The tour, which was officially announced in September of 2014, will travel across North America, Europe, and Asia. It began on February 25, 2015 in Independence, Missouri and will conclude on October 15, 2015 in El Paso, Texas.
Ariana’s tour management wanted knew that today’s conventional lighting would not be enough to really make the impact they were hoping for, so the team decided to work with partner Strictly FX, and bring on seven custom-build high power laser projectors, to add that extra “wow-factor” to the tour.
Timothy Finn of The Kansas City Star described the show as an “extravagant mix of music, dance, lasers, videos, pyrotechnics, and costume changes, akin to the kinds of audio-visual spectacles delivered by fellow pop-divas like Katy Perry and Britney Spears.”
Strictly FX used Pangolin’s Beyond software and FB3QS hardware to control seven custom high power RGB Coral ARC series lasers, developed by Arctos Laser in Germany. These seven lasers included four custom fabricated 36watt laser projection systems, spread out across the stage, and three 30watt laser projection systems, mounted in truss, and used with targeted beams and bounce mirrors.