Monitor Engineer George Squiers with one of the EAW MicroWedge MW12 stage monitors New York, NY (June 18, 2008)–The upcoming world concert tour by R.E.M. will deploy 22 EAW MicroWedge MW12 stage monitors deployed by monitor engineer George Squiers to provide monitor sound on stage for all band members. Currently on tour throughout North America, followed by a European leg, Oxnard, CA-based Rat Sound Systems Inc. is serving as the sound reinforcement company.
A quartet of MW12s are utilized for Michael Stipe at his central stage position, arrayed in an arc with two for vocals and two for instruments, while dual MW12s are dedicated to Peter Buck, Mike Mills and additional musician Scott McCaughey on the frontline. Mills also gets another pair of MW12s at the midstage position where he plays piano and synth, and yet another pair at downstage right, a location he frequents during shows. McCaughey will also be supplied with another pair of MW12s at his keyboard position. Yet another pair of MW12 is dedicated to the drum position.
“The air movement and warmth on stage is very important for these guys,” Squiers explains. “I don’t have sidefills filling in the lower registers, so the wedges need to be able to stand on their own.”
“Michael Stipe also loves to hop on his wedges, and prefers the comfort and stability of the MicroWedge low-profile design to anything else we or he has run across,” Squiers adds with a laugh. For this tour, each pair of MW12 wedges for the floor is mounted to plywood and secured by aluminum clamps in their ports, providing even further stability. It also simplifies and quickens setup and strike during changeovers.