Los Angeles (August 18, 2006)–These days, Joe Walsh is best known for his work with the Eagles and roller coaster-style solo career, but as many recall, he first rose to prominence with The James Gang. Now Walsh has teamed up with the original Gang-sters for their first U.S. tour, “James Gang Rides Again,” in over 30 years.
With Jimmy Fox on drums, Dale Peters on bass and Walsh on guitar, the band kicked off its 17-date tour on August 10th after a month of preparation at the Centerstaging Rehearsal Hall in Burbank, CA. Coming along for the ride is a saddlebag or two of Heil microphones.
“Heil Sound was our sound company when we first toured,” said Walsh. “We started out as the opening act for The Who, and Bob Heil was ‘the man’ when it came to mega-watt sound systems in those days. Over the years, Bob and I have become great friends and have stayed in touch. When Bob came to me with his new large diaphragm dynamic microphone technology, I knew it had to be great. I’ve know about these microphones for a couple of years and now the world is finding out just how wonderful they are.”
Veteran mixer Billy Triplett scraped his entire mic locker in favor of the Heil PR Series. “From the moment we started rehearsing with them, there was tremendous difference in the overall sound quality,” said Triplett. “The PR20s on vocals are amazing. The articulation and presence were the best I’ve experienced in live sound. I ended up swapping a popular condenser for the drum kit in favor of the Heil PR40. The overheads brought the cymbals to life and added a whole new dimension to the overall sound.”
Heil Sound microphones are distributed worldwide by TransAudio Group in Las Vegas.