Martin and Entec light Jethro Tull UK tour
Monday, 24 April 2006
Martin and Entec light Jethro Tull UK tour
UK - Lighting designer James Anderson, who has worked with Jethro Tull for three years as production manager and promoter, has been doing the lights for about 18 months. The band's Brazil concert was the first time he used moving lights and that's why Martin is on his specification list, as he explains: "Not only were they the first intelligent light I programmed, but you can get them virtually anywhere you are in the world, and they are really reliable."

For the UK tour, Entec Sound & Light supplied all the gear. Anderson likes the MAC 700 profiles and is using them for the first time on this tour, six on the rear truss and four on the front. He also has four MAC 600s on the front truss. He particularly likes the animation wheels on the 700 Profiles and makes much use of them for creating swirly, floaty backdrop projections. Anderson explains: "The animation wheel means you can have a gobo in and do something like add a prism which completely changes the effect. They are great lights - smaller and lighter than the MAC 2000 Profiles and ideal for the sort of shows we do. The projection looks are created with four MAC 700 Profiles, depending on the gobo."

Anderson uses the MAC 600s for colour washes, he comments that they are very flexible and exactly the right size of fixture for the stages they usually play. ACLs are used at the back and on the floor upstage for effects in the second half of the show which is much more rock 'n' roll - the first half is more folky with some acoustic, so the lighting really has to cover a whole range of music and dynamics.

The desk is an Avolites Sapphire. Other lights on the UK rig include the ACL bars, six bars of six Pars and 10 ETC Source Fours.

(Lee Baldock)

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