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Hysterical production for Leppard tour

NXT News & Features
23 January 2019

THE ANNIVERSARY tour of Def Leppard’s 1977 Hysterical LP required a “steelyard” of overhead truss to support lighting and screens, and create architectural features to fit lighting designer Kenji Ohashi’s vision for the show.

The tour, which visited venues including Manchester Arena (cap. 21,000), London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley (12,500) and the Liverpool Echo Arena (11,000), used a “crown” screen front of stage which rose at the start of the set to reveal the band and formed a header to the show, displaying projected and IMAG images which tied into those of a rear backdrop.

Blackburn-based production company HSL provided lighting and rigging, using more than 100 motors including a 25-way Kinesys automation system. More than 200 fixtures included Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FXs, Claypaky Scenius Unicos (with shutters), CP Sharpies for the beams, GLP JDC1 LED strobes, CP A.leda 20s with B-Eye lenses for additional washes and soft key lighting as well as CUEPIX Blinder WW4s from Elation.

Floor the floor lighting featured 12 Sharpies and 12 Martin MAC Viper Profiles.

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