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Offline Tumbling Dice

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Best Stage & Light Design
« on: February 04, 2010, 07:37:51 PM »
U2 have led the way in the innovation and presentation of the modern day rock tour.

What do you think has been the best stage design and light show of all U2 tours?

I'd say

Pop-Mart for a stadium show and Zoo TV for an indoor arena show. :)











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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010, 07:54:03 PM »
Zoo TV far an away overshadows every other tour they have done. It was light years ahead of its time and it had a purpose. That tour set a bar that no band, even U2, has yet to raise. Just my opinion.

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010, 11:41:12 PM »
simply, The Claw

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010, 12:46:25 AM »
Zoo TV was really ahead of it's time... But The Claw, is a technological masterpiece.

I gotta give it to the Claw !!

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2010, 05:17:12 AM »
I really like the heart because its so simple and effective

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2010, 05:39:07 AM »
The Claw is so fun! It's really given it's own crazy stamp to the tour. Without it, it would have an entirely different feel.

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2010, 05:44:38 AM »
If I were to follow the thread title strictly, the Claw...

but for sure effectiveness of themes communicated and creativity and groundbreaking technology, ZOO TV takes the cake!

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2010, 09:31:21 AM »
haven't seen 360 in person yet, but the design is staggering.

having said that, PopMart still gets the prize.

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2010, 11:14:27 AM »
God what a question!

Zoo TV (indoor and out) for its over the topness
Joshua tree for being moody and simple but brilliant
The Claw - just coz....

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2010, 01:05:22 PM »
1a. The Claw. Just staggering technology

1b. Zoo TV. pure overload

2. Elevation- <3

3. War- Simple yet effective

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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2010, 11:16:17 AM »
In terms of being the "best" in stage and light design, the claw easily wins. Staggering is the perfect word to describe it.

But for being ahead of its time, and just plain fun, Zoo takes the cake. The technilogical and sensory overload was great, and it was the first time U2 had done anything for a stage other than a backdrop and spotlight.

My favorites, though, are probably War and JT. They may have been plain, but they did their job. I also am more partial to the music from both periods - the stage design of each really did a good job of reflecting the War and JT albums.
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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2010, 11:37:43 AM »
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In terms of being the "best" in stage and light design, the claw easily wins. Staggering is the perfect word to describe it.

But for being ahead of its time, and just plain fun, Zoo takes the cake. The technilogical and sensory overload was great, and it was the first time U2 had done anything for a stage other than a backdrop and spotlight.

My favorites, though, are probably War and JT. They may have been plain, but they did their job. I also am more partial to the music from both periods - the stage design of each really did a good job of reflecting the War and JT albums.

U2 realized they couldn't play stadiums with a JT type stage design.  I felt the stage for the Vertigo stadium shows short-changed fans too.



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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2010, 12:27:18 PM »
I didn't attend a Pop-Mart show but the images on the giant LED screen must have been visually stunning. 8)



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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2010, 01:49:07 PM »
Define "best"

Thematically ZOO was 'best'

Technologically, for it's time, again Zoo

For creating an intimate close atmosphere, Elevation was "best"

I can't think of one category in which the claw is tops, other than "how many people got their sight lines interfered with"


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Re: Best Stage & Light Design
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2010, 04:57:07 PM »
I thought the heart setup was brilliant.