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Guys It’s starting to reach the end of the tour and I’m kind of getting depressed about this.

Here are some fan photos from last nights gig in Fresno California!



A little something about the tour’s production

Mid-way through the tour, Fireplay and Justin’s Production team realized that the chosen tracking-based follow-spot system was not up to the demands of the tour. The crew were facing challenges with long set up and calibration times of the system. With numerous successful tours on the road using the Follow-Me system Fireplay decided to bring that Technology to the tour. On their stop in Huston, Texas, they switched to Follow-Me’s Remote Follow-Spot System.

Montreal-based Solotech, who are the Lighting and Video vendor for the tour, provided the Follow-Me Remote Follow-Spot system for Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods tour. They have a Follow-Me Product Specialist who oversees all their tours that are using Follow-Me ensuring that everything is operating smoothly and efficiently.

“What we like about the Follow-Me Remote Follow-Spot System is its laser precision, and accurate position of the cameras and instruments in the air, that provide a quick calibration and system set up saving us 2-3 hours on each set up.” Commented Antoine Malette, Technical Advisor for Solotech’s Lighting Department.

Follow-Me’s Remote Follow-Spot System has provided a new freedom for Solotech and the follow-spot operators. Once they get to know the system, they find that it is really easy to use. All the operators have to do is keep Justin in the cross-hairs and follow him around the stage.

The system is software based using a camera and moving lights in the truss. The operator sits at a computer controlling the entire system via a mouse, monitoring the stage from the camera feed on their MAC computer. “We have the freedom to move the lights via the mouse to highlight any performer on the stage, using our choice of lights.” remarks Antoine Malette.

Solotech has duplicated the set up to create a 100% redundancy. “It’s a lot of gear, however, we also have a vast array of effects. We wanted to ensure we could create the effects desired by lighting designer Nick Whitehouse while tracking Justin at all times.” commented Antoine Malette.

Nick Whitehouse commented “The Follow-Me system is fantastic, and the support has been world class. It’s the best follow-spot tool I know of that’s fast, accurate and flexible. It’s easy to control any light in the rig at any time and makes lighting JT in this complicated show and large environment easy. I know its saved JT’s Lighting Director Brian Vaughn hours of time daily which is essential on a show of this size.”

About A.C. Lighting Inc.

A.C. Lighting, Inc. is a value-added distributor of world-class lighting, associated rigging and video technologies for the theater, film, television, worship, exhibition and commercial markets.  A.C. Lighting Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor for premiere brands including Chroma-Q®LED lighting, Visa by Chroma-Q lighting and media control surfaces, ProLights high value and high-performance range of lighting, video and effects products, Luminex Networking Intelligence manufacturer of data distribution equipment, Follow-Me Remote Follow Spot Control Systems, LumenRadio wireless lighting controls, Jands StageCL and Prolyte staging and trussing.

For more information visit www.aclighting.com  or call 416.255.9494

About Follow-Me Remote Follow Spot Control

Follow-Me is a cost-effective Art-Net based software package that allows you to utilize standard moving lights as follow-spots. Where traditional methods of using FOH or truss mounted follow spots impose cost and rigging implications, Follow-Me offers a cost saving, quick to implement alternative. The Follow-Me product line benefits lighting designers, technical producers and event planners where performers require illumination. Using moving head lights, Follow-Me can be used to follow one or more performers, while individual fixture selection offers additional functionality of pre-set positioning for solo’s and surprise performances. Follow-Me offers a range of advantages over traditional follow spot usage including, lower labor costs, freedom in lamp positioning, improved follow-spot angles, eliminating kill seats, accurate timing for color bump cues, and following performers with gobo effects or color chases, plus, the operator no longer has to climb truss to operate the light.

About Fireplay

Fireplay is collaborative design studio. Their integrated team creates innovative spaces for the music industry around the world. Starting from breakthrough concepts leading up to perfect technical and production delivery for tours, events and unique experiences. Working closer with the artist is the best thing we know how to do.

About Solotech

Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 13 locations across Canada, the United States and Europe. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, and strategically located warehouses, Solotech is the one-stop shop for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control and collaboration solutions & services.

With over 40 years of experience, Solotech is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration. Its Live Productions Division offers an inventory of cutting-edge rental equipment for tours as well as special and corporate events. Its Sales and Systems Integration Division designs, sources, delivers and installs AV systems and solutions, notably for cultural and sports venues, schools, businesses and retail.

Solotech employs 1,200 professionals in its offices located in Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, Ottawa, Toronto, Las Vegas, Nashville, DeKalb, Los Angeles, Heywood, London and Redditch.

A little something about the tour’s production

Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Alex Lacamoire to receive honorary degrees from Berklee

Berklee College of Music will award degrees to some pretty big names in music this spring.

Grammy Award-winning artists Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott will receive honorary degrees at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 11 at Agganis Arena, as will Grammy- and Tony Award-winning Berklee alum Alex Lacamoire. The orchestrator is known for his work on Broadway shows such as “Hamilton,” “In the Heights,” and “Dear Evan Hansen.”

“This year’s honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their achievements and influences in music, and for their enduring global impact,” the college wrote in a press release.

On May 10 students will pay tribute to the honorary degree recipients by performing music associated with their careers, also at Agganis Arena. Both the concert and commencement will be closed to the public.

Berklee awarded its first honorary degree in 1971 to jazz legend Duke Ellington. Other past recipients include Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Willie Nelson, and former Berklee students Quincy Jones and Esperanza Spalding.

Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Alex Lacamoire to receive honorary degrees from Berklee

Bai lawsuit dismissed

(Whoops I must have missed the initial statements as I wasn’t even aware this was a thing 🤷‍♀️)

Justin Timberlake has scored a big win in the lawsuit accusing him of deceiving customers who bought the beverages he hawks after a judge dropped him from the case.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a federal court judge has dismissed all claims against Timberlake in the class action lawsuit filed over the ingredients in Bai Brands Beverages, which JT has endorsed

The judge ordered that the claims against Timberlake were filed in the wrong court and, as a result, the singer will be dismissed.

As The Blast first reported, Timberlake was sued as part of a class action lawsuit that alleged Bai was deceiving consumers with false and misleading labeling, saying they contain only natural ingredients and are flavored only with natural ingredients when they actually contain undisclosed artificial flavors in violation of state and federal law.

Justin Timberlake was dragged in for being the celebrity spokesperson and starring in their 2017 Super Bowl advertisement.

The singer denied all allegations of wrongdoingand sought for the case to be dismissed, arguing he didn’t know what is in the beverages he hawks.

The singer claimed there is no evidence he had a role in the design, manufacturing or distribution of the Bai drinks.

The court docs noted that despite the fact JT was given a promotional title of “Chief Flavor Officer,” it did not mean he actually was an agent of Bai.

Bai lawsuit dismissed