Clay Paky ‘saves rock and roll’ on Fall Out Boy
Robb Jibson – who serves as lighting and show designer for the tour – is using the highly advanced beam and spot light hybrid, Mythos, for effects, backlight, in delay systems and even as follow spots. With them, he projects dynamic aerial effects out across the audience, creates collimated looks and washes areas with vibrant colour.
“Clay Paky has created a really bright fixture in the Mythos,” says Jibson. “It has a small footprint that’s easy on both weight and power consumption and there isn’t a better optical system out there in my opinion. I think its best feature is the ability to have it in a 20° to 30° beam and still get a punch out of it.”
Jibson has positioned the fixtures in ‘motion pods’ that allow the lighting system to be fluid for the band’s support acts, which included English rapper Professor Green for the UK arena run. These pods are arranged in a linear format and are broken up into threes to reflect a pyramid-shaped set, which is designed to echo the band’s triangle logo.
“We wanted to have lighting that took the driver’s seat at times to become the main focus of the show,” explains Jibson. “It was important that it was placed to perfectly accentuate the surfaces and the performers to tell the story.”
ACT Lighting supplied the 33x Mythos to Jibson for the tour. The 12x B-EYE K20s were supplied by Neg Earth.
“In terms of the B-EYE, it’s ideal for unique, eye-candy effects that also look great on camera and IMAG,” Jibson continues. “The intensity of the Mythos and the B-EYEs allows them to hold their own against the other light- emitting set pieces. They can stand alone creating aerial scenery or play along with others nicely.”
Fall Out Boy’s tour continues throughout North and South America.