Lighting Insights


I’m With The Band – Steven Douglas and the Killers

The “craorag” in this Irish lighting designer’s company name, “Craorag Lighting,” comes from the old Irish term for “crimson.” How fitting, since in Celtic folklore this is often considered the color of magic and fantasy! The words not only aptly describe Douglas’ imaginative lighting style, they also nicely apply to the captivating shows he creates […]

Creating Space for Breaking Benjamin And Alice in Chains

A Bandit Lites supplied rig anchored by 40 Rogue R2X Wash and three COLORado Solo batten fixtures did double duty for two iconic groups as they toured 30 cities together. In the process they demonstrated their flexibility, as they contributed to shows by Breaking Benjamin and Alice in Chains. Here is how they did it: […]

Jason Baeri – Embracive Light

More than a few touring LDs have been known to say that running their consoles is akin to playing a musical instrument. The comparison works well for them, but this New York-based lighting programmer, designer and director takes a somewhat different view. Rather than seeing his work through the prism of hitting a snare drum […]

Anatomy of a Rig – Craig Richter’s Halestorm Tour

Sometimes you have to delve into the past to rediscover ideas that open the way to something sparkling and new. This well-known Nashville-based designer demonstrated that in colorful fashion this summer with his widely praised and much-talked about design for Grammy-winning rockers Halestorm on their 16-city summer tour. Always looking to add a new dimension […]

Tom Kenny and Color STRIKE M at iHeartRadio Music Festival

What’s in a name? Sometimes, just a glimpse of the total picture. Take the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival. Although it’s called a “festival,” this star-studded event is also, at is core, a nationally televised special. Tom Kenny always has this duality firmly planted in this mind when designing the lighting rig for this two-day series […]

I’m With The Band – Howard Ungerleider and Rush

On July 1, 1974, this acclaimed designer was asked by his agent, the New York based American Talent International agency, if he would like to go to Canada to help a young, up-and-coming band that had just signed to Mercury Records get started with touring. At first, he was, by his own account “a bit […]

CHAUVET Professional – Revs Up Red Hot Chili Peppers

“We are deeply grateful and savoring every nanosecond of this,” Flea proclaimed to fans at the start of one Friday night show on the Red Hot Chili Peppers Global Stadium tour. It’s a safe bet that everyone in the sold out arena knew exactly how the legendary bass guitarist felt. None of them would have […]

Anatomy of a Rig: How Vine Live Came To Life

Zimbabwean media executive Napoleon Nyanhi knew exactly what kind of image he wanted to project in Vine Live, the video recording session he was putting together in the capital city of Harare headlined by the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir. It had to make a powerful statement for the music collective with big, bold uplifting looks. […]

I’m With Band – Keith Hoagland and Jason Aldean

His seminal 2013 Madison Square Garden show sold out in 10 minutes. The same year, fans in New England, gobbled up 70,000 tickets for two Fenway Park concerts, making it clear to all that Jason Aldean’s star power shined far beyond the “traditional” country fan base. With their 19 buses and trailers, those shows were […]

Nico Riot Purposeful Light

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary, Picasso once observed. Although the great artist never tried his hand at lighting design, (imagine what he would have done with color mixing LEDs!), his words aptly describe the philosophy that this French designer has followed when lighting shows for clients like Marilyn Manson, GOJIRA, and the 2021 […]

Black Keys Feel Real With STRIKE 1

Embarking on their first full-scale tour since the pandemic, the Black Keys were eager to get back to the basics, eliminating all distractions, and turning out rock infused blues with the free-flowing spontaneity that has made the duo from Ohio one of the most powerful forces in popular music. Patrick Carney, the band’s drummer described […]