Rascal Flatts takes Bandit on summer tour
Tuesday, 13 August 2019
rascalrigThe Summer Playlist Tour continues through 2019
USA - Rascal Flatts is out headlining the Summer Playlist Tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. With the trio celebrating their 20th anniversary next year, lighting designer Travis Shirley looked to fashion a fresh design that both honoured their two decades of touring and reinvented what audiences expect from a Rascal Flatts performance.
“These guys are legends,” says Shirley. “They have done it all before: arenas, stadiums, gig shows, small shows, etc. They were looking for something fresh; something that brought the Flatts performance a bit more in the ‘spotlight.’”
“It has been an honour to work with Rascal Flatts for almost two decades,” said Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden,” and while I have also known Travis Shirley for that length of time, I had never had the opportunity to work with him until now. From the moment I first saw his design and all of the detail he had put into it; I knew the rig would look excellent.”
Bandit Lites supplied more than 250 fixtures for the tour, including Martin MAC Viper Profiles, VL 3500 Washes, GLP X4S, Elation CuePix WW4, Claypaky Sharpys, Eurolite STP-10 Sunstrips and Elation Smarty Hybrids. Long-time Rascal Flatts Lighting Director Andy Knighton controls the show from a grand MA 2 Full console.
“I had my eye on the Elation Smarty Hybrid,” reveals Shirley. “I knew I wanted something fast, bright, and something affordable enough we could stack the pods full of them. As this is the first time my team and I have worked with the Elation Smarty, we did have to spend some time finding all the bells and whistles of the fixtures, but overall, smooth sailing.”
Bandit’s crew on the tour is comprised of Elizabeth Weller, Brenna Rae and Cat Hoy. The Summer Playlist Tour continues through 2019.
(Jim Evans)

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