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Robe shouts it out for Tears For Fears

Tears for Fears kicked off 2019 with a sold-out UK and European arena tour for which lighting designer Alex Reardon, from LA-based creative design practice Silent House, delivered a stunning lighting scheme. Alex utilized 66 x Robe MegaPointe moving lights a key element of the rig – among other fixtures – to imagine a memorable looking and highly flexible light-show as the band delighted enthusiastic audiences – original and new and fans with their diverse catalog and multiple hits that have etched their place in 20th century music culture. He positioned the multipurpose MegaPointes everywhere in the rig. Thirty were rigged on three overhead trusses, some were positioned upstage behind a row of LED video pixel battens, there were three per side on the deck for low-level cross lighting and another six in the air each side for high-level effects.

Lighting for the UK and European dates was supplied by London based Neg Earth. Richard, Joe Cabrera and he spent two days in previz and then a week at the LH3 rehearsal space in London with the rigged plugged in pushing the grandMA2 console hard with 163 DMX universes going into it. Alex worked closely with video provider Stu Mercer from Vis-A-Vis Video who supplied the LED screen and added the cameras for the London O2 gig which the multi-talented Stu also directed. Stu presented several “thought-through solutions” says Alex, to ensure that the two mediums of lighting and video worked optimally together.

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