Pro Sound News Centerstage Chart: Top 10 Tours of 2018.

Pro Sound News runs down the crews and gear on the top 10 highest-grossing tours of 2018.
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1 Taylor Swift | EIGHTH DAY SOUND

David Payne (be); Jordan Kolenc (Swift me/cc); Scott Wasilk (Band me); Dan Bluhm (se); Eoin Collins (mtech); Chase Usry (ae); Ike Zimbel (rf coordinator); Turner Pollari (rf tech); Andy Dudash (rf comms); Liam Von Elbe (lead pa tech); Sam Balk, Mike Vultaggio, JP Kearney (pa tech)

HC: DiGiCo SD7; MC: (2) DiGiCo SD7; HS: d&b audiotechink J Series Array Processed, J-Sub, B22, V8 front fills; IEM: Shure PSM 1000, Wisycom MTK952; HA: d&b audiotechnik D80; HARDWIRED MICS: Telefunken; Shure; Sennheiser; WIRELESS MICS: Sennheiser Digital 9000, 6000; Shure Axient Digital; FOH EQUIPMENT: Neve Portico, Masterbuss; Lexicon PCM 92; Bricasti M7; Waves; Soundcraft Realtime Rack; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Eventide Eclipse; TC Electronic System 6000; SPL TD4; Waves; Soundcraft Realtime Rack; OTHER: Radial JS2, JS3, J Rak 4, Tonebone Mix Blender

2 Beyonce / Jay-Z | EIGHTH DAY SOUND

Stephen Curtin (he); James Berry, James Corbin (me); Arno Vortman (se); Chris Bellamy (ae); Greg Horning, Clinton Reynolds, Emily Valentine, Peter Mesaros, Dan Buckley, Nills Knecht, Dom Thorne (techs)

HC: DiGiCo SD7; MC: DiGiCo SD7; HS: d&b audiotechnik J Series; MS: d&b audiotechnik; IEM: Shure PSM 1000; HA: d&b audiotechnik D80; MA: d&b audiotechnik D80; HARDWIRED MICS: Sennheiser; Shure; DPA; WIRELESS MICS: Sennheiser 9000, 6000; FOH EQUIPMENT: Bricasti M7; Yamaha SPX2000; Neve Portico; Sonic Farm Creamliner; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Wes Audio; Klang; OTHER: Radial SGI, Twin Iso, SW8

3 Eagles | CLAIR GLOBAL

Tom Evans (he); Ricky Leon, Charlie Hernandez Jr. (me); Jared Lawrie (cc/se); Erick Ruiz (rf/stage e); Jen Smola, Matt Patterson, Dustin Andersen (techs)

HC: SSL Live L500; MC: DiGiCo SD5; Avid S6L; HS: Clair Cohesion CO-12, CO-8, CP-6, CP-218 subs; MS: Clair Cohesion CM-22; Clair 12am, ML-18; IEM: Shure PSM 1000; HA: Lab.gruppen; MA: Lab.gruppen; HARDWIRED MICS: Shure Beta 87, Beta 57a, Beta 91a, SM58, SM58s, SM81, Beta 56, Beta 58a, SM48; Audix D6, SCX25a; AKG 451; Audio-Technica AT4050; Telefunken M80, M80SH, M81, M81SH; Sennheiser e904, e906, MD409, MD421; DPA FA4018V, 2011C; Radial JDI, J48, SW8, DM1, JX44 switcher, Tonebone Headbone VT amp switcher, North Star overdrive, AC Driver acoustic preamp; WIRELESS MICS: Shure Axient; FOH EQUIPMENT: Bricasti M7; Waves Live; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Neve 5035

4 Kenny Chesney | MORRIS

Chris Rabold (be); Bryan “Opie” Baxley (me); Phill “Sidephill” Robinson (me-Chesney); Chris “Sully” Sullivan (se); Rich Rossey (patch); Phil Spina (cc); Carl Schmidt, Tanner Freese, Ryan Lewis, Justin Curtiss (techs); Ed Wannebo (pm)

HC: SSL L500 Plus; MC: (2) Midas ProX; HS: d&b audiotechnik GSL; MS: d&b audiotechnik M4; IEM: Shure PSM1000; HARDWIRED MICS: Shure SM91, Beta 52, SM57; AKG C414; Telefunken M60, M80-SH; Sennheiser MD 421; Beyerdynamic M 88 TG; Royer R-122; Radial SW8, J48, SGI, DM1; WIRELESS MICS: Shure AXT400 Axient, AXT200 J5 Handheld, AXT610 Axient; sE Electronics V7 MC1 capsule; FOH EQUIPMENT: Empirical Labs EL8-X Distressor, EL7 Fatso Jr; Rupert Neve Designs 5045 Primary Source Enhancer; Sonic Farm Creamliner; Eventide H3000; API 2500 Bus Compressor; Tech 21 SansAmp PSA 1.1; Overstayer M-A-S, Stereo Field Effect, Stereo Voltage Control; Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack; Waves Extreme Server

5 Justin Timberlake | CLAIR GLOBAL

Andy Meyer (he); Paul Klimson (me); Phil Kriz, Justin Lenards, Josh Hughes (se); Hugo Gudino Jr., Elliott Wiley (mse); Paul Manuel (ae); Dustin Chrysler, Carlos Lopez-Olavarria, Rachel Rozzi, Nathan Sonnenberg (techs); Kevin Leas (RF tech)

HC: DiGiCo SD7; MC: DiGiCo SD7; HS: Clair Cohesion CO-12, CO-10, CP-6, CP-118, CP-218; HA: Lab.gruppen PLM 20000Q; MA: Lab.gruppen PLM 20000Q; OTHER: Radial JX44, SGI44; FOH EQUIPMENT: Rupert Neve Designs Portico MBP, 5014, R10, 5421, 535, 5043, 5059, 5045, Shelford Channel, Portico II Channel; WesAudio Dione; Bettermaker 502V; Manley Vari MU; Elysia Xpressor; UA Apollo 16; Apogee Symphony; Thermionic Culture LRB, Swift, Phoenix; Antelope Audio Orion, 10M, Trinity; Optocore X6R, DD32R; Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Scarlett 6i6; Maselec MLA-4; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel, Portico II Channel; API 527; Bricasti M7; Smart Research C2; Eventide Eclipse

6 Ed Sheeran | MAJOR TOM 

Chris Marsh (he/me/pm); Charlie Albon (s tech); David White (ae); Brian Thorene, Parker Vandeberg, Dave Poynter, Adam Wells (pa techs)

HC/MC: DiGiCo SD7; HS: Meyer Sound Leo, Milo, Leopard, Lina, UPA-1P, 1100-LFC; MS: Meyer Sound MJF-212a, 900-LFC; IEM: Sennheiser 2000; WIRELESS MICS: Sennheiser 9000 Series Digital mics/instrument packs; EQUIPMENT: Avalon 737; Bricasti M7; Waves Max BCL; JoeCo BlackBox; Eventide Eclipse; API 2500; Meyer Sound Amie; Radial SW8

7 Journey / Def Leppard | BRITANNIA ROW / SOUND IMAGE / VER TOUR SOUND

JOURNEY: Keith (Meaux) Windhorst (he); Maxie Williams (me); Jonathan Winkler (cc/se); Shannon Fitzpatrick (m tech); James Ellison, Mark Leeper (pa techs); DEF LEPPARD: Ronan McHugh (be); Ted Bible (me); Chris Houston (cc); Brooks Jackson (se)

HC: Avid S6L; DiGiCo SD5; MC: Avid S6L; DiGiCo SD5; HS: L-Acoustics K1, K2, Kara, K1-SB, KS-28, Arcs, Kara; MS: Sound Image MA 212, MA 112; Vue Audiotechnik h-15, s-25; Meyer Sound; IEM: Shure PSM 1000; JH Audio; HA: L-Acoustics LA12X; MA: Crown 3500HD; HARDWIRED MICS: AKG, Shure; Audio-Technica; Palmer; WIRELESS MICS: Shure AD4D, AD-2 with 58A capsules; FOH EQUIPMENT: Waves; Empirical Labs Distressors; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Waves

8 Pink | BRITANNIA ROW

Dave Bracey (he); Jon Lewis (me-Pink); Horst Hartmann (me-Band); Guillaume Burguez (cc); Johnny Keirle (se); Juan Beilin, Shaun Ayles (ae); Jack Murphy (tech)

HC: DiGiCo SD7; MC: DiGiCo SD7; Yamaha PM10; HS: L-Acoustics K1, K2, K1SB, KARA, KS28; MS: L-Acoustics X15, Clair CM-2; IEM: Sennheiser 2050; HA: L-Acoustics LA12X; MA: Lab.gruppen; WIRELESS MICS: Sennheiser 6000 series; OTHER: Radial SW8

9 Drake | EIGHTH DAY SOUND 

Chris Fisher (he); Demetrius Moore (be); Sean Sturge (me); Noah Gary (mtech); Joey Armada, Chan Howard, Charlie Southward, Nathiel Stutz, Sean Tingle (tech)

HC: DiGiCo SD7; MC: DiGiCo SD5; HS: Adamson E15; E12; S10 E119; MS: d&b audiotechnik J8, B22; IEM: Sennheiser; HA: Lab.gruppen; MA: d&b audiotechnik; HARDWIRED MICS: Sennheiser; Shure; Radial SW8; WIRELESS MICS: Sennheiser; FOH EQUIPMENT: Eventide H3000; TC Electronic 2290; MONITOR EQUIPMENT: Waves

10 Luke Bryan | CLAIR 

Frank Sgambellone (be); Seth Kendall (me); Jim “Fish” Miller (cc/se); James Anderson Hall, Dustin Ponczeck, Rachel Hope Stuemke, John Weldon (crew)

HC: Yamaha RIVAGE PM10; MC: DiGiCo SD5; HS: Clair Cohesion CO12, CP218, CP6; MS: Clair CM-22, CP118; IEM: Shure PSM 1000; WIRELESS MICS: Shure Axient with SM58 capsules; FOH EQUIPMENT: TC Electronic 2290; Neve Portico, Neve 5045; API 2500; OTHER: Radial J48, SGI

Legend: (he) house engineer. (ahe) ass’t house engineer. (be) band’s house engineer. (me) monitor engineer. (ame) ass’t monitoring engineer. (bme) band’s monitor engineer. (se) systems engineer. (ae) ass’t engineer. (tech) technician. (cc) crew chief.

HC: house console. MC: monitor console. HS: house speakers. PMS: personal monitor systems. MS: monitor speakers. HA: house amplifiers. MA: monitor amplifiers.

Top 10 highest-grossing U.S. tours of 2018, as ranked by Pollstar, adapted from its 1-11 entries. One entry, a theatrical production, was omitted as it did not, in fact, tour.