Elation Professional Proteus star on summer stadium shows

Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard recently played a string of US stadium shows – supported by Alice Cooper – lit using Brutus and Rayzor 1960 fixtures from Elation Professional’s IP-rated Proteus series.

Michael Cooper has been working with the band for 10+ years and collaborated with Def Leppard LD Kenji Ohashi on The World Tour design. Originally started back in 2019, the design was put on the back burner when Covid hit but eventually saw the light of day on the 2022 tour.

“It was the longest design process we ever had!” Cooper explained. “We wanted something that would work for both bands but also wanted a rig that could be refashioned for each to produce unique looks. We wanted the shows to look different but still had to fit all the gear in the same container.”

The original rig from the 2022 shows was modified for the 2023 summer outdoor stadium shows with a different truss configuration and the addition of IP-rated fixtures, namely the Proteus Brutus and Proteus Rayzor 1960. “I first saw the Proteus line back in 2019 at some festivals and was amazed to find out that they were weatherproof,” Cooper enthused.

The key feature he says they were looking for in lighting fixtures was brightness: “The zoom and brightness are incredible,” Cooper remarked, “the colours and the entire FX system as well.” The Brutus houses a 1200W white LED engine that works with CMY colour mixing, variable CTO, a six-position colour wheel and a comprehensive effects system. With a zoom range from 4.5° to 45° and a wide 220mm front lens.

Lighting director and programmer Matt Mills commented, “I had used the Brutus a few months prior to the Mötley Crüe run at the Welcome to Rockville festival in Daytona. I was there helping out Panteras LD, Sonny Satterfield, and the provided rig had 12 Brutus on the downstage truss for front wash. They certainly impressed me at that show and when I saw they had been implemented on the Mötley Crüe rig, I knew they were going to look great. This go around I was able to dig into them a bit more and made some great looks with the stock gobos as well as the animation wheel.”

Some 40 Proteus Brutus and 64 Proteus Rayzor 1960 were used on the shows. The two fixtures, supplied by lighting vendor Fuse, worked from positions on the downstage truss,
upstage truss, and also on each of the 6 finger trusses running downstage to upstage.
Sixteen of the Rayzor fixtures were floor positioned at stage right and left, as well as at upstage positions.

The Proteus Rayzor 1960 with 19 60W RGBW LEDs is an 18,000-lumen big brother of Elation’s popular Proteus Rayzor 760. It houses Elation’s exclusive SparkLED technology, a background sparkle effect that was used on the show.

Another feature of the Rayzor 1960 that proved handy was its continuous pan and tilt rotation, which Mills employed to create a siren effect at the end of the song Wild Side and during John 5’s guitar solo in the iconic Dr. Feelgood.

The World Tour 2023 started in Mexico City and South America earlier this year with a European leg ending in July before the US August stadium shows.