Woodbury, NY (June 9, 2004)–JBL has announced it is the official sponsor of the upcoming North American summer tour of Eric Clapton. As sponsor of the tour, JBL is supporting the tour with a major sponsorship program, maintaining a highly visible presence at all of the tour’s stops. To coincide with the tour, the company is launching its “Eric Clapton Chooses JBL” sweepstakes, which features a grand prize of two tickets to the tour’s final concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, on August 2.
To qualify for the prize drawing, consumers are required to audition JBL Northridge E Series loudspeakers at a participating retailer and fill out an online entry form. In addition to the grand prize, a number of additional prizes will be awarded. Details are available on the JBL Web site, www.jbl.com.
JBL’s acclaimed VerTec (Vertical Technology) line-array professional audio loudspeakers were chosen for exclusive use in the tour sound system. Since their introduction, JBL VerTec loudspeakers have established themselves as an industry standard for professional concert sound reinforcement, thanks to their advanced-technology drivers and components, compact size, and modular installation flexibility.
Sound services for the tour will be provided by Sound Image of Escondido, California, a leading supplier of concert sound system services worldwide. The systems, which can deliver more than 350,000 watts of amplifier power, are configured to optimize sound quality and coverage in the 15,000- to 20,000-seat arenas that will host the tour. The touring system includes a total of 48 JBL VerTec VT4889 loudspeakers, arranged as line arrays in a typical configuration of two main forward arrays of 14 units each, and two side arrays of 10 units each. The main loudspeakers are augmented by 16 VT4880 arrayable dual-18-inch subwoofers, and onstage monitors.
Eric Clapton’s U.S. tour dates will begin with a performance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, to be held in Dallas, Texas, from June 4 – 6. The North American arena tour starts June 9 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is scheduled to conclude with the August 2 Hollywood Bowl concert.
Paul Bente, president of JBL Consumer Products, noted, “JBL could not be more proud to be the sponsor of the Eric Clapton North American tour. Eric Clapton and JBL loudspeakers have both had a major impact in defining the sound of rock and roll–Clapton as a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ and consummate musician, and JBL as the foremost supplier of high-quality loudspeakers for concert halls, recording studios and home listening. We are proud to take part in bringing audiences a thrilling concert experience from Eric Clapton and his band.”
Robert Collins, front-of-house mixer for the tour, said, “With JBL’s VerTec loudspeakers in the system, the sound quality on this tour is better than ever. The VerTec speakers’ clarity, resolution, on- and off-axis frequency response and high-power-handling capability are exceptional, and they excel at reproducing the full sonic spectrum from the deepest lows of the bass and kick drum to the most subtle high-frequency nuances. In fact, the sound is so good we can now provide our concert audiences with the same level of audio quality Eric Clapton and his band are able to achieve on recordings and in the studio.”