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Chauvet Nexus 4x1 Dazzles On Dead & Company Tour

December 2015

Dead & Company, featuring original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann played to sold-out audiences on a 10-stop coast-to-coast tour in the US in the summer of 2015.


John Mayer filled the role of the departed Jerry Garcia on the guitar and vocals, and Chauvet Professional provided a the lightshow with collection of Nexus 4x1 linear fixtures, supplied by Upstaging, 


Jon Pollak designed the lighting rig, but all the looks were fabricated by long time veteran LD Chris Ragan. The lighting rig featured two off centre arches lined with the Nexus 4-cell COB RGB LED fixtures. When brought to full intensity, the Nexus panels easily illuminated entire arenas on the tour, which included a Halloween stop at Madison Square Garden.


Divided equally between the two arches, the Nexus units lend an added sense of depth to the area over the stage.  The arches that the COB LED fixtures are affixed to draw closer to one another as they rise and eventually cross paths.  When this happens, the relative position of the arches to one another changes, with the lower unit suddenly becoming the higher one. 


The vibrant colour output of the Nexus fixtures and a group of COLORado PAR-style fixtures (also from Chauvet Professional) clustered around the base of the arches change to match the centrepiece of the stage, a huge ‘Steal Your Face’ 3D sculpted skeleton head logo with a circular projection screen mounted in the forehead. Flanking this immense structure are two massive vertically oriented walls, which display IMAG images of the band.


Lighting designer Ragan was brought in to run the lighting just a few short weeks before Dead & Company (which includes Allman Brothers’ Oteil Burbridge and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti as well as Mayer) started touring. Using a grandMA2 console, he is creating stunning looks that blend vintage Dead psychedelia with eye-popping modern technology.


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