Morpheus Lights Helps Kick Off Wrecking Ball North American Stadium Tour
Morpheus Lights will help Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band kick off its Wrecking Ball North American Stadium Tour when it swings into Center Field of Boston's Fenway Park on August 14. The next leg of the tour folloes 33 stadium and festival performances in Europe, where show times inched toward, and ultimately exceeded, the four-hour mark.
Morpheus Lights is lighting contractor for the tour, supplying the lighting system designed by Jeff Ravitz, of Intensity Advisors, which features the new Ayrton Wildsun 500C automated LED wash light. "The Wildsun 500C is an impressive fixture," remarks Ravitz. "It has a very warm white, lots of punch and a strikingly different look with the saturated colors being so vibrant and vivid."
Another debut is Morpheus Lights' new CP7-IP LED Blinder, which provides weatherproof RGB LED illumination, powered by the Chauvet COLORado Tri-IP light engine. "Lighting the audience is crucial on a Springsteen show," says Ravitz. "Bruce is out there looking to bond with the audience in a communal experience. Blinders need to have long-throw capability and broad coverage -- but we tell our story with color. The CP7s give me a really great range of saturated colors that help integrate and incorporate the crowd into the stage picture."
The rig also features Philips Vari-Lite VL1100™ TSD automated profiles, Clay Paky Sharpys, Martin Professional MAC Auras and Robert Juliat truss spots, powered by the Morpheus RJE electronic ballast. In addition, Robert Juliat 4kW Lancelot followspots are used for the long front-of-house throws from the sound delay towers to the stadium stage aprons.
Lighting director Todd Ricci and crew chief Brad Brown lead Morpheus' nine-man technical crew. The Wrecking Ball tour is scheduled to play stadiums through the end of September, and then it heads back indoors for arena performances, which run to the end of the year.