Camarillo, CA (July 1, 2016)—Pearl Jam continues to pack arenas with audiences and its unique brand of rock, as evidenced by its recent tour behind its Lightning Bolt album. Along for the ride, as it has been for years, was Camarillo, CA-based Rat Sound, which fielded an L-Acoustics K1/K2 rig for the journey.
For the 17 shows, the PA typically featured a main PA setup comprised of four K2 flown under 16 K1 per side, with adjacent hangs of 12 K1-SB subs, plus 16 more K2 per side providing outfill. A pair of additional arrays of 14 K2 directed audio to the 270-degree seating areas, while dual hangs of 15 Kara flown between them addressed the seats directly behind the stage for full 360-degree coverage.
Out front, four L-Acoustics Arcs II enclosures positioned on either side of the stage combined with six coaxial 8XT spaced out evenly across the stage lip supplied frontfill, while 16 groundstacked SB28 subs bolstered the low-end. Per spec, all loudspeakers were powered and processed by L-Acoustics LA8 amplified controllers housed in LA-Rak touring racks.
Sound for the tour was mixed on an Avid S6L-32 console by FOH engineer Greg Nelson, with monitor engineer Karrie Keyes officially making the switch to a pair of DiGiCo SD5s—one primary desk for the main band, and the other for tech mixes and support acts, when present, manned by Peter Baigent, Tom Carisco and/or Kevin Glendenning.
“The K1/K2 system covered extremely well in-the-round to a sold-out tour,” said Rat Sound crew chief Tom Worley. “Having the continuation of a large format box on the main hangs and adjustable horizontal coverage with K2 allowed Greg [Nelson, FOH engineer] and Andrew [Gilchrest, FOH/systems tech] to achieve exceptional results. Seeing that K1 and K2 are the same width and nicely rig together, we also had the ability to easily move boxes around if need be—for example, to move four boxes of K1 to the side hang and vice versa.
With the majority of Pearl Jam’s 2016 North American shows now behind them, Rat Sound will soon also be deploying its L-Acoustics K1/K2 rig for the band’s upcoming headline performance at The Ride Festival in Telluride, Colorado on July 9, and for two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park on August 6 and 7. Additional shows this summer for the band will include the Pemberton Music Festival on July 14, as well as two dates at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on August 20 and 22.