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The grandMA finds romance on the road

Two grandMA lighting consoles are accompanying My Chemical Romance on the alternative rock band’s The Black Parade world tour (April 11, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-4-11--Two grandMA lighting consoles are accompanying My Chemical Romance on the alternative rock band’s The Black Parade world tour, which commenced February 22 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Celebrating the band’s alter ego and third studio album, The Black Parade tour has scheduled dates throughout the US and in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, France and Denmark.  The grandMA is exclusively distributed in North America by A.C.T. Lighting.

Lighting designer and programmer Ethan Weber previously used the grandMA for one-off shows but this is his first tour with the console.  “I like it a lot,” he says.  “It’s definitely a powerful tool.  I like that you can configure it however you want tailoring it to your own needs and desires.  And it’s stable, unlike some other systems.”

My Chemical Romance’s show consists of two parts.  In the first, with The Black Parade theme, the theatrical-style lighting is driven by the set, which is based on ideas from the band and Atomic Design, and the band’s Black Parade video.  The second part harkens back to their first album with a stripped down, almost punk rock look to the single backdrop and its bump and flash lighting.

The grandMAs operate as the main lighting console and backup with two NSPs on each and one spare.  Among the equipment controlled are 20 Martin Mac 2K Profiles, 30 Mac 2K Washes, 22 Mac 700 Profiles, 26 Mac 700 Washes, 10 Biglite 4.5s, 36 Atomic 3K Strobes, 45K fresnels, 68-Lite Moles, 6 Wybron 8-Light Mole Colorchangers, 164-Lite Moles, 20 Par 64 6-lamp bars, 1 Par 64 4-lamp bars, 16 Wybron Par Colorchangers, 24 Par 64 ACL 4-lamp bars, 12 Source 4 PARs, an array of Source 4 Lekos plus four DF 50 hazers and two F 100 smoke machines.

Weber reports that he’s having a “very good experience” with the grandMA, and he’s pleased with A.C.T Lighting's “great support. Both Bob Gordon and Joe Cabrera have gone out of their way to make sure everything is perfect.”

"Working with Ethan is a joy.  He is an experienced designer & programmer and has worked with a variety of control systems.  He really provides us with a great perspective.  Not only is Ethan good, but he is one of the really good guys as well," commented A.C.T Lighing President and CEO Bob Gordon.

About A.C.T Lighting
A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory.  The company    provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.  For more information call 818-707-0884 or visit
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