Them Crooked Vultures
played through an EV X-Line
array supplied by LD Systems at
the Austin City Limits Festival.
Austin, TX (October 26, 2009)--The recently held Austin City Limits Music Festival saw 130 bands gather in the Texan capital to treat music fans to three full days of performances across eight stages; one of them was Them Crooked Vultures, a supergroup featuring John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).
For the Xbox 360 stage, Robert Ausmus of LD Systems (Houston, TX) and his crew relied on an Electro-Voice X-Line line array loudspeaker system to providesound reinforcement. The Xbox stage saw crowds of up to 35,000, and featured a diverse range of headliners, including Them Crooked Vultures ; mashup artist Girl Talk; STS9 and Raphael Saadiq among many others. (A full story on the Vultures' recent New York City performance, backed by LA-based Delicate Productions, will feature in an upcoming issue of Pro Sound News).
LD Systems deployed a main FOH rig comprising two arrays of eight full-range X-Line elements (Xvls and Xvlt) over eight Xsubs. Xn boxes were used for out-fills.
"This is our sixth year now serving the festival and every year we've used the X-Line system," says Ausmus. "X-Line is a known quantity for us and has always produced excellent results. The challenge here is that up to five bands play each day for crowds as large as 35,000 people; we need a system that delivers consistently excellent audio for all the acts, a system that sounds good with minimal tweaking." The PA was powered by EV TG and PL series remote control amps running IRIS-Net control and supervision software. Performance was further optimized with EV's latest FIR-Drive FIR filter-based processing.
"While a stretch, bearing in mind that the crowd swelled to 35,000 and that we didn't use any delays, this configuration covered the entire venue and provided all the punch and definition you'd want from a rock show, with all the dynamics you'd want from a DJ set," Ausmus adds. "Them Crooked Vultures was amazing - like seeing Cream play again. This was the perfect system for them. X-Line just sounds good, and that's why it's our flagship system." The festival's producers, C3 Presents, representatives from Austin City Limits Music Festival and the bands themselves were all reported to be very pleased with the EV system's performance.
The LD Systems crew included Kelly 'Lil Rustler' Jones (Chief), Chris Neimeyer, Gerry Diaz and Mark Thompson.