Following the recent Austin City Limits Festival, emails began to circulate amongst the Widespread Panic community. Questions were asked as to the whereabouts of lighting director Dino Derose. After days of speculation the Austin Police found Dino's body on the side of the road, apparently a hit-and-run victim.
In addition to Dino's work with Widespread Panic he had an extensive career and had worked with Kiss, Eric Clapton, Megadeth and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Candace Brightman, of Grateful Dead fame, has now assumed the roll of lighting director for Widespread Panic.
There is a big, big hole in our crew's heart right now. Dino Derose was a veteran of not just our camp, but of the industry as a whole. He was loved by all of those he worked with and all of those he worked for. For Widespread Panic he helped usher in a new level of professionalism and artistry with our light show. His work ethic was exemplary and I don't hesitate for a moment when I say that Dino was one of the hardest working men I have ever come in contact with. I am certain that I speak for all of us out here when I say that. More so than anything else however, Dino was our brother and our friend. Soft spoken with a heart of gold, Dino Derose was one of a kind. We love you Dino... rest in peace.
Production Manager/FOH Engineer
[Published on: 10/3/05]