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Entertainment Production Industry veteran talking about anything and everything related to pro-audio, lighting, staging and video gear plus the people and companies who work in this great industry.

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Entertainment Production Industry veteran talking about anything and everything related to pro-audio, lighting, staging and video gear plus the people and companies who work in this great industry.

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This was a blast

By BrandChise - Feb 03 2019
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Never would have guessed David Cassidy was one of Henry’s favorite bands. Loved hearing the story’s about some of the most epic shows of modern times. Lots of fun and very informative. Marcel and Henry make a cool team of “Geezers” who sure do know their craft. Thanks for the fun! -Marc

Who wouldn't love this?

By LED Dude - Jan 28 2019
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A couple of self proclaimed "Geezers" telling stories, talking gear and doing interviews of industry icons.... PERFECT!

iTunes Ratings

9 Ratings
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This was a blast

By BrandChise - Feb 03 2019
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Never would have guessed David Cassidy was one of Henry’s favorite bands. Loved hearing the story’s about some of the most epic shows of modern times. Lots of fun and very informative. Marcel and Henry make a cool team of “Geezers” who sure do know their craft. Thanks for the fun! -Marc

Who wouldn't love this?

By LED Dude - Jan 28 2019
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A couple of self proclaimed "Geezers" telling stories, talking gear and doing interviews of industry icons.... PERFECT!
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Geezers of Gear

Latest release on Oct 16, 2020

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Entertainment Production Industry veteran talking about anything and everything related to pro-audio, lighting, staging and video gear plus the people and companies who work in this great industry.

Rank #1: #85 - Industry Leaders discuss COVID19 impact on the business and forward looking ideas

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This week, I pulled together 4 key industry folks to join me and discuss the impact this virus has had on our industry but more importantly, to give sound advice on things we can all be doing to get through this. If you only ever listen to one episode of GoG - this should be it! Thank you to Eric Loader from www.ElationLighting.com, Ben Saltzman from www.ACTlighting.com, John Featherstone from www.LightSwitch.net and John Wiseman from www.PRG.com. Also, please check out a few important links my guests wanted to share: Petition for Federal aid for the events industry Touring Career WorkshopFolding @ HomeSmall Business Administration Disaster Loans

Mar 18 2020

1hr 34mins

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Rank #2: #54 - Nick Whitehouse from Fireplay

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Fireplay is a unique business founded in 2017 by Nick Whitehouse and partners to provide a more unique and complete design experience to their clients, and better, fuller services to designers as well. With an eclectic and top client list including James Taylor, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Lady Antebellum, The Killers and so many more, Fireplay's system seems to be working brilliantly! 

Nov 20 2019

1hr 52mins

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Rank #3: #68 - Glyn O'Donoghue from MA Lighting joins us to share his story and discuss the new MA3

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If you've been to a lighting tradeshow anywhere in the world... in the past, ohhhhhh 30 years... you likely know this man! He's one of the best known sales guys in the industry and has been very closely connected to the success of the lighting control world with a long run at AC Lighting and more recently (and current), MA Lighting. Glyn shares stories from his career and gives us an update on the MA3 console, along with some VERY impressive numbers on that console as well. Episode 68 is sponsored by ACT Lighting. 

Jan 02 2020

2hr 4mins

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Rank #4: #95 - Christian Jackson... LD / Programmer.... You Tuber!

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Not only did Christian learn about lighting on You Tube, he's since learned to turn his You Tube passion into a lucrative part of his earning arsenal as well. Christian has a much larger You Tube, Instagram and Twitter following than ANYone in the lighting space and takes time to tell us why. But it doesn't end there, Christian is also a talented LD who has learned to do things right every step of the way. He's very different than what I expected, so I enjoyed very much getting to know this unique and talented Lighting Designer.

DIsclaimer: "Christian INSISTS he is not a Geezer!! 

Apr 16 2020

1hr 34mins

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Rank #5: #23 - Howard Ungerleider on 45 years with Rush and so many others along the way!

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Howard Ungerleider is in a very small group of guys who can say they've toured with one of the top acts in the world for 4.5 centuries! Did you know he started as a musician, then manager? Did you know Howard is American, but an "adopted Canadian"? So much was learned in a very fun and interesting conversation. 

In addition, we heard from Chris Conti, Chief Innovations Officer at PRG / VER, discussing Ground Control and more. Very interesting! All brought to you by Episode 23 Sponsor - PRG. 

Jun 05 2019

2hr 29mins

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Rank #6: #101 - The COVID19 Crew Update

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The crew is back! Join me with Eric Loader, Ben Saltzman, John Wiseman and John Featherstone, as we discuss the many updates and ideas concerning the virus and its impact on our industry. 

May 04 2020

1hr 25mins

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Rank #7: #80 - Patrick Whalen / Backstage Productions

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Patrick became intrigued by the lighting and production world early, while still in his teens. He took a slightly different approach though, writing a business plan for a lighting rental company he would call Backstage Productions. He didn't stop there, he shopped his business plan to some 30 odd banks before one finally bit, and gave him the money. So with his $100,000 (borrowed), Patrick ventured off to Chicago where he would buy his first "rig" from Pete's Lights. Since then, Patrick has worked with many top acts and continues today with a unique model in the latest iteration of Backstage. This episode is brought to you by sponsorship from ACT Lighting www.ACTlighting.com

Feb 26 2020

1hr 35mins

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Rank #8: #39 - Robert Roth - another Legend of lighting Design, Supply and a career Account Executive

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Robert's relationships and tenure in the rock and roll business are unrivaled - that's for certain. But what most people don't realize is that Robert is actually one of the best "solutions" guys in the business. His motto has always been "as a fireman, I have to run INTO the fire, not away from it" and that's earned him a seat on some massive tours, shows, events, etc. We also welcome Matthias Hinrichs, Product Manager from our sponsor, Elation lighting, to discuss the latest Rayzor 760 fixture. 

Aug 07 2019

2hr 32mins

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Rank #9: #42 - Eric Stuart talks Crowd Management, Event Security and safety as it relates to events and concerts

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Security and safety surrounding crowded public events and specifically, concerts have become a growing topic of discussion. We've seen tragedies including Manchester and Vegas that have impacted not only the people at those events, victims and their families - but have changed our industry to an extent. Eric comes from a lengthy background in Policing and has created a company, Gentian Events, to deal with this concern. 

Aug 29 2019

2hr 9mins

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Rank #10: #29 - Aaron Hubbard - Act Lighting

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ACT Lighting are a sponsor and huge supporter of the Geezers Podcast, so we're happy to have a conversation with Aaron Hubbard and learn a bit more about their offerings. Obviously, this episode is sponsored by our friends at ACT!

Jun 13 2019

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Rank #11: #63 - Patrick Dierson / The Activity.... "The BUSINESS of Design (vs the Art of design)

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Recorded live on the LDI show floor - Chances are - you've either met, heard of, employed, or been replaced by Patrick at some point. He's not only a talented designer, but a personality to be remembered. Patrick is passionate about design, but just as passionate about running a business. Also on the podcast, we were able to kidnap Greg Jones from Martin Professional - also our sponsor. 

Nov 25 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #12: #64 - LD Steve Owens talks about his longevity and ability to get the call time and time again

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Episode 64 - Brought to you by ACT Lighting...

Steve has always been a guy who is able to come in to a challenging situation and turn it around, to the point where he gets the call back. His career has spanned more than 4 decades, and there is no sign of stopping yet. You can say "Hi" to Steve on his big run with the Doobies next year on their 50th anniversary - with Michael McDonald back in the band! 

Dec 04 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #13: #91 - Industry COVID19 Discussion 2

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Once of our biggest episodes was episode #85 where I was able to assemble a top group of individuals who shared important information with our listeners. We decided to do it again, but this time, adding Live Nation executive, Tres Thomas. The discussion on this episode is very important and timely as well.

Included on this podcast we have host, Marcel Fairbairn, Eric Loader / VP of Elation Lighting, Ben Saltzman / ACT Lighting, John Wiseman / SVP PRG, John Featherstone / Founder and Partner Lightswitch, Tres Thomas / Live Nation

SORRY for the mentions of episode 92 - I was mistaken! 

Please share these important links: 

Crew Nation - supporting touring / event Crews: https://www.livenationentertainment.com/crewnation/

Fed Support for freelance or 1099 employees: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Apr 06 2020

1hr 30mins

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Rank #14: #45 - Mickey Curbishley on a career spanning almost 4 decades in the Concert Touring business

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Mickey got his start selling tee-shirts on tour with AC-DC which led to an opportunity to make a move into lighting. His first lighting tour was with Sir Elton and there have been countless others since. Brought up in a household that included his father, legendary Manager, Bill Curbishley (The Who, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, etc) - Mickey was taught incredible work ethic and continues to teach that today. It's also surreal to hear the story of SRV's fateful end in a helicopter that also took the life of Colin Smythe, Clapton's tour manager. 

Sep 18 2019

1hr 49mins

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Rank #15: #78 - Cosmo Wilson... LD

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Cosmo (Charles) Wilson began his lighting touring career in the 80s and really, hasn't slowed down! He's worked with a "who's who" list including The Stones, The Cure, AC/DC, Foreigner, Scorpions, Aerosmith and many others. Along the way, Cosmo has become well known for his positive "can-do" attitude and incredible work ethic. Today, he continues his work with Aerosmith who are months into their Las Vegas residency and hopes to go out again with AC/DC, especially since it’s his 30th year working with them. I think you'll agree after listening, that Cosmo is truly one of the nicest guys in the biz! This episode is sponsored by the find folks at Roe www.RoeVisual.com

Feb 19 2020

2hr 27mins

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Rank #16: #79 - Seth Jackson, LD, Production Designer and Creative Director

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We discussed Seth's upcoming book, Concert Design - The Road, The Craft, The Industry at length. So many great things about this book for people who want to get into this business. Seth has long term client, vendor and manufacturer relationships because he's got amazing work ethic and a great attitude, plus - he works on those relationships constantly. He's got a great story that starts with his first live concert, a Steve Cohen lighted Billy Joel show at 16 years old - that set his trajectory and hasn't stopped since. Today, Seth continues to work with both Toby Keith and Barry Manilow, along with many other tours while also teaching at his alma mater, Webster University where he served as a professor. Seth also has multiple projects with partner Nate Alves in their firm, Darkroom Creative. Be sure to check out Seth's new book HERE

This episode is sponsored by Elation Professional www.ElationLighting.com.

Feb 24 2020

1hr 53mins

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Rank #17: #87 - John Huddleston from Upstaging

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John is one of the nicest, hardest working guys I've met in the industry. He's fun, fair and firm all in the same guy! The company, like ALL in our industry, has been severely impacted by the COVID19 virus. Although they lost virtually 100% of their revenues, John and his team didn't accept the death warrant, instead looking for ways to keep their people, facilities and assets employed! From that, they've developed crisis related products and processes that have created work - and much needed revenues - for Upstaging. Our industry will absolutely survive AND thrive through this challenge, not by sitting back worrying, but by doing more of THIS.

Mar 25 2020

1hr 16mins

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Rank #18: #37 - Steve Lieberman, LD and Production Designer for EDM Festivals, Clubs and more!

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Having grown up in the rave world, Steve literally has Electronic Music in his blood. He has stayed very true to the format and built a very successful career as a designer for massive festivals including Ultra, EDC, Coachella and more. He's become the go-to guy for these shows, and continues to push the envelope on what's possible while remaining passionate and committed to the details. 

Jul 26 2019

1hr 42mins

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Rank #19: #96 - Troy Vollhoffer / Premier Global Productions

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Troy was literally born into show business. His grandfather ran a theater in his hometown of Regina, Canada and his father also ran a theater, while his mom handled costumes and wardrobe. Early on, Troy struggled between his music dreams and sports. He was an accomplished hockey player, and eventually opted to pursue a career in hockey. Selected from thousands of young players who try, Troy was signed to play in the juniors, then eventually, by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadians. But Troy never gave up on his desire to earn a career in show business, and eventually returned there. His company, Premier Global is a key player in the Nashville touring lighting biz. 

Apr 17 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #20: #28 - Grif Palmer discusses Disguise and much much more

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Grif Palmer has been a stable in the lighting and video space for 30+ years. His career has taken him through the very best nightclub designs and installs in the 80s, thru to the top of High End Systems and several video brands as well - to his current role at the head of sales for UK brand, Disguise (formerly d3). 

Jun 13 2019

1hr 23mins

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#121 - The Covid Crew is BACK!

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Another check-in from some of the brighter minds in the business, Eric Loader / Elation Professional, Ben Saltzman / ACT Lighting, John Featherstone / Lightswitch, John Wiseman / PRG and Marcel Fairbairn from GearSource. In another must hear discussion you'll hear them discuss the industry, the virus, politics and more. 

Oct 16 2020

1hr 13mins

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#120 - Tim "Quake" Mark

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Not many people have a bio that starts with: 

  • I had a gun pulled on me three times
  • I've been shot once, stabbed twice
  • I overdosed once
  • I've been in three bus crashes
  • Was in four bus fires
  • I survived two plane crashes. one with the Goo Goo Dolls in 1999 when the band’s plane skidded off a runway in Italy

Quake is a very impressive and highly respected FOH Engineer / Production Manager, with some incredible stories.  

Oct 09 2020

1hr 52mins

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#119 - Just Me... and my thoughts!

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I had a few things to say, and ended up talking into my mic for around 40 minutes... covering Politics, Business, COVID and more. I am a very passionate person who is doing all I can to help us recover... ALL of us. I hope you enjoy these honest to goodness Sunday thoughts! 

Oct 05 2020

42mins

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#118 - Cosmo Wilson at Ground Zero.... 9/11 a Tribute In Light

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Cosmo is a talented lighting designer, working for AC/DC and Aerosmith currently (well...) but so many others as well.  But most people know Cosmo as the Hawaiian shirt wearing, super nice guy who always has time for you. You may not know tho, Cosmo is a passionate patriot who loves this country. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that he has dedicated 2 weeks of his life to 9/11 this year, while helping to pull the Tribute In Light from certain death. 

Sep 11 2020

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#117 - We Make Events / #RedAlertRESTART

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Today on Geezers Of Gear - Brad Nelms joins me to discuss something we started to help our industry be heard, and to help promote and push for addition funding by way of the RESTART Act. We had no idea how quickly and how large this movement would become. On this episode, we talk about how we did it, the growth and expectations, and maybe even what you can expect in the future. Check it out! 

Aug 25 2020

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#116 - Patrick Dierson / Andrew Gumper pivot with Mod Pro Services

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There have been a few successful pivots in the production industry as a result of COVID19. A couple of notable ones are Upstaging with their production of PPE and Michael Strickland through his efforts to work between the entertainment world and the Federal Gov't to help bring relief to our industry. But there's another one that is as impressive. Fellow Long Island buddies, Patrick DIerson and Andrew Gumper - who both now reside in Las Vegas, like most of us, found themselves completely out of work when COVID hit in Feb / March of this year. Immediately, Andrew looked around his large facility - thinking "what can I build with all this stuff". It didn't take long, and the two settled on something... not just anything, but something BIG and bold, with the possibility of establishing a successful business that could transcend COVID and continue to operate in the "normal" world as well. Enjoy this fun and inspirational look into a couple of guys who thought "Oh shit - Now What!!?" and actually came up with the answer! 

www.modproservices.com

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCiRFcfJsP__ijGMkl2tJBLQ

Aug 07 2020

2hr 4mins

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#115 - Michael Keller / LD

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Michael's career in lighting began in the 70's following experimentation with colored lights and posters in his bedroom as a teenager. At the time, he had no idea he was in for a 40+ year career lighting some of the very top acts to ever perform. Michael has worked for Jefferson Starship, Santana, Tina Turner, Lionel Ritchie, Ozzy, and even a Beatle (Sir Paul). He's well known as a great guy with a wild sense of humor and threatened to show up for the podcast recording without pants (we were able to convince him otherwise). He also won a Parnelli in 2016... Well worth a listen! 

Jul 14 2020

1hr 19mins

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#114 - Cory FitzGerald

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Production and Lighting Designer, Cory FitzGerald, through his firm Silent House Productions has worked very hard to put himself in a place where he's working with some of the very top touring artists. His roster includes Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars and many others. 

Jun 30 2020

1hr 13mins

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#113 - Troy Eckerman

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He started with two older brothers leading the way into the lighting business, but at the time, had no idea it'd become many decades of enjoyment and prosper! Memorable events include Sir Paul McCartney at Coliseum and the Times Square New Years celebration for the Millennium. Episode comes to you courtesy of www.AyrtonDigital.com and www.ACTLighting.com

Jun 16 2020

1hr 42mins

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#112 - Tales From A Pandemic.... Cosmo Wilson

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Cosmo has stayed busy during his (so far) few months of isolation. First, he managed to get himself healthier, losing almost 50 pounds, but then got some surgery to fix a long nagging problem. Add to that some VERY enticing cooking and sunset photos along with his unbelievable stories from the road and WW2, Cosmo is a hell of an interesting guy! 

Jun 14 2020

56mins

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#111 - Neil Juneja and Joe Cole talk about Drive Thru Raves

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Finally someone who's actually done it! We've been hearing about these drive-in concerts and how the math simply could never work. These guys have figured out a way, not to get rich - but to get some of their team back working, and their gear being used a bit as well. Even on as few as 25-30 cars per show! 

Jun 06 2020

1hr 27mins

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#110 - Pyrotecnico's Rocco Vitale and Bob Ross

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Learn a bunch about the Pyro business from Rocco and Bob. Rocco's family is currently in it's 5th generation operating this US Based pyrotechnics and special effects company that was founded by his great grandfather, Constantino Vitale in 1889. 

May 27 2020

1hr 58mins

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#109 - John Wiseman... Tales From A Pandemic

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The 2nd in my series of "Tales From A Pandemic". John is one of my favorite people in OR out of the business, and I wanted to check in and just see what he's keeping busy with. Episide sponsored by www.ACTlighting.com 

May 26 2020

57mins

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#108 - Aidas Gimbutas.... Mainlight

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I love this guy! Not many with the sense of humor that Aidas has carried, throughout his career. One of the champions of practical joking, but also, a very astute business man... it all starts with passion, work ethic and a need to get it right. From his humble beginnings lighting prog-rock band Vanessa through to becoming the #1 cross-rental / hire shop in the USA, Aidas has always carried that same passion and desire to do the right thing. Episode 108 was sponsored by www.ElationLigthing.com 

May 22 2020

2hr 27mins

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#107 - Robb Jibson

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Robb got his start like so many, trying to find an answer to creating a "cooler look for his band". That led Robb to a job in his early teens, wrapping cable and cleaning the shop. Since that time, he's built a career in touring, corporate theater and creating amazing visuals. His company So Midwest, continues to grow and reach for new heights from it's base in IL. This episode was sponsored by ACT Lighting - www.ACTlighting.com

May 20 2020

2hr 16mins

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#106 - Michael Keeling

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Michael started his career like so many others.... sheer luck. 15 years old and hanging out with friends one day dreading the idea of returning to school... and one says "hey, come to work with me". That began a long run at his first job with ACDC (the company, not the band) which turned into Obies, then, eventually, his own business - Project X. Michael has created some incredibly creative music video looks including Lenny Kravitz, Are You Gonna Go My Way and Coldplay's iconic look for their Speed of Sound video, which really ramped up the market for Element Lab's Versatube. This episode is sponsored by Elation Professional www.ElationLighting.com

May 15 2020

2hr 20mins

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#105 - Production Industry Happy Hour 8

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Another weekly get together with some very smart and industry leading individuals - to discuss what's important to us all. Also, we hear from Nick Rivero, who's Medium Article, "Our Industry isn’t coming back like yours is", went viral over a 24hr period. You can see that article here: https://medium.com/swlh/our-industry-isnt-coming-back-like-yours-is-4cbf261194e1

May 14 2020

1hr 44mins

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#104 - David Davidian

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David's resume begins in the 70s and continues to grow today! David has worked with more artists than you can fit in this description with highlights including The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Night Ranger and Alice Cooper. He's been a Lighting Designer, Production Manager, Tour Manager, Video Director and much more through his almost 50 year career, and he isn't stopping yet! In fact, he's currently waiting for Alice Cooper and the Hollywood Vampires to get back on the road, hopefully later this year. David is the consummate professional who believes in being the guy who he'd like to hire... Behave like you'd want someone to behave. How can you ask for more? 

May 12 2020

1hr 36mins

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#103 - Joel Nichols of Apollo Design, Avid Labs and Blue Pony

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In the early '90's, Joel and his wife saw an opening for an opportunity to disrupt the process and price on delivering a pretty straight forward product for the entertainment industry, metal "gobos" or patterns. What started as a pretty small idea has become 3 very successful and unique businesses, all based from their hometown in Indiana. Joel continues to be driven by the need for better products in all areas, and they continue to seek out improvements in design, delivery and more. 

May 07 2020

2hr 35mins

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#102 - Production Industry Happy Hour 7

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In probably the best discussion yet, the industry gets together to discuss our current challenges, opportunities, ideas and more. This group is beyond creative and capable, and continues to blow me away with their positive input! 

If you want to join us for future happy hour calls, just shoot an email to geezers@gearsource.com and we'll be sure to include you! 

May 07 2020

2hr 3mins

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This was a blast

By BrandChise - Feb 03 2019
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Never would have guessed David Cassidy was one of Henry’s favorite bands. Loved hearing the story’s about some of the most epic shows of modern times. Lots of fun and very informative. Marcel and Henry make a cool team of “Geezers” who sure do know their craft. Thanks for the fun! -Marc

Who wouldn't love this?

By LED Dude - Jan 28 2019
Read more
A couple of self proclaimed "Geezers" telling stories, talking gear and doing interviews of industry icons.... PERFECT!