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Cold Chisel - ‘Blood Moon’ Tour (2020)

In February 2020, before the worldwide lockdown to beat Covid-19 came into force, Robe’s reporting team were in Australia - which had just been engulfed by the worst bushfires for many years - and captured a historic musical moment in time.

 

The rain pelted down relentlessly for the final gig of Australian pub-rock band Cold Chisel’s 2020 tour at Sirromet Winery just outside Brisbane in Queensland. This hugely welcomed metrological miracle capped an emotional evening and helped to finally extinguish most of the remaining uncontained fires raging from Australia’s disastrous 2019-20 “bushfire season”.

 

The tour’s lighting was designed by Cold Chisel’s long term LD Jeff Pavey who put Robe moving lights at the centre of the “big rock look” he crafted. Defining the look onstage were 40 x Robe MegaPointes and 11 x BMFL Blades supplied by Gold Coast rental company Creative Productions, together with LED wash lights, weatherised beam lights, 2-lite LED blinders and 4-lite tungsten blinders.

 

All 25 shows on the tour this year were outdoors, with the standard rig designed to fit into a 22-metre-wide, 16-metre-deep deep Clifton Productions’ stage with around 15 metres of headroom. Four straight trusses in the roof were flown at slightly different heights complemented by eight side trusses - four per side - that gave cross stage lighting positions and coverage for solos.

 

A 12 metre wide by 6 metre high LED screen dominated the upstage area - also supplied by Creative Productions - and this was one of the reasons that Pavey chose MegaPointes for their main effects fixtures. Six of the BMFL WashBeams were on the front truss and linked into two remote follow spot control systems, with three on the upstage truss linked into a third remote spotting system. The other two fixtures were on the mid truss and concentrated on key-lighting the drum and keyboard riser positions. The MegaPointes were distributed on all overhead and side trusses and they were the heart of the rig.

 

Custom playback content was created by Rachael Johnson, and the camera mix was by Dave Hendy. Jeff Pavey programmed and operated the lights using his Hog 4 console and was joined on the road by a Creative Productions crew of Jeremy Dehn, John Penridge and Declan Woods.

 

Setlist (Sirromet Winery - Mount Cotton, Australia - February 2020)

Standing On The Outside
Wild Colonial Boy
Choirgirl
Rising Sun
My Baby
All For You
Drive
Four Walls
Getting The Band Back Together
Forever Now
Houndog
Land Of Hope
Cheap Wine
Killing Time
Saturday Night
Shipping Steel
You Got Nothing I Want
Merry-Go-Round
Khe Sanh
Bow River

When The War Is Over
Flame Trees
Letter To Alan
Georgia (On My Mind)
Breakfast At Sweethearts
Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)

 

(Photos: Louise Stickland)

 

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