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page on PROJECTION CONNECTION Starts Road Test: Elation Platinum Wash ZFX Pro, page 34 39 9RO&#11;&#03; &#14;&#16;&#11;&#19; -8/< &#15;&#13; &#14;&#15; Eurovision Song Contest 2012 RALPH LARMANN Scott Johnson, Radiohead Crew Member, Dies in Toronto Stage Collapse TORONTO — Staging elements for a June 16 Radiohead concert at Downsview Park partially collapsed, with falling structural elements pin-ning and killing drum tech Scott Johnson, 33, at the scene. Another crew member was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening head injury, and two others were treated at the scene. Although the structure had ap-parently been checked out by an engineer and approved for use, ac-cording to published reports, the stage’s roofing elements collapsed about 4 pm, an hour before show-goers were set to be admitted to the 7:30 pm show. continued on page 5 InfoComm 2012 A total 34,268 AV professionals from 90 countries came to Las Vegas for InfoComm 2012 from June 9-16. The trade event featured 933 exhibi-tors displaying the latest AV technol-ogy in 487,000 square feet of exhibit and special events space. PLSN’s cover-age starts on page 20, and continues on our social networking site, Pro-LightingSpace.com. BAKU, Azerbaijan — The complexity of the 57 th annual Eurovision Song Contest in late May was ampli-fied by the fact that nearly the entire production was imported to Azerbaijan from Germany via 100 rail containers, 110 trucks and two Boeing 747 cargo planes. LD Jerry Appelt and stage designer Florian Wieder worked with a long roster of supporting production companies and staff to put the contestants from 42 countries in their best light on the angular stage. In all, there were an impressive 2,891 lighting fixtures, 1,380 square meters of LED screens and more than 120 million TV viewers watching along with those packing the newly-built 23,000-capacity Crystal Hall in Baku. For more, turn to page 16 and 39. Who’s Your Hometown Hero? Vote Today! LAS VEGAS — It’s time for PLSN readers to vote for their favorite lighting companies now in the run-ning for a 2012 Parnelli Hometown Hero Award. The ballot is now online at plsn.com/hometown. It includes a total of 30 companies — five from five separate U.S. regions, and five more from all of Canada; they were nominated by PLSN readers in June. Voting takes place throughout July. The six regional winners will be an-nounced in August. They’ll also be automatically included on the 2012 Parnelli Awards ballot. The final win-ner will be awarded with the 2012 Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year honors at the Parnelli Awards gala, set for Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. 28 Buyers Guide Hate acronyms? Well, be thankful that there is another way to refer to Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation devices. ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down Cancel Alabama Show Due to Stage Safety Concerns ATMORE, AL — The Gang of Outlaws tour stop at the Wind Creek Casino and Amphitheater set for June 9 was cancelled due to stage safety concerns. The tour’s headliners include ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson. Roland Castillo of IATSE 134 San Jose, head rig-ger on the ZZ Top tour, was credited for canceling the show, according to a posting on the website for the Event Safety Alliance (eventsafetyalliance.org). “We’re definitely from ‘the show must go on’ school but had to draw the line this time when we found out that numerous hazards were present at the venue,” read a statement posted on ZZ Top’s website. “We couldn’t, in good conscience, do the show knowing that the safety for those on and off stage would be in jeopardy. We had hoped the situation would have been addressed and corrected by show time but, sadly, that wasn’t the case so we just had to ‘pull the plug’ for the sake of all concerned. We hope our fans and friends understand that the decision that was made was the only one we could abide in light of those conditions.” A statement from 3 Doors Down read: “Due to cir-cumstances beyond our control, 3 Doors Down and ZZ Top were unable to perform tonight at the Wind Creek continued on page 5 30 PLSN Interview Strictly FX partner Ted Maccabee gets involved in a lot of sub-specialties, in-cluding lasers, pyro, confetti and more. Company 411 Global Trend Productions is making a 36 bigger splash in video, from the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas to Alegra in Dubai. PRO LIGHTING SP ACE www.ProLightingSpace.com/join

Scott Johnson, Radiohead Crew Member, Dies in Toronto Stage Collapse

TORONTO — Staging elements for a June 16 Radiohead concert at Downsview Park partially collapsed, with falling structural elements pinning and killing drum tech Scott Johnson, 33, at the scene. Another crew member was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening head injury, and two others were treated at the scene.

Although the structure had apparently been checked out by an engineer and approved for use, according to published reports, the stage’s roofing elements collapsed about 4 pm, an hour before showgoers were set to be admitted to the 7:30 pm show.

Along with the announcement that the concert was cancelled and the tour would be suspended until July 10, where it would pick up again in Nîmes, France, the British band posted a tribute to Johnson, who was also from the U.K.

“We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”

Investigators from Ontario’s Ministry of Labor have been inspecting the partiallycollapsed staging structure, looking for what went wrong. The three inspectors and two engineers are reportedly proceeding with caution, as the structure has been deemed unstable.

Labor Ministry officials have requested documents from Live Nation, the concert organizer, along with Optex Staging and Services, Nasco Staffing Solutions and Ticker Tape Touring LLP, a company owned by Radiohead, according to reports.

Some 40,000 people were expected to attend the sold-out show, featuring Canadabased Caribou as the opening act. The weather — sunny, with light breezes — did not appear to be a factor.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Scott+Johnson%2C+Radiohead+Crew+Member%2C+Dies+in+Toronto+Stage+Collapse/1114133/118279/article.html.

Who’s Your Hometown Hero? Vote Today!

LAS VEGAS — It’s time for PLSN readers to vote for their favorite lighting companies now in the running for a 2012 Parnelli Hometown Hero Award. The ballot is now online at plsn.com/hometown. It includes a total of 30 companies — five from five separate U.S. regions, and five more from all of Canada; they were nominated by PLSN readers in June. Voting takes place throughout July. The six regional winners will be announced in August. They’ll also be automatically included on the 2012 Parnelli Awards ballot. The final winner will be awarded with the 2012 Hometown Hero Lighting Company of the Year honors at the Parnelli Awards gala, set for Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Who%E2%80%99s+Your+Hometown+Hero%3F+Vote+Today%21/1114135/118279/article.html.

ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down Cancel Alabama Show Due to Stage Safety Concerns

ATMORE, AL — The Gang of Outlaws tour stop at the Wind Creek Casino and Amphitheater set for June 9 was cancelled due to stage safety concerns. The tour’s headliners include ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson. Roland Castillo of IATSE 134 San Jose, head rigger on the ZZ Top tour, was credited for canceling the show, according to a posting on the website for the Event Safety Alliance (eventsafetyalliance.org).

“We’re definitely from ‘the show must go on’ school but had to draw the line this time when we found out that numerous hazards were present at the venue,” read a statement posted on ZZ Top’s website. “We couldn’t, in good conscience, do the show knowing that the safety for those on and off stage would be in jeopardy. We had hoped the situation would have been addressed and corrected by show time but, sadly, that wasn’t the case so we just had to ‘pull the plug’ for the sake of all concerned. We hope our fans and friends understand that the decision that was made was the only one we could abide in light of those conditions.”

A statement from 3 Doors Down read: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, 3 Doors Down and ZZ Top were unable to perform tonight at the Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, AL. This is due to numerous safety issues concerning the structural integrity of the stage, which included a significant risk of a potential stage collapse. 3 Doors Down would like to apologize to all of our fans who made the trip to see the show and rock out with us and ZZ Top. We will have more information at a later date.”

The casino’s management, which had suggested in published reports that other factors contributed to the canceled show, could not be reached for comment.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/ZZ+Top%2C+3+Doors+Down+Cancel+Alabama+Show+Due+to+Stage+Safety+Concerns/1114136/118279/article.html.

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