Donny Osmond performed throughout the UK backed by a sizable Meyer Sound PA.Europe (February 7, 2008)–What do Donny Osmond and Marilyn Mason have in common? Well, together they’d provide the foundation for a really schizophrenic iPod playlist, but actually, they both recently toured overseas (separately) with Meyer Milo systems.
Osmond performed a series of show dates in the UK in support of his current release, Love Songs of the 70s. For the fourth tour in a row, Osmond worked with UK-based Major Tom Ltd., which provided two arrays of 15 Milo loudspeakers and one Milo 120 curvilinear array loudspeaker per side, augmented by two side hangs of 12 Mica compact curvilinear array loudspeakers each. A dozen 600-HP compact subwoofers were flown, six per side, next to the Milo arrays, and four more 700-HP subwoofers were stacked next to the stage. Several M’elodie ultracompact curvilinear array loudspeakers were used as front fills.
“Donny is very knowledgeable about sound, more so than many artists,” explains Major Tom’s principal, Lars Brogaard. “He records his shows to Pro Tools every night, and he loves the Milo system. I’ve worked with Donny when he came to the UK with his brothers in 1978. He understands the technical aspect and appreciates the work that goes into a production. It’s a true pleasure working with him.”
Manson, meanwhile, performed a series of arena dates in Europe to support his own new album Eat Me, Drink Me, carrying a Meyer system courtesy of Taylor, MI-based Thunder Audio. The main system, comprising two arrays of 15 Milo curvilinear array loudspeakers and one Milo 120 curvilinear array loudspeaker per side, was augmented by two more side hangs of six Milos each. A dozen 700-HP subwoofers per side provided bottom end. As Front of House engineer Dave “Shirt” Nicholls explained, the Milo arrays covered the entire audience: “We don’t use front fills, as Mr. Manson is in the pit for much of the show.”
Bruce Danz, Manson’s monitor engineer who also works for Thunder Audio, oversaw four Mica compact curvilinear array loudspeakers and two 700-HP subwoofers per side. “Mica is an amazing little box,” he noted. “It’s around half the size of the Milo but still really cuts through. I’m sure there were some days when Shirt wished I’d turn it down.”
Both tours’ systems included Galileo loudspeaker management systems to handle drive and processing, and the engineers used MAPP Online Pro to configure their systems. As for Osmond and Manson, well, no word on whether they’ll ever record a duet remake of “Puppy Love,” but we can always hope.