East Anglia, UK (January 14, 2005)–One of the most unpredictable live acts around, The Pogues, reunited in December to tour the UK with the classic ’87 to ‘93 lineup of Shane MacGowan, Spider Stacy, Jem Finer, Philip Chevron, Terry Woods, Andrew Ranken, James Fearnley and Darryl Hunt. Cait O’Riordan, the original bass player from ‘82 to ‘86, also joined the band on vocals. East Anglia-based AudioLease supplied the P.A. for the tour, based around its Adamson Y-Axis Y10 line array system, powered by Lab.gruppen amplification.
Steve Sunderland of AudioLease explained, “For dynamic Irish folk, with a lot of acoustic instruments, The Pogues engineer Paul Scully wanted a P.A. that was extremely precise, clean and with genuine hi-fi quality. He originally felt there were two possible systems capable of giving the quality he wanted, but in the end, decided Adamson was the better. The Adamson also gave greater flexibility to accommodate the diverse venues on this tour, which ranged from large clubs to the largest indoor arena in the country, in Manchester.”
“The seating configuration at the Manchester Evening News Arena for The Pogues gave a 13,500 capacity,” Sunderland continued. “To cover this and provide ample level, we hired in 16 Adamson Y18s from France. The system had to be flown very high, using 25-meter chain motors, and we used 16 cabinet deep arrays—8 x Y10 below 8 x Y18. The results were simply stunning sound quality with perfect coverage for every seat—easily the best I’ve heard in this venue.”
Adamson Systems Engineering