Coemar at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary Concert
Coemar Infinity Wash XL and Infinity ACL fixtures plus a massive dose of star power lit up New York City's Madison Square Garden for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert, which aired on HBO November 29. Among the luminaries taking the stage were The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, U2, Metallica, Jerry Lee Lewis, and James Taylor.
"The concert actually consisted of two intensive nights of performances," reports Brad Hafer, VP of sales/design at Atomic Lighting, a full-service production lighting company based in Lititz, Pennsylania. "It was a true Who's Who of rock 'n roll combined with a Who's Who of technicians in special-event TV. I think it was the first time that the Garden saw that much talent in a two-day period!"
Atomic Lighting reteamed with lighting designer Allen Branton on the star-studded concert. In April they partnered on the 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Cleveland Convention Center's Public Hall, where Coemer Infinity Wash XL fixtures also played a central role.
Preproduction for the 25th anniversary concert required extensive logistics to juggle the Garden's New York Rangers NHL hockey schedule. "Most of TV's top gaffers worked as one to get the job done," Hafer says. "We had a 10-hour Saturday to pre-rig the motors and truss not covering the ice then came back at 1 am Tuesday to jam things through until rehearsals Wednesday and the actual shows on Thursday and Friday."
Branton chose 90 Infinity XLs to wash the audience and the performers who played on a turntable stage built on the Garden's covered ice rink. "The stage rotated to introduce the next band and keep the show dynamic," Hafer explains. "It was the only way to pack that many performances into a two-night show."
He says Infinity XLs are Branton's "anchor wash lights" for big events. "We have nothing but good things to say about the Infinitys," he reports. "They always perform up to specs, and we never have to swap any out."
Branton opted for a dozen Infinity ACLs as eye candy, creating aerial arrays with colors and beam effects. The fixtures were mounted under IMAG screens and up in audience seating. "The effects lights added another dynamic to the rig," Hafer notes. "The ACLs are really unique: They draw just 300W of power but have the output of 2K fixtures to the eye."