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Ian Cameron - Past entertainment projects

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Chris Rea - Road to Hell

Whilst back in Australia working for Tower Lighting in Perth, I met Dave Ridgway, then the LD for Chris Rea who we provided the lighting for at the Perth Entertainment Centre. Whilst talking to Dave after the show, I mentioned that I would dearly love to design a show for Chris Rea (cheeky sod!) but Dave did call me some months later and arranged an interview with Paul Lilly, then Chris's manager, who very kindly offered me the job! A big thank you to Dave Ridgway, without whom I would possibly never had the opportunity to do so many and varied lighting designs in the UK. I took over from Dave (who by then was up to his neck in the operations on the then fledgling Neg Earth Lights), to finish the 'Dancing With Strangers' tour of Europe in 1988. Also in 1988 came the 'Driving Home for Xmas' tour on which I used Vari-lites for the first time for a Rea show. This was a co-design with Patrick Woodroffe, and the start of a long term friendship.
May 1989 saw a tour of the Gulf with Chris, taking in Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bahrain and Dubai. In June 1989 we toured the USA doing showcases then in December we embarked upon Chris rea's biggest tour ever, the 'Road to Hell' tour which ran until March in 1990 and took in most of Europe. I would think this was the pinnacle of my lighting career, due in no small part to my very good friend Fraser Elisha, who programmed the Vari-lites and operated alongside me on the tour.

 


Jamiroquai

In late July and early August 2001 I was approached by an old friend, David 'Zop' Yard, to fill the role of Production Manager for Jamiroquai in the absence of 'Pete the Greek' (their long time PM) who was unable to do those dates. A lot of organisation, rehearsals and one major show at Knebworth were the result and very gratifying it was to work with such a great bunch of people. I left quite soon after, returning to my house in Australia, totally unaware that this was to be more than just a 'fill in' job for Pete. In late 2001 I was again approached by Pete to assist him as Stage Manager for Jamiroquai and ended up touring to Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia with them before returning to the UK for Arena shows in February and March, more European arenas and Roman Amphitheatres in May, June and July, then a final leg of the 'Funk Oddesy' tour in October and November.

 


Zucchero

Working closely with Ken Watts over the years with various shows including Neneh Cherry, George Michael, The Blues Brothers, Whale form Sweden, and various London West End theatre productions has broadened my scope and technical range, and, although Zuccero was not the first act I have acted as production mabnager for, I believe it was this tour and Ken's able assistance and advice that gave me a fuller understanding of the finer points of the job. A big tour in big venues with big logistical problems. A challenge I enjoyed!

 


Ken Watts & Me

Blues Brothers / Dave Hill & Patrick Woodroffe

I started work as lighting director on The Blues Brothers theatre show in August of '93 after being recommended to David Pugh (the producer) by lighting director Patrick Woodroffe. I had worked with Patrick previously on Gary Moore in 1992 and the Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Xmas' tour in 1988.

Dave Hill, (a long term mate whom I met whilst he was working in Australia way back in the early 80's) does a lot of programming for Patrick and was responsible for the bulk of what is still seen to this day on the show. I left the show as a crew member in March 1994, but have remained associated with the production for nine years on and off, in varied roles including lighting director (on Patrick's behalf whilst he was on tour with the Rolling Stones) set carpenter during production builds, CAD drawings for the set and associated theatre installs, and a brief stint as Production Manager, filling in for long time friend and mentor Ken Watts.

 


Me, Dave & Patrick