A.C.T's grandmas on tour with Genesis.LOS ANGELES, CA--Noted lighting designers Patrick Woodroffe and Dave Hill are using two full-size grandMAs for "Turn It On Again - The Tour" which reunites Genesis band members Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks. Woodroffe and Hill employed the grandMAs in multi-user mode to program the show quickly and efficiently; during the concerts one console controls the show while the other runs in full-tracking backup mode.
According to programmer Dave Hill, the lighting design created for the tour has never been done before. "Of all the stadium shows I have done this is the best visual one," he reports. "With Genesis the design develops as the show goes along. It looks pretty when the day lights change into night lights and, in addition, the drapes and pods come up."
The grandMAs trigger 12 universes of DMX. Four NSPs are integrated into the network, three for running the show and one as spare. The grandMA controls a lighting rig consisting, among others, of 36 VARI*LITE VL5s beneath the roof, 14 VARI*LITE VL6Bs on the front of the roof, 50 Robe ColorSpot 2500E ATs on the floor and high ribs, 74 Coemar Infinity Wash XLs on the brow and high ribs, 65 High End Studio Beam PCs set across the front of the stage and illuminating the nets hanging in the background, 41 Martin Atomic 3000s on the pods and floor plus 20 ZAP Technology BigLite 4.5s, six ZAP Technology Little BigLite 3.0s and six 85K Hungaroflash T-Lights. A Barco Daylight screen, measuring 15x40 meters, displays high- and low-res components.