Two of rockâ€™s most legendary British performers, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, recently reunited to tour North America. Premier rental firm Sound Image supplied JBL VERTECÂ® line arrays powered by Crown amplifiers to ensure adequate output power, fidelity and coverage for the high-profile project. Industry veteran and Claptonâ€™s longtime live sound engineer Robert Collins handled mixing duties at front of house.
A sell-out reunion date at New Yorkâ€™s Madison Square Garden last year paved the way for the 2009 â€œTwo Legends, One Live Experienceâ€? tour, which spanned 14 cities in 20 days, beginning at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey and culminating at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The nightly set list included several songs from the classic 1969 album Blind Faith, which Clapton and Winwood recorded with bandmates Ginger Baker and Rick Grech.
The live sound reinforcement system for the just-completed tour
included a total of 84 VERTEC full size line array loudspeaker elements, configured in multiple array hangs to provide 270 degrees of audience coverage. The rig included 14 VT4889â€™s per side for the main hangs, 12 VT4889â€™s per side for outfill, with another eight per side for rear coverage in typical arena venues. An array of 16 VT4880 full-size arrayable subwoofers rounded out the system. A total of 72 Crown IT8000 amplifiers, networked for remote control and monitoring via Harmanâ€™s HiQnetâ„¢ System Architectâ„¢ software platform, powered the system.
World-touring veteran system engineer Son Nishimura of Sound Image was in charge of sound system setup and configuration on a daily basis. â€œThe JBL VERTEC system offers superior coverage characteristics when compared to other line arrays,â€? said Nishimura. â€œAnd, the light weight and tremendous ease of rigging with this system saves crew setup time at every show.â€?
â€œEric Clapton and Steve Winwood are musiciansâ€™ musicians,â€? observed David Scheirman, Vice President, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. â€œWhen two of the music industryâ€™s leading artists team up with a veteran concert sound firm and a top-tier line array system like JBL VERTEC, everybody wins–especially the live music fans in the audience. This was one of the most highly anticipated concert tours in North America this season and itâ€™s turned out to be one of the most successful.â€?
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