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Rolling Stones Stagehands Die in Set Collapse

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• June 29, 2007
MADRID, SPAIN — Spanish officials report that two men died after part of the set from a Rolling Stones concert at Vicente Calderon stadium collapsed on them as they were dismantling it. Four other people fell from the 30-foot structure, and one was seriously injured. The victims’ names and precise nature of their injuries have […] Read More...

British Alt-Rockers Placebo on World Tour with VENUE

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• June 27, 2007
LONDON — British alt-rock band Placebo have been out on a full world tour since January 2006, playing events and major festivals throughout the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia, China, Korea, and other Far East locations. For the first year of the tour, monitor engineer Charlie Bradley used a VENUE D-Show console, but in the last six months, he and Placebo FOH mixer Ian Nelson, switched to using a pair of the more compact VENUE D-Show Profile systems, which handle a total of 45 inputs for the band, along with the collective output requirements. By the tour’s conclusion, Bradley estimates that they will have used the VENUE systems at over 250 shows. Read More...

Vive Latino Celebrates with NEXO

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• June 26, 2007
MEXICO CITY — Every year, Vive Latino in Mexico City ranks as one of most important Latin America rock "en español" festivals. Billed across the hemisphere as Festival Iberoamericano de Cultura Musical, Vive Latino's 2007 Blue Stage featured only NEXO loudspeakers including, for the first time, the GEO D Series. Read More...

Bowfire Sets the Stage Aflame with d&b audiotechnik and InnovaSON

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• June 6, 2007
KITCHENER, ON —Bowfire, the total string experience which combines step and tap dancing with virtuoso fiddle-playing, played a special show at the 2000-seat Centre in the Square theatre in Kitchener, Ontario. The entire show was run from an InnovaSON Sy80 digital console at FoH by Dennis Mortson, with an Sy48 on monitors piloted by monitor engineer/wireless tech John Smith. Read More...

Shure Conducts Anticounterfeiting Raid in Asia

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• June 5, 2007

NILES, IL — Shure Incorporated announced on June 5 that a recent anticounterfeiting raid in Taipei resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of counterfeit Shure products.  This is the latest in a series of actions taken by Shure to aggressively pursue those involved with the distribution of counterfeit products throughout Asia and the rest of the world.

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Red Bull Air Race Takes Wing with JBL Vertec

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• June 4, 2007
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL — Sound engineer Christopher Winter chose Loudness Sonorizacao of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to provide the sound reinforcement system for the April Red Bull Air Race in Rio de Janeiro’s Botafogo Bay, which drew one million spectators, making it the largest sports event in Brazilian history. The system included four towers of 16 Vertec VT4889 line array elements each (64 in total), powered by Crown I-Tech 8000 amplifiers. Low-frequency fill was provided by 64 JBL SRX728 loudspeaker subwoofers. Read More...

Historic Olympia Theatre Takes Digital Leap with Soundcraft Vi6

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• May 30, 2007
MONTREAL — Originally built in the late 1920s, Montreal’s landmark Olympia Theatre recently underwent a renovation project and technical facilities update that simultaneously took the “grand dame” of the city’s theatre scene both back in time and squarely into the 21st century. Mathieu Guilbault, who serves as front-of-house mixer for the theatre and codesigned the new system coordinated with local sound and lighting provider Kloda Focus to supply the venue with a new PA system, which now benefits from a Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound console feeding Crown-powered JBL Vertec arrays. Read More...

Give It a Name: NEXO Calls It NXStream

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• May 23, 2007
REDDITCH, ENGLAND — The three days of the Give It A Name indoor shows in late April are seen as the start of the U.K. festival season, as up-and-coming new alt-rock bands rotate through three venues in England and Scotland. With up to 12 acts a day going through each stage of the early spring festival, this was a great opportunity for an army of different front-of-house engineers to get their hands on the NEXO GEO T line array, running the newly launched NXStream management software.

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Pooch Van Druten Rocks it with Linkin Park and Adamson

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• May 22, 2007

BERLIN — On April 29, Linkin Park gave a Berlin audience a preview of its upcoming European and North American tours. For the preview, Kenneth “Pooch” Van Druten, Linkin Park’s FOH engineer, used Adamson Y-18s and T-21 Subs, with various Adamson Yaxis partners providing the required systems for the European dates. Jochen Sommer of Adamson assisted with the final system design, which featured eight Y10s and two T-21 Subs per side to cover the main floor plus a rear balcony measuring 9.85’ in height and 6.5’ in depth. The system was ground-stacked on 2.6’-high stage platforms. The stage right balcony, serving as the V.I.P. area, added 4’ more, so two conventional 15-1/2" GAE speakers were used to cover the area.

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Turbosound Rocks As Camden Crawls

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• May 17, 2007

LONDON — Audio rental company Britannia Row tested Turbosound’s brand new NuQ loudspeakers at the Camden Crawl music festival. Featuring a host of bands, with the well-established mixing with the completely unknown, the two-day event took place in 15 venues and featured household names like Travis, The Charlatans, The Damned and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club sharing the same stages with lesser-known artists such as I Was A Cub Scout, Fear Of Flying and Vincent Vincent and the Villains.

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Turbosound’s NuQs Tour with Fratellis

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• May 4, 2007
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — Since releasing their debut album Costello Music last autumn, the Glasgow band The Fratellis have been promoting it with live dates. Helping them on their way has been Turbosound, whose NuQ loudspeakers have played a major part in the band’s recent UK tour. Read More...

Daddy Cool Rocks Berlin at Start of European Tour

FOH Staff •
  • International News
• May 3, 2007
BERLIN, GERMANY — The musical Daddy Cool kicked off its European tour with a 10-week run in Berlin, which opened on April 26 in the show's 2000-seat big top tent in central Berlin. Richard Brooker designed the sound, supported by associate sound designer Tom Marshall, with the original system for the London production adapted to the requirements of the tour. Read More...

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