Experienced lighting designer Phil Ealy first encountered Guns N' Roses as a local band back in the ‘80s before catching the last part of 'Appetite for Destruction' and then production designing the 'Use Your Illusion' tour.
After losing track of the band he was contacted again recently to undertake the production design for the current 'Not In This Lifetime' world tour, when Axl Rose reunited with Slash and Duff McKagan in the classic line-up, and Ealy himself re-entered the fray for the first time in many years.
One major change over the 40 years, of course, has been the breakthrough in stage technology. GLP's Impression X4 and X4 S are also currently used on the Britney Spears’ Planet Hollywood residency in Las Vegas — a show that he still operates for the Silent House lighting collective when not away on tour. "I love the way you can get so many different looks out of the fixture and the output is great,” he says. "I knew they would be a perfect fit for the pods [on Guns N’ Roses].”
He has used 19 impression X4 with 19 cells per fixture, in each of the seven hexagonal pods in the lighting design. These were sourced from Upstaging who had them custom built to fit. "This gives us 361 individual beams of light from each pod at 45ft trim — which looks pretty cool. Also, using the X4 Bar 10’s rather than the original concept of X4 Bar 20’s. I can get a bit more movement out of those fixtures as well. By creating the single ‘supersize’ X4 heads to deliver a massive amount of light output Ealy has delivered a real statement of intent.
Summing up the advantages that the GLP X4 family gives him, Philip Ealy says, "I am sold on the products and the support — I believe they have hit the mark on reliability and output of LED fixtures.
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