GrandMA Take Metallica Tour to a Better Place

GrandMA Take Metallica Tour to a Better Place

LOS ANGELES, CA—MA Lighting's grandMA console is on the bill worldwide for heavy metal great Metallica's 2008-2009


Metallica on tour with grandMA. coffin-clad concerts. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

The show theme, echoing the coffin motif of the 25-year-career heavy metal wizards' latest release, Death Magnetic, boasts eight 2- ton lighting structures, courtesy of lighting designer John Broderick. Programmer Troy Eckerman reflects that on the current tour, everything is "zero time cue — fast and furious. It's all about horsepower and intensity, full-on and in-your-face."

Besides Martin Stagebar 54 LED luminaires with full-size tracking backup in line for every show, the original lighting design had entailed a hard-edge, all wash light array, to be controlled by grandMA. "We'd needed lots of power to make a big statement," says Eckerman. "And it takes lots of lights, almost all on all of the time."

Eckerman acknowledges that at these majestic Metallica mortuaries, things get very loud and very bright. He adds that, given the circumstances, the grandMA console has been holding up "as stable as ever. It's never been a problem."

MA Lighting's grandMA consoles offer immediate solutions ready for such applications as theaters, television, clubs, musical events, concert touring, amusement parks, or cruise ships. They're able to control moving lights, conventional lights, and effects, as well as LEDs and video — even when working in real time with maximum channel count. grandMAs provide a truly flexible and comfortable programming and operating environment, and are capable of controlling huge numbers of devices, elegantly.