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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #30 on: October 20, 2010, 06:02:15 AM »
Yup, gotta agree with Popmart. So much to look at.

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #31 on: October 20, 2010, 11:05:17 AM »
I see a lot of very good responses. But the question is Best Stage and Light Design. "Best" is subjective to me as each person can define it differently.

Zoo TV - Lets face it the stage design at the time was tremendous. It was (at the time) never done before where you had 150 things to look at all at once. That could be a contender. But I don't think lighting played a big part. Beyond spot lights, full house lights (think Streets) and a few other changes, it was all about the stage. This was the best "Stage".

PopMart - This was also at the time a breakthrough technology. Thousands of LED lights that made up a 50 yard wide screen. Amazing. You could see that sucker from 3 miles away. Throw in the arch, the olive and the lemon and you had an unbelievable stage. The lights were amazing as the arch changed color and the screen itself was the main backdrop. To me this was the best "Lights" design.

360 - The claw is an amazing structure. To me the real technology breakthrough is the 360 screen. Never before has this technology been used, let alone work so well. The expansion, lowering, etc mixed with awesome camera work was amazing. When the entire claw would change colors combined with the added lights around the stadiums it would match the song. Throw in the moving stairwells, rotating drum kit and the sound it generated, I am not sure that could be topped. To me that captures both stage and light design.




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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #32 on: October 21, 2010, 02:42:20 PM »
The claw is probably the ugliest stage set I've ever seen. Not only that but it has no visual concept behind it. Unlike ZOOTV and POPMART that were glorious. The Unforgettable Fire had a neat visual feel to it. I loved the Elevatio heart too. But then they got lazy trying to copy it on Vertigo. The last 7 years have been a sorry time for the band...

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #33 on: October 21, 2010, 05:36:54 PM »
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The last 7 years have been a AWESOME time for the band...

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #34 on: October 21, 2010, 07:27:36 PM »
i cant see anything so far beating this
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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #35 on: October 21, 2010, 10:51:54 PM »
The Claw wins, with Popmart and ZooTV in 2nd and 3rd place, respectfully. I really liked the indoor Vertigo layout too, that gets 4th place.

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #36 on: October 22, 2010, 04:50:23 AM »
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It's just big for the sake of being big

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #37 on: October 22, 2010, 04:58:14 AM »
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It's just big for the sake of being big

it's big for the sake of making the place feel small, that's what it does.

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #38 on: October 22, 2010, 05:10:26 AM »
The claw is just big the first time you see it. It's not as impressive the second or third time. But it's awesome when you can see the top of the claw from the outside of the stadium.

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #39 on: October 22, 2010, 08:27:55 AM »
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<3  The first picture is amazing ;D

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #40 on: October 22, 2010, 04:23:57 PM »
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It's just big for the sake of being big

it's big for the sake of making the place feel small, that's what it does.

I thought it made the band feel small and the atmosphere less intimate.

It's big and shiny and empty.

Pretty lights......very spinal tap

ZooTV and Popmart have it beat by miles. Artistically and as a spectacle with substance.




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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2010, 01:05:01 PM »
Anything but the JT "stage".
Does no-one remember the Vertigo "curtain", however? Or the shadow-banners on Elevation? (which I now geekily equate with the "Boy/Girl" silhouette sequence described in U2 by U2).
Having said all that, Zoo or the Claw. And while the lemon was at once brilliant and awkward (Pop RULES!), it was pretty original for an outdoor show, methinks.

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #42 on: October 23, 2010, 01:05:02 PM »
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It's just big for the sake of being big

it's big for the sake of making the place feel small, that's what it does.
THATS WHY ITS INSANE  :D

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #43 on: October 23, 2010, 01:06:35 PM »
I saw U2 in a tremendous 70,000 seat stadium last year.  Not once did I feel like I was in a tremendous 70,000 seat football stadium

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #44 on: October 23, 2010, 06:02:27 PM »
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I saw U2 in a tremendous 70,000 seat stadium last year.  Not once did I feel like I was in a tremendous 70,000 seat football stadium

I share that sentiment. Seeing the stage on YouTube or pictures does NOT do it justice. I was on the far side of the Claw and I was really worried I wouldn't be able to see the band well. I was REALLY surprised how WELL I could see them... And that huge screen with its almost DVD-like quality video helped out a lot. I was just blown away by it, and if I were to get tickets for the band's next USA tour, I would get seats where I can see the Claw as well as I can.