The Week in Lighting & Sound
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Awards News - Bandit Lites was named as 'Lighting Company of the Year' at the 2008 Parnelli Awards Ceremony. The annual awards event took place at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino on 24 October in conjunction with LDI. Rock & Roll legend, Alice Cooper hosted the event. Bandit president, Pete Heffernan, vice-presidents Richard Willis and Mike Golden and San Francisco general manager, Dizzy Gosnell were among Bandit employees to attend the awards ceremony and accepted the award on Bandit's behalf.

Comeback News - Led Zeppelin are planning to tour and record but without frontman Robert Plant. Bassist John Paul Jones told BBC Radio Devon that a new singer was being sought after Plant ruled himself out. The last time the band performed together was at the O2 arena in London in December 2007. Speculation has since been rife that the surviving members of the band, with Jason Bonham, son of their late drummer John Bonham, would go back on the road. Jones, speaking at a guitar show in Exeter, Devon said: "We are trying out a couple of singers. We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there."

Curious but true - Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has said he has never seen Saturday Night Fever all the way through, despite writing the film's seminal soundtrack. "It's not that I can't watch it," he told BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme. "It's just that I'm restless." The star even admitted he had walked out of the film's US premiere in 1977 after just 30 minutes. The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever is one of the biggest-selling albums of all-time, with more than 40m copies bought around the world.

And finally - A waxwork head of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has gone on a magical mystery tour after it was left on a train. Businessman Joby Carter had collected the model of the mop-topped sixties star to be auctioned. The head was left in a bag under a seat on a train from London at Maidenhead station in Berkshire. "So far, we've had a lot of hoax calls from people claiming to have seen the head but nothing concrete, said Mr Carter.

(Jim Evans)

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