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Old 08-26-2020, 07:30 PM   #1
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Lighting Rigs over the years

Has anyone compiled the changes over the years? Would like to see how itís evolved.
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:59 PM   #2
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Has anyone compiled the changes over the years? Would like to see how itís evolved.
I always loved in 2000 rig
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:55 PM   #3
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Which one had the big lamprey condoms on stage? That was crepy AF. 2001?
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They had a really light, minimal setup for the most part until 2000 I'm pretty sure. Just amphitheater screens and no backdrop. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Even '02-'04 seemed pretty minimal too. It wasn't until '05 they started really experimenting with that.

I remember they had the Stand Up firedancer logo behind them sparkling for Winter '05, and I think the strobe light stuff was added in either '07 or '08 and it's just been crazy since. I'm not a huge fan of their current lighting rig at all, it's way too over the top and distracting to me for the most part. Wish they'd scale it back more.
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They had a really light, minimal setup for the most part until 2000 I'm pretty sure. Just amphitheater screens and no backdrop. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Even '02-'04 seemed pretty minimal too. It wasn't until '05 they started really experimenting with that.

I remember they had the Stand Up firedancer logo behind them sparkling for Winter '05, and I think the strobe light stuff was added in either '07 or '08 and it's just been crazy since. I'm not a huge fan of their current lighting rig at all, it's way too over the top and distracting to me for the most part. Wish they'd scale it back more.
Once LED became the norm, everything became brighter and a little more crazy for every band, not just DMB. Want to say DMBs rig became pretty LED heavy around 2009 or so. 2013 was the peak for distracting rigs. That rig was huge, with a screen that filled the entire stage. The lights were crazy and they had a ton of lasers. After that it became more and more minimal (with the exception of 2016). I feel like last years was really minimal. Seems just as minimal as they were 15 to 20 years ago. The only difference is the better LED lights.
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Old 08-27-2020, 08:04 AM   #6
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Which one had the big lamprey condoms on stage? That was crepy AF. 2001?
Yep that was the one

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Old 08-28-2020, 09:41 PM   #7
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Once LED became the norm, everything became brighter and a little more crazy for every band, not just DMB. Want to say DMBs rig became pretty LED heavy around 2009 or so. 2013 was the peak for distracting rigs. That rig was huge, with a screen that filled the entire stage. The lights were crazy and they had a ton of lasers. After that it became more and more minimal (with the exception of 2016). I feel like last years was really minimal. Seems just as minimal as they were 15 to 20 years ago. The only difference is the better LED lights.

Nice post.

I absolutely feel the switch to less is more but I certainly miss a good large rig depending on the setup. I always dug when the rigs would move throughout the show. Also the acoustic two set shows had a unique look to them too.
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Old 08-28-2020, 11:33 PM   #8
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Yep that was the one

Great pic, I kinda like that 2001 set up honesty. Look at Carters kit. You can barley even see Carter from that angle because the kit is so huge. His kit is still big these days, but it’s weak in comparison to that old kit.
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Old 08-29-2020, 12:28 AM   #9
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Always noticed over the years there's a purist vibe on the boards among the hardcores, where big screens and cool lights = bad/lame.
Never understood it. Since I've been going to shows, the most bare-bones rig was by far my least favorite - 2005.
Give me big screens, please. I want to see Tim's fingering, Carter blow a bubble, Jeff and Rashawn work out a part, etc. Sometimes you're not close enough to appreciate those details and it helps.

My favorite rigs that come to mind are 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2018. I honestly can't remember the rigs for 2009-2015 (aside from those light stands during the acoustic sets in 2014-15). But I know my least favorite were 2005 and 2011 because there were no screens on stage.
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