Clay Paky Lights the Stage for Vasco Rossi

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Vasco RossiITALY - There was a job to finish: the 2011 tour for Vasco Rossi. The Italian rock star from Emilia had health problems, which interrupted his tour. Now there were seven sold-out concerts in two large stadiums - four in Turin and three in Bologna. The stage was designed by Giò Forma. The rig was inspired by the triangular shape of Vasco's historic logo, around which LD Giovanni Pinna devised the lighting plot. Clay Paky lights dominated the show, including 40 Alpha Spot HPE 1500s, 20 Alpha Profile 1500s, 20 Alpha Beam 1500s and 18 Shotlight Washes.

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There were also 54 Sharpys. Giovanni Pinna said: "I tried to use these exceptional lights in an unusual way, not so much as beams, but more as scenic lighting. For example, Sharpys are excellent when used on the band, to draw effects, or in a very static way, but with lots of gobos. Clay Paky lights were definitely the backbone of my lighting design."

Pinna has been working in the world of live events since 1986, when he made his debut on Ramazzotti's tour as a lighting assistant. Since then he has continued to grow, working as a lighting designer with Vasco, back in 1993, and moving on to many of the biggest names in Italian music. Along with other events, including festivals and TV programs, Pinna has helped organize special courses for lighting designers.

"At a long-awaited 'critical' concert like this one, it is very important to get the audience involved," Pinna said. "The lighting played a fundamental role. I used special pods consisting of a one-meter batten and two two-meter tubes, each of which was fitted with a Clay Paky Alpha Beam 1500 and four Molefays. These special components were very high up, 25 meters in the air, so they were highly separated from the rest of the rig and I could use them often. Vasco places great importance on audience lighting, so  in this way I was able to satisfy him spectacularly."

Said Roberto De Luca, tour producer for Live Nation Italia, "These are perhaps the most exciting concerts I have seen since I have been working with Vasco, i.e. for a good 17 years."