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Legends Live tour with Martin Audio MLA

The Legends Live tour presented some great names of the 70s, headlined by Suzi Quatro who was joined by David Essex, Bay City Rollers, Showaddywaddy and Smokie

The Legends Live tour brought together some great names of the 70s. Presented by Tony Denton Promotions, the event was headlined by Suzi Quatro, but also featured David Essex, Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, Showaddywaddy and Smokie.

Capital Sound recently supported the 40 Years of Disco tour with a full inventory of Martin Audio’s pioneering MLA PA, and Legends Live was next on its agenda.

Working under the production management of Richard Ames, Capital’s project manager (and monitor engineer for this tour), David Preston oversaw a sound-optimised set-up in the arenas and Dan Fathers was system tech.

They were joined in the Capital Sound team by crew chief Jonny Buck, who doubled as stage tech with Barney Cushman. All the bands brought their own FOH engineers with the exception of David Essex, whose house sound was mixed by Dan Fathers.

Typically, Capital fielded 11 MLA elements and an MLD Downfill enclosure stage left and right, with reduced outfill hangs of five MLA Compact boxes, since no coverage was required for the upper tribunes, which weren’t in use.

As this was not a sub-heavy tour, Capital Sound fielded just eight MLX subwoofers, three per side (in cardioid formation) and a pair in the pit. Six W8LM mini line array were used as front fills – two on the outer sides, a pair either side of the central position, and a pair of XD12 on stands to fill the void under the main PA. Finally, Capital supplied 16 LE1500 as stage monitors, run active biamped.

Summing up, David Preston said the tour had been an all-round success: “All four bands had their own backline and we were only allowed a 10-minute change over. But we smashed it, and managed to bring this down to six minutes. As for MLA, it provided its usual consistency, and in addition to the excellent coverage, the sound engineers commented on the remarkable tonality of the system.”

Suzi Quatro’s FOH engineer, Gerry Bryant said of the MLA: “It’s the best sound I’ve ever had at Wembley’s SSE Arena.”