Jackson Browne tours with Bandit Lites
Thursday, 8 August 2019
jb1Bandit Lites is providing more than 100 fixtures for the tour
USA - Jackson Browne is back on the road for the next leg of his tour with a lighting package supplied by Bandit Lites, and while the singer-songwriter’s last few tours featured big, saturated looks and backdrops, lighting designer Steve Comer designed this year’s run around beams rather than a set.
“I chose to do ladders behind the band and some side trusses at a downward angle to wrap around the band and provide beams of light that surrounds them,” Comer explaines.
“It was 12 years ago now that Jackson himself with designer David Davidian led the charge to go to a more earth friendly approach to lighting using a 90% LED based system,” says Bandit production director Dizzy Gosnell. “Back then it was 160 LED Par 64s. Jackson’s house had been off the grid a long while before, and he was intensely interested in pushing LED on his lighting systems. It was his vision and faith in us that enabled us to take the leap into the LED path we’re at now.”
Bandit Lites is providing more than 100 fixtures for the tour, including Martin MAC Auras for wash and band member key lights and Vipers for full stage gobo wash and band member solo highlights. GLP X4 fixtures bring tight beams of color and aerial beams. Additional beam effects are provided by Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids and Chauvet Maverick Pyxis.
“I have really enjoyed having the Pyxis out,” Comer adds. “It is like having two fixtures in one where I can get a tight beam in one colour and a colour wash in a different color at the same time. The zoom on the outer ring really helps it go from a wash to a dual beam type light. I've found myself programming more uses for them in my show as the tour has progressed.”
Elation SixPars are used for a general stage wash and the ‘in between song blues’ on stage with Robe 1200 LED Washes supplying side colour washes for the band, floor beams as well as backlight on Jackson.
The prep and packaging on the rig have been led by crew chief Wayne Lotoza alongside lighting tech Chase Evans and project managed by Matt King.
(Jim Evans)

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