USA – Panic! At The Disco just finished the last leg of their “Death of a Bachelor” tour with Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpy fixtures along for the ride.
The two-month run, which began in Connecticut and wrapped in Florida, concluded an extensive arena tour supporting the band’s eponymous fifth studio album released last year. Panic! At The Disco previously played gigs in Europe, Asia and Australia as well as in North America. Luz Studio in Montreal was responsible for the tour’s production design and video content. Upstaging Chicago supplied the equipment.
Luz Studio worked closely with lighting designer Alex Specht, who has collaborated with Panic! At The Disco for the last four years, on this leg of the tour. It was Luz Studio’s second project with the band.
“For this tour the band wanted a more dynamic and versatile set,” says Luz Studio visual designer Matthieu Larivee. “With the new album [frontman] Brendon Urie marked the end of his bachelorhood, and the music has changed. While they are still a rock ’n roll band with a flashy look for their older songs, they also have a slick, Sinatra-like look for some new content.”
The set featured three upstage vertical video screens, made from 7mm ACASS LEDs, with embedded lights. Five moving “chandelier” pods were suspended over the stage.
Larivee positioned the B-EYE K20s in the upstage pipe, on the ladders next to the upstage wall, and on the floor. “The K20s are such a versatile fixture,” says Larivee. “They offer so many possibilities. We used them as washes, strong or subtle beams, and for a kaleidoscope look. Alex hadn’t used K20s before, so we introduced him to them.”
For a song featuring a piano, which was revealed rising up from the B stage in the house on a hydraulic lift, Larivee put four Sharpys on the floor and four above the moving piano. “The piano had a reflective lid, like a mirror,” he explains. “The Sharpys were the perfect fixture to accomplish this stunt with both a strong beam and small prism effect.”
A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Claypaky in North America.
Francesco Romagnoli, Claypaky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “We’re proud to be a part of this tour and we congratulate all the creative individuals involved.“