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Cold Chisel’s tour comes to life with Robe

Cold Chisel’s tour comes to life with Robe

Cold Chisel’s tour comes to life with Robe


After the bushfires had largely run their course but before Covid-19 came into force, Cold Chisel’s 2020 tour came to a close at Sirromet Winery just outside Brisbane in Queensland. The rain pelted down relentlessly for the final gig of legendary Australian pub-rock phenomenon, whose lighting was handled by long-term LD Jeff Pavey. Pavey put Robe moving lights at the centre of the ‘big rock look’ he crafted for one of Australia’s most iconic and best-loved bands.

Defining the look onstage were 40 Robe MegaPointes alongside 11 BMFL Blades, all supplied by Gold Coast rental company Creative Productions. These were used together with LED wash lights, weatherised beam lights, 2-lite LED blinders and 4-lite tungsten blinders.

Pavey has been involved with lighting frontman Jimmy Barnes’ solo performances and various creative projects including Cold Chisel for around 30 years. He’s seen the technology change dramatically over that time, but the principle of providing classic show lighting has remained fundamentally the same – lots of big bold looks, clear and defined colours, stark and edgy whites, dramatic contrasts and ‘ballsy attitude’ to match Barnes’ and Cold Chisel’s energy.

All 25 shows on the tour this year were outdoors, with the standard rig designed to fit into a 22m-wide, 16-deep Clifton Productions’ stage. Four straight trusses in the roof were flown at slightly different heights complemented by eight side trusses – four per-side – that gave cross-stage lighting positions and coverage for solos.

‘Most of the things I do are pretty straightforward,’ explains Pavey. For him, it’s a critical thing to get a good balance of lights that can be grouped and unfolded in layers to present the bigger picture.

A large 12m x 6m LED screen dominated the upstage area – also supplied by Creative Productions. This was one of the reasons that Pavey chose MegaPointes for the main effects fixtures – their power, punch and ability to slice through the LED. Six of the BMFL WashBeams were on the front truss and linked into two remote follow spot control systems, with three on the upstage truss linked into a third remote spotting system. The other two fixtures were on the mid truss and concentrated on key-lighting the drum and keyboard riser positions. The MegaPointes were distributed on all overhead and side trusses and they were the heart of the rig, helping to create all those epic rock looks. Pavey programmed and operated the lights using his trusty Hog 4 console and was joined on the road by a Creative Productions crew of Jeremy Dehn, John Penridge and Declan Woods.

‘MegaPointes are my favourite moving light of the last decade,’ Pavey declared. ‘They are multi-purpose fixtures that actually do work properly in more than one mode.’ While brightness is a major asset, the fixture’s size also means he can pack a few more on the truck.

Creative Productions currently owns 48 MegaPointes and are about to increase its stock again.

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