In summer 2018, Entec was honoured to supply and co-ordinate a full, 360° production package for American ‘supergroup’ the Hollywood Vampires – featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and movie legend Johnny Depp – on their UK arena tour, culminating in a sold-out spectacular at Wembley’s SSE Arena.
With a crack backing band, the Vampires showcased a cool mix of six originals from their star-studded début album, selections from the Alice and Aerosmith catalogues, and well-executed covers by icons ranging from The Doors to Bowie and Motörhead.
Entourage principal David Davidian and PM Sean McGovern chose Entec after being impressed with a previous tour project. “I instantly warmed to Noreen and the company,” said David. “When we had the opportunity with the Vampires, I went straight to Entec for a full service and they’ve done a fantastic job. I couldn’t be happier.”
Assisted by a three-man Entec lighting crew, consisting of Simon Chandler-Honnor, Lee Stennett and Jonathan Dawson-Butterworth, LD Joel Reiff used his MA Lighting grandMA2 and booked an MA On-PC Wing from Entec to pilot a light show majoring in old school rock’n’roll looks. His main tools included 8-Lite Molefays, Sharpys, Vipers, Aura XBs, Solaris Flare Q+ 36° LED units and Lycian follow spots. “This is the first time I’ve rented from Entec,” he noted. “They have excellent gear and obviously maintain it well.”
For FOH sound engineer John Shipp and monitor engineer Peter Thompson, this tour marked their first experience of working with the Hollywood Vampires. With John at FOH was system technician Bertie Hunter, a member of Entec’s sound crew alongside PA techs Tom Olorenshaw and Lewis Wareham, while Andy Shillito and Martin Smith mixed opening acts The Darkness and The Damned, respectively.