4 Live Shows That Really Set The Standard In Events
Live events are, above all else, exciting. Atmosphere counts for a lot, and it’s no more noticeable than when you are at a concert. Fan-fuelled excitement matched with frantic energy from the performer can make for an unforgettable experience. But, what really makes for a standout performance is visual spectacle. There are performers out there who have really nailed utilising their entire live crew to create a performance that although in some cases can be just half an hour long, is near enough impossible to top. Here are a few examples of when performers and engineers have got together to create live events history.
1) Take That’s Circus Tour
Take That followed up their huge 2007 Beautiful World Tour with 2009’s The Circus Live. It had to be just as memorable as 2007, which is a challenge not to be underestimated considering Beautiful World featured a giant light-embezzled moving robot! The answer? To create a live show that teamed stellar performance with creative lighting and sound, elevated with breath-taking mechanics. Featuring two separate stages for a panoramic experience and a huge mechanical elephant (because why not?), Take That’s Circus was ambitious, bombastic and delivered with precision.
2) Rammstein’s Many Pyrotechnics.
Lots of people when watching a live show will take the pyrotechnics for granted. They will see a quick bang, or maybe a singular jet, but never pay much attention to the level of detail that has to go into planning these effects which can often be as dangerous as they are mesmerising. Rammstein, a German metal outfit, are masters of this art. Each member of the band is a licenced pyrotechnician and their act involves flamethrowers as standard – yes, flamethrowers! Anybody acquainted with the rock and metal scene will confirm that Rammstein are kings of the visual spectacle.
3) Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Halftime Show
Whilst it was a relatively short performance, Lady Gaga did incorporate one element into that may have been a glimpse into the future of live events; coordinated drones. Bringing pilots and programmers into the live events fold, these drones utilised lights to make for a backdrop in the sky, an indication of how the technology could be used in the future. Laga Gaga set the standard for making the stage whatever it needs to be, and wherever it needs to be, allowing audiences a completely different viewing experience.
4) Tommy Lee’s ‘Cruecifly’ Drum Rollercoaster
Motley Crue were a staple of the rock and metal community for years and it’s no surprise that a band who were known for debauchery developed a completely pointless (but fun) roller-coaster for the drummer, Tommy Lee. The 360’ degree loop structure took 4 hours to build before every show and would see Lee circle the track and perform his instrument at the same time – often upside down. For a time, fans were even able to win themselves a trip on the coaster with Lee during the show, making it one of the more elaborate and unconventional stage props in the live event world.
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