Bruce Springsteen and his 17-piece band in concert on the Wrecking Ball tour.
L-Acoustics reports that Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour kicked off at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena on March 17 with an L-Acoustics K1/KUDO WST line source system provided by Solotech US Corp of Las Vegas.
Veteran front-of-house engineer John Cooper harnessed the power of Springsteen and his 17-piece band. Cooper has provided mixing services for “The Boss” for the past 10 years. Cooper also performs mixing duties for high-profile artists including Sheryl Crow, Wynonna Judd, Ringo Starr and Lionel Richie.
The K1/KUDO system provided for the Wrecking Ball tour comprises 60 K1 enclosures, 16 K1-SB subwoofers, 24 KARAs, 48 KUDOs, and eight SB28 subs. In many venues, the audience is configured 360 degrees around the stage as the set design allows for unobstructed views from the rear. Sixteen V-DOSC cabinets provide delay fill in venues when necessary.
From left: David Brazeau, John Cooper and Etienne Lapre
All L-Acoustics speakers are processed and powered via the 4-channel LA8 amplified controller, and all LA8s are contained and interconnected via the LA-RAK. The tour also employs the first wide-scale use of L-Acoustics’ LA Network Manager 2 software, which provides advanced control and monitoring of more than 76 LA8 controllers.
“Solotech personnel have been outstanding; they show a great attention to details,” Cooper says. “At this point in time I have not heard a more refined, accurate and musical sound system.”
Springsteen’s first concert tour since 2009 is presently scheduled to play dates in North America and Europe through September, with stadium dates recently added for Boston, Vernon (N.Y.), Chicago, Washington D.C., Toronto, Moncton (N.J.) and Philadelphia. Solotech is providing full audio production services for the entire U.S. Wrecking Ball tour.
Watch for Mix magazine’s exclusive coverage of Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour in the June 2012 issue.