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Metallica Tours with Synthetic Swarm of Micro Drones

Metallica: Moth Into Flame


Metallica Tours with Synthetic Swarm of Micro Drones


Metallica is currently on tour featuring a Synthetic Swarm of Verity Studios’ LucieTM micro drones, bringing a new dimension to their recent hit “Moth into Flame”. This is the world’s first autonomous drone swarm performance in a major touring act. The drone show, which takes place above the stage as Metallica performs the song, was produced in collaboration with TAIT Towers.

Synthetic Swarm

Verity Studios’ Synthetic SwarmTM is a turnkey drone show system that is purpose-built for the live entertainment and events industry. It allows the controlled, indoor flight of a large number of self-piloted LuciesTM. Each Lucie micro drone is equipped with a programmable RGB light. The motions and light effects of each Lucie can be designed into a precise choreography that is synchronized using show control, providing a stunning complement to the traditional palette of light, sound, stage effects, and human performance.

Synchronization of each Lucie’s lights and motions allows for the creation of intricate patterns and novel stage effects that could not be achieved otherwise. By leveraging human perception of 3D structure from motion, Synthetic Swarms can be used to create illusions of very large objects floating in the air.

The Synthetic Swarm drone show system is comprised of self-piloted Lucies, a positioning system, a rack-mounted control unit, and Lucie charging stations. It is designed for a multitude of indoor spaces, including theatres, arenas, churches, and tents. Installation, calibration, and operation are quick and simple. Read more here

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Cite this article as: Phillip Smith, "Metallica Tours with Synthetic Swarm of Micro Drones," in, October 6, 2017,

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