The Spice Girls say farewell to their fans.
Sennheiser provided wireless systems for the Return of the Spice Girls tour, which concluded on February 26 in Toronto. The Spice Girls—Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm and Victoria Beckham—began their final tour on December 7, 2007.
Sennheiser provided SKM 935 vocal mics and evolution wireless monitor receivers; the mics and ear pieces were decorated with rhinestones. The band used evolution wireless guitar systems, and all the microphones were used with EM 550 twin receivers.
The rhinestone-studded SKM 935 microphones and evolution wireless monitor receivers.
“For the Spice Girls tour, we needed great sounding vocal mics with rock-solid wireless performance,” says the tour’s front-of-house engineer, Ray Furze. “The 935 capsule proved to be an excellent choice. We had no wireless drop outs on the whole tour, and I found they were highly resistant to feedback, even with all five mics about 20 yards in front of the P.A.”
“After Ray Furze and I reviewed all the wireless systems that were available for the Spice Girls tour, it quickly became obvious that Sennheiser was the logical choice,” says monitor technician Matt Napier. “With five Girls, lots of quick changes and a huge set, not only would we need equipment that sounded good, but something that was durable and had rock-solid RF.”
In total, 20 channels of wireless were used for the tour, during which they would visit multiple locations, often with very brief set-up times. “There were many days when the quick-scan function became invaluable,” continues Napier. “The small pack size of the G2 wireless monitors was an instant hit with the girls, and the G2 mics have taken a battering and worked flawlessly. To date, we have not had one drop out. Technical points aside, the best part of working with Sennheiser has been the fantastic back-up. From the planning stage with expert technical help—many thanks to Dave Hawker from Sennheiser UK—to on-the-road back-up from Mark Saunders and Kristy Jo Winkler, Sennheiser has done a fantastic job.”