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Aerosmith’s Las Vegas Residency, Part One: Lighting & Stage Design

Earlier this year, legendary rock band Aerosmith launched an ongoing concert residency, Deuces Are Wild, that began in April and will run through December. Park Theater in Las Vegas hosted the first two legs of the residency in the spring, while the summer was filled with east coast shows and festival performances. The residency returns to Vegas on September 21.

With creative direction by Amy Tinkham, Deuces Are Wild is produced by Steve Dixon, who worked with the band’s management to hire design and production studio Fireplay “to design, direct, and produce the Las Vegas residency,” says Fireplay co-founder and CEO Nick Whitehouse, who collaborated with Fireplay’s Steven Douglas on the lighting design. “From the beginning, Amy wanted this to be true to Aerosmith, a big rock 'n' roll show and not tamed for Vegas. But we needed to elevate this show into a Vegas spectacle. Huge rock 'n' roll lighting, massive video, and some enormous set pieces were the result.”

Click through the slideshow to learn more about the lighting and stage design, and check out Part Two on the video design and Part Three on the special effects. And dig into the lighting plots here!


  • Producer: Steve Dixon
  • Creative Director: Amy Tinkham
  • Art Director: Jamie Lew
  • Assistant Director / Choreographer: Scotty Nguyen
  • Production Designer: Josh Zangen
  • Associate Designers: Alex Innocenti, Benny Or
  • Lighting Designers: Nick Whitehouse, Steven Douglas
  • Assistant Lighting Designer: Brian Vaughan
  • Lighting Director: Cosmo Wilson
  • SFX & Laser Designer: Kelly Sticksel
  • Laser Programmer: Will Kent
  • Content Creation: Pixomondo, Olivia Sebesky, Jamie Lew
  • Pre-Show Video Art Direction: Olivia Sebesky
  • Pixomondo Creative Director / Animator: Juan Delcan
  • Editor: Nick Gartner
  • D3 Programming: Rich Porter
  • Video Director: Colleen Wittenberg


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