The sound team for the recent Joe Cocker European concert tour is (l-r): Ben Byford, Adrian Fitzpatrick, Chris Madden, Niall Slevin and Dave Dixon.U.K. (January 16, 2008)–Forty years on, Joe Cocker still belts out his throat-shredding blues on tour; ensuring that fans could hear every rip, tear and rupture on his recent European tour was U.K. hire company Concert Sound, which fielded an EAW line array and loudspeaker set for the journey.
Based in Luton, England, Concert Sound worked closely with FOH engineer Chris Madden in formulating the system for the arena tour, which traveled throughout Europe in support of the 2007 release of the Hymn For My Soul album.
The scalable concert system, under the care of system engineer Dave Dixon, was comprised of left and right main hangs of up to 14 EAW 760 line array modules and three KF761 wide-dispersion modules, with EAW KF730 small-format line array modules on the deck to bolster front-fill needs. Side-fill came from 10 EAW KF750 Series three-way concert loudspeakers flown per side, with a low-frequency contingent of up to 18 EAW SB1000 dual-18-inch-loaded subwoofers split left and right.
“I loved the consistency of this system; it sounded great every day throughout the 13-week tour, performing in a widely differing variety of venues,” noted Madden. “The system also provided very fast load-ins and load-outs, and further, it didn’t suffer a single component failure during the whole tour.”
“The EAW KF760 Series boxes have yet again proved to be rich and clean sounding. In tandem with our Lab.gruppen fP 6400 amplifiers, we were able to provide a powerful, great-quality system,” added Dixon. Other key sound team members for the tour included monitor engineer Niall Slevin and system techs Ben Byford and Adrian Fitzpatrick.