The 18th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony washeld March 10, 2003, at the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom in midtownManhattan, with a VH1 broadcast of the event premiering on March 16.For the sixth year, over 50 Audio-Technica mics were employed.
The 2003 performer inductees to the Hall of Fame were AC/DC, TheClash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Police and theRighteous Brothers. Sidemen inductees included Benny Benjamin, FloydCramer and Steve Douglas, while the nonperformer inductee was MoOstin.
The company’s new Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systemwas the leading choice for frontline vocal performances by GwenStefani, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Paul Schaffer and the RighteousBrothers. Paul Simon’s vocals featured the hardwired AT4054. Inaddition, most drum kits at the show employed the AE2500 kick drum micwith the AE3000 on toms. The AE5100 was utilized on orchestral bells,percussion and string overheads. The AT4055 was chosen for horns, andATM35s were used for close-miking on strings, as well as under everycymbal for AC/DC. The AT4047 and AT4050 were used on guitar cabinets,and overheads also employed the AT4050. Background vocals on theRighteous Brothers performance were also captured with the AT4054.
Audio-Technica’s live sound consultant, Joel Singer, worked incooperation with Effanel Music, which recorded the program and mixedthe broadcast from thitseir state-of-the-art, all-digital L7 mobilerecording studio and Chelsea production facility. Mitch Maketanskyserved as audio coordinator once again, responsible for organizing andassigning all the inputs and microphones for the event. Maketanskysaid, “For the past six years, Audio-Technica has been a mainstay atthis event, and we stayed true to that proven strategy this year. Manyartists performed with the new Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF WirelessSystem, all with excellent results. I continue to be impressed with thesound quality and dependability of Audio-Technica wireless, and the5000 Series systems provided the closest sound to a hardwiredmicrophone I’ve heard to date.”