Cheap Trick Tour Profile

Dec 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Tom Kenny



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FOH engineer Mark Gustafson

FOH engineer Mark Gustafson

FOH engineer Bill Kozy

FOH engineer Bill Kozy

Monitor engineer Tim Franquist

Monitor engineer Tim Franquist

Kozy, at the same time, carves out a low end for the orchestra to sit in. “Tom Petersson’s bass is the signature tone of the band,” he says. “It’s huge, with distorted grind on top and it holds down the fort with this piano string attack. One channel is his SansSamp with the Bellari RP583 across it, and the other two inputs are on his three Orange stacks. The phase picture is most important, and I send all three inputs into a mono audio group, then compress with the Chandler Limited Germanium. It holds everything together without sacrificing the attack or fidelity.”

Bun E. Carlos is currently not touring, so Rick Nielsen’s son, Daxx, sits in on drums. It’s the same miking scheme with an unusual combo in the kick, developed by monitor engineer Tim Franquist. “It started as an emergency,” Franquist says. “A dual-element failed, so we had an extra KSM 137 that I taped to an SM57. Phase-reverse one of them and EQ accordingly. I add 60 Hz on the 57 and cut some 250, as well as 3.5k and 10k. I highpass the KSM 137 to 100 Hz and mix them together. I really like it and it has become our kick mic of choice. It’s very natural-sounding, sounds just like the drum.” FOH and monitors put a TG1 across the drums.

Still, all three mixers realize that the distinctive Robin Zander vocal and Rick Nielsen’s riffy-melodic guitar have to cut through and drive the show. Zander’s vocal into an Shure 58 is run through a modified Bellari RP583 for the presence and grind into a dbx 160 for the musicality, with an occasional use of “an ancient REX 50 for a little vocal spread and tap delay. His voice is still amazing.” Nielsen runs two discrete amps live, Fender Deluxe Reverbs heavily modded in the ’70s, one as a live cabinet and one in an iso box.

Franquist, also from Detroit, has five in-ear mixes, four wedge mixes, stereo sidefills, four orchestra and eight Hotspots. Zander is on his own Sennheiser 2000 wireless system, all earbuds, with a Summit DCL-200 on the channel. The rest of the band is on a Shure PSM900 wireless system. Nielsen is one ear plus wedges and sidefills. Pedersson likes mostly drums and vocal, all wedges. A Chandler Limited TG1 is used lightly across the drum mix.

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