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Tina Turner's tour wins the 2009 Live Design Excellence Award with Clay Paky
Lighting Designer
Barry “Baz” Halpin
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Tina Turner’s Live in Concert Tour recently topped the concert category in the “Excellence Awards” organized by Live Design. The concert was nominated by Clay Paky, which supplied the tour with eighty Alpha Beam 300s, its new moving body ACL light that has had resounding commercial success in recent months.

The Excellence Awards are assigned each year to the best live shows in the concert, theatre production, venue and corporate event categories by on-line voting. The 2009 winners were chosen from among nominated events which took place between September 2007 and August 2008. The awards will be officially presented on 19 May in New York during the annual Live Design Master Classes dinner at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Tina Turner’s show (LD Barry “Baz” Halpin) beat Bruce Springsteen’s in the final. The living soul music legend Tina Turner, winner of 8 Grammy Awards, returned to the stage after several years of absence with a tour that included eighty dates in North America and Europe. The show was a retrospective of her whole career, supported by spectacular production, a top class accompanying band, original choreographies and extraordinary lighting equipment, including Clay Paky Alpha Beam 300s.

The LD Baz Halpin said: “The Alpha Beams are simply magnificent. They have a remarkable impact on the show without overwhelming the other scenic elements. I was very impressed by their reliability, speed and efficiency. They are lightweight, bright and deliver real ‘punches’ of light. I love them!”.

Pio Nahum, Clay Paky Sales and Marketing manager, commented: “We are all proud of the award and thank Baz Halpin for choosing our Alpha Beams. Tina Turner’s tour was a fantastic showcase for our moving light beams and we are glad we contributed towards making the show even more spectacular”.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Sales Manager for the Americas, said: “The use of Alpha Beam 300s on Tina Turner’s tour goes to prove that Clay Paky’s professionalism and PRG Distribution’s capacity to penetrate the US market are determining factors in making our brand name visible throughout the world. The two companies work together with great mutual esteem and trust, and I am convinced new results will come from this cooperation both in the long and short terms”.