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(Telegraph)   If you saw a kickass Stones, Floyd, U2, Peter Gabriel or some other massive epic of a rock concert in the past 40 years or so, you can raise one now to Mark Fisher, who designed those sets and then some. Rest in peace, giant inflatable pig man   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 30
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2013-06-26 08:28:30 PM
He did the greatest concert the world has ever seen, The Wall Live in Berlin 1991.  All other concerts pale in comparison to that one.
 
2013-06-26 08:32:28 PM
i've seen u2, but i wouldn't call it 'kickass'
 
2013-06-26 08:33:33 PM
STONEHENGE

/had to be done
 
2013-06-26 08:38:36 PM
I saw my best friend become embroidered on a billowing silk sky while shards of primary colors exploded within the neon green plasma leaking out of my hands during a Hawkwind gig in the mid-eighties, was that one of his?
 
2013-06-26 08:45:05 PM
I seem to remember him hosting a TV show about the power consumption of vacuum cleaners.  He demonstrated with an ammeter that if you block the flow and produce that high-pitched sound, the amps actually drop.  Quite engrossing stuff.
 
2013-06-26 09:11:45 PM
The man literally invented the rock and roll arena act. His work brought not just spectacle but an entire conceptual point of view and focus to bands when they first started playing gigantic venues. Before Mr. Fisher it was four lads standing on a twenty-foot square platform over second base at Shea Stadium. Today we thrive on an entire genre invented by this man. His work was THAT revolutionary.
 
2013-06-26 09:14:06 PM
Done and done.

Now to buy Hawkwind tickets....
 
2013-06-26 09:25:17 PM
Iron Maiden. Red Rocks. 1985-06-29. Still the best concert I've ever seen, and I'm not even a metalhead.

Bonus: A really pissed-off Bruce Dickenson chewing out a fan who threw a small firecracker on stage.

Granted, U2 at Red Rocks, pretty farking awesome.
 
2013-06-26 09:30:41 PM
Saw Beiber in Toronto back in '09. Good times. Epic. Mind blowing.
 
2013-06-26 09:40:16 PM
consultoriadorock.com

Roadie: Uh oh, there goes Peter Frampton's pig. He's gonna be pissed off.
Frampton: You're damn right I'm pissed off, I bought that pig at Pink Floyd's yard sale!
 
2013-06-26 09:43:22 PM
"All in all it's just another hole in the wall" assailed the eardrums of 200,000 watching fans as Fisher blew up his set.

Umm....no. That's not what they heard.

But the guy's designs were awesome.
 
2013-06-26 09:55:11 PM
Oh wow.  How to even begin to describe what this man did for the entertainment industry.  He made dreams come to life for millions of fans and gave them experiences that they will remember for their entire lives. Mobius is correct, he invented the arena show.

Mark was debatably one of the greatest architects of modern times.  His use of light, shape and his ability to integrate all the technology into these massive mobile installations is nothing short of genius.  He was both an Officer of the Order of the British Empire AND a Member Of the Royal Victorian Order.  The dude was Knighted Twice!

csb.
A few years ago I was invited to submit a design that Mark was also competing for.  I worked like hell to put forward some of the best work I have ever done, knowing that it would go to Mark.  I was just so honored to have a place at that table, I did not care.  Probably one of my proudest failures in my career. But I can say I was beaten by Mark Fisher.  /csb
 
2013-06-26 10:02:32 PM
saintbarry.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-06-26 10:03:50 PM

Lighting: He was both an Officer of the Order of the British Empire AND a Member Of the Royal Victorian Order. The dude was Knighted Twice!


"I am an Earl, and an OBE, that makes me an earlobe..."
 
2013-06-26 10:06:00 PM
 
2013-06-26 10:30:10 PM
He did the OVO show for Gabriel, but there's no DVD for it far as I can tell. Would have loved to see that one.
 
2013-06-26 10:34:13 PM
For those who are into what he did.  Here are 15 min of learn from the master.  He discusses many of his greatest creations

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3B7-lEGUR0
 
2013-06-26 10:37:35 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: Pink Floyd at Carter-Finley Stadium in 1994.

Thank you, sir.


Holy shiat,  I was on the field for that.  Amazing show, still one of the best I have ever seen, and that may be why I started doing the only job I have ever done 4 years later.
 
2013-06-26 10:58:04 PM
Does Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tower of Power and Bo Diddley in about 72 count?
 
2013-06-26 11:03:12 PM

Disgruntled Goat: "All in all it's just another hole in the wall" assailed the eardrums of 200,000 watching fans as Fisher blew up his set.

Umm....no. That's not what they heard.

But the guy's designs were awesome.


I'm sure it was glorious.
/Wait for it...
 
2013-06-26 11:15:37 PM
Ha ha! Charade you are
 
2013-06-27 12:10:51 AM
The stage is darker without his brilliance
/RIP
 
2013-06-27 12:15:54 AM
I saw Peter Gabriel on the Secret World Tour... if that was one of his, my hat's off to him (and Peter Gabriel, of course).

FanTASTic show.
 
2013-06-27 12:32:11 AM

booksmart: I saw Peter Gabriel on the Secret World Tour... if that was one of his, my hat's off to him (and Peter Gabriel, of course).

FanTASTic show.


I saw Peter Gabriel In San Diego 2002.He got himself in an 8 foot balloon and bopped to the beat.I did see the Stones in 1998,1999 and 2002.I did see his work.

/Bridges
 
2013-06-27 02:15:05 AM

Johnny Lemonhead: [consultoriadorock.com image 640x477]

Roadie: Uh oh, there goes Peter Frampton's pig. He's gonna be pissed off.
Frampton: You're damn right I'm pissed off, I bought that pig at Pink Floyd's yard sale!


This is very odd.....
I had this quote pop into my head at work today, and had no idea why.
 
2013-06-27 02:40:46 AM
Rolling Stones, Birmingham, 1989.

And, oh, that would be ALABAMA.
 
2013-06-27 08:46:26 AM

booksmart: I saw Peter Gabriel on the Secret World Tour... if that was one of his, my hat's off to him (and Peter Gabriel, of course).

FanTASTic show.


That Gabriel tour was designed and directed by Robert Lepage. (one of the best things to ever come out of Canada) He did the Ring cycle playing at the MET.

Lepage had Fisher design his show KA for Vegas. It was an astonishing collaboration and is the most extraordinary thing you can witness as a live performance of it's type.

architecture.stufish.com
 
2013-06-27 07:25:20 PM
I can appreciate the work he did for many acts, but I'll be damned if anyone could call that U2 "Popmart" set anything close to good. Because of the golden arch, If you weren't directly in front of center stage, you weren't going to actually see U2 perform live.

And the mirrorball lemon? It was presented without any cohesion in the show. After an intermission, the Perfecto remix of Lemon played while the mirrorball moved out into the audience. The mirrorball opened. The music stopped. The band got out. They walked to the stage. And then the show started up again. Completely pointless and annoying.

If we hadn't traveled three hours into the middle of cow country to see that damn show (Clemson's Death Valley stadium) and if Rage Against The Machine had not put on a great opening set, I would have demanded my money back.
 
2013-06-27 09:44:34 PM
Excellent points and all true. That tour (and set) was pretty awful. But U2 were having a bit of an identity crisis at that time and I think it was reflected in the total approach.
 
2013-06-28 03:01:29 AM
sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
/hot R.I.P
 
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