By Paroo Streich. Brian Wilson, the visionary behind The Beach Boys, is rolling his "Pet Sounds" 50th Anniversary Tour forward into 2018 with its final performances, and along for every stop of the journey is longtime production manager/FOH engineer Clint Boire.
Mark Woodcock uses a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console to handle the house mix for a acappella act Pentatonix.
By Clive Young. Go inside Paul McCartney’s recent mini-tour of New York City, where the rock legend and crew tackled eight sold-out shows, playing two nights a piece at Madison Square Garden; Brooklyn’s Barclays Center; across the Hudson River in Newark, NJ; and out on Long Island.
Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, “Luther,” a massive pop oratorio about the event toured Germany, with the last of 12 performances taking place on October 31 at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz-Arena with more than 11,000 spectators and a newly formed 4,000-singer choir. Berlin manufacturer Stage Tec was a sponsor of the entire tour, and providing three mixing consoles for the show.
By Lowell Greenblatt. While most tours are booked so that a production has time to find its groove before playing a high-profile New York gig, Arcade Fire’s Infinite Content tour hit Madison Square Garden only four shows into its North American run. Nonetheless, the shakedown period had gone well—a crucial fact, given that the band is carrying with it reportedly the largest AVB-based touring system yet assembled, fielded by audio provider Solotech (Montreal/Las Vegas).
UK analysts Futuresource Consulting predict the global pro loudspeaker market will hit $3.6 billion by 2021, fueled largely by increased demand for quality installed sound and investments from the commercial retail world in creating more enticing shopping environments.
Firehouse Productions has been the audio provider for countless tours by Coldplay, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Sting and many others; shows for the likes of the NFL, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other organizations; and corporate events for Macy’s, Apple, Amazon and others. They’re all high-profile clients, but with that visibility comes increased pressure for its systems to work flawlessly. With that in mind, Firehouse has increasingly turned to Audinate’s Dante audio-over-IP networking for many of its clients when it creates audio systems with many moving parts.
Prague’s Evzena Rosického Stadium recently sold out two shows by one of the country’s most popular acts, Krystof, as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. For the occasion, SR provider ZL Production fielded a sizable PA based around Adamson E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers.
Halsey has been making the rounds for the last month on her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour with audio provided by Eighth Day Sound. One of the show’s key moments finds the singer and her dancers taking over a B-stage for two songs, and while that’s not unusual, the stage itself is. Filled with 20 gallons of water, the stage sprays liquid everywhere—including the FOH position.
FOH engineer Bill Sheppell used DPA d:facto vocal mics on the recent Bon Jovi tour as an experiment and ultimately opted to make them a permanent fixture. As a result, official live show recordings from the tour have captured that iconic voice closer to Sheppell’s intention: “Since using the d:facto, I have noticed that we are able to use less EQ than normal.”
By Clive Young. The last few years have seen the concert industry ride a growing wave of success, and so far, 2017 looks to be following that trend to the letter. Tours have generally done well this year, and despite some high-profile blowouts, festivals, too, have had a strong showing. Good grosses are likewise good for live sound companies, keeping audio providers busy at all levels, from the national tour providers, to regional and local sound reinforcement businesses.
By Steve Harvey. The successful completion of the FCC's Incentive Auction earlier this year set the countdown clock ticking for wireless mic operators, who must vacate the 600 MHz band by July, 2020. But as a panel of RF experts on opening day of the convention stressed, some wireless equipment users will be losing access in their regions much earlier.
It may be fall, but that hasn’t stopped Nineties hitmakers Third Eye Blind from hitting the road on their 31-city “Summer of the Gods” tour. On-hand ever step of the way is Pittsburgh-based sound company RT Pro Audio, fielding a sizable PA from Vue Audiotechnik.
Based in Las Vegas, Craig Thomesen has worked with everyone from Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, The Doobie Brothers and more. These days, he’s on the road, mixing a Beatles’ tribute show, Classical Mystery Tour, which includes a full symphony orchestra, miking up rockers and stringslingers alike with DPA Microphones.
The key to any successful tour is preparation, and if the tour’s engineers are using new consoles for the first time, then it’s even more crucial. Such was the case recently when front of house engineer Joe Keiser and monitor man James Bump had to each learn their way around a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console for Nickelback’s current Feed The Machine tour.
When Derrick Wright needed to isolate his drums for quiet songs on Adele’s recent world tour, he went to an off-stage isolated drum room carried by the tour, created with an Auralex (auralex.com) HoverDeck under the kit and ProMAX V2 panels surrounding it to ensure a consistent acoustical environment from show to show.
When the new Royal Arena opened in Copenhagen a few months ago, the first act to play it was Metallica, but the ‘hometown’ opening came a few days later when the country’s own metal heroes, DizzyMizzLizzy and D-A-D, headlined the facility.
German hip-hop, reggae, and dancehall artist Frank Dellé (aka Eased) has been touring in support of his latest solo album, Neo. While he’s best-known for leading the band Seeed, Dellé has also worked as a film and audio engineer, so he got hands on when it came time to put together his solo tour’s monitorworld, and as a result, it’s centered around a Mackie AXIS digital mixing system.
On the road since Spring 2016, Brian Wilson is winding down his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour, where he has been the classic album in its entirety nightly. The original record was famously the result of uncompromising studio perfectionism, so to help replicate that onstage, the tour’s audio team has taken a number of approaches, including the use of various Auralex acoustical treatments.
The annual AES Convention is the high point of the pro audio year, and no one ever wants to miss it. That goes for attendees, but it also goes for exhibitors, and with that in mind, d&b audiotechnik has already announced what it will be up to when the Convention is held October 18-20 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
By Clive Young. Panic! at the Disco started out big in the mid-2000s and then only got bigger. Sporting a wildly varied pop rock sound that recalls everything from Daft Punk to Queen to Frank Sinatra, leader Brendon Urie has staked out the group’s own unique turf, and that in turn led to its spring arena tour behind the recent platinum-selling Death of a Bachelor album. The tour played 36 shows across the country, with FOH engineer/production manager Spencer Jones manning a largely analog audio system provided by Eighth Day Sound (Highland Heights, OH).
3G Productions of Las Vegas and Los Angeles hit the road this summer, providing audio for legendary Mexican singer-songwriters Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman for a U.S. arena tour behind their collaborative album, Versus. Put together, they’ve sold more than 60 million records, paving the way for 100 international hit songs, 5,000 concerts and numerous awards. Ensuring that the hits could all be heard, 3G fielded a Martin Audio MLA speaker system.
19-time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett can still belt like nobody’s business, even at the age of 91. On the road to this day, he recently played the Bayside Summer Night Series at the Embarcadero Marina Park South in San Diego, where his longtime FOH engineer/production manager, Tom Young, tackled the show mixing on a flagship Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Digital Audio Console, provided by Hi-Tech Audio (Hayward, CA) to Meeting Services, Inc. (MSI), the audio production provider for the venue.
VER Tour Sound has been on the road since January with Dierks Bentley, bringing the country music star’s tunes to arenas and amphitheaters via the first AVB-networked Meyer Sound Leo touring rig on the road.
Pop-rock stalwarts Tears For Fears returned to the road this summer on a co-headlining shed tour with another famed duo, Hall & Oates. Along for the ride was TFF’s longtime FOH engineer, Doug Kimball, who incorporated Focusrite’s ISA 828 eight-channel microphone preamp into his setup for the group.
Nashville-based Spectrum Sound recently updated its inventory with the addition of six new DiGiCo SD12 mixing consoles and four additional SD-Racks. These come in addition to the four S21, six SD10 and dozen SD9 consoles, as well as 15 SD-Racks and eight D-Racks that the audio provider already owns.
When multi-platinum artist Pitbull recently acquired a Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system, the first thing he did was put it to the test in one of the most RF-congested spots on the planet—Las Vegas—as he played an eight-show residency called “Time of Our Lives” at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
New York, NY (August 29, 2017)—Perennial pop-punkers Blink-182 has been on the road behind its latest album, California, with Jason Decter, the band’s front of house engineer for the past eight years, manning a SSL L200 Live console provided by Hi-Tech Audio via Rat Sound Systems.
By Sarne Thorogood. For years, the band has relied on a traditional stage setup, using a monitor system including audio tools, such as the Midas XL8 control center, Turbosound 450 bi-amped two-way floor monitor, L-Acoustic Arcs Line Source, Sennheiser EW 300 IEM G3 live microphones and Shure microphones. Then, in 2009, before heading into Depeche Mode’s Tour of the Universe, we decided to try something new with Ultimate Ears Pro in-ear monitors. While on tour, [lead singer] Dave Gahan began to experiment with UE 7 Pro in-ear monitors and using the on-stage combination of in-ear monitors, floor wedges and side fill setup, without the pressure of having to rely solely on one method of stage monitoring.
Singer/Songwriter Sabrina Carpenter has been circling North America this summer, playing mid-sized venues using local production at each stop. To maintain consistency, however, FOH engineer Jason Brandt uses the tour’s control package, built around an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 Surface and DM64 MixRack for FOH.
By Steve Harvey. Jean-Michel Jarre has performed for the largest crowds ever assembled, in Moscow (3.5 million) and Paris (2.5 million), both acknowledged by Guinness World Records. In 1986, he played to 1.5 million in Houston, yet in more than four decades of live performing, Jarre had never toured the United States before this year.