18 April 2024

13 April 2024

Integration of Lighting Effects:

  • Successfully added lighting effects to the Lego replica of the Phil Collins’ Serious Hits tour stage, enhancing the dynamic and immersive aspects of the model. This addition not only brings the model closer to the original’s visual spectacle but also accentuates the detailed features.
  • Selected appropriate Lego-compatible lights to simulate the stage lighting.
  • Utilized a variety of light colors and intensities to create mood and contrast, mirroring the concert’s lighting cues that contributed to the emotional impact of live performances.

Challenges Overcome:

  • Encountered initial challenges in wiring and positioning the lights without disrupting the existing mechanical components of the model. Resolved these issues by rerouting wires through concealed channels within the Lego structure to maintain aesthetic integrity and functional reliability.

Creative and Functional Integration:

  • Programmed lighting sequences that can be synchronized with simulated or actual music tracks, recreating the concert experience. This feature allows the Lego model to not only be a static display but also an interactive representation of the Serious Hits tour stage.
  • Designed the lighting setup to be adjustable, enabling different display settings to suit various viewing scenarios, whether as a feature in a darkened room to capture the concert feel or under brighter conditions for detailed viewing.

 

 

5 April 2024

Rising Panels Mechanism Completion:

  • Achieved a significant milestone in the project by successfully recreating the panels that raise up, integrating Technic motors for automation. This development closely simulates the original stage’s dynamic and innovative panel movement, bringing a crucial aspect of the design to life.

Galloping Horses Panels Creation:

  • Embarked on an artistic addition to the project by creating images of galloping horses on the rising panels. This detail not only adds a visual dynamic to the model but also pays homage to the creativity and thematic elements of the original Serious Hits tour stage.
  • Chose to design the horses in the iconic Lego style, ensuring consistency with the overall theme of the model. This decision enhances the authenticity of the Lego experience while incorporating a bespoke artistic touch.

Next Phases:

  • Plan to implement lighting effects using Lego lights and possibly integrate custom elements to mimic the stage’s lighting design, adding another layer of realism to the model.

28 March 2024

Main Structure Completion:

  • Successfully assembled the core frame of the stage, focusing on replicating the bicycle-wheel-shaped diaphragm structure for optimal strength. Utilized a combination of Lego Technic pieces to achieve radial symmetry and distribute stress evenly.
  • Ensured the base is stable and robust, employing a mix of Technic beams and standard bricks to support the dynamic elements and overall weight of the structure.

Current Focus: Rising Panels Development:

  • Initiating the design phase for the rising panels, aiming to simulate the original stage’s ram mechanism.
  • Considering the implementation of motors to power the panels’ movement for an automated effect. This involves experimenting with various gear configurations to find the most efficient and smooth operation.
  • Addressing the challenge of integrating these dynamic elements without compromising the structural integrity of the main frame. This may require revisiting and reinforcing certain sections of the build.

Next Steps:

  • After the rising panels mechanism is functional and integrated, the focus will shift to detailing and thematics. This includes adding scenic elements to enhance the visual appeal and authenticity of the model, inspired by the original stage production.

10 March 2024

Taken from the Phil Collins – Serious Hits Live! (2003) Disc 1 DVD

The design, construction and staging of the Serious Hits tour was a Herculean task that required a team of the best producers, engineers and craftsmen in the business.
The revolutionary concept was devised in the UK by the lighting & set designer Jonathan Smeeton, the artist Alan Chesters and project engineer Ronan Willson.
Production Manager Morris Lyda, the man responsible for staging many of the world’s most spectacular live events, was hired to oversee the project and he brought in the American Ed Kish to develop the engineering concept and handle the mechanics.
Once they had an initial design Ronan’s company, Meteorlites Productions, built a scale model of the carousel to demonstrate how it would look and operate. This was presented to Phil and his manager Tony Smith of Hit & Run, who loved it and gave the go-ahead for production to begin.

But making a nice-looking model was one thing and constructing a fully functioning set within the time available quite another.
In fact their first structural engineer claimed that the stage would be impossible to build, and so he quit just before Christmas with production rehearsals booked to start on 28th January at Bray Studios in Berkshire, England.
So Morris swung into action and soon had new teams of structural engineers in both New York and the UK, using the time difference to keep development running practically around the clock.
The final design of the carousel was for a bicycle-wheel-shaped diaphragm structure* which gave it great inherent strength. The conical roof housed one huge hydraulic ram, which drove a complex, multi-reeved cable system. The engineers developed an accumulator system into which hydraulic fluid could be pumped for several minutes, then released so that each of the massive panels on the carousel could be opened within a couple of seconds.

The stage was built at Elstree Studios by Meteorlites, and all of the scenic elements were produced by Alan’s company, Hangman. The final structure weighed in at over 14 tons and they actually ended up having to duplicate many of the elements so that while the tour was playing in Europe a second set could be travelling to America by sea.

1 March 2024

With the help of the wonderful Traci (Get Phil Voted in) I have now started the stage. Traci has been able to pass many technical drawings of the stage which has allowed me to scale this miniature model.

Here is a rough layout and mock-ups of the risers and stage floor.


27 February 2024

Costumes created. Added some Horns.

Both Arnold McCuller and Leland Sklar have commented on their Alta(L)egos

“I’m a Lego! Easy lover 1990!” – Arnold McCuller

“Wonderful” – Leland Sklar


16 February 2024

This first version brings together the minifigures and colours to be used for all musicians.

The original stage was was designed by John Smeeton. John is retired now, however you can check out his work here.

 

 

The “But Seriously” tour by Phil Collins, conducted in 1990, marked a significant moment in the career of one of the most celebrated musicians of the time. Phil Collins, already a household name due to his solo work as well as his tenure with the band Genesis, embarked on this tour to promote his fourth solo album, “…But Seriously,” released in November 1989.
The “But Seriously” tour encapsulated the essence of the late ’80s and early ’90s music scene, blending rock with elements of pop and progressive music, showcasing Collins’ versatility as a musician. Phil Collins’ ability to connect with the audience through his heartfelt performances and the emotional depth of his songs was unparalleled. The tour was a massive undertaking that spanned several continents, including North America, Europe, and Australasia, reflecting Collins’ global appeal.
The production of the tour was notable for its technical sophistication. It featured elaborate stage setups, innovative lighting, and sound design that enhanced the overall experience for the audience. This tour also saw Phil Collins perform alongside a band of talented musicians and backing vocalists, who added layers to the live renditions of his songs, creating a rich, immersive sound.
Here’s a list of the key musicians who participated in the tour and their roles:
Phil Collins – Lead vocals, drums, and percussion. As the front man, Collins was the focal point of the performances, delivering both powerful drum solos and emotional vocal performances.
Daryl Stuermer – Guitars and bass. A long-time collaborator with both Phil Collins and Genesis, Stuermer’s versatile guitar work added depth and energy to the live performances.
Leland Sklar – Bass guitar. Known for his distinctive long beard and session work with numerous artists, Sklar’s bass playing provided a solid foundation for the band’s sound.
Chester Thompson – Drums and percussion. Sharing drumming duties with Collins, Thompson’s skillful playing was a key element of the tour’s musical arrangement, particularly during songs when Collins was singing or playing the piano.
Brad Cole – Keyboards. Cole’s keyboard work added the necessary textures and layers to the band’s sound, from subtle background harmonies to leading instrumental sections.
The Phenix Horns – A brass section that added a vibrant, energetic layer to many of Collins’ songs, contributing to the dynamic range of the live performances. This section included:
Don Myrick – Saxophone
Louis Satterfield – Trombone
Harry Kim – Trumpet
Rhamlee Michael Davis – Trumpet
Backing Vocalists – The tour featured several talented backing vocalists who enriched the live performances with harmonies and added depth to the songs:
Arnold McCuller
Bridgette Bryant
Fred White
The “But Seriously” tour is remembered fondly by fans and remains a highlight in Phil Collins’ illustrious career. It encapsulated a moment in time when music could not only entertain but also inspire change and awareness. Through this tour, Collins left an indelible mark on the live music scene of the early ’90s, demonstrating the power of music to connect, reflect, and engage with the broader societal narratives.