Mark Fisher 1947-2013

We as Queen salute Mark Fisher for his wonderful creative work with us over many years, and for his personal qualities of lateral thinking and quiet dedication.  We will miss him as a colleague and friend, and offer our sincere condolences to his family.  Rock on, Mark !

Roger and Brian 

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Mark Fisher 1947-2013


Barco brings Freddie Mercury back to life during Queen + Paul Rodgers’ “The Cosmos Rocks” tour

KORTRIJK, Belgium, October 8, 2008. Barco, a world leader in Video Lighting Solutions, is proud to announce that its OLite 612 LED display was selected to support legendary rock band Queen + Paul Rodgers on their 2008 European tour, which kicked off in Kharkov, Ukraine on 12 September. A grand total of 2,500 OLite 612 LED modules are used to create a massive backdrop screen on stage which will give audiences across Europe a night to remember.
This year, historic rock band Queen, has teamed up singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers, and is releasing their first new studio album since the passing of their charismatic lead singer Freddie Mercury. With the release of “The Cosmos Rocks”, Queen + Paul Rodgers are heading back on the road for a four month tour, taking them across fourteen different countries in Europe.

The stage set for the tour was created by renowned design company Stufish, who has created stage designs for Pink Floyd, U2, The Rolling Stones and many others. The giant backdrop screen, which forms the key visual element to the show, measures 17m wide and 5m high and contains 2,500 OLite 612 LED modules.

“Barco’s OLite 612 fitted our design perfectly”, explains Mark Fisher, Managing Director at Stufish. “We wanted to present the audience with a spectacular video and light experience befitting a band of this statue. OLite’s modularity once again enabled us to create something very special with a unique mix of video and lighting effects.”

The screen frame, custom made for the tour by Brilliant Stages (with integration by Barco’s Innovation Designs), houses a creative mix of high and low resolution and combines elements of both video and traditional lighting into one screen. In the centre, Barco’s OLite modules form a high resolution elliptical screen which delivers the main show video. Fanning out from the circle’s edge, the OLite modules are spread apart giving a unique “checkerboard” effect during the visual elements of the show. A number of PAR 64 lighting fixtures are built in amongst the OLite modules on each side delivering a special mix of video and lighting effects. Thanks to an ingenious cabling system, the massive screen also splits into different sections during the show.

“We are proud to be accompanying Queen + Paul Rodgers on their 2008 tour,” comments Andrew Healey Global Marketing Manager of Barco’s Live Events business. “The design team at Stufish uses the modularity of OLite to brilliant effect delivering a very unique visual element throughout the show. This tour is another great example of how the worlds of video and lighting are converging.”

Barco’s OLite 612 is a multifunctional indoor/outdoor SMD LED display. With a 12mm pixel pitch, 6,000NIT light output and 15 bit processing, the OLite 612 delivers an extremely high quality image, even in daylight conditions. One OLite 612 can be split into 48 modules enabling creative display designs of any shape or form. The use of SMD technology enables wide viewing angles and superb uniformity at very short viewing distances and thanks to its outdoor IP65 rating the OLite panels can be used in all weather conditions.

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.
Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3600 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of euro 747 million in 2007.

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