Guns N’Roses drew on a range of classic rock imagery when they designed their Not In This Lifetime tour, including their own Use Your Illusion outing from 1991 to 1993.
However, they deployed a range of contemporary fixtures to achieve the effects, according to lighting director Ron Schilling.
The lighting scheme designed by Phil Ealy of West Coast Visuals features a fixtures by Czech manufacturer Robe including, in the stadium version of the rig, 74 BMFL WashBeams, 32 BMFL Spots, three BMFL Blades and 10 Pointes.
The tour’s universally-used lighting rig also includes nine custom-made lighting pods and a floor package.
“The BMFL Spots are generally used to light the stage and the audience in a wide variety of gobos and colors, with the WashBeams being the true workhorses of the rig,” says Schilling. “They’re programmed into a number of distinctive groups, so they’re not all doing the same thing at the same time, which adds texture, depth and versatility to the show.”
Lighting was provided by Upstaging in the US and UK-based Neg Earth in Europe, while the tour has played America’s Century Link Field (cap. 72,000) in Seattle and Qualcomm Stadium (70,600) in San Diego, Germany’s Olympiastadion (74,500) in Berlin, and Download Festivals in the UK and Spain’s (85,000 and 100,000 respectively).