A rock and roll punch on

AC/DC’s arena tour

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AC/DC fans demand the ultimate live experience. The Rock or Bust Tour featured a Mad Max-style stage, with metallic, two-color, beat-perfect lighting, created by Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash luminaires.

Show Director Patrick Woodroffe wanted a lighting design that captured AC/DC’s raw style. He wanted powerful, bright, chunky beams and dirty acid colors, as well as some more delicate effects, tight beams and hard-edge source points.

Patrick teamed up with long-term AC/DC lighting director Cosmo Wilson, who has worked on around 700 AC/DC shows, all of which used PAR cans as a mainstay in the rig. However, Cosmo is a big fan of Philips Vari-Lite and was keen to see what the VL4000 BeamWash could do. 

A variety of fixtures were used on the tour, including more than 60 VL4000 BeamWash luminaires, and numerous Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash and VL3500 Spot luminaires. Patrick and Cosmo weren’t disappointed: “The VL4000 BeamWash lens system is unbelievably good,” says Cosmo. “They’re big lights, but they move fast and I can change the look on stage in an instant.”

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