The Eagles fly high with Martin and MA

Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010


Legendary rock act The Eagles – Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit – are currently touring the country with their Long Road Out of Eden Tour performing hit after hit for more than three hours in an epic showcase of their work.

Proving to be just as reliable, hard working and fabulous as the band are the eighty-three Martin MAC2000 Wash, ten MAC700 Wash and twenty-five MAC700 Spot used night after night by lighting director Dave Hill. Lighting designer is Patrick Woodroffe.

Chameleon Touring System provided the lighting with the semi-circular trusses shipped into the country.

The MAC700 washes plus some MAC700 profiles are situated on the small arch whilst the large projection arches have MAC700profiles

“The MAC700’s are small, bright and do what I need them to do in this show,” commented Dave. “The main lighting comes from above with the MAC2000 washes whilst the MAC700’s create the shape of the arches and deliver back light. The MAC2000 are the workhorse of the show and there are plenty of them! They do all of the groundwork and colour washing from above, from side fames, from the main stage arches and all along the back of the stage floor.”

Content on the projection screen comes mainly from a Martin Maxedia system, a product that does what Dave needs well and competently.

For control Dave is using a MA Lighting grandMA console which has been his favourite choice for the past five years.

”It’s the most popular console around the world so when you’re touring it can easily be picked up as can operators,” he said. “I’m just about change to the MA2 which I used last year on a Take That stadium tour but in a grandMA1 mode. Next year I have a couple of big stadium shows going out so I’ll switch over fully by then.”