Powa Rocks the Queen
Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2009
The Queen Tribute Show – ‘Its Kinda Magic’ – strives to recreate one of rock’s most successful acts for Queen fans, new and old around the world.
Back in Australia for the first time in 2 years, ‘Its Kinda Magic’ tour has played in venues across the globe seating from 1500 up to 4000 patrons in countries such as America, Canada, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia and Australia.
Powa Productions were the official lighting, audio, staging and truck supplier on the Australian leg of the tour that ran from June through the August of 09. Simon ‘Junior’ Johnson from Powa Productions was not only the Lighting Designer for the Australian tour, but the entire world tour. Junior elected to specify Robe fixtures due to their size and overall weight when touring.
14 x Robe ColorSpot 575’s and 10 x Robe ColorWash 575’s were the main moving lights on stage, following with 140 Multipars, Robe 1500 FT Smoke Machines and Hazers.
Junior says “Queen were all about big banks of colour so the cans are grouped together in 5 x 16 lamp pods with movers arranged around the stage and back truss to fill in the gaps, also 4 towers with pars to help give the lighting some various heights.” Along with 4 light Blinders with Scrollers and Strobes. The Pods were rigged on ¼ ton motors hung off the back truss so that Junior could change the heights of the pods thus creating different looks throughout the show.
Many reviews have praised the show the best Queen tribute ever seen, saying the Australian production is the best of its kind in the world.
Junior says ‘Everyone was very happy with the whole look of the production for the tour. I am especially happy with our Robe 575’s as they are so reliable, we haven’t had a single problem with them yet!’