An article at PLSN about Metallica’s newest tour revealed some coffin-imagery of lighting designer John Broderick. From the article:
Amplifying the coffin motif on their latest release, Death Magnetic, Metallica’s current tour is getting visual life with eight 2-ton lighting structures equipped with 56 Coemar Infinity Wash XL lights.
LD John Broderick says the idea was to go for “a more simplified look for the arenas’ rectangular stage-in-the-round.” The audience and performers are lit throughout the shows, and the bright, giant coffins create are part of that.
“The feel is tribal, in the sense that everyone is included,” said Broderick. “There’s not a bad seat in the house. So, that’s the job description for the look and mood Metallica wanted me to convey.”
The Infinity Wash XLs that Broderick is using are the winners of PLASA2007’s Innovation Award, and are getting a heck of a lot of play around the globe. Check out some specs, and visit the product page:
– Beam shaper rotating and indexing at 360° (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
– Pan 538°, Tilt 252°, 16 bit
Go check out their article at PLSN. I also found a decent image of the tour’s lighting rig. Give Eyeful Images a look on Flickr.
Also, here’s a video demonstrating some of the Infinity XL features: