Spent a quick 24 hours in Vegas meeting the Dragons camp. All very nice friendly fellows. I got the lighting set up with a couple of guys and a bunch of Christie Lites gear. It was all in really good shape. The set pieces arrived from Gallagher staging that morning and were all set up before I got there. Sean Flynn is my lone light tech and he shall work his butt off for a few months while he gets his feet wet in this business. I needed a young kid that was willing to work for a decent, yet not great wage on a club tour.
What makes this kind of cool is that I have know is dad Warren since the eighties. I took Sean;s brother Mike on his first tour back in the 90's I think. A 311 trek across America. So I guess I'm well known in that family. Think they may have 1 other bro in the biz, but I can't remember if that's true.
They open tonite in Tempe at some small club. My buddy Featherstone went thru rehearsals with them in Vegas and is attending. He took care of all the content on my half moon screen. Chris Tousey set up some mini macs with Arkaos media servers that got triggered by Justin at the M1 console.
I flew right back to Kid Rock. Shows are going fine as we only seem to do 1 in a row, which is nice. He's been griping at me cause he's a perfectionist. And I don't hit every single cue exactly right yet. See I have a few songs that have different arrangements. I have different cuelists on the GranMA2 for this purpose. But they each have different macros that I use to jump straight into other segway songs etc. Something this artist can do at the fly at any time. And I have to keep up. Really, it's not hitting all the light cues that is hard. It's hitting all the macros on time to easily transition from one song to the other without lights flipping, changing colors and going dark at all.
During this week I came down with that cold flu thing that swept the nation. Knocked me silly for a few days. Finally back on my feet tonite on an off day. Went to see Django, the Tarentino flick. Love everything the guy does, but really appreciated some of the cool lighting in this one. Lots of great white backdrop/moonlit scenes. Horses with lanterns, silhouette shots etc. What an art form that movie lighting is. Sometimes I wish I went down that road.
As I approach burnout, I'm going to see if I can catch 8 hours of straight sleep before the next load in. Then back to fixing cues.