New York (August 3, 2007)–Probably the last time Guns N’ Roses stepped into an office was when the band signed its record deal many eons ago, but the hard-rockin’ group actually uses office equipment every time it steps into its own workplace: the concert stage and the studio. It turns out Chris Whitemyer, long-time guitar tech for the band, uses MGE Office Protection Systems’ Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) to safeguard the operations of all amps, special effects and wireless capabilities for the band’s needs on and off stage.
Having heard about the UPSs from a friend who worked with Seal, Whitemyer decided to give them a try, opting to use the Pulsar EX RT 3200 Rack system on eclectic lead guitarist Robin Finck’s gear. Whitemyer noted that nearly all the UPSs he worked with prior to the Pulsar EX RT had produced an irritating hum, sometimes making it difficult to fine tune the sound of the instruments, thus affecting the overall quality of the music. “This unit has worked for Robin and me all over the world,” he remarked. “It’s worked when others have failed and it’s now our good luck charm that we go nowhere without.”
As a result, keyboardist Darren “Dizzy” Reed and guitarist Richard Fortis have also turned to MGE Office Protection Systems for the protection of their equipment. Reed, a member of Guns N’ Roses since the Use Your Illusion days of the early 1990s, selected both the Pulsar EX RT 2200 and 3200 UPSs to ensure power protection of his sensitive keyboard equipment. Fortis, a more recent member of the band, chose the Pulsar EX RT 2200.
And it turns out that the units have an additional, unexpected ‘feature’–they make great nightlights. Preparing for a performance at the Rock in Rio concert series in Rio de Janeiro, the band was rehearsing in a fully-enclosed, generator-powered studio when suddenly all the lights went out. Attached to Whitemyer’s workstation, the Pulsar EX RT system lit up the studio as they waited for power to be restored. He recalls, “The crew decided to turn the generator off while they put gas in it, shutting off all power in the studio, which had no windows. If not for the MGE cold start, we would have had a few rock stars freaking out in the dark.”
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