Claypaky and grandMA Hit the Road with Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks has gone solo for the “24 Karat Gold Tour” in North America. Production designer Paul Guthrie of Toss Film & Design Inc. chose 88 Claypaky Mythos fixtures for the lighting rig and a grandMA2 console for show control.
The versatility of Mythos offers myriad options to Guthrie. “Mythos is basically the workhorse light in the rig.”
He notes that the tour’s complement of 100-120 moving lights “is now considered a medium-size rig for an arena tour. It used to be that 16 were considered to be a lot! We’ve come a long way.” PRG’s Las Vegas office supplied the fixtures.
Eighty Mythos are mounted in the overhead lighting trusses where they form “solid lines of Mythos,” Guthrie reports.
“On the downstage and mid-stage trusses they provide stage wash and beam effects. Those on the most upstage of the trusses, upstage of the video wall, create layers to add depth.” Eight more Mythos are positioned on the floor upstage of the band “to set fire” to their dynamic performance.
Two grandMA2 full-size consoles, one active and one back up, and two NPUs are on hand to “literally run everything that’s moving and changing on stage that’s not the actual band,” he notes. “We control all the lights, the video, the hoists and the scenic movement from the board.” Guthrie likes the grandMA2 for its “reliability and feature set. I’m extremely fortunate to work with a lot of very clever MA users so I’m constantly learning new tricks,” he adds.
A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor of both Claypaky fixtures and MA Lighting products.
For the “24 Karat Gold Tour” Thomas Mayer is the lighting crew chief and Cecil Nelson, Matt Schiller and Scott Naef are the lighting crew.