Lake, Belew Bring Bose

As the tour manager for guitarists Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) and Adrian Belew (Frank Zappa, King Crimson), André Cholmondeley needed a system that could produce the instruments clearly, and decided to use the Bose L1 Model II portable loudspeaker system with B2 bass module for the separate tours.
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Framingham, MA (July 17, 2014)—As the tour manager for guitarists Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (pictured) and Adrian Belew (Frank Zappa, King Crimson, David Bowie), André Cholmondeley needed a system that could produce the instruments clearly, and decided to use the Bose L1 Model II portable loudspeaker system with B2 bass module for the separate tours.

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The system joined the musicians through North America, Japan, Europe and the U.K.

“First, the system sounds great,” said Cholmondeley. “Greg is a master producer and he knows what guitars are supposed to sound like. When he plugs his Gibson J-200 acoustic into the L1 system, what he gets is amazing. PA systems can often pull the mids and the lows out of acoustics, but the L1 system gives you a full spectrum of what an acoustic guitar has. Greg loves the sense of ‘depth’ that the L1 system adds to his stage sound.”

He continues, “For Adrian Belew’s electric guitars, the L1 system gives him that absolute silence he needs, and gives him all the fidelity he wants for all of his effects and samples. He’s especially happy with how synth sounds are handled with ease by the L1 subs. Then there’s the portability, which is my personal favorite feature. We often play clubs and small theaters, and the L1 system loads in and sets up fast and easily; I can quickly tell a couple of stage hands what to do, and they have it up and running within minutes. And it interfaces with the house PA systems so easily when we want it to—just run a cable to the quarter-inch input and we’re ready to go.”

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