Green Day is an American punk rock band hailing from the East Bay, California. Formed in 1986, the group has won 5 Grammy Awards and sold more than 85 million records worldwide to date. In 2015, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class in their first year of eligibility. Needless to say, we are very excited to have been invited to work with the band again for the 2016-17 Revolution Radio Tour.
For this current tour design, there were several drapery elements to supply. Each portion of textiles supplying a different look and effect for the show. It’s always a treat to work on a project that will have “mid show drapery changes” – giving an ongoing visual impact to the audience.
For the main stage Kabuki drape – a giant digitally printed “BOOM BOX design” backdrop was crafted. This piece, nearly 60 feet wide, was digitally printed onto FR Crystal Poplin – for the ultimate in durability and color saturation. We love this printing material as it offers easy packing into a small storage vessel – with space being of great importance on a touring show, it is ideal for this type of project. Both lightweight and durable, it’s a win-win for many projects.
Photo Credit Instagram @greenday
The Kabuki drape was deployed during the show using a set of solenoids supplied by Sew What? / Rent What? Inc. This touring package of solenoid heads allows the drape to be released from the air with the press of a button. The system provided by Sew What? / Rent What? Inc is extremely popular because it is very compact, extremely flexible and has a proven record of reliability. If you want to learn more about our solenoid systems and how they work to make a “kabuki drape drop” visit our informational Solenoid System page.
Want to see these theatrical backdrop items as they were being sewn? This video showcases the Stage Drapes & Graphic Printed Concert Curtains which Sew What? Inc produced for the US portion of the Green Day Tour.
In addition to the “BOOM BOX design” backdrop, there were two unique backdrops which comprised a selection of banners (7 banners per backdrop set) and these were hung and dropped by solenoids so that they ran down aircraft cables landing neatly on the floor securely behind the band. These red and blue banner sets were certainly dramatic! If you are interested in seeing examples of the many different backdrops and backdrop styles that are available visit our Flickr Galleries and take a look around.
Green Day have a massive Black Rip Stop lightweight masking drapery package on tour with them as well. This lightweight, water resistant, and durable textile is one of the rock n roll “go to” fabrics for big arena shows. But there are plenty of materials to choose from…… just take a look at the various theatrical fabrics available from Sew What? Inc.
Sew What? Inc., located in Rancho Dominguez, California, is a well-known stage and theatrical drapery manufacturer known for its dramatic theatrical drapes and fabrics used in major rock concerts, top fashion shows and other artistic staged venues. Our drapes and #backdrops have dressed the stages of Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, and Rod Stewart to name a few. The company has received numerous awards for innovation, including the Dell/NFIB Small Business Excellence Award, and was featured on the 1000th cover of Rolling Stone. For information, contact us at (310) 639-6000 or complete our online contact form.