Working with a large quantity of video and a high truss, The Scorpions’ lighting designer Manfred Nikitser needed a fixture which could provide visual punch and a long throw.
Describing the rock band’s performance as “spectacularly heavy”, Nikitser says there were a limited number of fixtures available powerful enough to deal with the LED and the trusses, rigged between 10m and 14m above the stage at venues including New York’s Madison Square Garden (cap. 20,800) in the US, Toronto’s Budweiser Stage Amphitheater (16,000) in Canada and St Petersburg’s Ice Palace (12,300) in Russia.
He opted for the Philips VL6000 Beam, which, he says, “Give exactly the strong look this kind of rock show needs. Even with full content on the screens, I can still make an awesome light show.
“Thanks to its big front lens, there is no other fixture on the market that produces a hard-edge wash beam with this kind of brightness.”
According to Grant Bales-Smith of Philips Entertainment Lighting, “We developed the VL6000 Beam by listening closely to lighting designers’ needs and delivering the best solutions for these demanding environments.”