Display Ad
Hide Ad

Top Tours of 2017 – U2

by PLSN Staff • in
  • January 2018
  • Showtime
• Created: January 9, 2018

U2 © Steve Jennings

Lighting Co


Video Co

PRG Video


  • Creative Director & Lighting Designer: Willie Williams
  • Set Designer: Ric Lipson/Stufish
  • Executive Director & Band Consultant: Gavin Friday
  • Creative Consultants: Es Devlin (Set), Morleigh Steinberg (Choreography), Sharon Blankson (Stylist)
  • Video Content Direction: Anton Corbijn, JR, Willie Williams
  • Editor: Warren Chapman
  • Animation: Chris Shone, Susana Yamamoto, Brandon Kraemer, Brett Bolton, Terry Scruby
  • Live Video Director: Stefaan “Smasher” Desmedt
  • Lighting Directors: Mark “Sparky” Risk, Alex Murphy, Allen Branton (Consultant)
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Nick Barton
  • Lighting Techs: Blaine Dracup, Adam Morgan, Gareth Morgan, Joe Simpson, Jason Wright, Matt Leroux, Stuart lee, Michael Butler, Dale Jewett
  • Video Crew Chief: Stuart Heaney
  • Video Techs: Sandro Bruni, Eric Geiger, John O’Brien, Kes Thornley, Drew Welker, Gordon Davies, Jay Strasser, Jim Toten, Justin Welch, Lewis McMillan, Kenneth Clair Jr.
  • Tour Manager: Scott Casey
  • Production Manager: Jake Berry
  • Tour Director: Craig Evans
  • Assistant Tour Manager: Sarah O’Herlihy
  • Tour Business Manager: Bob Koch
  • Stage Manager: Rocko Reedy
  • Stage Manager & Head Electrician: Jon Boss
  • Tour Production Coordinator: Aaron Siegler
  • Tour Coordinator: Alison Larkin
  • Automation: Dion Pearce
  • Riggers: Chuck Melton (Head), Jake Harrelson
  • Head Carpenter: Flory Turner
  • PRG Reps: Tim Murch, Robin Wain
  • PRG Nocturne Rep: Mark O’Herlihy
  • Set Design: Stufish Entertainment Architects
  • Staging & Automation: Stageco, Tait
  • Tait Reps: James Fairorth, Adam Davis, Aaron Seibert
  • Video & Show Content Production: The Third Company (Sam Pattinson), Empirical Studio (Ben Nicolson)
  • Trucking: Upstaging (U.S.)



  • 3          grandMA2 full consoles
  • 1          grandMA2 Light console
  • 218     PRG Bad Boy HPs
  • 48       Chroma-Q Color Force 48s
  • 4          Chroma-Q Color Force 12s
  • 56       Martin Atomic strobes w/ scrollers
  • 6          Hungaro Flash units
  • 130     DWE Mole fey 4x1s
  • 20       DWE Mole fey 2x1s
  • 12       Look Solutions Unique 2.1 hazers


  • 550     Panels ROE CB8, configured as 50 columns, each 11 panels high. Total size: 197’ x 44’ (W x H)
  • 1          Spaceframe w/ 24,500’ carbon tubing
  • 4          Miles of carbon fiber cloth (6’ wide)
  • 8          Brompton LED Processors (Tessera M2 series)
  • 16       Outputs DVI for d3 media servers
  • 1          32 x 32 DVI router w/ direct fiber outlets to the processors
  • 2          4K d3 media servers
  • 2          4K inputs per server, or 8 3G inputs per server
  • 1          Fiber network (2,000’)

Tour Notes:

U2’s Joshua Tree tour marked the 30th anniversary of the band’s fifth studio album, originally released in 1987, which included such hits as “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The tour ran from May 12 to Oct. 25, 2017, with legs North America, the U.K./Europe and Mexico/South America.

For more details on this tour go to http://plsn.com/wp/articles/wide-focus/u2-joshua-tree-tour-2017/

Leave a Comment:

Check Out Some Past PLSN Issues