In the decade since Trans Siberian Orchestra (TSO) debuted, this is the first year that they incorporated a video element into their tour and they went to XL Touring Video to implement it.
TSO runs two identical tours simultaneously and XL provided each tour with 88 Element Labs 1 meter VersaTubes which illuminated and accented four pieces of truss that were used overhead. Lighting designer Brian Hartley says, “I knew I wanted Versa Tubes from the beginning, they are the coolest things.”
John Wiseman, president of XL says, “I’ve been watching from afar as the TSO phenomenon continues to explode onto the scene. From a few theatre dates to two simultaneous sold-out arena tours. When the chance came up to support the design for Brian Hartley, and support Craig Redden at Q-1, we jumped at it. These tours will do nothing but continue to gather steam as it becomes a staple of the US touring scene”
The eight-week arena tour, times two, kicked off November 2 in Charleston, WV, and will wrap up December 30 in Washington, DC. Technical support and set up on behalf of XLTV is LED man John Bowman with LED tech Johnny Jordon on site.