “Frosty” Frostman, Grant Hickey, Keith Johnson, Josh Larson, Tim Phillips, Nick Pishghadmian, Luke Radin, Gus Wimmer
  • Video Content Producers: Giles Maunsell (Lead), Sam Pattinson
  • Video Directors: Nick Keiser, Paul Becker
  • Video Engineer: Sebastien Lamoureux
  • Server Tech: Yves Van Acker
  • Video Techs: Ben Rader (Head), Thomas Cesano, Austin Colby, Mike Duque, John “Fuki” Fukushima, Bryan Keyes, Robbie Lawrence, Abe Main, Tim “Grape” Mattefe, Josh Phebus, Micah Wickre
  • Road Manager: Ted Emporellis
  • Stage Manager: Kurt Wagner
  • Logistics Director: Richard Coble
  • Tour Office: Sharon Ashley (Coordinator), Mike Meyer (Assistant)
  • Media & Marketing: Cheryl Ceretti
  • Staging Cos: StageCo, Tait
  • StageCo Blue Steel Crew Chief: James Ramacus
  • StageCo Red Steel Crew Chief: Jesse Winn
  • Truss Structure: WICreations
  • Pyro: Image SFX/Pyro Pete Cappadocia
  • Riggers: Jez Craddick (Head), Antoin Patten, Elmer Vallejos
  • Carpenters: Alex Blais (Head), Chris Davis, Freddy Hurtado, Jan Lehouck, Johnny Carra, Kurt Verhelle
  • Trucking Co: Upstaging

Gear

Lighting:

  • 2       grandMA2 Full Lighting Consoles
  • 1       grandMA2 Light Console
  • 140  Martin MAC Viper AirFX
  • 14     Martin MAC Aura XBs
  • 36     Robe BMFL WashBeams
  • 36     Vari-Lite VL3500 Washes
  • 24     Claypaky Mythos
  • 24     8-Lite Moles
  • 36     Custom DWE Moles
  • 72     SGM P-2 Custom White/CTO LED
  • 18     SGM P-10’s
  • 180  Meters of LED X-Flex
  • 6       Hazebase Base Hazers
  • 2       ZR44 Smoke Machines
  • 12     Reel FX DF50s
  • 8       Robert Juliat 4K Lancelots

Video:

  • 4       Stufish Video Monoliths
  • 4       Monolith screens (12mm Saco S12 LED panels, 23 x 11 meters HxW, from Solotech)
  • 2       disguise 4x4pro media servers
  • 2       disguise 2x4pro media servers

 

Metallica

The 16-leg “WorldWired” tour runs Feb. 2016-Oct. 2020. Photo by Steve Jennings

Lighting Co: Premier Global Production

Video Co: PRG Nocturne

Crew

  • Production Designer: Dan Braun
  • Lighting Designer & Director: Rob Koenig
  • Lighting Programmers: Troy Eckerman, Joe Cabrera
  • Premier Global Rep: James Vollhoffer
  • Premier Global Project Manager: Anthony “Geddy” Kordyjaka
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Michael “Sandy” Sims
  • Lighting Techs: John Niles, Nick Shields, Jason Lanning, Julio Buralli, William Spalliero, Max Ferreyra, Ryan Scalvi
  • Video Director: Eugene MacAuliffe
  • Video Co: PRG Nocturne LA/Mark O’Herlihy
  • Video Engineer: Graham Holwill
  • Video Techs: John Heathcott, Benjamin Welch, Neil Welch, Lorenzo Loche, John Moore, Cameron Pigou, David Bartlett, Corey Lang
  • Video Content: KPX Video, Nocte Studio/Andrea Cuius, Marcus Lyall
  • Show Art Director: Scott Holthaus
  • Staging/Automation: Tait/Navigator
  • Tait Chief Creative Officer: Adam Davis
  • Automation Crew Chief & Operator: Michael Pettit
  • Art Director: Scott Holthaus
  • Tour Manager: Eric Johnson
  • Production Manager: John “Lug” Zajonc
  • Production Assistant: Holly Harkins
  • Production Coordinator: Vicki Huxel
  • Stage Managers: Michael Washer, Derek Evans
  • Pyro: Pyrotek Special Effects
  • Pyrotek Shooter: Hans Lundberg
  • Pyrotek Tech: Terrance Birdsley
  • Drones: Verity Studios
  • Rigging: Five Points Production Services
  • Head Rigger: Chad Koehler
  • Riggers: Chad Koehler (Head), Kenneth Ruhman, Darrell Schlabach
  • Carpenters: Brantley Brooks, Alex Larsen, Kevin Levasseur
  • Trucking: Upstaging

Gear

  • 2       grandMA2 consoles
  • 52     Video Cubes w/ ROE CB5 panels
  • 52     Robe BMFL WashBeams (under each cube)
  • 8       Robe BMFL WashBeams (main grid spotlights)
  • 12     Robe BMFL WashBeams (dasher truss spotlights)
  • 44     TMB Solaris Flares
  • 16     GLP JDC1 Hybrid Strobes
  • 8       SGM Q-7 LED Flood Blind Strobes
  • 3       Martin MAC Quantum Profiles
  • 4       DF50 hazers
  • 4       Base Hazers
  • 1       Tait Navigator motion control system
  • 12     Panasonic PTZ robotic cameras
  • 4       AJA Video RovoCams
  • 1       SpoTrack spotlight system
  • 1       disguise gx2 media server system w/custom software

Tour Notes:

The 16-leg, 178-show “WorldWired” tour has been touring, off and on, since Feb. 2016. The tour’s final North American leg ran from Sept. 2018-March 2019 before the band headed to Europe for the summer months. They they returned to team up with the San Francisco Symphony for two big S&M gigs (Symphony and Metallica) to open Chase Center in Sept. 2019. More shows are set for South America in April, followed by a final series of festival gigs North America before the multi-year tour finally wraps up in Oct. 2020.

 

Ariana Grande

The Sweetener tour ran from March-Dec., 2019. Photo courtesy disguise

Lighting Co: Upstaging

Video Co: PRG L.A.

PLSN regrets the omission of crew and gear details for this tour; details were unavailable at presstime.

 

Paul McCartney

The 2018-2020 “Freshen Up” tour includes shows in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Photo by Steve Jennings

Lighting Co: Upstaging

Video Co: Solotech

Crew

  • Lighting & Set Design: LeRoy Bennett
  • Lighting Director & Programmer: Wally Lees
  • Lighting & Set Design: Dakana Designs, Inc.
  • Lighting Co: Upstaging
  • Upstaging Rep: John Huddleston
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Thomas Walls
  • Lighting Techs: Josh Harvey, Chris Donati, Roy MacMahon, Yoshi Shinohara, Calvin Mosier, Abby Wright, Zach Svoboda, Troy Smith, Shawn Whitton
  • Ground Remote Spots: Craig Kreider
  • Video Director: Paul Becher
  • Video Designer: Andee Kuroda
  • Video Co: Solotech
  • Solotech Reps: Todd LePere, Paul Becher, Leon Roll
  • Video Crew Chief: Michael Seinkiewicz
  • Video Engineer: Christina Lavoie
  • Video Server Operator: Allison Sulock
  • Video Techs: Tony Doucet, Kevin Paul, Simon DiFazio, Roberto Villalobos, Mike Nelson, Ken Bowman, Roger Rubey, Jeremy Miget
  • Tour Director: Barrie Marshall
  • Tour Manager: Phil Kazamias
  • Production Manager: Mark “Springo” Spring
  • Production Assistant: Mat Pepino
  • Production Coordinator: Diane Eichorst
  • Stage Manager: Scott Chase
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Gino Cardelli
  • Sets: Tait/James Fairorth, Adam Davis, Brian Levine
  • Motion Control: Jeff Lunsford, Lear McClellan
  • SFX: Image SFX
  • Image SFX Reps: Doug Adams, Michelle Wuscher, Henry Wetzel, Joseph Suhle
  • Pyro Techs: Mick McGuire, Hayden Hale, Afshin Arshia, David Harkness
  • Laser Techs: Phil Payne, Jeffrey “JB” Culp
  • Riggers: Francisco Attwell (Head), Almon Sheffield, Scott Fremgen
  • Carpenter: Flory Turner, Tina Skjerseth, Jared Budrick
  • Set Drapes: Sew What, Inc./Megan Duckett
  • Trucking: Upstaging

Gear

Lighting:

  • 2       grandMA3 Full Size Consoles
  • 1       grandMA2 Full Size Console
  • 528  Elation Professional Dartz 360
  • 14     Claypaky Scenius Profiles
  • 55     Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FX
  • 24     Vari-Lite VL6000 Wash Beams
  • 115  GLP JDC1 Strobes
  • 512  Upstaging Sabers
  • 16     8-Lite Molefays
  • 11     PRG GroundControl Followspots

Video:

  • 1,360        Saco S12 LED modules
  • 162  Saco C-thru Panels
  • 540  Saco S9 modules
  • 216  Saco S18 modules
  • 1       2ME — HD Grass Valley Flypack
  • 2       Grass Valley Long Lens cameras
  • 2       Grass Valley Hand Held cameras
  • 2       Robotic Cameras
  • 2       24ft JIB w/ Grass Valley Cameras
  • 3       disguise Media Servers
  • 2       grandMA consoles

 

Backstreet Boys

The DNA world tour runs from May 11, 2019 to May 30, 2020. Photo by Liam Kennedy

Lighting Co: PRG

Video Co: PRG

Crew

  • Lighting Designer: Graham Anderson
  • Production Designer/PM: Dan Mercer
  • Lighting Programmer: Joey Troup
  • Lighting Crew: John Flynn (Crew Chief),
  • “Vortex” Setup Team: Michael Gallagher (Crew Chief), Patrick
  • Hatung (Tech)
  • Video Director/I-Mag: Randall Garriott
  • Video Engineer: Max Ramsden
  • Media Server Operator: Jean-Pierre Jammaers
  • Video Content: Core Creative Labs
  • Sets/Staging/Automation: Tait
  • Special Effects/Lasers: ER Productions
  • ER Productions Rep: Lawrence Wright
  • FX/Laser Crew: Daniel Pecora (Lead SFX), Matt McCoy (lasers), Stuart Wickens (pyro)
  • Show Caller: David Commisso
  • Playback Engineer: Romain Garnier
  • Creative Directors: Rich + Tone
  • PRG Team: Randy Hutson, Michael Drew, Curry Grant, Eamonn McCullagh

Gear

2       grandMA2 Full consoles

  • 66     PRG Icon Edge beam/spot/wash fixtures
  • 41     Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWashes
  • 63     Ayrton MagicBlade-R’s
  • 456  Martin VDO Sceptron 10’s
  • 8       “Vortex” frames (w/400 of the Sceptron 10’s)
  • 6       Automated lighting trusses w/Tait Nav Hoist system
  • 37     GLP JDC1’s + X4 Bar 10’s
  • 6       GroundControl Followspot units w/PRG Bad Boys
  • 1       Shoflo event production software setup
  • 1       60’ x 24’ upstage LED wall (WinVision Air 9 panels)
  • 1       32’ x 12’ V-shaped moving LED wall (WinVision Air 9)
  • 2       disquise gx 2 media servers
  • 4       Sony HXC 100 cameras for I-Mag (2 at FOH; 2 handheld)
  • 1       Grass Valley Korona switcher
  • 1       ER pyro package (gerbs, multi-shot mines, mines w/tails)
  • 1       Galaxis software setup for FX control
  • 1       HES HedgeHog 4 controller (for FX)
  • 18     BB4 Lasers
  • 6       ER Storm scanning lasers
  • 6       Unique hazers
  • 9       MagicFX Swirl Fan XL units
  • 4       Magic FX Stadium Shot II units for confetti/streamers

Tour Details:

Touring in support of their Jan. 2019 DNA album release, this popular vocal quintet, which has sold over 130 million albums worldwide, embarked on their 11th concert tour, which kicked off in Lisbon, Portugal on May 11, 2019 and wraps up May 30, 2020 in Perth, Australia after performing in Europe/U.K., North America, Asia, South America and Australia and New Zealand. Key visual elements include a moving V-shaped LED screen, large upstage video wall and six moving lighting trusses alternating with the moving structural elements for eight angular frames arranged in a spiral formation to suggest a DNA helix, dubbed “the Vortex.”

 

KISS

The “End of the Road” tour ran from Jan.-Dec., 2019. Photo by Todd Kaplan

Lighting Co: Christie Lites

Video Co: Solotech

Crew

  • Production Designers: Sooner Routhier, Robert Long
  • Lighting Programmer: Michael Cooper
  • Associate Designer/Show Director: Ashley Zapar
  • Lighting Director: Sean “Motley” Hackett
  • Lighting Crew: Alan “Hippie” Gregg (Crew Chief), Stephen Curtis, Arnold Pereira, Jordan Sell, Terry Smith, Jeremy Van Delft
  • Christie Lites Rep: Martin Kelley
  • Solotech Rep: Bob Brigham
  • Production Manager: Chad Guy
  • Video Director/Engineer: John McLeish
  • Video Crew: John Moore (Crew Chief), Kendall Clark, Tom Braislin, Will Stinson, Zane Moore, Scott Grund, Christopher Hoare
  • Video Content: 4U2C
  • Media Servers: All of it Now/AOIN (Danny Firpo)
  • Laser Tech: David Fonner
  • Pyro Co: ffp-fx/Nicolai Sabottka
  • Pyro Crew: Melanie Lemm, Colin Beck, Jonas Born, Mark Donahue, Jon Taylor, Thomas Winkel
  • Automation Co: SGPS/Showrig
  • SGPS Techs: Trevit Cromwell, Todd Fass, William Gurski, Colin Nevins, Steven Ortegon, Conrad Stafford, Michael Stelmark, Benjamin Ullmann
  • Riggers: Lenyn Barahona, Rodolfo “Rudy” Rodriguez, Marco Marini, Dion Pearce
  • Power Electrician: Alec Caldwell
  • Carpenters: Dale Bryant, Casey Long, Martin Micah, Tanner Robbins, Tyler “TJ” James, Robert Wood
  • Stage Manager: Steve Roman
  • Tour Accountant: Chad Guy
  • Security: Ryan Atkinson
  • Live Nation Rep: Jaime Horton

Gear

  • 2       grandMA consoles
  • 44     Vari-Lite VL6000 Beams
  • 54     Martin MAC Viper Air FX fixtures
  • 218  Elation Dartz 360 fixtures
  • 144  GLP JDC1 LED strobes
  • 8       Martin MAC Quantum Washes
  • 5       Martin MAC Auras
  • 8       Robe BMFLs w/5 RoboSpot controllers
  • 6       Elation ACL 360i fixtures (for drum kit)
  • 2       disguise gx 2 media servers w/Notch
  • 1       LED wall (Saco 12mm LED tiles)
  • 18     LED video pods on automated winches
  • 2       I-Mag side screens
  • 1       Grass Valley switcher

Tour Notes:

The “End of the Road” world tour kicked off with a U.S./Canada/Mexico leg that ran from Jan. 31-May 3, followed by legs in Europe (May 27-July 16), North America (Aug. 6-Sept. 12) and Asia (Dec. 8-19). The tour continues into 2020 with legs planned in the U.S. (Feb. 1-March 15), Latin America (April 24-May 21), Europe (June 9-July 25) and the U.S. (Aug. 28-Oct. 2), with at least one more gig planned in mid-2021.

 

Cher

Cher’s “Here We Go Again” Tour began Sept. 21, 2018 and runs through May 6, 2020. Photo by Steve Jennings

Lighting Co: Solotech

Video Co: Solotech

Crew

  • Production Designer: Vincent Richards
  • Lighting Designer: Baz Halpin
  • Associate LD/Programmer: Eric Marchwinski
  • Lighting Director: Steve Foster
  • Lighting Crew: Vincent Cadieux (Crew Chief), Colton “Coco” Cowan, Mathieu “Mon Ami” Blais, Michel Pomerleau, Kevin Chan
  • Tour Manager: Donna Parise
  • Tour Director: Nick R. Cua
  • Production Manager: Gilbert “Chop” Castilleja
  • Production Coordinator: Derek Wilson Sr.
  • Production Assistant: Keith Richardson II
  • Security: Colin Lish
  • Show Runner: Seanne Farmer
  • Stage Managers: Frank Carra, Gregory Richard Bogart
  • Video Programmer: Zach Peletz
  • Video Director: Richard Parkin
  • Video Crew: Eric Simard (Crew Chief), Felix Bergeron, Erik Phillips, Bo O’Brien, Maxmillian Kinsella, Austin James Colby
  • Video Content: Silent Partners Studio
  • Solotech Rep: Dean Roney
  • Staging/Automation Co: Tait
  • Automation Crew: Andrew Johnstone (Crew Chief), William “Emo” Shewmake Jr
  • Riggers: Stephen Olean, Eric Duheaney III
  • Carpenters: Eduardo Rodriguez (Head Carp), Paul Brackett, John Carra, Bryson Duheaney, Jerzy Siewierski
  • Trucking: Truck N’ Roll

Gear

Lighting:

  • 2       grandMA2 Full-Size Console
  • 1       grandMA2 Lite Console
  • 4       grandMA2 NPU
  • 65     Clay Paky Scenius Unico
  • 19     Clay Paky Scenius Spots
  • 54     Clay Paky Sharpy
  • 46     TMB Solaris Flare Q+ LR
  • 12     TMB Solaris Flare
  • 19     Impression X4
  • 16     Impression X4 20 Bar
  • 16     Chauvet Nexus 4×4 Panel
  • 8       Colorforce II 72
  • 6       Robe BMFL Robospots
  • 2       MDG the one hazer
  • 2       RGB LED Tape
  • 1       Leprecon Dimmer
  • 1       Luminex Network System

Video:

  • 704  Saco s9 tiles (main 2112 x 768p wall)
  • 144  Saco s6 tiles (L-R band risers; 792 x 396p each)
  • 10     Christie J Series 20K HD projectors [L-R I-Mag (4); L-R 270 screens (4); Kabuki projections (2)]
  • 1       Grass Valley Korona switcher/camera package
  • 2       Long lenses
  • 2       Wide lenses on tripods
  • 3       Panasonic HE130 robo cameras
  • 3       Marshall PTZ POV cameras
  • 1       disguise 4×4 Pro media server

 

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes: The Tour ran from March 7-Dec. 21, bringing the Canadian artist to audiences around the globe. Photo by Steve Jennings

Lighting Co: Christie Lites

Video Co: Video Screen Services

Crew

  • Production Director: Andrew Thornton (24/7 Productions)
  • Creative Director: Paul Caslin
  • Production Designer: Nathan Taylor
  • Lighting Designer: Louis Oliver
  • Lighting Director & Programmer: Ryan Nixon
  • Assistant Lighting Programmer: Rafael Linares
  • Christie Lites Rep: Roy Hunt
  • Lighting Crew: Craig Hancock (Crew Chief), Matt Morris, Tom Hill, Alex Huggins, Joseph Picano, Dennis Brown
  • Automation: Christie Lites/Mark Desloges
  • Video Director: Wannes Vandendriessche
  • Video Co: Video Screen Services/Adrian Offord
  • Video Crew: Josh Key (Crew Chief), Steve Clarisse, Henry Commerman, Brendan McCool, Piotr Klimczyk, Joe Makein
  • Video Content: Treatment, NorthHouse, Sturdy, Lightborne, Ke Jyun Wu, Paul Caslin
  • Tour Manager: Cez Darke
  • Production Manager: Andrew Thornton
  • Production Coordinator: Julie Galetar
  • Stage Managers: Duncan Ladkin, James Nelson, Anthony ‘Tek’ Levato
  • Staging Co: Brilliant Stages/Ben Brooks
  • SFX: Quantum Special Effects/Michael “Biscuit” Morey
  • LED Wristbands: PixMob/Jacques Vanier, Samantha Torres
  • Riggers: Colin Raby, Max Stewart
  • Carpenters: Jem Nicholson (Head), Darren Davidson, Pete English, Bob Madison
  • Trucking Cos: Upstaging (U.S.), Fly by Nite (Europe)

Gear

Lighting:

  • 2       grandMA3 Full lighting consoles
  • 1       grandMA Light tech console
  • 75     Ayrton Khamsin-S LED fixtures
  • 16     Ayrton Bora-S LED Wash Beams
  • 8       Ayrton Mistral-S LED Luminaires
  • 39     Chroma-Q Color Force 12’s
  • 4       Chroma-Q Color Force 72’s
  • 18     TMB SolarisFlare Q+ fixtures
  • 26     Mole-Richardson 6K Molequartz Spacelight 7291’s
  • 20     Martin MAC Viper Wash DX
  • 90     GLP JDC1 Strobes
  • 11     4-Lite Molefays
  • 12     PixMob Washes
  • 1       Custom Rose w/TMB FloppyFlex
  • 1       PixMob LED Audience Wristband system
  • 3       TheONE Dual Foggers & Hazers
  • 2       ATMe Hazers

Video:

  • 1       Circular LED Wall w/ROE Visual CB 5mm panels
  • 1       Guz 2 Media server w/After Effects, Cinema 4D, Notch
  • 3       Sony HSC-300 cameras
  • 2       Sony HDVF-200 cameras
  • 2       I-Mag Side Screens
  • 2       Panasonic DZ21K2 Projectors

 

Michael Bublé

The 159-show An Evening with Michael Bublé tour is traveling the world from Feb. 13, 2019 to Oct. 28, 2020. Photo: Jay Blakesberg

Lighting Co: Christie Lites

Video Co: Solotech

Crew

  • Lighting Designer, Operator, Show Director: Kurt Wagner
  • Lighting Programmer/Key Light Operator: Jamie Davis
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Conrad Dew
  • Lighting Crew: Dan DeVloo, Austin Bloomfield (Robo Spot Tech), Tom Crosbie, John Shoniker, Axel Noel
  • Christie Lites Rep: Ian Gordon
  • Tour PM: Dean Roney
  • Video Director: Kevin Carswell
  • Video Crew: Serge Bergeron (Engineer/Crew Chief), Olivier Gendron (VDO tech), Sebastien Cousineau (Server/LED tech), Elliott Roll, Louis Lefebvre, Barrie Roney (Camera/LED Techs)
  • Solotech Rep: Lee Moro
  • Staging/Sets: Stufish/Ric Lipson

Gear

Lighting:

  • 3       grandMA2 Full consoles w/5 NPU’s
  • 55     Martin MAC Viper Profiles
  • 16     Martin MAC Viper Performances
  • 6       Martin MAC Viper Wash DX fixtures
  • 8       Martin MAC Encore Performance CLD’s
  • 11     Robe BMFL Followspots
  • 41     Ayrton Magic Dots
  • 57     GLP JDC1 LED strobes
  • 50     GLP X4 Bar 20’s
  • 16     GLP X4 Bar 10’s
  • 10     ReelEFX DF50 hazers
  • 2       Look Solutions Unique Hazers
  • 3       Robe RoboSpot Bases
  • 67     Christie Lites F-Type pre-rig truss (8’)
  • 41     TourRig 1-ton motors

Video:

  • 1       LED setup w/S12 & S6 Saco LED panels; Martin Sceptrons
  • 1       Four-camera Grass Valley system w/switcher
  • 1       Projection system w/Barco 30K & Christie 20K projectors
  • 1       Control setup w/disguise d3 media servers

 

 

 

 

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