Shine a light

Patrick Woodroofe has worked as the Rolling Stones’ go-to lighting designer for 31 years, including for their current “50 & Counting” tour that stops in Boston this week.
Patrick Woodroofe has worked as the Rolling Stones’ go-to lighting designer for 31 years, including for their current “50 & Counting” tour that stops in Boston this week.RALPH@LARMANN.COM

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In 1977, Rod Stewart fired his lighting director four days before he went on tour. “They looked around the room and said, ‘He’s done it,’ ” recalls Patrick Woodroffe with a laugh.

Thus began a nearly 40-year career as a sought-after and award-winning lighting designer, illuminating everything from operas to the Olympics, rock concerts to Raquel Welch.

Woodroffe has worked with a star-studdded roster of artists including Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” tour. Among his longest associations is the 31 years he has spent as the Rolling Stones go-to lighting designer, including for this year’s “50 & Counting” tour, which comes to the TD Garden Wednesday and Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets: $147.50-$597.50. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

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