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Panic! at the Disco Tours with Bandit Lites
USA – Panic! at the Disco wrapped their spring tour with a lighting package provided by world renowned lighting company, Bandit Lites. The American pop/rock band known for their clever lyrics and distinctive sound released their fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor earlier this year, and is gearing up for a co-headlining summer tour with Weezer.
Lighting designer Alex Specht of Spechtrum Lighting created a multi-layered look using a floor package that symmetrically parted a center drum riser with Martin MAC Vipers and Chauvet RH1 Rogues along the deck, road cases and four 6 foot truss towers with alternately hung Chauvet Nexus 4x4s and Atomic Strobes.
“When travelling with only a floor package, I like to make sure I have all of the elements to create various layers,” said Specht. By layering spot fixtures for colour saturation and gobo effects, beam fixtures to cut through with sharp aerial effects, LED pixel array for colour washing and eye candy, and a set of strobes to elevate the attack and raise the excitement, he fills the space with sensational visuals.
“I love Martin’s CMY colours,” said Specht of his fixture choices. “The magenta is saturated enough to create the missing spectrum of purples that are not found in other brands. The Nexus 4x4 provides a great continuity to the overall look as a backdrop or an effect piece, and I love the boldness of the attack and the beam angle on an Atomic, a lot of power for an affordable price.”
What follows is a plethora of looks ranging from dramatically dark and silhouetted to rich and brightly saturated.
“Aligning the fixtures along the upstage edge helps create a depth that can use a minimal amount of fixtures and execute an immense looking stage show,” Specht said.
Bandit client representative Shawn Lear shared: “It has been such a pleasure working with Alex and Spencer Jones on this tour. Alex’s vision on the design and thoroughness in constructing multifaceted looks with a floor package displays only the highest level of lighting acumen, and I look forward to all opportunities to work with him in the future.”
“Bandit has been great working within our budget,” finished Specht. “Preparation was made easily so that I could unload the gear and connect it right away the first time looking at it. Everything made sense and went up efficiently and within a small frame of time. I never had to hesitate to call up with concerns while on the road.”
5th May 2016
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