In our main touring feature this month, Steve Moles provides a detailed look at the production elements at work for Sir Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Currently set to play 300 dates over three years, Elton’s certainly taking the scenic route up the Yellow Brick Road to touring retirement. And, of course, there’s always the chance that he’ll ‘do a Cher’ and be back before we know it - though he insists he won’t. At 72, he’s explained that he wishes to quit life on the road to spend more time with his family. So, how could we not report on the famously flamboyant performer’s last hurrah?
From one spectacular show to another, we also bring you Kate Lyon’s report on 40-45 - Musical Spectacular, Studio 100’s ambitious follow-up to 14-18, covered by LSi back in June 2014. Also inside, Phil Ward enjoys a rare interview with Renkus-Heinz founder Harro K. Heinz, as the loudspeaker manufacturer celebrates an enviable 40 years in business.
Plus: Mike Wood plays with Chauvet Professional’s Maverick Storm 1 Wash for this month’s Technical Focus review; Dan Daley visits Harman Professional’s expansive manufacturing plant in Pécs, Hungary; Kate Lyon meets the team behind indoor drone show specialist Verity Studios; and we report on two recent shows held at London’s O2 Arena - Badu X Aiko, and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Becoming book tour. Plus, as ever, all your regular favourites and more. Enjoy . . .
As Elton John embarks on his final ever tour, Steve Moles visits Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome to witness history in the making . . .
Kate Lyon visits Brussels to report on Studio 100’s elaborate WWII-set production that deploys complex automation and much more . . .
As the pro audio specialist celebrates its 40th anniversary, Phil Ward speaks to company founder Harro Heinz . . .
Mike Wood reviews Chauvet Professional’s IP65-rated LED moving head . . .
Teodora Lyubomirova reports from London’s Alexandra Palace . . .
Dan Daley discovers the ins and outs of Harman Professional’s manufacturing base in Pécs . . .
LSi talks to The Activity’s Patrick Dierson about the technical details of Michelle Obama’s arena-sized book tour . . .
LSi reports from London’s O2 Arena as a unique pairing of iconic neo soul artists take to the stage . . .
Kate Lyon meets Verity Studios, the team behind ground-breaking indoor drone shows . . .
NEXT ISSUE*: Preview: PLASA Show, 2019 • Theatre: The Lehman Trilogy • Event: Prague Quadrennial • Venue: Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York • Tech: Powersoft’s X4L amp • Plus: Touring, the latest tech and more!
*Subject to change