Ayrton Dominos don’t give John Mayer anything to cry about on his Sob Rock Tour 2022
Lighting Designer and Director Ethan Weber chose a large complement of versatile Ayrton Domino luminaires for John Mayer’s Sob Rock Tour 2022 in support of his eighth studio album of the same name. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting fixtures in North America.
The North American schedule featured multi‐day concerts in six cities. Weber obtained the Ayrton Domino fixtures from Upstaging in Sycamore, Illinois, the lighting vendor for the Sob Rock Tour.
Apart from using Ayrton MagicPanelson some festivals, Weber began using Ayrton fixtures in earnest last year. “Dave Ridgeway and Fraggle from Neg Earth suggested we swap some rain‐ vulnerable fixtures out for Perseo units on the fall Rolling Stones tour,” Weber recalls. “We also did a couple of shows at the Hard Rock in Fort Lauderdale with Ghibli, Bora and Khamsin fixtures. I was very impressed with their intensity, features and reliability. I didn't know about the Dominos until I talked to John Bahnick at Upstaging about Ayrtons for John Mayer.” Upstaging’s Dominos “have been in great demand: They’re the Cadillac of high‐end fixtures,” says Chuck Spector, in the Upstaging lighting department. “The Domino’s IP rating has contributed to its success combined with fantastic optics and colour mixing. We’ve also invested in Ayrton’s IP‐rated Perseo fixtures. It gives me peace of mind when clients use Dominos or Perseos for arena shows or festivals – I know the fixtures will be fine no matter where they’re used.”
Weber explains that Sam Pattinson Treatment Studio designed John Mayer’s set with a slat roof and two angled upstage/stage left videowalls. “Video plays a large part in the show, so my goal was to light John, the band and fill the space without encroaching on the screens,” he says. “I wanted some lights to shine through the slat roof. The lights would need to trim at close to 50 feet and swapping them out would be pretty rough. The brightness and reliability of the Dominos made them a great fit.” Weber spread out 32 Domino units on four trusses about 10 feet above the roof. “I was hoping they would help light the upstage band members, but also found, when zoomed out, that they lit the roof nicely and, when tightened up, we got some very nice shafts of light coming through.”