Metallica’s Lighting Coffins and the Coemar Infinity Wash XL

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An article at PLSN about Metallica’s newest tour revealed some coffin-imagery of lighting designer John Broderick.  From the article:

Amplifying the coffin motif on their latest release, Death Magnetic, Metallica’s current tour is getting visual life with eight 2-ton lighting structures equipped with 56 Coemar Infinity Wash XL lights.

LD John Broderick says the idea was to go for “a more simplified look for the arenas’ rectangular stage-in-the-round.” The audience and performers are lit throughout the shows, and the bright, giant coffins create are part of that.

“The feel is tribal, in the sense that everyone is included,” said Broderick. “There’s not a bad seat in the house. So, that’s the job description for the look and mood Metallica wanted me to convey.”

The Infinity Wash XLs that Broderick is using are the winners of PLASA2007’s Innovation Award, and are getting a heck of a lot of play around the globe.  Check out some specs, and visit the product page:

KEY FEATURES:

  • Superior brightness
  • Narrow to wide zoom ranges (5°-84° total) in one unit
  • Ground breaking new color mix system able to achieve CMY and RGB colors (CMY-s®, Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • Effects wheel for creating texture and aerial effects with wash light (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • Electronically adjustable lamp power (700 W to 1450 W)
  • Various lens options (zoom kit 6°-36° for extra brightness, PC lens for ACL type beam)

– Beam shaper rotating and indexing at 360° (Exclusive Coemar Patent)

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • CMY-s® color mixing system with new saturation mode (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • 5 colors + open
  • 1 multicolor effect filter
  • Proportional CTO filter
  • 2 prismatic effects: moon flower, beam’o (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • Beamshaper 360° (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • Proportional zoom 5° – 84°
  • Dimmer
  • Mechanical and electronic strobe (zap effect), synchronized, random, pulse effect
  • Modular design for easy maintenance and servicing

– Pan 538°, Tilt 252°, 16 bit

Go check out their article at PLSN.  I also found a decent image of the tour’s lighting rig.  Give Eyeful Images a look on Flickr.

Also, here’s a video demonstrating some of the Infinity XL features: