Longtime Metallica monitor engineer
Paul Owen was honored by the
band during his final show
with the band, Jan. 13, in Detroit.
Detroit, MI (January 16, 2009)--After 22 years tackling monitors for Metallica, monitor engineer Paul Owen retired from the band's crew on Tuesday night, during the band's show in Detroit.
For years, Owen has worn mulitple hats, not only tackling the stageside Midas XL4 desk for the popular metal band, but also working as vice president of Thunder Audio / Thunder Audio Production Group, based just outside the Motor City in Taylor, MI.
MetOnTour.com, Metallica's tour blog/news site, highlighted the occasion in its write-up of the evening's show, noting:
"Tonight was also special for one of Metallica's LONG time crew members. And long does not do justice to this man's dedication. Paul Owen, who has been doing the band monitors for over 22 years (around 1340 some odd shows), is retiring from the Metallica crew.Thank you Paul for all your heartfelt years of service, all of us will miss you very much."
For the current tour, Thunder has provided Metallica with a Midas XL8 at the FOH position; a PA based around Meyer Sound Milo and Mica line array boxes, plus 700-HP subs; various monitors including Meyer MJF212 boxes and Sennheiser 3000 personal monitors; mics such as Audio-Technica's AT-5300, AT-2500, AT-35 and AT-4050; and more.
While Owen is now off the road, he'll surely be busy at Thunder's home office, which is tackling spring jaunts by Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry and others.
Complete coverage of the Metallica tour can be found in the Live Sound Showcase article in the new January, 2009 issue of Pro Sound News.
Thunder Audio / Thunder Audio Production Group
Meyer Sound Labs