Vasco was back this summer, 2014, with seven sell-out concerts, a tour that consisted of three dates at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and four at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan. Vasco became the first artist ever to do three consecutive nights at the Stadio Olimpico, and set a new record total number of 21 performances at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
Clay Paky’s lights were used for the stage. The new A.Leda B-EYE K20s stood out in particular among the special lights in the lighting design. There were 38 on stage and 15 on the large external structure.
“In order to use these lights, I got great support from Clay Paky, and did two days of training at the manufacturers with specialist Marco Zucchinali. This was essential because I needed to learn and understand them in order to use them to their full potential,’ says Vasco’s lighting designer Giovanni Pinna.
“To simplify the programming, we chose to work on 35 DMX channels instead of the 132 channels in extended mode. However we put some of the parameters together on the same channels in order to take advantage of the many possibilities offered. A few days before setting up the rig, I was able to install the latest software release, which allowed me to simplify the use of these devices greatly. Zucchinali came to Rome during the rigging and helped me a lot with the programming. We used thirty eight on stage and fifteen on the external structure.”
The A.Leda B-EYE K20s are LED wash moving heads, beam lights and spectacular visual effect generators all at the same time. Their versatility makes them interesting creative tools for lighting designers. The B-EYEs are about 20% brighter than any other LED wash lights with the same rated power, thanks to their special optical unit, designed and built by Clay Paky. The zoom ranges from 4° to 60° and is therefore suitable both for lighting rooms with low ceilings and for shows in arenas or large environments, where a tight zoom is very welcome, as in this case.
Pinna also used 54 Sharpys for the exterior, 36 in the pods specially built and installed on the upper edge of the roof, and 18 on the three Parasol star600 rigs moved by a Kinesys system. Besides the B-EYE K20s, there were 48 Alpha Spot HPE 1500s on the stage structures. The lighting design also included 12 Alpha Wash 1500s and 24 Alpha Beam 1500s, which brought the total number of Clay Paky moving heads to 190.