Lighting designer Dan Hadley has based the visuals for the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold tour on the square and diagonal artwork of the band’s latest LP of the same name.
He says he needed a luminaire capable of emphasising the distinctive angles on stage and chose a Philips VL6000 Beam for its imposing look and its ability to hold its own against two upstage video walls.
“No other fixture came close to offering the look of the fat beam and the big reflector,” says Hadley, who will use the VL6000 at venues including the UK’s London Stadium (cap. 66,000), Switzerland’s Stade de Suisse (45,000), and USA’s Fenway Park (37,750) in Boston.
“Since these luminaires are all used on the floor [in full view of the audience], their physical presence needed to pull its weight almost as much as the light coming out of it.
“We started with 12 VL6000s in a V formation on the floor, upstage of the band. Once we’d done a few arena shows I was excited to add another 12 under the side image magnification [IMAG] screens for the upcoming outdoor shows. We’ve now done a dozen or so stadiums and they’re exceptionally good.”