Throughout June, L.A. singer-songwriter legend Jackson Browne was in the UK to play seven sold-out shows with Entec proudly supplying a lighting package to LD Steve Comer. Showing no sign of running on empty, Browne, the beating heart of the original Laurel Canyon scene, offered rich pickings from one of the most celebrated careers in American music history with back-up from long-time band members Val McCallum (guitar), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Jeff Young (keyboards), Bob Glaub (bass), multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel & pedal steel) and backing vocalist Alethea Mills.
Preceded by a four-date residency at Dublin’s Vicar Street, the UK run included a much-anticipated midway stop at the Royal Albert Hall in London where, typically, Browne’s set included such classics as ‘The Pretender’, ‘Doctor My Eyes’, ‘In The Shape Of A Heart’ and ‘Take It Easy’, the song he co-wrote with Glenn Frey that catapulted the Eagles to worldwide stardom in 1972. “The Albert Hall is one of the most prestigious venues in the world, so it’s a real privilege to light a show here,” said Steve Comer.
Originally an audio technician, Comer was soon drawn to the creative potential of lighting and joined the Browne crew after touring with the likes of country singer Wynnona Judd. One of the youngest in a crew that is mostly populated by colleagues who have served the artist for more than 20 years, the LD commented: “Jackson tours for about six months each year – three weeks on, three to four weeks off – which makes it impractical to work for other artists in between, however, I’m very fortunate to be part of this very tight family unit.”
Entec’s lighting package was supported by technician Ian ‘Mac’ MacEwan and, later in the run, Andy MacGeorge, who has previous experience with this crew. Said Comer: “Mac has been my crew chief over here since I first came to Europe with Jackson in 2008, so whenever I’m putting a UK or European tour together, he will advise me on the lighting companies we should approach. That’s how I came into contact with Noreen O’Riordan. She sent in an Entec bid and it was obvious from the start that this was a lovely company to work with, so we were happy to go forward.