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Road Test: Martin M2GO/M2PC , page 38 PROJECTION Starts CONNECTION on page 39 9RO&#11;&#03; &#14;&#16;&#11;&#17; 0$< &#15;&#13; &#14;&#15; A Crowning Achievement 4Wall Buys TLS Assets, Hires its Management, Opens Nashville Office NASHVILLE — 4Wall Entertain-ment, which agreed to acquire the assets of Huntsville, AL-based TLS, Inc., is set to open 4Wall Nashville, its fifth regional center, by June 1. Joining 4Wall Nashville are TLS owner David Milly (named 4Wall ex-ecutive vice president) and TLS tour-ing manager Scott DeVos (named 4Wall VP of concert touring). 4Wall also operates regional cen-ters in or near New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Washington DC. Since it was founded in 1981, TLS, Inc. had grown from its Huntsville, AL home base, opening locations in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MI. “This move will allow us to pro-vide our customers with access to continued on page 10 Summer Tours © ROMEO SANTOS/V. FUHRMANN All Access Staging & Production is just one of a dozen companies that provided a look at the touring proj-ects and events they have planned for the summer of 2012. They’ll be supporting Drake, Coldplay, II Divo, KISS, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, Smashing Pumpkins and, pictured here, Mötley Crüe, among others. For more, turn to page 28. You’d need a pretty big head to wear the “crown” that production designer Eduardo “Wady” Rodriguez came up with for Romeo Santos’ big debut in Madison Square Garden as a solo artist. It’s a five-point moving truss lighting rig that appears over Santos’ grandiose perch upon a gilded throne amid winged lions — play-ing off the former Aventura frontman’s rep as the “King of Bachata.” Wady worked with creative producer and tour director Veikko Fuhrmann, not just on the concept, which includes a large cylinder of video screens, but on making it all happen within a 45-day window. For the full story, turn to “Production Profile,” page 34 . Reports Cite “Ambiguity of Authority,” Rigging Flaws in Indiana State Fair Staging Collapse INDIANAPOLIS — Reports by Witt Associates (Washington, DC) and Thornton Tomasetti (New York) released April 12 cited “ambiguity of authority” and inadequate wire and concrete anchor reinforcement as key factors in the Aug. 13, 2011 stag-ing collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed seven and injured 40. Also last month, Sugarland band members provided private video depositions from West Virginia, countering the January testimony of the fair’s executive director, Cindy Hoye, who asserted that band mem-bers had resisted postponing the show due to weather. continued on page 6 18 NAB Show Report A review of the National Associa-tion of Broadcasters show, one of the largest trade events in our ex-tended industry. Inside Theater Once , lit by LD Natasha Katz, isn’t just your standard Guy Meets Girl story, or movie-turned-musical. Industry Perspective Chip Monck’s career, from Wood-stock and Altamont to Australia’s One Great Night on Earth . 24 Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Honor Goes to Charlie Hernandez By Kevin M. Mitchell “Are you sure you have the right guy?” replied a stunned Charlie Hernandez upon getting the call from Parnelli Awards execu-tive producer Terry Lowe and executive di-rector Patrick Stansfield. The Parnelli Board of Advisors has an-nounced that Hernandez, production man-ager and founder of the nonprofit charity organization, Just a Bunch of Roadies, will receive the live event industry’s highest hon-or, the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, this October at a gala dinner in Las Vegas. “Charlie has an amazing career that has influenced all who have had the pleasure of working with him,” says Lowe, also publisher of PLSN . “His organizational ability, intellect, and humor is admired by all; more recently, his humanitarian efforts have been inspiring.” Hernandez is especially touched be-cause he had a close relationship with the continued on page 8 32 PRO LIGHTING SP ACE Charlie Hernandez www.ProLightingSpace.com/ join STEVE JENNINGS

A Crowning Achievement

You’d need a pretty big head to wear the “crown” that production designer Eduardo “Wady” Rodriguez came up with for Romeo Santos’ big debut in Madison Square Garden as a solo artist. It’s a five-point moving truss lighting rig that appears over Santos’ grandiose perch upon a gilded throne amid winged lions — playing off the former Aventura frontman’s rep as the “King of Bachata.” Wady worked with creative producer and tour director Veikko Fuhrmann, not just on the concept, which includes a large cylinder of video screens, but on making it all happen within a 45-day window. For the full story, turn to “Production Profile,”

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4Wall Buys TLS Assets,Hires its Management,Opens Nashville Office

NASHVILLE — 4Wall Entertainment, which agreed to acquire the assets of Huntsville, AL-based TLS, Inc., is set to open 4Wall Nashville, its fifth regional center, by June 1.

Joining 4Wall Nashville are TLS owner David Milly (named 4Wall executive vice president) and TLS touring manager Scott DeVos (named 4Wall VP of concert touring).

4Wall also operates regional centers in or near New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

Since it was founded in 1981, TLS, Inc. had grown from its Huntsville, AL home base, opening locations in Nashville, TN and Jackson, MI.

“This move will allow us to provide our customers with access to 4Wall’s rental inventory, which contains the newest lighting products available,” said Milly. “In addition, I feel our customers will receive the same attention to detail we have always provided at TLS, Inc.”

Along with his position as 4Wall executive VP, Milly is a co-owner and shareholder of the new 4Wall Nashville operation.

“By combining 4Wall’s inventory with the experienced staff and established presence of TLS, Inc., I feel we can build upon the customer relationships they have created while at the same time forging new ones,” said 4Wall CEO Michael Cannon, noting the “great reputation throughout the industry” earned by David Milly and TLS, Inc.

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Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Honor Goes to Charlie Hernandez

Kevin M. Mitchell


“Are you sure you have the right guy?” replied a stunned Charlie Hernandez upon getting the call from Parnelli Awards executive producer Terry Lowe and executive director Patrick Stansfield.

The Parnelli Board of Advisors has announced that Hernandez, production manager and founder of the nonprofit charity organization, Just a Bunch of Roadies, will receive the live event industry’s highest honor, the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, this October at a gala dinner in Las Vegas.

“Charlie has an amazing career that has influenced all who have had the pleasure of working with him,” says Lowe, also publisher of PLSN. “His organizational ability, intellect, and humor is admired by all; more recently, his humanitarian efforts have been inspiring.”

Hernandez is especially touched because he had a close relationship with the award’s namesake, Rick “Parnelli” O’Brien. “He taught me how to be a human being when we were out on the road with Billy Squire together,” Hernandez says. “He taught me how to use humor, how to take the work seriously, but not yourself too seriously.”

Hernandez started his career hanging out at a Long Island rock club called the Action House, and would first go out on the road with Billy Squier in 1978. Next, he made the leap to Def Leppard when they were soaring to the top. He would spend the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s handling the heavy hitters of heavy metal, working also for Ratt, Poison, and Cinderella, and then Kiss.

Later that decade, he became successful getting more bands into South America, including the infamous Metallica and Guns N’ Roses tour of 1992. “It was insanity from start to finish,” says production assistant Lori Tierney. “There was issue after issue — the gear got caught up in a military coup in Venezuela, a Bogotá rain storm collapsed a stage roof, some of these promoters were also drug dealers…we would not have made it out without Charlie!”

The Police, Sting, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Prince are just a few of the other artists he’s worked with. But for Hernandez, his most important achievement has been as a founder of Just a Bunch of Roadies (www.justabunchofroadies.com), which has taken the talent and skills of live event professionals to help people caught in natural disasters all over the world, starting with the Haitian earthquake in January 2010. While relief agencies were trying to figure what to do and how to do it, Hernandez was making help happen.

“Literally, he got to Haiti quicker than any other relief organization, government or otherwise,” says Robin Shaw of Upstaging. “It was an incredible effort, and it shows how much love people have for Charlie. He asked, and we just did it.”

“He was site coordinator for me on the Stones, and he was great to work with, always someone I can rely on,” production manager and Parnelli Lifetime Achievement honoree Jake Berry says. “He came through this industry from the bottom, and you don’t stick around if you’re not good at your job. He has grown in size and stature! And he has done a lot of good things for other people with his humanitarian work.”

Hernandez will be honored at the Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas this October. For more information go to parnelliawards.com.

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Reports Cite “Ambiguityof Authority,” RiggingFlaws in Indiana StateFair Staging Collapse

INDIANAPOLIS — Reports by Witt Associates (Washington, DC) and Thornton Tomasetti (New York) released April 12 cited “ambiguity of authority” and inadequate wire and concrete anchor reinforcement as key factors in the Aug. 13, 2011 staging collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed seven and injured 40.

Also last month, Sugarland band members provided private video depositions from West Virginia, countering the January testimony of the fair’s executive director, Cindy Hoye, who asserted that band members had resisted postponing the show due to weather.

The report from Witt Associates pointed to several factors that led to the show not being canceled, including a lack of effective emergency planning, indecision and breakdowns in communications among those in charge.

“The plans in place were not fully developed, and what they had was not followed,” stated Charlie Fisher, vice president of Witt Associates, in news reports.

Despite the report’s criticism, no fair officials have been disciplined or reprimanded since the staging collapse. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels has spoken out in support of both the state fair’s chairman, Andre Lacy and Hoye. Lacy added that while Hoye has offered to resign, he has not accepted the offer, citing his confidence in her abilities and a greater concern for future safety than for assigning blame for past events.

The Witt Associates report also noted a dearth of information about the stage’s ability to withstand strong winds — “no records, documentation, plans, engineering reports or related technical data,” and a communications gap between Hoye and those who had been monitoring the weather all day, including news of the severe thunderstorm warning issued at 8:39 pm, more than 10 minutes before the stage collapsed.

The Thornton Tomasetti report zeroed in on the design, assembly and safeguards of the temporary staging structure, and found shortcomings in the way the structure was braced against the wind. By the time the winds had reached 33 mph, the “Jersey barriers” securing the structure began to shift and slide. At 43 mph, the anchors had slid so far that the structure was no longer self-supporting.

Although wind-catching tarps were a contributing factor to the collapse, the report noted that a properly-anchored four-post structure might have been able to withstand winds of up to 68 mph.

The Indiana state government, which operates the fair, commissioned both reports, and Daniels called for the “immediate and complete implementation” of its findings. He also noted that Indiana won’t hesitate to share the reports with others staging similar events to help them learn from the tragedy.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Reports+Cite+%E2%80%9CAmbiguityof+Authority%2C%E2%80%9D+RiggingFlaws+in+Indiana+StateFair+Staging+Collapse/1058695/110982/article.html.

Summer Tours

All Access Staging & Production is just one of a dozen companies that provided a look at the touring projects and events they have planned for the summer of 2012. They’ll be supporting Drake, Coldplay, II Divo, KISS, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, Smashing Pumpkins and, pictured here, Mötley Crüe, among others.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Summer+Tours/1058698/110982/article.html.

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