Production Designer René Lagler to create the set for “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick at the Las Vegas Hilton

LAS VEGAS – September 2, 2009 – Emmy award-winning production designer René Lagler is designing the set for “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick at the Las Vegas Hilton Sept. 13-15, 17-19 and 21-23.

René Lagler was born and raised in Switzerland before attending Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His production design career has spanned more than three decades thus far and along the way his work has been recognized with five Emmys and 16 nominations. He is known for his contemporary and classic designs of more than 2,500 awards shows, sitcoms, talk shows, game shows, network news shows, major events and retail establishments. He designed the 57th Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards from 1983 through 1987 and the Country Music Awards from 1991 through 2006. Lagler was also the production designer for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and for the seven events for David Wolper’s Liberty Weekend in 1986 which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

Some of his other projects include redesigning the newsroom studios for CNN in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He designed four Democratic National Conventions between 1988 and 2000 as well as two Presidential Inaugural Galas in 1993 and 1997. Most recently, Lagler designed the 100th National Governor’s Association Meeting in Philadelphia.

“I’m very proud and honored to have René Lagler on our team. He’s an esteemed production designer with several awards to his name,” said Bill Edwards, producer of “Sgt. Pepper Live.” “René and I have known each other for over a decade; I couldn’t imagine asking anyone else to design our stage.”

Cheap Trick is best known for its classic singles “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender.” The band recorded the album All Shook Up in 1980 with Sir George Martin and Geoff Emerick, producer and engineer of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Last week, Big3 Records released the Sgt. Pepper Live album and DVD featuring Cheap Trick, which debuted at #83 on the Top 200 Billboard chart and had an impressive #6 debut on the Billboard Top DVD chart.

Tickets for “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick at the Las Vegas Hilton, Sept.13-15, 17-19 and 21-23 (all at 8 p.m.) are priced at $65, $80 and $95 plus tax and fees. A portion of the proceeds for each show’s ticket sales will be donated to the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares. Tickets can be purchased at the Las Vegas Hilton box office or by logging onto www.lvhilton.com, www.vegas.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361. For more information on “Sgt. Pepper Live” featuring Cheap Trick, please visit www.LVHilton.com, www.CheapTrick.com or www.BillEdwardsPresents.com

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