By Clive Young
Chicago (May 9, 2007)--Live sound audio provider Clair Showco has opened a new Chicago-based office. Heading the new outpost is general manager Harry Witz, former CEO of db Sound, who is joined by numerous staffers and executives of that company, including former db vice president Todd Johnson.
Clair Showco's main office in Lititz, PA had no comment on the turn of events, and calls to the Chicago office--made to db Sound's phone number, based in Mt. Prospect, IL--were not returned. While it would seem that Clair Showco has purchased db Sound, reportedly that's not the case.
According to a source familiar with the details behind Clair Showco Chicago, the new parent company has not quite purchased db Sound. Instead, the latter sound company ceased to exist as of late April, and in the wake of the sudden move, Clair has taken on some physical assets, including audio equipment, and is hiring key personnel from the late sound company. While the new Clair outpost is housed in db's old facility, a move to a new space is being contemplated.
While over the years, the now-defunct dB Sound handled sound chores for the Rolling Stones (A Clair Showco account since 2005), AC/DC and the Allman Brothers Band, it had leaned more towards touring theatrical productions in recent times. How the turn of events affects db's offices in Australia, Japan, England and Germany is unknown at this time.