Boston (September 15, 2010)—In mid-August, Aerosmith took the stage at Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, where wireless systems from PWS aided one of the concert’s highpoints.
Top secret plans called for the band’s frontman, Steven Tyler, to run from the stage through a tunnel and up to the top of the legendary “Green Monster,” where a white grand piano awaited him to perform “Dream On.”
Chuck Bogard, wireless coordinator with the Aerosmith tour knew the Fenway Park location would present significant connectivity issues and that PWS had resolved similar situations for multiple Super Bowls and other demanding live shows. Contacting company rep Grant Oberg at PWS global headquarters in Orlando, FL, Bogard described the situation. Oberg and PWS RF Technician, John Garrido, deployed a wireless package to augment the tour’s existing wireless set up. Two RF line amps, a few splitters, three PWS Helicals, a pair of LPDA antennas and a Bi-directional antenna, working in tandem with the tour’s PWS GX-8 amplifier/combiner were used for the gig.
“Steven had a 500-foot run to the top of the Green Monster, up several flights of stairs and around a few corners, and he had to be assured of total connectivity every step of the way,” Bogard says. “The PWS team helped us expand our system, and the GX-8 brought it all together. It’s an absolute mainstay of the tour. It’s not uncommon for us to have 25-plus wireless packs working on site. Besides the band, we’ve got 10 crew members wearing body packs, as well as wardrobe, security and guests. The high output power of the GX-8 enables us to split up the outputs between multiple antennas for extensive coverage. Drop-outs are simply unheard of. I consider it the most valuable piece of equipment in the rack.”
Masque Sound (PWS parent company)