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Phil Collins - Not Dead Yet Tour / Still Not Dead Yet Tour Live! 2017-2019

What Phil Collins has achieved in his life so far is definitely impressive: he is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer and actor. He was the drummer and later the lead singer of iconic progressive rock band Genesis, and afterwards became a highly successful solo artist. After being absent from the stage for some years, Collins announced his autobiographic "Not Dead Yet" (2017-2019) / "Still Not Dead Yet Live" (2019ff) tour on 17 October 2016 at a press conference held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. As of 2019, the tour is still running.

Collins’ long term lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe has created a stylish, animated lightshow, which is directed and operated on the road by Roland Greil, who also acted as the associate designer for the show - the two have collaborated on a number of projects in recent years including Adele, and on this one they worked closely with set and scenic designer, Misty Buckley.


Patrick has worked for the artist for nearly 20 years, and this tour celebrated his return from "retirement", starting off with five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall - which sold out in 15 seconds - and multiple shows in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne and the Accor Hotels Arena in Paris. It also culminated in the former rock supergroup Genesis drummer’s largest ever solo show in London's Hyde Park.

The show - for which Collins is most definitely centre stage - is based around a stunningly elegant and almost timeless - but understatedly modern - stage concept with a flexible and vibrant lighting rig. Two LED screens are an integrated part of the scenery together with some additional "soft" scenic elements like an Austrian gauze, a chic silver curtain and a star cloth adding flourishes of classic stage magic.

A wide dynamic range of lighting looks have been crafted by Patrick and Roland, all taking the music as their base inspiration. Some numbers are classically theatrical, others are full-on pop-tastic, and as the set unfolds it reveals a run of gripping, memorable rock looks and progressive contemporary scenes. Two songs even feature a "ballet" of lights, utilizing 11 fixtures rigged on individual hoists with RSC Lightlocks that move freely above the stage.

Flipping between so many moods, smooth and seamless transitions were essential for the lightshow flow. Forty-seven of Robe BMFLs are rigged between the overhead positions and on two vertical side ladders upstage and are used as key lights, backlighting spots and traditional spots to create tight, precise looks. BMFLs are a huge part of the show and were selected for their "Versatility and elegance, plus the ability to create some very powerful looks," stated Roland.

The 48th BMFL Spot is being controlled via the Robo Spot system and is used as Phil’s main backlight instead of a standard truss spot. There are both physical and aesthetic reasons for this. Firstly, because it is handy to control certain parameters from the grandMA2 lighting desk. More importantly still, it is a very tight rig, so there isn’t the space to rig a classic back truss spot, which would also not be appropriate for the clean and definitive aesthetic of the design. Robo Spot has been developed for exactly this type of scenario -   where a follow-spot operator cannot be placed directly at the controlled fixture. The system can remotely control any Robe BMFL fixture and utilizes an external camera to follow the performer. The PATT 2013s are used for three songs in the set as elegant looking lighting fixtures, as well as a scenic element.

Video is integral to the show, with a balanced mix of special playback content created by Sam Pattinson of Treatment and IMAG directed by Ruary Macphie, while Joshua Keys handles the media servers. The show's styling features IMAG feeds imaginatively treated with colours or shown in sepia, monochrome, etc.

Patrick first specified Robe moving lights on one of his designs in 2007 - Color Spot 2500E ATs for the Genesis "Turn It on Again" world tour. More recently, BMFLs have started making regular appearances in his work including for the AC/DC and Adele world tours. He used Pointes on the Rolling Stones 2014 "On Fire" European tour.

Design Process

Roland explained the essence of the workflow between him and Patrick, which will kick off with initial design ideas from Patrick for which he draws on multiple inspirations and sources. They discuss creating a lighting rig together, thinking about fixtures, visual effects, contexts etc. and including other elements like scenics and video. Based on their conclusions, Roland then concentrates on looking after the details, like lighting positions, fixture choices etc. - maintaining a fluid and ongoing dialogue throughout with Patrick.

Further down the line, Roland handles the technical and administrative elements with the tour production team and different vendors, while Patrick is engaged with the artist directly, managing client relations as well as maintaining a keen eye on the overall evolving picture. Ahead of rehearsals, Roland will break down the proposed set musically and use pre-viz technology to create basic building blocks, so they are well-prepared and can bring a basic show to this stage of the process. This facilitates the best and most efficient use of production rehearsal time - which is always tight and often pressured - where together and in conjunction with the whole production team and the artist, they will refine and finesse the lightshow into a final visual result.

Photos: Manfred H. Vogel


Setlist (update 2019)

Against All Odds
Another Day In Paradise
Hang In Long Enough
Don't Lose My Number
Throwing It All Away (Genesis)
Follow You Follow Me (Genesis)
I Missed Again
Who Said I Would
Separate Lives (Stephen Bishop)
- Drum Trio
Something Happened On The Way To Heaven
You Know What I Mean
In The Air Tonight
You Can't Hurry Love (Supremes)
Dance Into The Light
Invisible Touch (Genesis)
Easy Lover (Philip Bailey)
Sussudio

Take Me Home


Tour Dates - Not Dead Yet Tour 2017/2018

Leg One - Europe

02.06.2017 Echo Arena, GB-Liverpool
04.06.2017 Royal Albert Hall, GB-London
05.06.2017 Royal Albert Hall, GB-London
07.06.2017 Royal Albert Hall, GB-London
11.06.2017 Lanxess Arena, Köln
12.06.2017 Lanxess Arena, Köln
14.06.2017 Lanxess Arena, Köln
15.06.2017 Lanxess Arena, Köln
16.06.2017 Lanxess Arena, Köln
18.06.2017 Accor Hotels Arena, F-Paris
19.06.2017 Accor Hotels Arena, F-Paris
20.06.2017 Accor Hotels Arena, F-Paris
22.06.2017 Accor Hotels Arena, F-Paris
23.06.2017 Accor Hotels Arena, F-Paris
25.06.2017 Aviva Stadium, IR-Dublin
30.06.2017 Hyde Park, GB-London
22.11.2017 Motorpoint Arena, GB-Nottingham
24.11.2017 Fly DSA Arena, GB-Sheffield
26.11.2017 Royal Albert Hall, GB-London
27.11.2017 Royal Albert Hall, GB-London
29.11.2017 Manchester Arena, GB-Manchester
01.12.2017 SSE Hydro, SCO-Glasgow
02.12.2017 Metro Radio Arena, GB-Newcastle
03.12.2017 Genting Arena, GB-Birmingham

Leg 2 - Latin America

22.02.2018 Estádio do Maracanã, BR-Rio De Janeiro
24.02.2018 Allianz Parque, BR-São Paulo
25.02.2018 Allianz Parque, BR-São Paulo
27.02.2018 Estádio Beira-Rio, BR-Porto Alegre
06.03.2018 Auditorio Citibanamex, MEX-Monterrey
07.03.2018 Arena VFG, MEX-Guadalajara
09.03.2018 Palacio de los Deportes, MEX-Mexico
10.03.2018 Palacio de los Deportes, MEX-Mexico
13.03.2018 Jockey Club del Perú, PE-Lima
15.03.2018 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, CHI-Santiago
17.03.2018 Estadio Centenario, UR-Montevideo
19.03.2018 Estadio Presidente Perón, AR-Córdoba
20.03.2018 Campo Argentino de Polo, AR-Buenos Aires
23.03.2018 Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot, PR-San Juan

Leg 3 - North America

05.10.2018 BB&T Center, USA-Sunrise
07.10.2018 Capital One Arena, USA-Washington
08.10.2018 Wells Fargo Center, USA-Philadelphia
09.10.2018 TD Garden, USA-Boston
11.10.2018 Scotiabank Arena, CAN-Toronto
13.10.2018 Prudential Center, USA-Newark
14.10.2018 Barclays Center, USA-Brooklyn
16.10.2018 Bell Centre, CAN-Montreal
18.10.2018 Quicken Loans Arena, USA-Cleveland
19.10.2018 Nationwide Arena, USA-Columbus
21.10.2018 Target Center, USA-Minneapolis
22.10.2018 United Center, USA-Chicago
25.10.2018 Oracle Arena, USA-Oakland
27.10.2018 MGM Grand Garden Arena, USA-Las Vegas
28.10.2018 The Forum, USA-Inglewood

Leg 4 - Oceania

19.01.2019 Suncorp Stadium, AUS-Brisbane
21.01.2019 Quodos Bank Arena, AUS-Sydney
22.01.2019 Quodos Bank Arena, AUS-Sydney
23.01.2019 Quodos Bank Arena, AUS-Sydney
25.01.2019 Adelaide Oval, AUS-Adelaide
28.01.2019 RAC Arena, AUS-Perth
29.01.2019 RAC Arena, AUS-Perth
01.02.2019 AAMI Park, AUS-Melbourne
02.02.2019 AAMI Park, AUS-Melbourne
04.02.2019 AMI Stadium, NZ-Christchurch
06.02.2019 Mission Estate Winery, NZ-Napier

Still Not Dead Yet Live! Tour 2019

Leg 5 - Europe

02.06.2019 Ernst Happel Stadion, A-Wien
04.06.2019 Groupama Stadium, F-Lyon
05.06.2019 Mercedes Menz Arena, Stuttgart
07.06.2019 Olympiastadion, Berlin
08.06.2019 Ceres Park, DK-Aarhus
10.06.2019 Bergenhus Festning, N-Bergen
12.06.2019 Friends Arena, S-Stockholm
14.06.2019 HDI Arena, Hannover
15.06.2019 HDI Arena, Hannover
17.06.2019 Mediolanum Forum, I-Mailand
18.06.2019 Letzigrund Stadion, CH-Zürich
20.06.2019 Goffertpark, NL-Nijmegen
21.06.2019 Rhein Energie Stadion, Köln
22.06.2019 Rhein Energie Stadion, Köln
24.06.2019 Olympiastadion, München
25.06.2019 O2 Arena, CZ-Prag
26.06.2019 PGE Narodowy, PL-Warschau

Leg 6 - United States

23.09.2019 American Airlines Center, USA-Dallas
24.09.2019 Toyota Center, USA-Houston
26.09.2019 Amalie Arena, USA-Tampa
28.09.2019 Infinite Energy Arena, USA-Duluth
29.09.2019 Spectrum Center, USA-Charlotte
01.10.2019 Little Caesars Arena, USA-Detroit
02.10.2019 PPG Paints Arena, USA-Pittsburgh
04.10.2019 Keybank Center, USA-Buffalo
06.10.2019 Madison Square Garden, USA-New York
07.10.2019 Madison Square Garden, USA-New York
09.10.2019 KFC Yum Center, USA-Louisville
11.10.2019 CHI Health Center, USA-Omaha
13.10.2019 Pepsi Center, USA-Denver
15.10.2019 Talking Stick Resort Arena, USA-Phoenix
17.10.2019 Chase Center, USA-San Francisco
19.10.2019 T-Mobile Arena, USA-Las Vegas

(to be continued)


Band

Phil Collins (lead vocals)
Leland Sklar (bass)
Daryl Stuermer (lead guitar)
Ronnie Caryl (rhythm guitar)
Nicholas Collins (drums, piano)
Brad Cole (keyboards)

Arnold McCuller (vocals)
Amy Keys (vocals)
Bridgette Bryant (vocals)
Lamont van Hook (vocals)
Luis Conte (percussion)
Richie "Gajate" Garcia (percussion)

Vine Street Horns
- Harry Kim (trumpet)
- Dan Fornero (trumpet)
- George Shelby (saxophone)
- Luis Bonilla (trombone)

Tour Promoter Germany: Peter Rieger Konzerte (PRK)

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