Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung hit 70 in mid-February without breaking stride. Performing a two-hour-and-ten-minute Valentine’s Day concert before a packed house at the 3,400-seat Star Plaza Theater outside Chicago, the singer-keyboard virtuoso exhibited the same spirited infectious energy that made him one of the more popular rockers of the ’70s and ’80s. Keeping pace with him note-for-upbeat-note on classics like "Babe” and "Come Sail Away” was a punchy Mathew Ryan light show that featured a collection of CHAUVET
Professional fixtures, supplied by JR Lighting Design, Inc.
"We asked JR Lighting for help in beefing up our show for this concert,” said Ryan. "The first thing they recommended was the Rogue RH1 Hybrid, which we added, along with some beams and strobes, to our touring rig. They more than lived up to our expectations.”
Ryan deployed 10 Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures for the Valentine’s Day concert. He flew six of the units on an upstage truss and arranged the remaining four on the deck for aerial effects. "I mainly used the RH1s for really tight beams and straight dead-on looks,” he said. "We layered beams sometimes, but mostly it was a hard straight beam look to evoke the spirit of a Styx concert from the ’80s. The CTO on these things was awesome; it allowed me to mimic a lot of the classic ACL looks.”
The Rogue RH1 Hybrids joined eight Rogue R2 Washes that Ryan had previously purchased from JR Lighting Design, Inc., for his touring package. Flying all of these fixtures mid and upstage as backlight and aerial beam fixtures, he used them to create a variety of cross washing effects during the concert.
In addition to the Rogue R2 Washes, Ryan’s touring rig has a "massive amount” of Chauvet DJ COLORband PiX fixtures. "We use them mainly for façade lighting,” he said. "They’re reliable and easy to work with. I’ve traveled with them for years, and there’s never been an issue.”
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