VL6000 Beams create spectacle for Rammstein
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
variliteRammstein have embarked on their European stadium tour
Europe - German heavy rock superstars Rammstein have embarked on their European stadium tour, with lighting designers Roland Greil and Patrick Woodroffe of Woodroffe Bassett Design utilising over 100 VL6000 Beam fixtures from Vari-Lite.
Woodroffe and Greil joined a creative team that also included renowned production designer Florian Wieder. In creating the show, they drew on the visual impact and large-scale performance features of the Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam to achieve extra layers of visual impact.
“After a brief from the band,” says Greil, “we jumped right in and explored the Rammstein world before starting to brainstorm and create the first designs.”
Discussing the main requirements for the Rammstein lighting rig, Greil explains: “We were looking for bright but versatile fixtures, that would fit into the overall design as well as into the specific Rammstein ‘world’.”
Woodroffe and Greil specified 122 VL6000 Beams in total, supplied by Neg Earth Lights. “We have 104 positioned as part of a wall of lights upstage, four are integrated into the big pods on stage, while the remaining 14 live underneath the stage, shooting up through the fully grilled deck,” says Greil.
He adds: “We use them solely as beam effects, sometimes with a bit of frost. It has a strong look; when we reveal the upstage wall of VL6000s for the first time, after a few songs, it completely changes the scenery and delivers that energy that is needed for Rammstein.”
(Jim Evans)

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