Robe for Roger Waters’ Us+Them Tour
Lighting designer Pryderi Baskerville has worked for Roger Waters since 2013 and as LD / lighting director / lighting programmer for his Us+Them world tour. Pryderi has one of the most demanding lighting briefs in the industry, as well as the pleasure of working with a highly talented and focused creative team including creative director Sean Evans, production designer Jeremy Lloyd from Wonder Works, video director Richard Turner, production manager Chris Kansy and production director Andrew Zweck … to deliver this masterpiece of subversive industrial scale art! Pryderi specified 97 x Robe BMFL WashBeams for the stadium version of the shows and 57 x BMFL Spots and 8 x BMFL Blades for the arena gigs. With video a major part of the show – an impressive 65-metre-wide upstage LED screen for the stadium shows and the fly-in Rolio projection surfaces that bisect the arena shows – Pryderi needed some seriously bright and reliable light sources! This led to the choice of Robe’s BMFLs on the rig. “They are bright, offer great colours and an excellent throw as well as being lightweight considering their output” he stated. The stadium shows feature 15 x BMFL WashBeams rigged above the LED Screen and another 10 per side on two special PA mast ‘torms’. Another 20 x BMFL WashBeams are rigged on two offstage torms at each end of the LED Screen – 10 units per torm. Eight BMFL WashBeams are split over two FOH Towers (4 per tower), and at the base of each of the four FOH Towers is a floor mounted BMFL WashBeam. The arena show overhead lighting is rigged on three trusses, with 12 x BMFL Spots on the downstage truss. Another 14 x BMFL Spots are on the mid-stage truss and 15 on the upstage one. Two left and right vertical torms each feature 6 x BMFL Spots per side, and on top of the stage left and right ‘bunkers’ are another four BMFLs per side. The 8 x BMFL Blades in the bunker positions are used for side lighting, their precise shuttering is helpful in this role, and on the arena version show the BMFL count is completed with four BMFL Spots on the FOH lighting / video riser. When ramped up to stadiums, the 15 x BMFL WashBeams on top of the LED Wall provide both band backlight and massive imposing aerial looks while the BMFL WashBeams on the PA masts and offstage torms also provide big, bold, raw looks, as well as providing the band specials. Twenty-two floor-based BMFL WashBeams provide fabulous, piercing aerial looks, and a backlight wash down onto and across the stage, and on this version of the show, luminaires are linked to the tracking system and used for following Waters. The 8 x BMFL WashBeams at FOH in the stadiums are utilized for band key lights and primary follow-spotting, and the four fixtures floor mounted at FOH pick out the giant Pig, that gets walked through the crowd in ‘Pigs (Three Different Ones)’. Pryderi is using a grandMA2 for control and being the lighting designer, director and programmer for the tour comes close to satisfying his control freak streak he reveals!