New York (September 15, 2006)–While Rock Star: Supernova was something of a reality TV hit this summer, it definitely stood on the shoulders of last summer’s inaugural edition which featured 80s dance rockers INXS. When that band found a replacement singer–J.D. Fortune–for its deceased frontman Michael Hutchence, it soon released a hit single (“Pretty Vegas”) followed by a moderately successful comeback album (Switch) and then hit the road to make the most of its newfound momentum with a tour that’s still going on at this writing.
J.D. Fortune and INXS roar through another show, performing beneath a sizable Martin Audio rig from Delicate Productions.Supporting the tour is Delicate Productions, which has been providing audio for the band since its U.S. breakthrough album, Listen Like Thieves in the mid-Eighties..
Delicate provided a PA comprised of 48 Martin Audio W8LC’s, nine W8LM Minis and 24 W8LS flying subs for amphitheaters where ground-stacked subs couldn’t provide adequate low frequency coverage for those in the middle and upper rows of the audience.
In addition to Martin Audio WT 2s and a full complement of LE700 monitor wedges, the system included a full complement of Martin Audio amplification, two Yamaha PM5D digital consoles and processing that included Empirical Labs audio processors, an Eventide H3000 Harmonizer, a dbx 160SL, Summit Audio TLA100 tube compressor; Brooke Siren System FCS960 dual 1/3 oct. equalizer; Brooke Siren System FDS336 Minidrive; three Brooke Siren System FDS366 digital crossovers and three Brooke Siren System FDS334 Minidrives; a Delicate custom computer and tablet PC system and Denon DN-550 CD recorder/player.
Reportedly the Martin Audio line arrays won over several engineers, including James McCullagh and Paul Kennedy, FOH and monitor engineer for INXS respectively, and Greg Price, FOH engineer for Scott Stapp. According to many of those who were there, the band sounded great at more than 350 feet.
In addition to the INXS team, headed by tour manager Todd Confessore with production manager Paul Runnels, stage manager Steve Roman and crew chief Steve “13” Jones, the crew from Delicate included Brennan Houser (audio system engineer), Fumi Ozakaki (assistant system tech) and Greg Lopez (assistant monitor engineer).