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Buyers Guide: Fog Machines, page 25 pag OJECTION on PR ONNECTION ts C ar t S e 1 4 Vol. 13.11 DECEMBER 2 0 12 A Whirlwind Tour for Video and Lighting Looks Ottawa Bluesfest Reports Point to Wind Wall Ties as Key Factor in Collapse OTTAWA, Canada — Although Ontario Ministry of Labor o cials issued a report earlier this year nding no evidence of structural defects that led to the July 18, 2011 collapse of the overhead stage structure during a Cheap Trick per-formance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, newly-published details cite the crew’s inability to quickly cut ties securing the structure’s fabric walls as a key factor contributing to wind loads on the structure as the storm hit the area. The Ottawa Citizen reported the new details, some of which were ob-tained via freedom of information leg-islation, in a story posted Nov. 19, 2012. continued on page 5 SoundGarden Hall in Philadelphia w Mark Marek’s SoundGarden Hall caters to under-21 and adult (BYOB) EDM fans in Philly with a blend of new and older xtures installed on a tight schedule by Ian Ho er of AuRo-Ra Sound & Light Design. For more, turn to Installations, page 37. Inside Theatre Scenic designer Todd Rosenthal frames Broadway’s 50-year revival of the Edward Albee drama, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with realism, clutter and stage dust. Biggest Events of 2012 London was the epicenter for big events of 2012, in terms of lighting, staging and projection. But Madon-na’s Super Bowl halftime show will also be hard to top in 2013. Focus on Fundamentals “Chip on board” (COB) technology may not be all that new, but it is becoming more a ordable, and the benets are real. Artists, Industry Support Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts Tyler, Joe Perry, Sting, and appearanc-NEW YORK — A Red Cross fundrais-es by Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Whoopi ing benet concert, Hurricane Sandy: Goldberg, Kevin Bacon, Jon Stewart Coming Together, featuring New Jer-and Brian Williams. sey’s Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Some of the same artists are also Jovi, Staten Island native Christina Agu-backing 12.12.12 — The Concert for Sandy ilera and Long Island native Billy Joel, Relief; supporting artists include Bon Jovi, among others, aired Nov. 2 at 8 pm The 12.12.12 concert takes place Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul Mc-(EST) on NBC-aliated stations, cable Dec. 12 in Madison Square Garden networks and websites. The telethon/webathon event Cartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who. raised close to $23 million over a four-hour span. Along with main sponsor Chase, backers for 12.12.12 The event was hosted by NBC’s Matt Lauer, and continued on page 5 also featured performances by Mary J. Blige, Steven STEVE JENNINGS Carrie Underwood wasn’t the only thing that was ying through the air on her recent North American Blown Away tour, lit by LD Peter Morse, with a production conceived by show director Raj Kapoor and set designed by Michael Cotten. The set’s video panels tilted and ew apart, too. “It’s the wildest,” Morse said, of the whirlwind e ect. Steve Jennings captured the show, and some insights on its design and execution, from Kapoor, Morse and lighting programmer/director Brian Jenkins. For more, turn to Designer Insights, page 32. Scaffolding Near Linkin Park Concert Collapses; 19 Injured, One Killed CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Nineteen Linkin Park concert-goers making their way from a parking area to Cape Town Stadium Nov. 7 were injured when temporary scaf-folding supporting a sports drink advertisement fell in high winds. One of the injured, a female, later died at the hospital; twelve others required hospitalization after the accident. The sca olding collapse oc-curred a little before 7 p.m., before the concert began, and the band, which hadn’t gotten word of the collapse, performed as usual. Linkin Park issued the following statement continued on page 5 20 28 38 PRO LIGHTING SP ACE www.ProLightingSpace.com/join

A Whirlwind Tour for Video and Lighting Looks

Carrie Underwood wasn’t the only thing that was flying through the air on her recent North American Blown Away tour, lit by LD Peter Morse, with a production conceived by show director Raj Kapoor and set designed by Michael Cotten. The set’s video panels tilted and flew apart, too. “It’s the wildest,” Morse said, of the whirlwind effect. Steve Jennings captured the show, and some insights on its design and execution, from Kapoor, Morse and lighting programmer/director Brian Jenkins. For more, turn to Designer Insights, page 32.

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Ottawa Bluesfest Reports Point to Wind Wall Ties as Key Factor in Collapse

OTTAWA, Canada — Although Ontario Ministry of Labor officials issued a report earlier this year finding no evidence of structural defects that led to the July 18, 2011 collapse of the overhead stage structure during a Cheap Trick performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, newly-published details cite the crew’s inability to quickly cut ties securing the structure’s fabric walls as a key factor contributing to wind loads on the structure as the storm hit the area.

The Ottawa Citizen reported the new details, some of which were obtained via freedom of information legislation, in a story posted Nov. 19, 2012.

Citing the portion of the Ottawa Ministry of Labor report written by engineer Robert Molina, The Citizen noted that crew members had trouble cutting ties securing the side and rear wind walls to the truss as the storm approached. Most of the fabric was still lashed to the structure when gusts of at least 117 km/hour lifted it upward, then backward, away from the crowd, but still on top of band, crew members and trucks as the structural elements fell.

The report cited structural design specifications that call for the fabric wind walls to be released when winds exceed 80 km/hour. With those walls released, the structure itself should be able to withstand winds of up to 120 km/hour, the newspaper noted.

The Citizen also interviewed crew members who were working on or near the 45-by- 17-meter stage structure, rented to the festival organizers by Groupe Berger, in a separate story published Nov. 18.

That account depicted one crew member trying to use wire cutters to free the stage structure’s fabric walls, and another who, in desperation, stabbed the fabric itself with a knife and saw that panel rip open by the force of the wind.

Both Molina’s report and a separate report written by Ontario Health and Safety inspector Jason Gordon noted that the same stage structure had withstood strong winds from a storm the week before, right before The Black Keys were set to perform.

During that storm, crew members were able to quickly cut the fabric wall ties. Molina’s report suggests that on the night of the collapse, the fabric wall ties were of a different material, harder to cut with just a knife.

Molina’s report also cited “a number of construction irregularities” that, while “not a direct cause” of the collapse, “demonstrated poor workmanship in the assembly of the stage,” including column segments secured with fewer bolts than specifed, and the use of bolts that were the wrong size.

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Scaffolding Near Linkin Park Concert Collapses; 19 Injured, One Killed

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Nineteen Linkin Park concert-goers making their way from a parking area to Cape Town Stadium Nov. 7 were injured when temporary scaffolding supporting a sports drink advertisement fell in high winds. One of the injured, a female, later died at the hospital; twelve others required hospitalization after the accident.

The scaffolding collapse occurred a little before 7 p.m., before the concert began, and the band, which hadn’t gotten word of the collapse, performed as usual. Linkin Park issued the following statement on their website after the performance:

“Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue. We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries.”

Lucozade, a sports drink owned by Glaxo- SmithKline, was a sponsor of the tour. Glaxo- SmithKline was cooperating with officials investigating what might have gone wrong with the scafolding, which was reportedly inspected and approved prior to use.

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Artists, Industry Support Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts

NEW YORK — A Red Cross fundraising benefit concert, Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, featuring New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, Staten Island native Christina Aguilera and Long Island native Billy Joel, among others, aired Nov. 2 at 8 pm (EST) on NBC-affiliated stations, cable networks and websites. The telethon/webathon event raised close to $23 million over a four-hour span.

The event was hosted by NBC’s Matt Lauer, and also featured performances by Mary J. Blige, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Sting, and appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Bacon, Jon Stewart and Brian Williams.

Some of the same artists are also backing 12.12.12 — The Concert for Sandy Relief; supporting artists include Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul Mc- Cartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who.

Along with main sponsor Chase, backers for 12.12.12 include Clear Channel, Madison Square Garden and The Weinstein Co. All three also sponsored the “The Concert for New York City” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Net proceeds for 12.12.12 benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund and its recovery efforts in the New York metro area.

Separately, the American Rental Association (ARA), based in Moline, IL, agreed to donate $6,000 to Sandy relief efforts, with $3,000 going to both the American Red Cross for short-term aid and the Salvation Army for longer-term recovery efforts. Along with its donation, the ARA Foundation noted the availability of the association’s Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Guide, a free download at arafoundation.com.

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