Knoxville company has been lighting the way for Garth Brooks since the beginning


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) A Knoxville company has been lighting the career of Garth Brooks since he started performing, helping him become the superstar he is today.

Bandit Lites has been seen around the world for the past 40 years, forging the industry in concert lighting. In the late 80's, they decided to take a gamble with a guy with a guitar named Garth Brooks.

"At the time he was basically unknown and we weren't sure what he would turn out to be," Bandit Lites CEO Michael Strickland said. "But he turned out to be the biggest entertainer in the world."

Brooks has made headlines recently with rumors of a return to touring, but Strickland said they aren't rumors at all. It's a fact Brooks is going back out on the road.

"If you've listened closely, he's been saying he was going to tour again since he retired," Strickland said.

And Bandit Lites will be there to show the world Brooks' comeback.

"It's going to be big, and it's going to be exciting, and it'll be the tour of the year for the next three or four years probably, because Garth is the consummate entertainer," Strickland said.

As for any trade secrets of what Brooks' return will look like? Strickland isn't revealing anything, other than it's something that's never been seen on stage before. He's bragging the latest technology with the biggest, brightest, and most extensive light show ever put together for a stage performer.

And it's to the tune of about four million dollars worth of lighting.

"The lights are sort of the icing on the cake," Strickland explained about Brooks' show. "But Garth has a heck of a lot of icing."


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