Nile Rodgers, the guitarist and founder of Chic, is the man who got the entire planet
dancing to the rhythms of The Freak and Good Times. He has also left his mark on
famous songs by Diana Ross, David Bowie, Duran Duran and Madonna, right up to a
recent cooperation with Daft Punk (3 Grammy awards: album of the year, single of
the year and best duo performance with Pharrell). He performed an evening of
disco music at the Lucca Summer Festival with an exceptional supporting musician:
percussionist and drummer Sheila E., who has worked with Prince for more than a
decade and who thrilled Barack and Michelle Obama during her recent show at the
White House.

The Italian lighting designer Massimo Tomasino, who followed the artist on his 2010
tour, designed the lights and counted on Clay Paky equipment for its reliability and
reputation. Tomasino defines the Italian brand as a worldwide certainty, since he is
certain he can ask for and find Clay Paky lights in every corner of the globe.

He has always been able to find the Clay Paky equipment he has needed to use to
reproduce what has already been planned, without approximations.

In every city where the concert was hosted in the United Kingdom (London,
Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham), the production team had no difficulty
in procuring the same Clay Paky lights or, at least, equally effective alternatives
made by the same manufacturer.

If the Alpha Spot HPE 1200s required are not available, they may be effectively
replaced by Alpha Spot HPE 700s, given the light they emit. They are a welcome
alternative both in theatres and outdoors. He put eight Alpha Spot HPE 1200s on the
back batten, six on the mid stage batten and six on the ground at the back.

Eighteen Alpha Wash 700s were also hung on the battens: six on the back batten,
six on the mid stage batten and the remaining six on the ground at the back.

The legendary ever present Sharpys were also used: six on a vertical batten at the
back of the stage, six on the ground near the backdrop and another four on the
ground at the front, to the left and right of the stage.

The concert began with slow moving narrow cones of light from the Sharpys and an
introductory music in the background. A narrow beam gobo was inserted into each
light to make the light beam even thinner. Even the Alpha Spots on the ground,
pointing toward the audience, were fitted with a sunburst gobo and rotated slowly.

This slow bright beginning evokes a space-age setting, like an alien spaceship
taking off. Clay Paky’s lights and lighting effects reproduced the feeling the artist
asked for perfectly.