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Indiana Now Requiring Stage Structure Inspections, Emergency Plans INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Fire Pre-vention and Building Safety Commission unanimously approved new regulations on temporary staging May 2 that went into ef-fect May 3. The regulations, which followed the April 12 release of two state-commis-sioned reports on the deadly staging col-lapse at the Indiana State Fair last summer, mandate engineer-approved rigging plans and detailed emergency plans. Although the new rules let smaller event organizers bypass the regulations by keep-ing fans away from the stage — the distance for this “bufer zone” would be the height of the rigging, plus eight feet — larger opera-tors are not taking any chances. One of fve stages set up to entertain racing fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) during the Indianapolis 500 in late May was quickly replaced on short notice after safety inspectors deemed it non-compliant. The privately-built stage lacked the required technical documentation showing how the structure would be able to support the weight of gear it was loaded with in high winds. A near-riot in Bufalo, NY further illus-trated the risks that event organizers face even if they do cancel an event in bad weather. An unruly crowd damaged fold-ing chairs when they threw them at the stage in frustration after Eric Church’s ap-pearance at WYRK’s Taste of Country festi-val was called of due to worsening weath-er on June 1. Organizers, who cancelled the event for fear that high winds might destabilize the stage structure, are now working out the details of a makeup show, which would be free to anyone still holding a valid ticket to the original event. PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. JUNE 2012 Vol. 10 No.09 Rammstein Brings the Full Package Stadium and Arena Installation Showcase Industr y Veterans For m Zeehi, New Technology Solutions Company BOULDER, CO — Danny Abelson, a former U.S. partner and distributor for Turbosound, announced the formation of Zeehi LLC, a new company formed to de-velop solutions to improve the workfow of entertainment production profession-als. Zeehi’s management includes other industry veterans with experience in au-dio and lighting product design, produc-tion management and fxed installations. Zeehi’s frst entertainment technology solution, CueCast, will debut this summer. “We have spent the last year inter-viewing production personnel on mul-tiple continents to identify the challenges faced by today’s professionals,” Abelson said. “Our company was formed to create solutions to many of these challenges, based on a genuine understanding of en-tertainment production.” The Zeehi team, Abelson added, “in-cludes some of the top professionals in the industry: designers, builders and/ or high-profile users of professional en-tertainment products. We’re leverag-ing that industry knowledge, and have brought on board some of the most experienced software developers any-where, in the interest of helping the user community.” continued on page 5 Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy Assuring even coverage across ven-ues with thousands of seats — some-times more than a hundred thousand — is not an easy task. Here is a sampling of audio installation projects at stadi-ums and arenas around the world. For more, turn to page 46. When heavy metal rock band Rammstein opted to visit North America this year, they decided against traveling light. Their Made In Germany tour is arriving with the band’s entire production — including a full 120-box L-Acoustics rig. Everything was assembled and tested before it was packed into sea containers for the three-week ocean voyage. For the full story, turn to page 38. InfoComm Preview 28 New gear from Cadac, Clear-Com, Crown, d&b, EAW, Furman, Galaxy, Grundorf, Lectrosonics, Line 6, Nexo, Outline, Powersoft and PreSonus. Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Honor Goes to Charlie Hernandez By Kevin M. Mitchell Buyers Guide Charlie Hernandez “Are you sure you have the right guy?” re-plied a stunned Charlie Hernandez upon get-ting the call from Par-nelli Awards executive producer Terry Lowe and executive director Patrick Stansfeld. The Parnelli Board of Advisors has announced that Hernandez, pro-duction manager and founder of the nonproft charity organization, Just a Bunch of Roadies, will receive the live event industry’s highest honor, the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, Oct. 20 at a gala dinner in Las Vegas. “Charlie has an amazing career that has in-fuenced all who have had the pleasure of work-ing with him,” says Lowe, also publisher of FOH . continued on page 6 44 Acoustics, Mackie, Meyer, QSC, Renkus-Heinz, TOA and Yorkville Sound. Curved arrays from Clair, D.A.S., JBL, L-www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Honor Goes to Charlie Hernandez

Kevin M. Mitchell

<br /> “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.<br /> <br /> 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, Oct. 20 at a gala dinner in Las Vegas.<br /> <br /> “Charlie has an amazing career that has influenced all who have had the pleasure of working with him,” says Lowe, also publisher of FOH.<br /> <br /> “His organizational ability, intellect, and humor is admired by all; more recently, his humanitarian efforts have been inspiring.”<br /> <br /> 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.”<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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!”<br /> <br /> The Police, Sting, David Bowie, Paul Mc- Cartney, 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.org), 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.<br /> <br /> “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.”<br /> <br /> “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.”<br /> <br /> Hernandez will be honored at the Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas Oct. 20 at the annual gala, set to take place at the Mirage Resort. For more information go to parnelliawards.com.

Indiana Now Requiring Stage Structure Inspections, Emergency Plans

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission unanimously approved new regulations on temporary staging May 2 that went into effect May 3. The regulations, which followed the April 12 release of two state-commissioned reports on the deadly staging collapse at the Indiana State Fair last summer, mandate engineer-approved rigging plans and detailed emergency plans.<br /> <br /> Although the new rules let smaller event organizers bypass the regulations by keeping fans away from the stage — the distance for this “buffer zone” would be the height of the rigging, plus eight feet — larger operators are not taking any chances.<br /> <br /> One of five stages set up to entertain racing fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) during the Indianapolis 500 in late May was quickly replaced on short notice after safety inspectors deemed it noncompliant. The privately-built stage lacked the required technical documentation showing how the structure would be able to support the weight of gear it was loaded with in high winds.<br /> <br /> A near-riot in Buffalo, NY further illustrated the risks that event organizers face even if they do cancel an event in bad weather. An unruly crowd damaged folding chairs when they threw them at the stage in frustration after Eric Church’s appearance at WYRK’s Taste of Country festival was called of due to worsening weather on June 1. Organizers, who cancelled the event for fear that high winds might destabilize the stage structure, are now working out the details of a makeup show, which would be free to anyone still holding a valid ticket to the original event.

Industry Veterans Form Zeehi, New Technology Solutions Company

BOULDER, CO — Danny Abelson, a former U.S. partner and distributor for Turbosound, announced the formation of Zeehi LLC, a new company formed to develop solutions to improve the workflow of entertainment production professionals.<br /> <br /> Zeehi’s management includes other industry veterans with experience in audio and lighting product design, production management and fixed installations. Zeehi’s first entertainment technology solution, CueCast, will debut this summer.<br /> <br /> “We have spent the last year interviewing production personnel on multiple continents to identify the challenges faced by today’s professionals,” Abelson said. “Our company was formed to create solutions to many of these challenges, based on a genuine understanding of entertainment production.”<br /> <br /> The Zeehi team, Abelson added, “includes some of the top professionals in the industry: designers, builders and/ or high-profile users of professional entertainment products. We’re leveraging that industry knowledge, and have brought on board some of the most experienced software developers anywhere, in the interest of helping the user community.”<br /> <br /> Also on board are software developers Vineet Joshi and Atul Barve, who bring extensive experience with coding solutions for the airline, energy, medical and online retail industries.<br /> <br /> “We see a great opportunity to adapt software technologies developed for global industries, and apply them to solving entertainment industry problems,” said Joshi. “This is a very exciting opportunity for us. Zeehi is currently beta-testing our first solution, which has been warmly and enthusiastically received by the production companies that have tried it. In time, we envision a family of software solutions to solve problems throughout the entertainment industry.”

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