Okay, so the Abacab tour of ’81 was significant in the history of concert lighting technology, since it featured the first-ever use of automated moving lights in the initial form of what was to become the Vari-Lite VL1™. Heck, the band actually invested in its development with what was then Showco. But Genesis’ following tour, Mama, really harnessed the moving light in new ways, blowing the doors off all expectations for the visual content of a tour. Alan Owen’s lighting design incorporated a massive rig full of VL1s distributed over a pie-shaped truss—more color, more movement, more everything. This was the future of concert lighting. Tom Littrell acted as the programmer/operator.

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