Ann Wilson of Heart Tour Video Wall
Designer Insights by Steve Jennings
Ann Wilson has long been the front woman of the band Heart. This year finds her embarking on a solo tour of theaters and casino showrooms across the U.S. We caught an early date at the UC Theater in Berkeley, CA. and what was to be just 20 shows, has expanded to a second leg of dates to the delight of many Heart/Wilson fans. Lighting designer/director Gabi Scheff is at the helm, running the PRG video wall they are carrying and utilizing whatever house lights exist in each venue.
Lighting Designer & Director
“Bringing in video as a main visual element on Ann Wilson’s tour was a welcome addition. It was Ann’s idea, and the first thing we discussed in terms of show design. For her it was very important to give visual weight to the stage as a whole. Because we do not run haze, adding a video element gave us that connection be-tween the sky and the ground where beams would usually provide depth and texture.
“Being solely dependent on house or locally provided lighting rigs, the video wall lent us some welcome consistency from venue to venue. Our wonderful account rep at PRG LA, Russell Wingfield, made sure we were able to adapt this Winvision system day-to-day; some venues with low trims or rigging limitations meant carrying a ground support package and sizing down on occasion.