Rod Stewart’s new tour has the rock star-turned-crooner singing hisfavorite hits from It Had to Be You and As Time Goes By.Front-of-house engineer Lars Brogaard took a few minutes to talk aboutthe show.
“Sound Image is providing sound for the tour. We’re usingMeyer Sound’s new Milo system with 60 Milo line arrays, 20 M3D subs and11 UPA-1Ps, usually with 16 Milo boxes flown per side for the mains and12 Milos per side flown for the side hangs. We also fly six M3D subsper side and have eight more M3D subs on the floor. Front-fills are allMeyer UPA-1Ps. The system sounds fantastic with superb vocal clarity,and has performed consistently well in the diverse venues we’ve played.Milo has swift, straightforward rigging, and we can have the entiresystem down and in the truck a half-an-hour after the show.
“We have one DiGiCo D5 at FOH and two at monitors: one for thesingers, the other for the band. I’ve been using the D5 since they werelaunched. In fact, I have the first one ever made at FOH. The firsthalf of the show is an assortment of Rod’s old hits, and then we have aset and band change to accommodate songs from The Great AmericanSongbook albums. During the interval, we must reset the entireconsole to deal with a different drum kit, 8-piece string section,upright bass and so on. The D5 does this in a single button-press,resetting everything from input channels, gates and comps to onboardeffects and routing.
“We’re using the new AKG WMS4000 on all vocals and wirelessinstruments. In-ears are AKG SST-1. We are beta testing the new TCElectronic EQ Station and MotorFader, using it for system EQ. This is agreat unit, and you’ll soon be seeing a lot of them.”