Playing bars and clubs in their native Des Moines, Iowa in the 1990s, Stone Sour got their name from a popular drink that mixed one-part whiskey with one-part orange juice and a splash of sour mix. In the years that followed, the Grammy-nominated multi-platinum band has attracted a global fan base with its own cocktail mix of metal and alternate rock sounds.
Although its music is impossible to fit into any one category, the band’s performance revolves around a simple concept: rock hard, rock loud and be ferocious. This nonstop intensity led Scott Warner to feature the high-output Nexus Aw 7×7 in the first lightshow he designed for Stone Sour in 2017. This December, he went back to the same fiery well again, when specified the warm white LED panels with narrowly focused beams for his client’s co-headline appearance with The Offspring at Australia’s Good Things Festival.
“I really liked the way these panels worked on my last tour with Stone Sour,” said Warner. “So, when I learned that they were available for this festival run, I didn’t hesitate to add them.”
The Good Things Festival takes place on consecutive days in three cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. A leading hard rock and metal event in Australia, the festival draws passionately dedicated fans that come seeking intense sounds and sights. Stone Sour and Warner didn’t disappoint. Along with the band’s heavy guitar riffs, double bass drums and growling vocals by frontman Corey Taylor was a bright, searing and punchy lightshow with plenty of audience lighting from the Nexus Aw 7×7 fixtures.
“I focused the Nexus units so they would punch up the incandescent blinders on my front truss,” said Warner. “They work great as audience lights, which is very good because our lead singer Corey loves to see the crowd.”
Warner used seven Nexus Aw 7×7 fixtures supplied by Creative Productions. He flew three of the panels on the midstage truss and four on the downstage truss. Although they were surrounded by high-output moving fixtures, the Nexus units had no problem standing out.
“Matt Doherty, my fantastic tech, and Jeff Pavey, our Production Director, did a fantastic job making all our fixtures work together for a seamless look,” said Warner. “We all really liked the way the warm light of the Nexus looks against the cool light of other fixtures.”
Although Warner didn’t plan things this way, the configuration of the seven Nexus units in the Good Things Festival rig provided an attractive background for photos. “We positioned the panels in a way that allowed us to get the most bang for the buck,” said Warner. “We weren’t thinking about people taking photos.” But given the popularity of this band, the status of this festival, and the stunning looks in Warner’s design, the cell phone cameras were out in force for three hot days in the Australian summer.