Udo Lindenberg returns with Vari-Lite
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Lighting designer Günter Jäckle has included 22 VL6000 Beams from Vari-Lite in his touring rig
Germany - Udo Lindenberg, one of Germany’s most enduring rock stars, is back on the road with Live 2019, another trademark spectacular touring production. This time around, lighting designer Günter Jäckle has included 22 VL6000 Beams from Vari-Lite in his touring rig.
Described by Jäckle as, “like a rock and roll circus, revue, craziness, freak-show, rock show”, an Udo Lindenberg performance is a busy visual extravaganza, with up to 50 performers on stage. To deal with all this activity, Jäckle balances theatrical lighting techniques with supercharged rock and roll show lighting. “The first thing for me is to be a director,” he says, “to allow the audience to see what they should see, and not what they should not.”
Discussing his design priorities, he says, “The star must be in the foreground - not the lightshow. Also, we don’t make effects because we want to, we make effects because we have a reason. Maybe we start the show with a rocket, so we need fire and flame - the effects follow from there. This is one reason for choosing the VL6000 Beam.”
Jäckle uses the VL6000’s attributes in a variety of ways. During Star Trip, its aerial effects capabilities produce a “starfield” look. At another time, he focuses all 22 beams on a ‘UFO’ as it flies over the stage. “I use them as pointing sticks to bring the focus of the audience to the object,” he says.
In Wozu Sind Kriege Da? (Why are there wars?), the VL6000 serves as a searchlight effect. “The VL6000 is the only light I know which can do this,” says Jäckle. “It’s like an 80s SkyTracker, with this big, strong beam look. And, of course, the optic of the light itself is special. It’s retro, but it’s also modern.”
(Jim Evans)

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