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Simple sophistication raises bars for Tears

Production News
April 1, 2019


Lighting designer and creative director of Tears for Fears, Alex Reardon, proposed a look for the band which projected simplicity and sophistication without distracting from the music for their Rule The World tour.

He says he aimed to create a feeling of depth on the stage with a combination of lighting columns and careful use of screens for a tour which visited venues including the UK’s The O2 (cap. 21,000) in London and Ireland’s 3Arena (13,000) in Dublin.

Forthcoming appearances in the US include Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival (40,000).

“Rather than a brief, I created a suggestion for the band on how it should look visually,” Reardon tells Audience. “I believe success lies in setting the three bars of aesthetics, logistics and finance, to the same level. When the music is this good, it doesn’t need much reinforcement.

“It was not a large show – the main light was Robe Mega Pointes, but it was a complicated technical package for, Neg Earth, because we used Martin Sceptrons in full DMX mode, which means an enormous number of DMX channels were used. The DMX capacity of our console, a grandMA 2, is 65,000 and we ran 64,900 of those.”

A simple set comprising risers for keyboards and drums was highlighted by vertically positioned Sceptrons among the band.

“Our screen, provided by Vis-a-Vis, was surrounded by Sceptrons,” Reardon continues. “We only used it for about half the songs. I believe in turning the telly off, if it doesn’t augment the music.”

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