Fourth Phase helps U2 rock the Super Bowl
Tuesday, 19 February 2002
The New England Patriots recently won their first Super Bowl over the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome. As usual, a star-studded list of headlining acts was featured, including a half-time performance by Irish rockers, U2. The band delivered a moving tribute to the victims of the 11 September terrorist attacks, the names of which were scrolled on a 120' high x 60' wide soft screen, which was positioned behind the band as they played.

Fourth Phase Image Systems Group, the team that specializes in large-format projection, provided 12 7kW Xenon PIGI film projectors to execute the spectacular commemorative backdrop. This technology was used to project the names over the audience as well. Fourth Phase is the exclusive US distributor for these projectors, which are manufactured in Paris by E/T/C Audiovisuel. Other recent events utilizing the technology include the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the MTV Music Video Awards, and the NHL All-Stars.

Anne Johnston, the Image Systems Group’s vice-president, said: "We had been using this type of projector on U2’s Elevation Tour, projecting onto the audience, the ceilings, the floors - pretty much onto whatever was available in the venue. The addition of the screen, at the Super Bowl, really showcased the capabilities of the projectors."

(Ruth Rossington)

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