The moody sound of Thrice required a “complex and evocative” light show according to Lenny Sasso, lighting designer for the California band’s 15th anniversary tour of their Vheissu LP.
With venues including Franklin Music Hall (cap. 2,500) in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Bowl (800) in Las Vegas, and The Novo (2,400) in Los Angeles, Sasso deployed Chauvet Professional MK2 Spot fixtures to create silhouettes and “unexpected” angles with backlighting.
“When we discussed the lighting for this tour, the band’s drummer Riley Breckenridge had the idea of lights coming up from the deck,” says Sasso. “I ran with this concept because it fit the mood of the show. My vision was to capture these dark and moody moments by keeping the lighting minimalistic and not have too much [light] raining down on the band from above.”
With a single Maverick MK2 Spot behind each band member, apart from the drummer who had a fixture either side, and one unit on each end of the upstage deck, Sasso’s backlighting spread out from the stage deck to fill the room.
“This created a deeply textured perspective that seemed to put the band in the middle of a vortex, reinforcing the mythical underworld theme,” says Sasso. “I drew on the Maverick MK2 Spot’s wide zoom range and 3-facet prism, to seamlessly change the scope of the back lighting, giving the show different looks.”