Status Quo’s European tour kicked off in mid-November with their first show in Dresden, Germany. Since the 11 November, Hawthorn project manager Mick Freer worked alongside Status Quo’s lighting designer Ewan Cameron at LS-Live studio’s in Wakefield West Yorkshire to prepare for the tour in Germany, Holland and the UK.
The tour reached its UK leg in Liverpool on 6 December and ends at the Brighton Centre on 20 December.
This is Cameron’s first full production with the band having taken over from lighting stalwart Pat Marks when he retired at the end of the 2013 tour. Cameron said: “Pat worked with the band for some 25 years and his designs have evolved over time to utilise the latest that the lighting industry has to offer. With my design I have tried to continue that evolution”.
The design builds on the base of Clay Paky Alpha spots, Alpha washes, and Sharpy washes along with Martin atomic strobes that have been used in previous designs with the addition of Clay Paky Aleda B-Eye K20s and the new Robe BMFL all controlled by a GrandMA MK2 Lite console.
The lighting system is provided by Hawthorn along with drapes and a solenoid kabuki system for 23 concerts in Germany, Holland and the UK. While Mick Freer has provided support for the tour from the Hawthorn offices, with the lighting system being looked after on the tour by Crew chief Tom Crosby and rigger Bryan Wilson along with Daniel Oswald and Chris Brown. They are joined by Martin Garnish for the UK leg.
Hawthorns wide range of Lighting equipment along with a large selection of trussing, drapes and ancillary equipment gave Cameron the freedom and confidence to design the show he wanted and to make changes to that design depending on the needs and wants of the band. Cameron said: “The great thing about working with Hawthorn is that they not only invest in the latest equipment but they also take the time and have the expertise to maintain all their equipment to a very high standard. You know that whatever you ask for will be provided in perfect condition and having MIck Freer’s wealth of experience coupled with a long standing relationship with the band is invaluable”.