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KISS: Keeping it straight and simple

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Production News
June 14, 2019

Production designer Sooner Routhier decided less is more when he conceived the lighting with the artiste’s long-standing associate Robert Long for the End of the Road tour by Kiss.

They originally planned a highly complex light show but changed their mind during rehearsals for the tour.

“It’s simple, four-on-the-floor, rock ‘n’ roll music with heavy guitar riffs,” says Routhier. “It requires an old-school light show with simple cueing that isn’t overly embellished. We originally programmed the show with a lot of complex cueing, heavily accented with just about every beat embellished with some sort of fancy timing. Once in rehearsals though, we realized that we needed to strip it back to let the overall picture shine through.”

He and Long use 218 narrow-beam Dartz 360 LED moving heads by manufacturer Elation, to provide “speedy, tight” beams for shows at venues including Germany’s Stadio Essen (cap. 20,650), Poland’s Tauron Arena (15,030) in Krakow and the UK’s The O2 (21,000) in London.

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