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Five Times: Maroon 5 Tour The Globe With grandMA2

21 April 2015


LA band Maroon 5 has kicked off their 2015 World Tour with the addition of two grandMA2 full-size consoles controlling lighting and video elements. Maroon 5 launched their tour in Dallas and will finish up in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour is in support of the band’s fifth album ‘V’, which was released last year.

LeRoy Bennett, Production Designer for the tour, has branded the stage with strong ‘V’ motifs, inspired by the band’s album artwork, incorporated into the trussing and transparent set pieces. Lighting and video create a dynamic, constantly changing environment on an arrow-shaped stage.

Plexiglass panels, filled with special effects smoke, act as upstage display surfaces for video content while the downstage stage was constructed as a giant, hollow plexiglass “fishbowl” that could also be filled with smoke and lit with 20 Clay Paky Sharpy Washes. The ceiling structure has 13 movable arms outfitted with lighting fixtures. A runway and connected B stage form another arrow-shaped space jutting into the audience.

Two grandMA2 full-size consoles with 14 MA 2Port Nodes and five MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) are used on the tour to control lighting and drive multiple media servers for the video content. Jason Baeri, a long-time grandMA2 user, took advantage of the system’s preview mode to work in tandem with colleague Lighting Director Brian Jenkins to program the lighting.

“I’d worked live in the rig and Brian would sit next to me and prepare the next song in MA 3D. Then we’d switch it over to my desk,” Baeri explained. “We’d leap-frog: He’d do song one, I’d do song two, he’d do song three. The fact that you can see preview from a second operator in real time in MA 3D is invaluable. With rehearsal times only getting shorter and expectations growing in proportion to the complexity of the rigs we see these days, the preview function will become more and more important to the live show process.” Video Programmer Loren Barton also tapped the grandMA2 for the show’s extensive video elements.

100 Clay Paky Mythos fixtures, which first impressed Bennett at a product demo, are being supplied to the tour by Upstaging. 40 of them are positioned upstage as back and side lights. Sixty more are hung above the arrowhead portion of the B-stage.

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