It was 1979, I believe, and I was working as an LD for a local lighting production company, and one of my gigs was lighting the “rising star” concerts at a local 3,000-seat venue. I had been sending out resumés like a madman and had gotten a tentative “yes” from Supertramp and a firm “yes” a few months later with Styx as a production assistant. As was my custom, I studied the band's style, designed a plot, and executed two shows in Portland and Seattle. After the Seattle show, the road ...

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