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Posted: 15 Nov 04, 15:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Which one of Queen/Solo's lighting rigs and stage designes was the best in your opinion?

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Posted: 15 Nov 04, 16:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

IMHO (from the pictures I've seen) The Works tour had the best lighting rig & I like the stage design as well.

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Posted: 15 Nov 04, 17:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the works stage setup - but the 79 pizzaoven lightshow was great


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 02:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Loved the light rig from the Crazy tour '79. So many lights crammed onto small stages, and the white spotlights arranged around the drum riser were always so effective.


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 05:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Pizza-oven is just so simple and at the same time impressing. And the "Works"-rig was just beautiful, despite the debatable musical aspects of that tour.
In an indoor arena even the Hot Space and Game-rigs looked very good.
Without being Stepford, I liked all of their rigs from '76 on, cause they were all unique.


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 13:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The first Queen show I saw was at the NEC Birmingham on the Works tour a month before my 14th birthday.Unf'kin real,I was blown to smithereens by the lights smoke,cogs and sheer volume.So thats my favourite set because it was the first time I had experienced anything like that.I saw them twice on the Magic tour which was beatiful,but I'm so glad I got to see them indoors on the Works tour.

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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

which date? i was at 2:9:84

love the design - awesome


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 14:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I believe the 1984 one was called "The Flying Nun" and I liked it.

The 1990 one was called "The Fly Swatters" and I liked that one as well.

I was not so keen on the 1982 one as it seemed a bit minimalist.

1986 was pretty good, too, but I don't know what its name was. :-(


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 14:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry, I do of course mean 1980. :-)


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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 14:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi Brenski.It was the night before,the 1st.I think the support band was called General Public but they were shite! I was 13 then though so if it wasnt Queen I didnt like it.My tastes have expanded a bit since then.

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Posted: 16 Nov 04, 16:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it was a great period for seeing bands live - between 81 and 85 i reckon i saw a band live at least once eVery tw/o weeks (excuse typing - pet parrot is on keyboa
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anyhow some of the highpoints of this period were queen, ufo, purple, bowie, elton, dire staits, meatloaf, scorpions, ac/dc, blue oyster cult, teardrop explodes, rainbow, rose tattoo


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Posted: 23 Mar 17, 09:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know this is a very old thread, but here's a little clip of the stage being set up on ''The Works'' tour.

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Posted: 23 Mar 17, 11:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Kurgan wrote:

I know this is a very old thread, but here's a little clip of the stage being set up on ''The Works'' tour.


This is from a German TV report and was filmed at production rehearsals. Thanks for posting!

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Posted: 23 Mar 17, 11:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Martin Packer wrote:

I believe the 1984 one was called "The Flying Nun" and I liked it.

The 1990 one was called "The Fly Swatters" and I liked that one as well.

I was not so keen on the 1982 one as it seemed a bit minimalist.

1986 was pretty good, too, but I don't know what its name was. :-(


The 1980/81 rig was indeed called the fly squatters and also the G2 razors.

You're right about the 82 rig, it appeared to be less impressive than the G2 and Pizza Oven rigs although it was a lot more expensive. However In use it was quiet versatile with the combination of three Par can banks and four completely mobile spot housings which contained shortened lenses spots and Molefays with colour changing.

I liked all the rigs from 78/79 up to and including the flying nun. They were designed to give the show a certain look using banks of colour. It changed a little on The Magic tour and lost the look on the PR tours. Since 2012 they seem to have returned to that idea again. May favourite stage was The Works although I think the last US tour introduced a great stage too.

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Posted: 23 Mar 17, 19:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wasn't the Lightning Rig of the Hammersmith shows with Lambert based on the "Pizza" design from the Live Killers era? Both look very similar to me, and they look quite good.

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Posted: 23 Mar 17, 20:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

^ It was designed by Rob Sinclair and the Jands Vista L5 firm, likely for the purpose of being versatile enough to replicate different periods of Queen's live performances -- including the "Pizza Oven" from the Jazz Tour era. There's a nice writeup about it on Jands' website here. Some of the other pictures on the site remind me of the mobile rigs from the Hot Space and Works tours.

IIRC, Rob Sinclair has worked with the QAL production on every tour since, and in my opinion has done great work every time. I believe Brian mentioned something about wanting to recreate the "Pizza Oven" for this summer's production, so I believe they may have something in store similar to the 2012 lighting this time around.

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Posted: 23 Mar 17, 22:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like the Game tour "spaceships", the Works tour stage and lighting rig, as well as the Magic tour setup.

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Posted: 24 Mar 17, 07:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

huhnad wrote:

^ It was designed by Rob Sinclair and the Jands Vista L5 firm, likely for the purpose of being versatile enough to replicate different periods of Queen's live performances -- including the "Pizza Oven" from the Jazz Tour era. There's a nice writeup about it on Jands' website here. Some of the other pictures on the site remind me of the mobile rigs from the Hot Space and Works tours.

IIRC, Rob Sinclair has worked with the QAL production on every tour since, and in my opinion has done great work every time. I believe Brian mentioned something about wanting to recreate the "Pizza Oven" for this summer's production, so I believe they may have something in store similar to the 2012 lighting this timearound.


The Vista i5 is not a lighting company. It's a digital lighting desk. The lamps used on the 2012 were Martin Mac units. Rob Sinclair designed the rig with the Pizza over and fly squatters in mind as I believe he wanted to echo the classic look of 70's and 80's shows. The lighting company was Neg Earth