Iron Maiden’s EAW PA system and
stage setup for the tour-closing
BankAtlantic Center performance in
Sunrise, FL.Sunrise, FL (April 28, 2009)–Iron Maiden ended two years worth of touring with the April 2 show at Florida’s BankAtlantic Center–the final stop on its “Somewhere Back In Time” tour. Along the way, an EAW PA was on hand for every concert.
For the last few U.S. and Canada legs of the tour, U.K.-based touring system provider ML Executives, Iron Maiden’s long-time SR provider, has shipped consoles and monitors here for the band, and Nashville-based Brantley Sound Associates has provided the house sound system.
The flown main P.A. hang consisted of 13 EAW KF760 long-throw line array modules and three KF761 short-throw line array modules; the side hangs were seven KF760s and three KF761s. In arenas with 270-degree dispersion, the systems added two KF850e Virtual Array enclosures for extreme side fills and two more ground-stacked on either side of the stage, for a total of eight. Additionally, there were a dozen SB1000e large-format subwoofers with two KF300i medium format array loudspeakers per side, on top of the subwoofers, and four KF300is positioned in the two cutouts in between the three stage thrusts for vocal fill.
“This is a rock & roll PA system,” says Brantley Sound tech Joe Calabrese, who was on the tour for the U.S. and Canadian dates. “It’s powerful–the P.A. lets us convey the enormity of Iron Maiden’s sound with amazing fidelity, not just to the people in the ‘good seats,’ but at the back of the arena as well.”
For the final show of the tour, the band changed the monitor system slightly, adding EAW SM15 and SM200iH stage monitors, a configuration the band also used on North America dates in 2008. Additionally, ML Executives supplied Iron Maiden with EAW KF850es and SM200iHs for the band’s entire tour.
“The SM15 can get absurdly loud, and it’s an incredibly great-sounding main monitor,” says Calabrese, who noted that eight of them were used for downstage mixes. “It packs a massive punch.” The compact SM200iH had a smaller footprint and was used on the ramps above the backline where space was limited. “Bruce can hear himself loud and clear and he’s not worried about tripping over them,” he says. “Altogether, it’s a great P.A. system.”
Brantley Sound Associates