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Sniper Kills 50+, Wounds 400+ in Vegas Concert Shooting

“He opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert goers.”  Guess what, America?  This guy is a terrorist.

UPDATES, at the bottom of the post…

Quick editorial note right up front:
I spent this entire day from the time of posting arguing with people about my use of the word sniper in this article.  You’re right, he’s not a sniper, never was a sniper, and was not trained as a sniper.  Because of this decision I made to use that word, which I was using to describe a person firing from an elevated position, some were severely offended.  That wasn’t my intention, apologies all around.  Thank you.

I keep wanting to write ‘this is unreal,’ but we’re kind of way beyond that here in modern America.  A 64-year old coward named Stephen Paddock from Mesquite, NV opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay with automatic fire.  The video sounds like he was just emptying a magazine into the crowd, taking cover, reloading, and doing it again.  He killed at least 50 people, more than any time in US history.  I said a sniper shot in the title; this guy wasn’t a sniper, ever, he was never trained as such, I chose that word as a description of a person firing from an elevated position, thinking that people would equate that better than other choices that may have been more militarily appropriate.  I’m not military.

I’m sitting here listening to interviews of survivors behind me on the news — this happened last night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, 3-day country music thing going on in Las Vegas next to the Mandalay Bay.  I just saw a video this morning of automatic gunfire.  I have fired an automatic weapon several times (like many of us have), and that sound is indistinguishable:

Police in Henderson have commented that they found 10 long rifles in his room; he had automatic weapons.  If you have an FFL in America, get ready for that yearly visit I’m guessing.  The FBI is going to be looking for this automatic weapon/weapons’ history, because this guy had nothing on him legally, the police say he had a traffic ticket.  He had a female companion; they’ve questioned her, but details of that are sparse and conflicting.

This dude did this during Jason Aldean‘s slot — all crew and Jason Aldean are accounted for.

This guy shot a lot of rounds a long f**king way.  Seriously, look at this:

Most of the news we’ll learn will be today — LVPD is going to be searching this nutbag’s property this morning, I’ll update as I see.

Listen to this video — the video is very grainy, but the sound is unmistakeable, it sounds like clapping.  I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they discover drum mags in his room:

What is known right now about this mass killing in Las Vegas:

  • Shooter is dead; self-inflicted gunshot wound before the police could get in.
  • No motive yet.
  • The shooter had a pilot’s license.
  • 2 off-duty LVPD at the show were killed; two on-duty were wounded.
  • This guy was a local — from Mesquite, Nevada (80 miles or so away)
  • He had at least 8 firearms in his room, on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.  He checked in on the 28th of September.

Photos of this new nightmare:

An ABC News report that happened live:

More as I see it.  I’m sorry, everyone.

UPDATES

UPDATE, 10:47am Central:
Killed number has been updated to 58 and possibly 59 depending on one patient who isn’t expected to survive.
Wounded number has been updated to 518.

UPDATE, 15:52pm Central:

Some details on the shooter:

  • His father was a bank robber, Eric Paddock said. The FBI lists the late Benjamin Hoskins Paddock as being on the FBI’s most-wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977.
  • The father escaped from prison in 1969 and lived on the run until 1978, when he was arrested in Oregon, the Eugene Register reported at the time.
  • He has a brother — Eric Paddock — Eric Paddock said his father died a few years ago and that “he was never with my mom.” Eric said he was born while his father was on the run.
  • “He was a wealthy guy playing video poker … on cruises,” his brother said, adding that Stephen could afford anything he wanted and played $100-a-hand poker.
  • Authorities believe Paddock had a device similar to a hammer to smash the hotel windows prior to the shooting, Lombardo said. Officials think Paddock brought the weapons into the hotel by himself but did not provide specifics.
  • No military records so far for Stephen Paddock.

This guy is a terrorist — now he is a dead terrorist, having cowardly gone out the way he cowardly killed all of those people.

People jumping to get over the barricade away from the incoming rounds

The busted out windows of Stephen Paddock’s hotel room where he was firing at the crowd

Dude had Daytime aftermathUPDATE, 19:39pm:
Killed has risen to 59; wounded is now at 527.

On several occasions, Stephen Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day — and in some cases more than than $20,000 and $30,000 a day — at Las Vegas casinos, according to an NBC News source who read the suspect’s Multiple Currency Transaction Reports (CTR) and a casino gaming executive.

This guy had more than 16 rifles in the Mandalay Bay room, plus a pistol; the search of his home turned up more firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

 

Some hat tips/research list:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-concert-shooting-scene/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-attack-stephen-paddock-trnd/index.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lasvegas-shooting/lone-gunman-kills-59-injures-hundreds-in-las-vegas-concert-attack-idUSKCN1C70FU
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/02/las-vegas-police-feds-race-to-uncover-what-drove-aggressively-unfriendly-gunman-with-weapons-arsenal-to-kill.html
http://abcnews.go.com/US/50-dead-200-injured-las-vegas-deadliest-shooting/story?id=50223240
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/02/us/mandalay-bay-vegas-shooting.html





https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/las-vegas-police-investigating-shooting-mandalay-bay-n806461

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-attack-stephen-paddock-trnd/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/las-vegas-shooting-20-killed-scores-wounded-171002092103925.html
http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2017/10/las_vegas_gunman_stephen_paddocks_father_was_bank_robber_wanted_by_the_fbi.html
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-las-vegas-shooting-live-updates-carnage-concert-leaves-50-dead-100-injured-20171002-htmlstory.html


UPDATE:  Wednesday, October 4, 08:15am

The girlfriend is going to be questioned, she’s back in the states.  The sister’s story is that she was “surprised with a cheap ticket to the Philippines,” and that it was because she was sent away as to not get in the way of the planning.”  No shit, I just heard her say it.  The coward sent $100,000 to the Philippines a few before.

Murderer had cameras set up all around his room, inside and out; he was monitoring the room and the hallways, and one in the peephole of his door.

The guns inside the hotel room appeared to have bump fire devices attached to his rifles.  When you take them to the range and just have fun with them, they’re great.  This asshole used these currently legal devices and turning them into killing devices.  If you have one, I assume we won’t be able to have them anymore or they will become illegal soon.  He had 47 firearms (that’s the number today) in that room, several with long-range optics (scopes).  He was firing indiscriminately and picking targets.

There’s a picture out there of this jerk dead.  That’s how he deserves to be, for each of the families that he just ruined.

Photos coming, I’m on the road with spotty internet.


UPDATE:  Thursday, October 5, 08:14am

The general sense of the MSM news outlets is that there is more to the girlfriend’s story; at present, the coward killer gave her a “cheap ticket to the Philippines in order for her to visit family.  He also apparently wired her $100,000 for them to purchase a home there.  Then, in an interesting slice of irony, the girlfriend is back in the USA, and her attorney is speaking for her.  I personally find that odd, whether there is more to that is to be seen.

The killer’s girlfriend’s sister’s statement on video:

The girlfriend, Marilou Danley, had her attorney make a statement:

“It’s taken us this long to make a statement because it’s important to respect the investigative process. We wanted the FBI and the Las Vegas Police Department to have the first opportunity to talk to my client, Marilou Danley, about everything that she knew about Stephen. That being said, I have a statement to read from my client Marilou Danley. ‘I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred and my prayers go out to the victims and their families, and all those who have been hurt by these awful events. I have faith in God and I will continue to pray for everyone who has been harmed or hurt. I am a mother and a grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones. I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring quiet man. I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him. He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen again. A little more than two weeks ago Stephen told me he found a cheap ticket for me to the Philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip home to see my family. Like all Filipinos abroad, I was excited to go home and see family and friends. While there he wired me money, which he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family. I was grateful but honestly I was worried that first the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me. It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone. I have not made a statement until now because I have been cooperating with the authorities and I voluntarily flew back to America because I know that the FBI and Las Vegas Police Department wanted to talk to me and I wanted to talk with them. I will cooperate fully with their investigation. Anything I can do to help ease suffering and help in any way, I will do. Please respect my privacy and my family’s privacy. Thank you.”

Here’s current numbers and information:

  • 58 people killed plus the gunman, but f**k him.  59 including him.  58 actual humans died in his planned attack.
  • as of right now with this update, there are 172 people still in bed care at area hospitals in the LV metro.

More photos, some of these are f**king terrible.  I have also posted, at the bottom, a protected photo of the aftermath of the coward murderer’s rampage — I protected this image with a click-first image, but I posted this just like I posted the photo at Le Bataclan — this is history, and that photo is a reminder of how little this asshole valued our lives.

A person who just wanted to go see a concert. That’s a body.

Victim of the shooting — she needs four more surgeries on her wounded arm, according to the source.

LVPD reacts and remains behind cover during a pause in one of the bursts of fire

Bystanders attempt to get help for a shot woman at the show

This one haunts me — how many times have we walked those halls???

Another haunting image — she’s in shock. Someone needed to be there with her.

Aftermath of the field at the Rt 91 Harvest Music Festival after the stampede of people getting away from being killed

This image below is of Stephen Paddock, the coward who killed 58 people and wounded over five hundred, dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted GSW.  Click it if you want, if not, do not click.

 

 

Marilyn Manson Acting Like A Douchebag to His Staff?

I’m sure by now everyone has seen some flavor or cut of this video…  this is the one where Marilyn Manson is out at front-of-house slapping around faders and punching flat screen monitors.  You’ve seen this, I assume?

If you’ve seen Marilyn Manson live before, you know his shows are kind of intense.  I mean, intense is a pretty tame word for it really, he’s quite the performer.  This little video here though, what do you think of that?  He comes to FOH, throws what looks to be the mains up hot on the A1 (a few times actually), busts his ass on some kind of chair, then punches out an LCD monitor.

I suppose a few conclusions could be drawn about this — one of two of these things happened:

  1. Either Marilyn Manson is a talented performer, and every bit of this was choreographed or discussed, planned, and executed a la Brad Schiller and the Metallica days of the ‘ghost-in-the-show,” OR…
  2. Marilyn Manson was acting like a douchebag and he totally disrespected his FOH crew pretty hard in front of everybody.

Really, this could go either way, right?  Either way it went down, I think that crew did a great job of maintaining their professionalism.

You have GOT to read the comments on these videos, folks!  They range far and wide, between things like “I can’t believe he would do that to the people who make him look and sound good,” to “F*CK those guys!  He owns them!  He can go out there and shit on that sound board if he wants, he’s Marilyn Manson!”  Not much polarization between those two lines, huh?

What do you think of this bit of showmanship?  Appropriate?  Inappropriate?  Post your comments in the comments section!

Now just for reference, there is this…

and this:

aaaaaand this:

Oh, and this.

Here he knocks Ginger Fish right directly out:

Oh, rock and roll!

A Time-Lapse of the Maroon 5 Overexposed Tour Load-In

maroon-5-overexposed-rig

12 semis of gear.

115 rigging points.

112,340 pounds of hanging weight.

Meet the Maroon 5 Overexposed Tour load-in, to the tune of 3 minutes and 44 seconds!

Thanks to YouTube user Jeff Wuerth!

Hey Tupac, Holograms Have Come A Long Way, Huh!

Hey, how’s it going, world?  I’ve been pretty busy lately — Daphne and Fox have been keeping things running while I’ve been away.  Thanks, you guys.

I have to say it is amazing to have supportive colleagues and work in a place that gives its people the resources to rock and roll.  But enough about that, Have you heard that Tupac Shakur just did a guest spot at Coachella with Snoop?  Yeah, I heard that too.  But with everything, once I see something, I then go wait a second! and start looking at the history of the last time it was done.

Tupac at Coachella?!

I don’t know how many of you remember this, but back in 2006, the Gorillaz and Madonna did a set with some, uh, “holographic” folks – you know, the ones playing the actual music:

Then there was Snoop and Tupac last month, courtesy of AV Concepts in San Diego – everybody’s being real hush-hush about this, but the principle is fairly simple:

You know what?  I think that’s pretty cool.  There were a few times when the Tupac hologram seemed to have its global position moving (look for the times when Snoop was standing next to the Tupac hologram and the hologram seems to have its ground moving around, a la the Virtual Insanity video), but other than that, I’d have to say that was some pretty cool stuff.

One thing that most MTV watchers and general population of Coachella folks won’t see (or know to look for, frankly) is that this was done back in 2007 too, in a theatre (gasp!), and with Shakespeare (double gasp!), The Tempest, to be exact.  Well, to be even more exact it was called La Tempete.  The theatre company that put this show out there (and CONTINUES to put holographic shows out there) is called 4D Art, based in Montreal.  Check out these images, this stuff is fantastic:

This one just rocks me for some reason, it’s a really awesome image and interaction:

Back when I was in Oklahoma City and OKCU was being run by the now dead Don Childs, we priced out doing a similar type of thing for their annual A Christmas Carol, and we found that it was somewhere along the neighborhood of about $30,000 for a 20X40 foot piece of that holographic film.  That didn’t even involve the system of projectors and computer.  In the case of the Tupac “appearance” at Coachella, AV Concepts used something called the Eyeliner system, from Dimensional Studios in London.  The system consists of computers, projectors, and some holographic film.  From the Dimensional Studios website on the Eyeliner system, from the company Musion:

The primary components of a Eyeliner set up are:

  • A video projector, preferably DLP with an HD card/minimum native resolution of 1280 x 1024 and brightness of 5000+ lumens.
  • For smaller cabinet installations, a high quality TFT Plasma or LCD screen can also be used.
  • A hard-disc player with 1920 x 1080i HD graphics card, Apple or PC video server, DVD player.
  • Musion Eyeliner Foil + 3D set/drapes enclosing 3 sides
  • Lighting and audio as required
  • Show controller (on site or remote)

Subjects are filmed in HDTV and broadcast on to the foil through HDTV projection systems, driven by HD Mpeg2 digital hard disc players, or uncompressed full HDTV video/Beta-Cam players.

The setup is erected in either a bespoke cabinet or a self contained four legged ground support. Alternatively, the foil can be stretched into a truss framework and flown from its own hanging points.

In either configuration, Eyeliner allows for a full working stage or set to be constructed behind the foil. In so doing live actors or performers, as well as virtual images are able to interact with other projected images in such a way that it appears to the watching audience that all of the objects they are seeing are in stage.

It is therefore quite conceivable to have a live performer sing a duet with a ‘virtual’ partner, a cartoon character or even his/hers projected double.

All the images used on an Eyeliner system are three-dimensional images, but projected as two-dimensional images (2D/3D) into a 3D stage set. The mind of the audience created the 3D illusion. This means that production costs are minimal, needing only the single camera lens for filming and a single projector for the playback – hence the phrase ‘Glasses-free viewing’.

That’s some pretty awesome awesomeness.  Even more awesome, a video of some of the holographic highlights from 4D Art’s production of La Tempete:

Happy Monday, everybody!

Thanks to HuffPo for the Tupac image, everything else is from 4D Art’s website.

Some articles on the 4D Art production:

 

PHISH in Live Design

So, if you haven’t seen the piece that Marian Sandberg wrote in Live Design about Phish’s New Years’ Eve 2012 bash, you’re missing out, it’s a great piece.  If you’ve never been to a jam band New Years Eve show, you’re missing out, too.  Phish is kind of known for doing absolutely crazy stuff for the NYE show runs, as are other bands in the genre.  Typically across space and time it’s Auld Lang Syne and a huge bunch of balloons that fall from the ceiling at midnight, but depending on the band and the venue, it’s a pretty great experience.  I mean come on – hundreds of ten foot balloons falling from the ceiling of an arena with a bunch of people having a great time?  How could that NOT be fun?!

Check out Marian’s article, and check out this video of the midnight transition at Madison Square with Phish – pretty awesome!!!  There’s a part two coming up about the lighting design with Chris Kuroda, so stay tuned – and if you haven’t seen the Jam Cruise 10 lighting seminar with Chris Kuroda from Phish and Jeff Waful of Umphrey’s McGee, that’s something you should check out too!

I was at the NYE run in St. Louis at the Pageant with Jeff Waful and Umphrey’s McGee for the New Years run this year, and a very prominent music writer said, on the night of the December 31 show, “I just came from Madison Square last night from Phish, and this [Umphrey’s McGee] is the better show here in St. Louis.”  My face WAS IN FACT ROCKED over the four days I spent with Umphrey’s McGee.  Stay tuned for that footage, I have tons and tons.

Photo Credit – American Songwriter

A Quick New Years’ Eve Lighting Story

Happy New Year, everybody – as always, sh*t is kicking here at the Light Associated Media, LLC headquarters in Oklahoma City – soon to be relocating to Toronto, Ontario!  I can’t tell you why just yet, but it’s coming.  And it’s awesome.

But that’s not what this is about, this post is about an awesome story of two lighting designers hanging out on New Years’ Eve 2012.

So Jefferson Waful is lighting Umphrey’s McGee, as he does, and with fervor might I add, and I am there documenting the show, documenting Jefferson, and hanging out with my good friend Jefferson all at the same time.  On the 31st, during a particularly outstanding set in which not only the band and audience were all in step, but the lighting design and the audio engineering were the stuff of aural and visual dreams.  Right at the start of a song called “Ocean Billy,” Jeff turns to me and says into my ear:

This is my favorite song to run lights for.”

Guess what?  it’s now my favorite song for Jefferson to run lights for, too.  If you’re ready for your face to get rocked off and see why this is Jefferson’s favorite lighting delivery tune, watch the video below.

Pardon me while I pick up my face.

Umphrey’s McGee Covers “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at The Aragon!

I just got an email from Jeff Waful, lighting designer for Umphrey’s McGee, about their recent show at the Aragon Ballroom on November 26.  The video I got was a cover of The Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and it’s awesome.  Jeff needs to get a buymper sticker that sways “I Am the Master of Pan and Tilt Patience.”

Check it out!

Thanks, Jeff!

Early As F*** Phish Fix – TAB at Bear Creek

Well, I am up early today.  Oh, am I up early.

I needed a pick me up to get out of bed this morning – and since I am SO AWAKE RIGHT NOW and want YOU to share in on the earliness of this early hour, here’s a bit of Trey Anastasio Band doing Push On Till the Day at the Bear Creek Festival in Wisconsin.  Did you see the sick lineup?!  Oh my goodness:

Check out this video – if it doesn’t wake you up, then try some strong coffee:

I love festival lighting.  I have had my face rocked SO many times at festivals just like Bear Creek.

Thanks, YEMBlog!

Coldplay at Glastonbury 2011 – Monday Morning Video Love

Good morning, everyone – I trust that you had a decent weekend with at least a few hours of joy!

I got some pretty awesome video footage from JimOnLight.com reader Emily Holmden (@EmLah on Twitter) about the amazing projections at Glastonbury this year – you have to check out this video, way cool!  I also added another video for the tune “Fix You” (I like it, sorry) and its amazingly beautiful lighting looks.  Paul Normandale is Coldplay’s LD, and he never fails to rock off faces.  Awesome work, Paul.

Check out Every Teardrop is A Waterfall – AMAZING projections!

Check out Fix You – beautiful!

The We Love People Love Plastikman

One of the web’s favorite goatee-wearing personalities, Travis Bedard, posted this amazing video of the We Love crowd doing a large Plastikman event – for those of you who don’t know who Plastikman is, you need to fix that right away.

(Plastikman is Richie Hawtin – one of the most referenced electronic musicians ever.  He also does a lot with visuals and video.)

Check out this event video – May 8, 2010 at Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris.  Rock.

WE LOVE PLASTIKMAN from WE LOVE ART on Vimeo.