Four years after concluding one of the most iconic world tours “The Wall”, Roger Waters is back again and pushing the boundaries of stage production with another elaborate set built by TAIT for his Us + Them Tour. Waters is touring a large-scale production including jaw-dropping spectacles, flying scenic elements and multi-dimensional laser effects as he performs classic Pink Floyd albums alongside his new material and past solo hits.
Having previously provided tour solutions for Waters, TAIT was requested to manufacture and design the staging, automated rigging and cutting-edge technology for this North American tour. TAIT custom built the 74 ft. wide main stage, an overhead rigging system which stretches the length of the arena and is fastened with numerous winches, laser units and 16 TAIT Rollios to which combined create the greatest storytelling adventure Waters is so well known for.
Waters puts an old-school touch on his rock spectacle with a laser-light show during his performance of “Dark Side”. The arena is filled with colorful lasers lights and dry ice smoke to illuminate a giant, multi-dimensional laser pyramid. For one of the coolest rock visual effects of all time, the overhead rigging system is fitted with winches that house several laser units which communicates with additional laser units on the ground.
During Waters’ second set, a row of 16 TAIT Rollios extend out, above the audience, dividing the arena into two sections. Controlled by TAIT Navigator, TAIT Rollios are engineered to open and close from any area in space while projecting video content. Each Rollio is 19 ft. wide and can drop open 36 ft. in length creating a larger-than-life projection space across the arena. TAIT Rollios play many roles in Waters’ set as the video content being projected represents several Pink Floyd albums and incorporates flying elements such as his signature, soaring swine’s during “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” or the inflatable Smokestacks that pop out above the Rollio’s screens and emit fog to accent his already empowering performance of “The Rise of Battersea Power Station.”
This is Rock n Roll at its finest. With a TAIT stage and Roger Waters performing material from the “Dark Side” and “The Wall” all Pink Floyd fans should make this a must-see, bucket list item. Waters will continue the Us + Them tour across North America through the summer of 2017.