Jacky Cheung Classic Tour
It’s been said that Jacky Cheung is a “superhuman performer”. He is, in fact, a gifted singer, songwriter and actor from Hong Kong, with millions of records sold during his 33+ year career of producing mega hits. His latest “Classic” Tour features stage design at an equally grand scale – with massive amounts of audio, lighting, LED, and rigging equipment, supported by a substantial international crew working at the top of their game.
After over 130 performances in Asia, Jacky Cheung set course for five sold-out nights in the US- 3 at Mohegan Sun in CT and 2 performances at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Classic Tour Production Coordinator Colin Dwyer and LD / TD Ahoi had one major challenge- translate the success from one of the largest most sophisticated stage designs touring Asia over to America. Thankfully, the VER team was up for the challenge as well.
Colin Dwyer called up Lucas “Rico” Corrubia from VER Audio to solve the challenge. Colin and Lucas previously worked together bringing Michael Crawford’s original Phantom of the Opera to life from 1997-2004. Knowing that it would not be cost-effective to ship all the equipment from Asia, Colin contacted Lucas to quickly identify the specific lighting, audio, and video equipment in the US, that would match the equipment used to make the Asian tour successful! Hundreds of washes, spots, speakers, and comm stations later- the VER team put together a package that seamlessly matched.
The scale of the show was ambitious. A massive four pillar 80’ x 100’ ground-supported truss structure- set in the round served as the backbone for the entire rig. LED walls, Line Array Speakers, automated rigging pieces, and 1163 lighting fixtures had to be laid out in phases, over a 3-day build.
“I’ve never seen a rig go up quite like this one did” commented Erik Perry, Lighting Project Manager from VER.
Anytime you’re using automated rigging, it changes the load in process. Combine that with a ground-supported install and there is very little room for error. The roof structure is raised 1M at a time with a total of 17 moves to get it to its 57’ trim thus consuming a 3hr block of time. Because of the amount of LED and Lighting fixtures attached to the roof structure, securing and testing equipment pieces at ground level before they soared out of reach was a mandatory part of the process. In total, four LED walls and 24 LED Audience Blinders were attached to the roof with 23 additional lighting fixtures added to the tower legs throughout the entire hydraulic lifting process.
Once the roof reached trim, fourteen automated truss pieces were placed first and flown over head-height to allow for the larger outer shell of the Lighting rig to be constructed. The VER lighting crew would move-in quickly to establish proper cable management, providing cable lengths that could fluctuate and remain hidden based on the movement of the automated trussing.
While the roof structure was being constructed, the VER lighting team worked alongside Jacky Cheung’s crew from China building lighting trusses wherever real-estate was available to do so. Onsite translators helped with communication between the two teams in completing these tasks. Through this combined effort, when it was time for the trussing to be raised up, the rig was ready to go.
Audio had to be perfect as well. VER Tour Sound’s Joe Biegel brought his crew to hang L-Acoustics K2 line arrays in a 360 configuration. In addition, over 60ch of RF was used for mics, IEM’s and coms. It was the execution of the wireless communication systems which helped make the show a reality. Eight stage managers were able to communicate with their teams across four days of preparation, with rehearsals taking place each day.
In addition, four long lenses, and 2 robo cameras were brought in to provide IMAG support. Local freelance camera operators and multicam engineers were brought into to assemble the VER camera systems, under the supervision of Michael Drew.
Jacky Cheung ‘Classic Tour’ had been touring for over a year before crossing the Pacific for this five-show run. After that much time, the Jacky Cheung crew was completely dialed. That’s why it was so impressive that on day one of the US show, the VER team was able to adapt and execute flawlessly with Jacky’s international team. VER provided lighting, audio, and video equipment and services for the Jacky Cheung ‘Classic Tour.’
VER provided lighting, audio, and video equipment and services for the Jacky Cheung ‘Classic Tour.’
Ahoi – Lighting Designer / Technical Director
Colin Dwyer – Production Manager
Lighting PM: Erik Perry
Crew Chief: Mel Dorough
Electrician / FOH Tech: Joanne Wooi
Dimmers: Chuck Meyers
Dimmers: Mondo Figueroa
Electrician / Tech: Glenn Ruppert
Electrician / Tech: Travis Braudaway
Electrician / Tech: David Callan
Audio PM: Joe Biegel
Crew Chief/System Engineer: Clark Thomas
RF/Coms Tech.: Austin Dudley
PA Tech: Cody Seaver
PA Tech: Dylan Rohrer
PA Tech: Nikki Berna
Video PM: Mike Drew
EIC/Crew Chief: Adam Mills
Engineer: Topher Davison
Camera Utility: John Myrato
(240) Clay Paky Mythos
(60) Clay Paky Sharpy Wash
(60) Martin Viper Air FX
(60) Martin Atomic Strobe
(56) Martin Rush Par 2
(72) Martin Rush Par 1
(60) Chroma Q Color 100
(48) Elation CuePix WW4
(32) Elation CuePix WW2
(1) ETC Lustr 2 10deg
(8) Lycian 1295 4K Spots
NON-VER LIGHTING INCLUDED:
(240) ACME CM-S6 Magic Panel
(235) Dot Image Floating LED Ball
(90) L-Acoustics K2
(24) L-Acoustics SB28
(16) L-Acoustics KARA
(66) L-Acoustics LA8 Amps
Control (Provided by Jacky Cheung crew)
(1) Digico SD5 (FOH)
(2) Digico SD5 (MON)
(21) L-Acoustics 115 XT HiQ
16ch. Shure UR series
2ch. Sennheiser 3732
(1) Sennheiser 9000 system
22ch. Sennheiser 2050 IEM
(8) RF drops
(36) Hardwire drops
(1) Grass Valley 2-ME Kayak
(4) Sony 2500 HD Cameras
(4) 99x Fujinon Long Lens
(2) Panasonic 130 Robotic Cameras