Lighting designer Steven Douglas is using 265 square metres of Chroma-Q® Color Web™ 125 LED panels to provide a curved video effect backdrop for the stage design of platinum indie rock band The Killers’ current ‘Day & Age World Tour 2009’.
The tour, to promote the band’s latest chart-topping album, sees them perform 55 dates in 14 countries to almost half a million people. Following a series of North American dates, the tour is currently on its European leg and will then return for more dates in the US and Canada.
Tour LD Steven Douglas was looking for a semi-transparent video surface that would enhance the band’s performance rather than detract from it. In addition, he needed something that would take up very little truck space and could be curved into different shapes, due to the design of the stage truss configuration. Steven considered several popular LED video surface solutions before selecting the Color Web system, which he had used to great effect on a previous tour.
The 265 square metres of Color Web 125mm cell pitch LED panels are configured as a 28 metre wide by 18 metre high curved back wall with three 5 metre circles truss-mounted above the stage. In addition, the LED webbing covers the band’s on-stage backline. Steven chose a mixture of custom video content designed for the tour, as well as stock footage and photos taken by himself. In addition, Steven is using the Color Web backdrop in solid colours as a lighting tool.
Artistic Licence is the designer and manufacturer of Color Web, which is exclusively distributed in North America by A.C. Lighting Inc. and worldwide by A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. The Color Web is being supplied by US Rental Company Christie Lites, with UK Rental Company Siyan Ltd servicing the European tour dates.
Summarising his experience using the LED display surface, LD Steven Douglas commented: “The Color Web ticked all the boxes for what I needed for this particular tour. As a low-res product it is a great option. For the people in the front of the stage it is just a bunch of coloured dots at this distance, so doesn’t detract from the band’s performance. However, as you get further away you start to see the images take shape, so at a distance it acts as an enhancement. In addition, the Color Web has allowed us to hang a full video wall very quickly and has been easily manageable, loading out very quickly with one tech and a couple of stagehands. This means we save money on truck space and crew members.”
For more information about the Chroma-Q Color Web, please visit www.chroma-q.com