Under the Blood Moon with Cold Chisel
The rain pelted down relentlessly for the final gig of Australian pub-rock phenomenon Cold Chisel’s 2020 tour in Queensland. The tour’s lighting was designed by Cold Chisel’s long term LD Jeff Pavey who put Robe moving lights at the centre of the ‘big rock look’ he crafted for one of Australia’s most iconic bands. Defining the look onstage were 40 x Robe MegaPointes and 11 x BMFL Blades supplied by Gold Coast rental company Creative Productions, together with LED wash lights, weatherized beam lights, 2-lite LED blinders and 4-lite tungsten blinders. All 25 shows on the tour this year were outdoors, with the standard rig designed to fit into a 22- metre-wide, 16-metre-deep deep Clifton Productions’ stage with around 15 metres of headroom.
Four straight trusses in the roof were flown at slightly different heights complemented by eight side trusses – four per side – that gave excellent cross stage lighting positions and coverage for solos. A large 12 metre wide by 6 metre high LED screen — supplied by Creative Productions — dominated the upstage area. Six of the BMFL WashBeams were on the front truss and linked into two remote follow spot control systems, with three on the upstage truss linked into a third remote spotting system. The other two fixtures were on the mid truss and concentrated on key-lighting the drum and keyboard riser positions. The MegaPointes were distributed on all overhead and side trusses and they were the heart of the rig, helping to create all those epic rock looks. “MegaPointes are my favourite moving light of the last decade,” Pavey declares. “They are multipurpose fixtures that actually do work properly in more than one mode!” Creative Productions currently owns 48 x MegaPointes which are out on shows and events most of the time, and they are about to increase the stock again. Pavey programmed and operated the lights using his trusty Hog 4 console and was joined on the road by a “fantastic” Creative Productions crew of Jeremy Dehn, John Penridge and Declan Woods.