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Tait Rocks Metallica’s Tour with Major Scenic Elements
Metallica has kicked off the latest leg of their tour in Mexico City, with the show featuring elaborate staging concepts, created by the world-renowned team at Tait Technologies. With dynamic scenes of mayhem and destruction, the show elements developed by Tait draw the crowd right into the chaos. The band will perform eight shows in Mexico before heading to San Francisco and onward to Canada. The Vancouver shows, on August 24 and 25, will be filmed for the upcoming "Metallica 3D" movie, set for release in 2013.
The Tait mainstage elements include the full video stage (40 metres long, 15 metres wide, 1.5 metres high) on the field of play, surrounded by the crowd. The 9 metre ‘Lady Justice’ statue, is built-in, in its entirety, in the course of one number via an overhead crane system, as the band blasts "Justice For All". The statue collapses into pieces as the music fades. Four 10 metres hydraulic towers fitted with 12 moving lights are placed at each stage corner and rise vertically during show and then crash down during the destruction sequence. Twelve automated crosses with internal LEDs rise during show.
Overhead elements include a large scenic electric chair (5 metres tall, 2 metres wide, 2 metres deep) which is flown in by two winches. Four tesla coils, held by winches, generate lightning bolts (10 volts) that fly across stage and strike the electric chair. This is the first time a tesla coil effect of this scale has been used in front of a live audience. A large scenic toilet appears from overhead on winches and a scenic hand holding a sword rises from it. Ten large coffins (20 feet long, 8 feet wide) house video tiles and moving lights and they fly over the crowd, powered by high speed chain motors. Two scenic trusses are dropped onto the stage during the destruction sequence; these are made from polycarbonate cores with a hard coat top and scenically painted. All movements (apart from the coffins) are controlled by FTSI’s ‘Navigator’ automation system.
All of the Tait elements travel in 15 standard 53 foot trucks (14 for scenic elements, one for staging).
3rd August 2012
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