Live Sound Tour Profiles

Tour Profiles:
Mix goes behind the scenes on today's top tours.

All Access: Arcade Fire

Sep 1, 2014, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Mix caught Arcade Fire—Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara and Sarah Neufeld—last month when they performed at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif....

Tour Profile: Ledisi

Jul 1, 2014, By Matt Gallagher

Singer/songwriter Ledisi launched The Truth tour in April with a seven-piece band. Over two months, the group visited 28 cities across the U.S. and Toronto, appearing before enthusiastic fans in theaters, halls and auditoriums. In late May, the tour touched down in San Francisco’s The Warfield Theatre, where she reconnected with her hometown fans, and Mix caught the high-energy performance. ...

The Cure at BottleRock Napa Valley 2014

Jul 1, 2014, Text By Tom Kenny; Photos By Steve Jennings

Despite what we read in the American media, The Cure actually do tour pretty regularly, with 31 festival headlining dates, a stadium tour of South America and a number of one-offs over the past 18 months. But it was still a big deal when the band stopped in at BottleRock, the late-May Napa Valley music festival, and played to their fans in Northern California....

All Access: Christina Perri

Jul 1, 2014, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Christina Perri, on the road in support of her second studio album, Head or Heart, stopped by the famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in early June. The big show is carrying relatively light production, with FOH and monitor consoles, along with snake and mics. ...

Elbow In North America

Jul 1, 2014, By Matt Gallagher

UK pop-rock band Elbow—Guy Garvey (vocals), Mark Potter (guitar), Pete Turner (bass), Craig Potter (keyboards) and Richard Jupp (drums)—played 12 dates in North American clubs in spring 2014, sandwiched in between arena concerts in the UK (including London’s O2 Arena) and festivals in Russia and Europe. ...

The Sounds at Union Transfer in Philadelphia

May 1, 2014, By Matt Gallagher

Hailing from Malmo, Sweden, The Sounds are Maja Ivarsson (vocals), Felix Rodriguez (guitars and vocals), Johan Bengtsson (bass), Jesper Anderberg (keys, vocals and guitar) and Fredrik Blond (drums). The band brought its energetic indie pop/rock to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer in April as part of a spring tour of North American clubs, theaters and halls in support of its latest release, Weekend. On May 9, they begin a series of European dates in Germany....

Tour Profile: Fitz & The Tantrums

May 1, 2014, By Barbara Schultz

Beginning with select spring concerts and TV appearances, Fitz & the Tantrums are ramping up to take their upbeat soul/synth pop show on a summer tour of theaters, sheds and festivals, including Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza. In April, the band played the Fox Theatre (Oakland, Calif.) before heading to Napa’s intimate Live in the Vineyard series, and then a sold-out show at the Palladium in their hometown of L.A....

All Access: Empire of the Sun

May 1, 2014, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Empire of the Sun—Luke Steele, vocals, guitar, keys; Tony Mitolo, drums; Surahn Sidhu, guitar—played to two sold-out nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif., in early April. The band is making use of local P.A., in this case the house Meyer Sound system....

All Access: The Pixies

Apr 1, 2014, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

The Pixies—Black Francis, vocals/guitar; Joey Santiago, guitar; David Lovering, drums; Paz Lenchantin, bass—performed at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif., in early March. The band carries a d&b audiotechnik J-Series P.A. provided by Eighth Day Sound, based in Highland Heights, Ohio....

On the Road with Neko Case

Apr 1, 2014, By Barbara Schultz

Singer/songwriter Neko Case has added another leg to her tour, promoting her Grammy-nominated album The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. During this outing, Case and band visit clubs and theaters throughout the Southeast and Midwest with a crew including monitor mixer Bobby Mac and front-of-house engineer Shelly Steffens....

Tour Profile: Tool

Apr 1, 2014, Photos By Steve Jennings // Text By Matt Gallagher

In mid-March Mix took in an electrifying pair of sets along with a packed house in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from Los Angeles’ powerhouse art-metal band Tool—Danny Carey (drums), Justin Chancellor (bass), Adam Jones (guitar) and Maynard James Keenan (vocals). This was one of two shows in BGCA from the quartet amid a brief West Coast tour, which sees Tool reemerge for the first time since the summer of 2010....

Justin Timberlake Tour Profile

Mar 1, 2014, Photos & Text By Steve Jennings

When Mix caught Justin Timberlake at the SAP Center in San Jose late-January, he was already nearing the end of his first U.S. leg and about to head off to Europe from March to June, before returning to the States for a run through August. That’s more than a year on the road, but for the crew, it’s the third incarnation of the setup and just the middle of a two-year commitment that began back in January 2013 when they flew out to rehearse for that year’s Super Bowl and Grammy performances....

Monitor Engineer Brad Baisley Tours with Blake Shelton

Jan 1, 2014

Monitor engineer Brad Baisley spent the summer and fall of 2013 supporting Blake Shelton’s Ten Times Crazier tour through the continental U.S., appearing in mid-sized concert venues. In October the CMA recognized Baisley’s work as he received the 2013 SRO (Standing Room Only) Award award for Monitor Engineer of the Year....

All Access: Arctic Monkeys

Jan 1, 2014, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

The Arctic Monkeys—Alex Turner, vocals, guitar (pictured, singing into a Sennheiser e935); Jamie Cook, guitar; Nick O’Malley, bass; Matt Helders, drums—stopped in at the Fox Theater, Oakland, Calif., in late fall 2013, where they took advantage of the Meyer Sound house P.A. ...

Pink's Live Sound Crew for 2013

Nov 1, 2013, By Blair Jackson

Read more from Pink's front-of-house mixer Dave Bracey and monitor mixers Horst Hartmann and Jon Lewis....

All Access: fun. 'Most Nights' Tour

Oct 1, 2013, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Capitalizing on a huge breakout year, the band fun. was out all summer on a Most Nights tour. Mix caught the band—Nate Ruess, vocals; Andrew Dost, keyboards; Jack Antonoff, guitars; Nate Harold, bass; Will Noon, drums; Emily Moore, acoustic guitar and keys—at the famed Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., on September 6....

Silversun Pickups 2013 Tour

Oct 1, 2013, By Matt Gallagher

Los Angeles–based alternative rock band Silversun Pickups—Brian Aubert (singer/guitarist/songwriter), Nikki Monninger (bass), Joe Lester (keyboard) and Christopher Guanlao (drums)—have been touring the U.S. in support of their 2012 release Neck of the Woods (Dangerbird Records), which was produced by Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, REM, Snow Patrol). This past summer, the band visited festivals, amphitheaters and mid-sized venues, supported by Delicate Productions, based in Camarillo, Calif. Mix caught up with the quartet in August when they visited The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y....

All Access: Kid Rock 'Best Night Ever' Tour

Sep 1, 2013, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings

Kid Rock, who made quite a splash at the start of his 2013 Best Night Ever Tour by working out a deal with ticketing agencies that guaranteed $20 tickets for regular fans, played at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, Calif., in early August. ...

She & Him Tour Profile

Aug 1, 2013, By Barbara Schultz

She & Him—the musical union of singer, songwriter and actress Zooey Deschanel and artist/producer M. (Matt) Ward—are on the road this summer, sharing songs from Volume 3, their latest album of Deschanel-penned vintage-inspired pop. At the show Mix caught, on a warm summer night at the Greek Theatre (Berkeley, Calif.), She & Him & band delighted fans with joyous, faithful live versions of their recordings....

Bonnaroo 2013: Q&A with Joe Keiser

Aug 1, 2013

ZZ Top’s front-of-house engineer, Joe Keiser, discusses his experience mixing the power trio at the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 14, 2013, and how he approaches his mix for the legendary blues-rock band from Texas....

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