American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins played a string of European dates this past August as part of a much anticipated reunion tour. Playing in support of a new album, Zeitgeist, the band then headed to North America for an extended leg of the tour.
Lighting for the European dates included MAC 2000 Washes, MAC 2000 Profiles, Atomic strobes with Atomic Colors scrollers and LED tubes. Lighting supply for the European tour was by Bandit Lites UK with Bandit programmer/lighting technician Greg Shipley handling lighting design duties.
"The band likes to feel surrounded by their set. After I designed and presented several plots the band chose the final design that we carried for the tour. I chose Martin lights for many reasons but durability would have to be at the top of the list. The European tour was out for one month and there were no issues whatsoever with the Martin gear," Greg stated.
Used for backlighting and as floor lights, Greg mentions brightness and zoom ability as exceptional MAC features. Greg would like to thank Shawn Lear "for being a great crew chief," as well as John Wynne and Tom Crosbie of Bandit Lites UK.