LEDs Add Impact for Pierce the Veil Tour LOS ANGELES — For Pierce the Veil’s “Made to Destroy” tour, which ran Sept. 3-Oct. 16 across the U.S., lighting vendor JR Lighting Design supplied a rig centered on Elation LED fixtures chosen by LD Jeff Maker. The high impact looks started at the opening of each show, with a white kabuki drop used as a projection surface to portray an animated “crash landing” before every concert. “Each was custom to each city,” Maker said. “The kabuki released to reveal crashed rocket pieces in the form of two set pieces. The band came out of each section in space suits from inside the ‘malfunctioning’ rocket sections, and smoke billowed out of each rocket piece. Then it was pedal to the metal for an hour and 15 minutes.” Elation SixPar 100 LED Par lights were deployed to make the rocket set pieces and fluorescent panted backdrop pop, with Elation SixBar 1000 LED battens used to reveal another kabuki system. The main fixture in Maker’s design, however was Elation’s ACL 360 Bar moving batten. “Their versatility as the ultimate eye candy was a front-and-center focal point in every look I put together for this design,” he noted. Maker placed eight of the fixtures on two separate torms rigged upstage left and right, three mounted mid stage left and three mid stage right on cross sections, and five mounted in front of the drum riser creating a massive “V” that would ultimately translate to the veil in Pierce the Veil. The tour manager on the fall tour, Matt Jara-Ratajsczak, credited the fixtures for reliability. “We didn’t have a single Elation fixture compromised over the length of this entire tour,” he noted. “The fixtures are dramatic and distinctive and are definitely an asset.” Bright Lights, Live Music Accompany Tree Lighting Ceremonies NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, DC — It’s been more than a month since Donald Trump was elected president, and so far, at least, the Mexican government hasn’t financed a wall to keep a disgruntled majority of U.S. voters from entering their country. Instead, starting with Barack Obama’s immediate olive-branch invitation of Trump to the White House, and continuing with Christmas tree lighting ceremonies at the White House and New York’s Rockefeller Center, the news cycle in late November shifted from political rants and protests to families pledging to refrain from political discussions at holiday gatherings. The Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony took place despite pouring rain on Nov. 30, with back-up energy sources supplementing the solar panels used to generate electricity for the 50,000 LED lights gracing the stately 94-foot tall Norway spruce. New York mayor Bill de Blasio presided over the 84th Rockefeller tree-lighting ceremony, with the Radio City Rockettes performing along with Sarah McLachlan, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks, Tricia Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly and Pentatonix, among others. The event was broadcast live on NBC. The Rockefeller Center tree (standing only a few blocks away from Trump Tower) will be lit every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until Jan. 7., except for Christmas Day, when it will be lit around the clock for 24 hours. On Dec. 1, the Obamas gathered for their final White House tree lighting ceremony as the First Family. The 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, overseen by the National Park Service in its 100th year, once again lit up a living tree planted on the White House lawn. Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood performed here as well, joined by Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, James Taylor, Yolanda Adams, the Lumineers, Eva Longoria Bastón, Marc Anthony, Afro Blue, The Airmen of Note and Simone Manuel. The taped event aired on the Hallmark Channel Dec. 5. Son of Cirque du Soleil Co-Founder Killed in Luzia Accident During Setup SAN FRANCISCO — Olivier Rochette, 42, was killed during setup for Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia in San Francisco Nov. 29. The accident, involving a telescopic lift, was first reported to emergency responders at about 6:45 pm, according to reports. Rochette, son of Cirque du Soleil co-founder Gilles Ste- Croix, was rushed to a hospital with a head injury but died at 10:37 p.m. He had been working as a technician on the show at the time of the accident. “It is with immense sadness that we report a fatal accident,” Cirque du Soleil said in a news release. “One of our employees, a technician on the show, was struck by a lift and passed away from his injuries.” Along with the Nov. 29 performance, Luzia shows scheduled through Dec. 2 were canceled. Cirque du Soleil offered its full cooperation to help authorities investigate the cause of the accident. An investigation by California’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety is continuing. “I am heartbroken,” Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre said in a statement released Nov. 30, after Rochette’s family had been notified. “Olivier has always been a member of our tight family and a beloved colleague.” Luzia, a Cirque show with a Mexican theme, is a touring production with a cast of 44 performers featured in a tent specifically designed for the show. The custom Big Top-style tent for the Cirque production in San Francisco is located in a lot adjacent to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Luzia premiered in Montreal from April 21 to July 10, then moved to Toronto from July 28 to Oct. 16. It opened in San Francisco on Nov. 17 and was set to run through Jan. 22, 2017 before shows were canceled Nov. 29. Performances for Luzia resumed Dec. 3. Samsung to Acquire Harman in $8 Billion Deal SEOUL and STAMFORD, CT — Samsung Electronics will acquire Harman International Industries for $112 per share in cash, or total equity value of approximately $8 billion. The deal, announced Nov. 14, changes ownership for Harman-owned brands including Martin Professional lighting products and pro audio brands including AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL, Soundcraft and Studer. Full details of the transaction can be found on Harman’s website, harman. com, via plsn.me/Harman-Samsung. Tragedy at Oakland Rave OAKLAND, CA — The official death toll from a Dec. 2 fire that engulfed a 10,000-square-foot warehouse known as the Ghost Ship reached 36. Most were attending an EDM event taking place at the time. The fast-moving fire started at about 11:30 p.m. during the late-night EDM event, which was featuring artists promoted by house music label 100% Silk. Investigators believe that the fire may have been caused by an electrical problem near the back of the warehouse but that investigation continues. The structure was being used as an artists’ studio collective called Satya Yuga. The building did not have permits as either an event site or for residential use, although there were numerous reports of the building being used for both. Bucknell University Upgrades with LEDs LEWISBURG, PA — For Bucknell University’s 483-seat Harvey M. Powers Theatre and 175-seat Tustin Studio Theatre, lighting designer Heath Hansum worked with Starlite Productions on a lighting upgrade that included PHX LED ellipsoidals from Altman Lighting. Hansum noted that he enjoys “painting the stage,” and credited the LED fixtures as an improvement over the scrollers and other color-changing fixtures he’s used in the past. “The Altman PHX LED fixtures really have given us a new license to create dynamic color environments without sacrificing output,” he said, noting that the 250W fixtures were as bright as conventional 750W units in a stage shootout. Hansum cited other advantages including a way to bypass the “heat and power issues” from the conventional lamps, which need to “compensate for light loss from saturated gel transmission.” With zoom ranges from 15°-35° or 30°- 55°, a 360° rotating barrel and die cast aluminum fabrication, the PHX LED is available in a diverse line of LED choices including RGBA, RGBW, 3000K, 5600K, and tunable white versions as well. Hansum, who penned a grant proposal entitled “Going Green, and a Lot of Other Colors,” worked with Starlite, an Altman dealer based in Moorestown, NJ, after being awarded the grant for the upgrade. He noted that Altman PHX LED ellipsoidals let him create deeply saturated colors while incorporating gobos into those same fixtures without sacrificing output. “Their optics really are superior to other LED fixtures I have seen, and we are a bit spoiled now with their beautiful and seamless transitions of color.” In Memoriam: Kendall E. Carter, 53 OLD HICKORY, TN — Kendall E. Carter, 53, died Nov. 23, 2016 at his home in Old Hickory, TN, near Nashville. Born in Baker, LA, near Baton Rouge, he hit the road at age 19, heading out to Los Angeles and joining Showlites. He toured with top rock and country acts and helped Rhino launch its Louisiana office before joining VER as a project manager in 2012. Carter’s touring career included treks with Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Cinderella, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, REO Speedwagon, Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Power Rangers, The Moscow Circus and other well-known acts. Between tours, his hobbies included hunting, fishing and cooking for others. Predeceased by his parents Robert and Betty Carter and sister Yvette Carter, Kendall is survived by his wife, two children, a sister and brother. Visitation services took place Nov. 27, with a Celebration of Life memorial service following on Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. at Hermitage Funeral Home in Old Hickory. Widespread Panic Turns to Bandit Lites for Fall Tour Visuals BROOMFIELD, CO — Southern rock band Widespread Panic returned to the road for their annual autumn extravaganza, including Halloween-themed shows, with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The 10-day tour treated the jam band’s diehard fan base with both Widespread Panic’s own psychedelic songs and covers including Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” (complete with a confetti cannon) that hadn’t been played by the band since 1987. For each show, LD Paul Hoffman faces the daunting task of creating unique looks for a band whose set list is famously decided at the last minute, while still putting out recognizable looks that jive with the music and theme of the show. “I really do it pulling from a decade of experience lighting them — knowing the music beat-by- beat and note-by-note,” Hoffman said. “I can use the equipment to complement the mood of the music, being it hard and heavy or smooth and emotive. In recent years, adding video (which I also trigger simultaneously) has helped me underscore those changes.” To aid with the video additions (now a major component to Widespread Panic’s shows), Bandit also recently added Chauvet’s 6.9mm video panels to its touring inventory. “Halloween is a great time to have fun with video content,” Hoffman said. While Hoffman didn’t deviate from the band’s fall design that utilized Martin MAC Vipers, Bandit 5x5s and Robe 600s, he did upgrade to GLP X4 fixtures for front light. Bandit’s crew for the tour included Andy French, Wayne Lotoza and Chase Bosworth with additional support from project manager Don Lockridge and client rep Dizzy Gosnell. “I could never do this without them,” said Hoffman, grateful for their help. ETCP-Recognized Courses Offered by ETC MIDDLETON, WI — Electronic Theatre Control (ETC) is launching four new ETCP Recognized Courses that can be taken to provide points towards the continuing education requirement for ETCP renewals. Each class takes about an hour to complete, and one credit will be issued per course. “We’re excited to offer a new set of resources to our growing number of customers,” said David Fox, creator of the ETC courses. The classes are titled: DMX Theory Operation and Troubleshooting, Networking Fundamentals, Troubleshooting Technique and System Maintenance. For more information or to register, visit https://courses.etcconnect.com. BTS Counseling Fund to Aid Industry Professionals NEW YORK — Behind the Scenes (BTS), the industry charity supporting industry professionals sidelined by accidents and illnesses, is backing an initiative championed by choreographer/ stage technician Karen Sherman to support backstage workers burdened by depression, addiction and suicidal thoughts. The BTS Counseling Fund, designed to provide early access to mental health and addiction counseling, has a link to Sherman’s theatrical work, Soft Goods, which she’s worked on for a number of years. Co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), P.S. 122 (NYC), and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Los Angeles), Soft Goods was set to premiere Dec. 8-10 at the Walker in Minneapolis. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the fund. “I’m a choreographer whose day job is as a stage technician; I’ve worked both sides of the stage for over 20 years,” said Sherman, who approached BTS with the idea for the fund earlier this year. “While depression, anxiety, and substance abuse occur across every profession, many aspects of the stage production industry reinforce these problems,” Sherman noted. Soft Goods highlights this issue. Structured as a live load-in, tech, and rehearsal for a show that never happens, she has developed it in collaboration with an ensemble of technicians and dancers, all of whom appear in the performance in their actual roles. “I’ve lost many colleagues to suicide and alcoholism, including during the making of this very show,” Sherman continued. “In an effort to add to the project a tangible, real-life resource addressing the issue, I approached Behind the Scenes about creating this dedicated fund.” Tegan and Sara’s Love You to Death Tour Backed by All-Female Crew NASHVILLE — LD Emmanuelle “Gigi” Pedron hit the road with a crew of eight other women for Tegan and Sara’s Love You to Death tour this fall. The twin sisters toured in support of their latest album of the same name. 4Wall Nashville provided Pedron with the gear she needed for the tour, dominated by an upstage matrix of Ayrton MagicDot-R fixtures and floor-mounted Chauvet Nexus 4x4 panels. The 36 MagicDots created a curtain of light for Pedron’s design. “These fixtures are very versatile, fast, reliable, and French,” she said. The Chauvet Nexus 4x4 panels, used to create the dance floor, presented the girls with a dance friendly environment the LD wanted to convey. Pedron chose her rig to be very easy to re-scale, maintaining the look and feel of the show as it expanded and shrank to fit large theatres and small clubs on the itinerary. The LD, who has also crafted looks for Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and Beck, also commented on the difference between this trek and others, where the backstage crew is usually mostly male. The all-female crew, she noted, is “definitely a more chill vibe, and the job is done without drama,” she said, adding that “the bus smells fantastic.” Pedron also commended the support she received from 4Wall. “Jennifer Moore is an absolute delight to work with, and Cathie Berbena Lloyd’s knowledge of tour lighting is incredible.” Pedron also credited crew chief Chelsea Opdyke as her “second brain — I couldn’t have done this without her.” Cathie Berbena Lloyd, GM of 4Wall Nashville, also spoke on being a part of this unique touring experience. “It has been an absolute honor to be a part of this tour from start to finish. We so look forward to this trend continuing with our future tours.” News in Brief Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Special Event Services powered the looks crafted by LD Erich Meitzner for Wet, now touring in support of their early 2016 album release, Don’t You. Working with creative director James Bailey, Meitzner used Legend 412Z RGBW wash fixtures. More details at plsn.me/ChauvetWet Claypaky fixtures played a key role in LD Steve Lieberman’s designs for the 21st annual Nocturnal Wonderland music festival in San Bernardino, CA Sept. 2-4. Lieberman, who lit four of the five stages, used 50 Mythos and 76 Sharpy fixtures for the main Wolves Den stage. More details at plsn.me/Nocturnal-CP The Event Safety Alliance has accepted a seat on the ETCP Council. Steve Adelman, head of Adelman Law Group, PPLC will serve as the representative. More details at plsn.me/ESA-ETCP GLP’s X4 Bar 20 LED battens helped production designer Tobias Rylander create a dynamic and versatile light show for Texas-based instrumental band Explosions in the Sky. More details at plsn.me/GLP-EIS James Thomas Engineering’s 20.5” SuperTower system was used to construct a test stand at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) in Pasadena, CA for a return mission from Mars. More details at plsn.me/JTE-JPL Luminex Network Intelligence built an over-IP network solution for all video, lighting, audio, signage and laser effects at Jewel, the 24,000-square-foot nightclub that debuted earlier this year at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. More details at plsn.me/Jewel-Luminex Martin MAC Axiom Hybrid and MAC III Profile fixtures played a key role in LD Andrew Cass’ design for the Suwannee Hulaween Music Festival in late October. The lineup included The String Cheese Incident, My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, STS9, Logic, Umphrey’s McGee and more. More details at plsn.me/Hulaween Robe’s BFML Spots played a central role for Pitbull’s “Bad Man” tour. Michael Smalley of Twin Design used 46 of the fixtures serving as the main profile fixtures on a series of V-shaped trusses flown over the stage. More details at plsn.me/Pitbull-Robe
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