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Production Designer Cosmo Breaks from Tradition as GLP X4 Joins Foreigner Set

Production Designer Cosmo Breaks from Tradition as GLP X4 Joins Foreigner Set

Germany - With Foreigner and Styx embarking on a joint headline tour, experienced production designer Cosmo Wilson has opted for the impression X4 series — GLP’s current touring workhorse.

All the impression X4 fixtures used on the recent Foreigner/Styx tour were purchased specifically by vendors Tour Tech East, with whom the LD also worked on the Foreigner/Journey 2012 tour.

Cosmo Wilson has been working with Foreigner since 1979, and started running lights in 1995. He had first familiarised himself with the X4 on a corporate show in Texas where, due to weight restrictions, they were brought in to replace conventional Pars. "I was impressed with the throw of the X4 and mainly the fact that they mimicked Par cans more than any other LED Par I had used. This was a defining moment for me."

It convinced him to specify them for the Foreigner/Styx tour. And when Cosmo called his programmer and associate designer, Steve Richards, for LED recommendations he promptly vindicated the decision by also promoting the X4. "Since I had already had some experience using them, Steve’s recommendation sold me."

The tour budget defined that Cosmo would use 64 of the fixtures. "The idea was to utilise modern technology to give me the look of the old Par can shows, which goes hand in hand with the band’s music. Using the impression X4 gave me that big Par rock show look, but used a lot less power, made the daily focus a breeze, and gave the touring lighting crew a much easier rig to assemble."

Steve Richards assisted in the design, plotting and programming of the lighting before handing over the Lighting director reins to Dan ‘Spot’ Lastovka for the Foreigner/Styx tour duties, since Cosmo was already committed to the Aerosmith European tour.

Despite maintaining the ‘old school’ approach to Par can lighting with his other charges, Cosmo Wilson can unquestionably see a future role for its LED counterpart. So has the leap of faith been justified? "Yes, I think it has in the sense that this was the right light for the application I was looking for at the time," he admits.

"The two best things I liked about the X4 were firstly the throw, and the fact that it mimicked a Par, and secondly the fact that the source wasn’t just a bunch of different coloured dots of lights. Give me the attack and decay of an incandescent, and we’ll really have a winner!"

4th November 2014

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