Bryan Ferry has been touring throughout Europe since the May 2002 release of his latest solo album, Frantic; he reached the West Coast in November. Mix caught shows at San Francisco's Warfield Theater and at the new Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Backed by an impressive nine-piece band — including British guitar legends Mick Green and Chris Spedding, pianist/ arranger Colin Good and the Great Paul Thompson on drums — Ferry presented an intriguing selection of his own material, some Roxy Music favorites and various covers, including a hilariously authentic “Wooly Bully.”
FOH engineer Levi Tecofski, a veteran of the 2001 Roxy Music world tour, mixed on a Midas XL4, using the board's automation primarily for song presets and to control effects via MIDI. “Rackwise, I've got loads of analog tube compressors,” says Tecofski, who uses a BSS DPR 901 II on Ferry's Audio-Technica 4054 vocal mic, followed by an Avalon. “It's something [producer] Rhett Davies and I came up with: He said to not be scared to put compression on. I don't want to overdo it, but it seems to work.” Other items in Tecofski's rack include “lots of” Summit Audio TLAs, Drawmer gates, a two-engine Lexicon 480, an H3000 and a PCM 70. Monitor engineer Steve May is using XTA SiDDs on in-ear mixes for drummer Thompson and the backup singers; everyone else uses wedges. Mic choices included A-T 4050s for guitars and drum overheads, Shure Beta 58As on the backing singers, and a Beyer M-88 and a Shure Beta 91 on the kick. Eighth Day Sound provided a V-DOSC system for the U.S. tour.