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Metal music, black tees, devil horns, and . . . VIP lounge packages?  We’ve come a long way since Woodstock.  Last month’s Ozzfest meets Knotfest mega-metal festival in San Bernardino, CA featured dozens of metal bands, including Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot, Marylin Manson, Deftones, and Prophets of Rage.  Four stages supported non-stop metal shredding with lighting…

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The more things change, the more they remain the same.  Before there was even a European Union, Metallica was bringing aggressive thrash metal into the mainstream.  This month the legendary California band begins an extended European tour, shredding the continent through May 2018.  While the music is Metallica’s unique brand of traditional metal (and may…

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Foo Fighters will be on the road through December promoting their ninth studio album, Concrete & Gold.  Following dates in Asia, the Seattle band will hit Berlin and London before opening their US fall tour at Cal Jam 17 in San Bernardino, California in October. Since 2010, Dan Hadley has been the group’s production designer and lighting…

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The North American phase of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour is now in full swing, with 63 dates from July to November.  Opening in Las Vegas after 44 dates in Europe, the tour will continue to Latin America and Australia through next year.  214 Solaris Flares are key components of a spectacular show that celebrates the…

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The Manchester band Stone Roses completed their European tour last month, highlighted by a sold-out performance at London’s Wembley Stadium. After a hiatus beginning in the nineties, the group’s successful comeback in 2012 made them the “Lazarus of Rock & Roll.” For their 2017 tour, lighting designer Paul Normandale of Lite Alternative Design included two…

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Daryl Hall and John Oates kicked off their 2017 summer tour last month at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The whirlwind tour across America’s heartland includes 30 dates through July.  The lighting design team of Matt Geasey and Jesper Luth specified 140 Solaris Mozart fixtures, as well as 600 IMS Mk2 RGBW lamps on…

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Grammy winners Clean Bandit are an EDM tour de force.  Following their critically acclaimed appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival earlier this month, the band is billed at Glastonbury and other summer festivals around Europe through August.  The American leg of their tour is scheduled for October.  In large venues and small, 18 Solaris…

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Making their first appearance at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this week, the Flare Q+ Rayzr and Flare Q+ Dynamic White are the latest innovations in the Solaris Flare range of LED fixtures.  The Solaris Flare is now universally recognized by top designers and programmers worldwide for its unrivaled brightness, versatility, and reliability, and now these two…

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In a bid for the title “The hardest working band in show biz,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers have 52 dates booked for The Getaway tour across the US, Canada, Europe, and Latin America.  Such a rigorous schedule requires rugged and reliable lighting fixtures, which is one of the reasons why the tour’s lighting rig…

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Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams tour will commence its Asian stadium leg later this month. The tour has already made history by selling out 100,000 seats in Singapore.  At the same time, Kings of Leon is winding up their UK tour and heading for America.  What do the Southern rockers from Nashville have in common…

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Dream Theater is once again bringing their progressive metal sound to Europe.  The first leg of their Images, Words & Beyond tour closes in Helsinki this month.  They will resume in April in the UK and close in Vienna in May.  Keeping pace with the fiery brilliance of the band’s veteran metal shredders are eight…

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NBC’s World of Dance is currently in production for a 10-episode rollout this spring.  Tasked with painting the stage for “The Biggest Dance Competition in the World,” Lighting Designer Oscar Dominguez of Darkfire Lighting Design brought his signature kinetic energy and a palette that included 24 Solaris Flare Q+ LR linear fixtures. “I’m in love…

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What better way to adorn a new Canadian seaside shopping mall than with a 45 ft. stainless steel and glass leaping salmon sculpture? Located near Vancouver, BC, the Tsawwassen Mills Mall opened last October and every night since, shoppers have enjoyed just such a noble work of art, brightly illuminated by a Solaris Flare IP…

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Grammy award winning singer/songwriter The Weeknd kicks off his 2017 world tour this month in Stockholm, with concert dates scheduled through July in Europe and the Americas.  The dynamic stage design boldly features 88 new Solaris Flare Q+ LR linear fixtures. “The Flare LRs are lining trusses inside the flown structure,” explains Lighting Designer, Sooner…

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Wonderama, a revival of the popular ‘60s kids variety show, rolled out this month on Tribune Broadcasting’s cable network, with a set featuring Solaris Mozart LED fixtures. Hosted by David Osmond (of the talented Osmond family), 13 weekly episodes are in the can with 30 more scheduled. “We’re using 14 Mozarts now, but I’d love…

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Mutemath’s 2016 North American tour featured Solaris SoLED strobes, adding visual depth and intensity to the New Orleans alternative rock band’s stage.  Reflecting on a successful 2016, Parnelli “Hometown Hero Lighting Company” Award nominee 44 Designs describes how the SoLED performed on the road. For the better part of a year, SoLEDs worked flawlessly on…

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On the heels of his highly acclaimed second album release “Skin,” Flume is taking his electronic genre on a world tour. The Australian producer has had a successful year of festival performances alongside an extensive headline tour of North America, Europe, and Australia. “The current leg of the tour uses 26 Solaris Flares,” says tour…

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My Morning Jacket (MMJ) founder and frontman Jim James embarked on a solo tour this fall, opening on the West Coast and closing Dec. 18 at Iron City, Birmingham, Alabama. Veteran MMJ Designer Marc Janowitz conceived a “forest” of 57 Solaris Mozarts as a main design feature for the tour. “The Mozarts are used as…

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Critically acclaimed Irish singer-composer James Vincent McMorrow’s kicked off his “We Move” world tour in Dublin on Oct. 7. Central to the set designed by Conor Jacob are Solaris Mozart RGB LED fixtures. The tour includes the UK, Europe, Canada, and the US, closing Dec. 1 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Five towers…

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When the house lights dimmed at the iHeartRadio Festival 2016, the lighting system, designed by Tom Kenny, included one of the largest rigs of Solaris Flares ever: 222 of the popular 1 kilowatt LED fixtures, with an amazing maximum potential output of over 7 million lumens. Taking place in the brand new T-Mobile Arena on…

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At LDI this year, TMB will once again feature exciting new technology in a laid back setting. The welcome mat is out! Take a stroll from one exciting product to another or just sit down and relax in the midst of terrific new gear: from fixtures, control, and networking; to cabling, power distro, and rigging…

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This year’s Queen + Adam Lambert Summer Festival tour began in Europe and will wrap up in Asia at the end of September. Queen’s long history of pushing the envelope both musically and aesthetically requires that their creative team bring their A Game. For the tour, Lighting Designer Rob Sinclair and Scenic Designer Ric Lipson…

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The Daryl Hall and John Oates 2016 tour kicked off this year at New York’s Madison Square Garden and will continue through the summer. Nashville based Morris, in collaboration with famed designer Jesper Luth, provided the production and lighting design. Featured in the design are 140 Solaris Mozart fixtures. “While these lights are small in…

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Featured on the current Mötley Crüe “final” world tour is Tommy Lee’s “Crüecifly” overhead drum kit “coaster”, highlighted by 24 Solaris LED Mozarts. The Mozarts, mounted on the underside of the drum riser, are the perfect eye candy to highlight Lee’s solos as he rolls high in the air on an elaborate “roller coaster” of…

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Florence + the Machine’s “infectious enthusiasm” at Glastonbury 2015 was enhanced by an elegant stage set with powerful, tasty lighting by Lighting Designer Rob Sinclair. To complement Florence’s dramatic and eccentric music (how many rock bands have a harp and vibes?), Sinclair combined new and traditional technology in unique ways to reinforce Florence’s grandiose performance…

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For eight seasons of NBC’s The Voice, Emmy Award winning Lighting Designer Oscar Dominguez of Darkfire Lighting Design has created scintillating lighting and sets worthy of tomorrow’s superstars. The production designs are a major part of the show’s success, and each year Dominguez raises the bar looking for ways to top himself. Enter Solaris LED…

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How do you turn common but necessary stage gear into an integral part of the set design? Lighting Designer Steven Douglas solved the dilemma by creatively mounting Solaris LED Mozarts, the versatile pixel-mapping RGBW fixtures, on key equipment for The Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers’ The Desired Effect tour. “We mounted Mozarts on the downstage…

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108 of Solaris LED’s unique new Mozart lighting fixtures are featured in the spectacular show designed by Eric Wade of FOHShow LLC for the 2014-15 USHER UR Experience World Tour. Commenting on the diminutive RGB fixtures’ versatility and impressive intensity for their size, Wade says: “Mozarts absolutely rock. We’re using them for internal set lighting,…

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In only their second use at a major concert event, 110 Solaris LED Mozart fixtures ringed the balcony rail of the Stade de France in Paris for the Beyoncé Jay Z On the Run HBO Concert Special. The Mozarts were chosen specifically to enhance the TV shoot featuring the tour’s closing dates, and stood out…

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In their first significant use on a major tour, 165 Solaris LED 16×1 fixtures have been performing flawlessly on Jason Aldean’s 2014 Burn It Down tour. “I chose Solaris 16X1’s because, based on my experience with the amazing Solaris Flare, I knew they would perform well for my needs,” says Mike Swinford, the show’s Lighting…

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Adding to the “experience” in Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour are 75 super-bright Solaris LED Flares. Selected for their amazing performance and versatility, these award-winning, RGBW wash/strobe/blinders – in a single unit! – provide over 33,000 lumens each in a variety of applications. By specifying the multipurpose Flares, Lighting Designer Nick Whitehouse reduced the…

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At Prolight+Sound Frankfurt, TMB proudly introduced Flare Jr, a powerful new compact lighting fixture developed with technology from the highly popular, award-winning Flare. The Solaris LED Flare Jr, now available for shipment, features many of the breakthrough advances of the original Flare, in a package one-third the size. Flare Jr with its tremendous RGBW output…

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At this year’s PLASA Show Awards Ceremony, October 7 at ExCel, London, the Solaris LED Flare lighting and effects fixture was honored with the coveted PLASA Sustainability Award. The eco-friendly concept behind the Flare’s design was recognized by the PLASA Innovation Award judges, who asserted, “This multi-purpose, energy efficient product will save loads of energy…

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Picture a musical Olympics with two weeks of international competition, climaxing in a final round with 170 million TV viewers, the largest musical show in the world – more than twice the audience of the Super Bowl! The Eurovision Song Contest has been softening national cultural barriers in Europe for 57 years. This year’s Eurovision…

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The amazing new, super-bright Solaris Flare RGBW combination wash/strobe/blinder is here, there, and everywhere, featured in a variety of this year’s high-profile productions:  The 85th Academy Awards; 55th Grammys; 2013 Miami ULTA Music Festival; and Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour.  From TV/film, to festivals, to concert tours, to architectural lighting the superior 1000-Watt brightness, efficiency, and…

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One-third of a million attendees from over 80 countries attended the 15th Annual ULTRA Music Festival this month at Miami’s Bayfront Park.  For six consecutive days, the show features the best in electronic dance music, including live appearances by Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, and many more. “Subtle electro-house music” is an oxymoron, and at this year’s…

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London, England Series Two of BBC One’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance concluded another successful season this month. Pushed to the limit for eight weeks, the four finalists and the set lighting proved impressive, dependable, and resilient to the very end. Four ultra-bright Solaris Quasar 15K strobes provided visual punch over the…

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London, England Series 8 of the BBC One hit show Strictly Come Dancing closed October with a Halloween theme featuring virtual lightning bolts, ghosts, goblins, and the finest amateur dancers in the UK. To add some real punch to his lightning effects, lighting designer Mark Kenyon specified Solaris Quasar 15k high-powered strobes. “The Quasar strobes’…

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FLASH!  Nashville television audience blinded by high-powered strobes!  So begins a headline that might have been, if ultra-bright Solaris Quasar strobes were not in the deft hands of lighting designer Bob Dickinson. Arrayed in a semicircle behind and above Kid Rock and the band, 11 15,000-watt Quasars beamed downstage, adding visual punch and creating a…

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Los Angeles, CA In May this year, contestants from EU nations and beyond gathered in Moscow to compete in the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, each hoping to become the next ABBA. The event has become one of the world’s largest production spectaculars. Procon Event Engineering of Hamburg supplied lighting, sound, video, and rigging gear and…

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