USA – (September 5, 2016) On the eve of the Red Hot Chili Peppers opening night of The Getaway Tour, over 24 million people viewed James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke video with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The clip captures the group’s infamous talent, energetic vibe, passion for all things musical and a bit of discussion about their new album. With their new album came changes, including a new music producer, a new sound, a new way of song writing and a new touring scheme. These changes permitted for greater creative chemistry for the band while also allowing them to remain true to themselves and their identity. ‘Authentic,’ ‘grit,’ ‘cutting-edge,’ ‘fearless,’ ‘surprise’ and ‘organic’ – all words that describe the Peppers throughout their careers. They are an unassuming band, taking chances with their music, delivering high energy performances, with gritty-melodic songs and fearless ambitions to incorporate technology into their shows.
And, on opening night of The Getaway Tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers did not disappoint. They opened in Budapest, Hungary on September 1st, 2016, with HUGE reviews. They not only surprised the audience with a larger than life concert experience, they also surprised the internet world. They changed the game for concert-goers and concert-promoters. With a sold out audience at the Budapest Arena, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took to the stage and revealed the largest, automated, kinetic light installation in concert touring history.
Since opening night, social media has erupted with videos, hashtags and comments with fans describing it as “a dream come true,” “a show you can’t miss,” “genius,” “spectacular,” “the best concert I have ever seen.” Even more so, the fans were impressed with the Peppers notorious boundless energy paired with the “dynamic glow” from the kinetic light installation that created a nonstop, contagious spirit throughout the night. Additionally, the ever changing and ever moving fixtures created new environments for the audience, reinventing the arena space with each articulation.
The kinetic display used over 800 TAIT Nano Winches to deploy the connected LED light fixtures which hung above the crowd and traveled 60 feet perpendicular to the stage. The light fixtures moved 10 feet per second, horizontally, vertically, in and out of unison, into shapes and into the bands logo, while changing colors from all spectrums of the RGB color grid.
The rhythmic lighting and juggernaut movements of the fixtures were accented by the video content being displayed on the massive screen behind the band.
The Peppers’ main focus for The Getaway Tour was to provide the audience with an immersive, three-dimensional concert experience, while feeling every groove and lick of their music. To achieve the goal, the Peppers team, which includes Production Manager, Narci Martinez, Production Designer, Scott Holthaus and Manager Peter Mensch of Q-Prime immediately began designing the show and searching for the latest in technology and art. Mensch ultimately determined, after numerous conversations and viewing TAIT’s latest product, TAIT Nano Winch, that TAIT would be the provider of staging, automation, and, of course, the larger than life kinetic light installation powered by TAIT Nano Winches.
Dubbed as one of the most successful acts in Rock N Roll, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have out done themselves, once again, shocking their fans with the largest kinetic light installation ever toured.
FUN FACTS: Load In of entire show: 3 hours. Load Out of entire show: 5 hours. The lights move at 10 feet per second and the winches can span the entire width of the area, as well as, move below the scoreboard.