Bandit lights Garth Brooks stadium tour
Thursday, 31 October 2019
garth-spencercombs1Every stadium has sold out in 2019, and this trend is expected to continue in 2020
USA - The epic Garth Brooks Stadium Tour is wrapping up 2019 with its tenth city following sold out performances in St. Louis, Glendale, Gainesville, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Denver, Eugene, Boise and Regina. Bandit Lites once again met Garth’s vision with a lighting system designed by David ‘Gig’ Butzler.
Bandit Lites supplied more than 400 fixtures and more than 330ft of truss to outfit the tour, including Robe MegaPointes, GLP X4 Bar 10, VL 3500 washes, Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobes, GLP KNV Cube, Robe BMFL, Robe Robin 1200 LED Washes, Solaris Flares and Showline Nitro 510C. Three grandMA2 Full consoles provide control.
The in-the-round design allows for audiences to have a view of the stage no matter the seats in the stadium. Tyler Truss outlines the perimeter for the main key lights on the band members while automated pods built specially for Garth by Tyler loaded with Robe Robin 1200 LED fixtures, Robe BMFLs, Martin Atomic 3000 and Nitro Strobes move about the stage for effect lighting throughout the show.
Eight additional BMFL Wash beams are mounted with Light Master controls as the followspot. Every lighting aspect is then used in coordination with large video elements to give the stage its necessary larger than life, stadium sized production.
“Garth has been a friend and client since 1987,” says Michael T. Strickland, Bandit founder and chair. “He truly changed the industry forever with his vison, wisdom and creativity. When we first met, and Garth showed me a drawing of a huge lighting system he wanted, and I thought he was nuts. In the end, I was nuts. have never met anyone that has the vision and the ability to execute like Garth does.
“While we are busy working on all of these phenomenal stadium shows, Garth has gone back and layered in the Dive Bar shows to remain attached to his fans and his roots, at the most basic level, where it all began. So, one day he is in front of 80,000 delighted fans in a stadium, and the next week he is in front of a few hundred even more delighted fans in a local dive bar.”
Bandit’s crew for the tour includes Crew Chief Chuck Hastings, Steve Strickland, Terese Fensler, Savannah Harden with programming done by Aaron Swetland and board op John Hoffman. Bandit Lites project manager Don Lockridge provides additional support while Michael T. Strickland is the account’s client rep.
(Jim Evans)

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