ZZ Top wanted “a plain simple rock show” when they embarked on their 50th anniversary tour, spurning moving lights for a show dominated by traditional, par-can-style looks.
According to lighting designer John Lucksinger, one of the challenges was to achieve a big impact with lights that would fit into minimal transport space for a tour of venues including the Coral Sky Amphitheatre (cap. 20,000) in Palm Beach, James Brown Arena (8,000) in Augusta GA and Boston’s Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion (5,200).
“I tried to get an old-school look with newer technology,” says Lucksinger. “Also colour mixing and zoom was a must.”
Working with Bandit Lites, he chose Martin MAC Auras, GLP X4, GLP X4s, GLP JDC1, Elation CuePix WW4 Blinders, Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, Claypaky Sharpys, Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite Moving Washes and a grandMA2 full console for control.
“I went with the RH1s because I needed a small powerful fixture and I’ve always been a fan of the X4s, which is small and versatile,” he says.
He adds that the 106 fixtures are compact enough to fit into half a truck, with four runs of Bandit’s 40’ GoGo truss fit into the remaining 10 square feet.