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Vh1 Rock Honors - The Who

Vh1 Rock Honors - The Who
Lighting Vendor PRG
lighting designer Tom Kenny
lighting Crew Mike Grimes, Ronnie Skopac, Mike Appel, Kathy Beer, Bryan Klunder, Don Baker, Darren Webb, Reed Anderson, Jon Ellar, Jason Livingston, Jason Trowbridge, Nate Murphy

LEDs Amplify VH1's Tribute to The Who

LOS ANGELES — LD Tom Kenny has a long history with both VH1 and The Who, so he was a natural choice to design the lighting for VH1’s third annual Rock Honors, where a variety of bands paid homage to The Who. Kenny relied on Coemar Infinity Wash XL and ParLite LED lights to amp up the visuals of VH1’s tribute.

“The Who are innovators of rock ’n’ roll lighting and visuals. From the 1970s on, they have always tried to be on the cutting edge,” Kenny said. In all, 120 Infinity Wash XLs and 160 ParLite Leds are part of the large rig used on the UCLA-based Pauley Pavilion set designed by Keith Raywood for the Rock Honors show, which airs on VHI on July 17 at 9 p.m.

“The lights multi-tasked because the show encompassed lots of different looks,” Kenny said. “They needed to be really versatile and afford lots of options.” The 1400-watt Infinity Wash XLs have a CMY-S color mixing system and effects and features include dimming, indexable beam shaping in 360°, pan/tilt and a 6° to 80° zoom.

The ParLite Leds come with four automated programs of color changing and fading. They also offer full-range dimming, synchronized or random strobe effects and a range of colors generated by a convergent RGB color system. The 36 LED Luxeon lights, 1-watt each, have a life expectancy of 100,000 hours.

“I chose a lamp that would be very powerful and a beam that would accommodate the looks needed for this huge rock’n’roll night,” Kenny said. “And I chose hazebase base hazers because I needed a really nice, thin, water-based system. These hazers are truly fantastic. They are anything but fragile, and work very well. They do it all.”

The first Rock Honors show to pay homage to just one band, the musical tribute includes performances from Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and The Flaming Lips, plus appearances by Incubus, Tenacious D, Adam Sandler, Sean Penn, Rainn Wilson and David Duchovny.

Proceeds from ticket sales for the show, directed by David Mallet, will benefit charities including The Teenage Cancer Trust, the Double O Charity, VH1 Save The Music Foundation and select VHI Classic Rock Autism organizations.