HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS, 2018

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.”

SONIC SENSATIONS

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.

The configuration of the PA, mostly a marriage of d&b J-Series and V-Series line array elements, was not too dissimilar to the system fielded by Entec on Marilyn Manson’s 2017 tour. Bertie explained: “While there isn’t such a requirement for large amounts of low end, we have to deal with a very loud stage, so we have several fills across the front of the stage mainly to get the vocals to compete with the piercing guitar amps.”

Peter Thompson provided the band with a 12-way onstage mix to a set of d&b M2 wedges as well as Shure PSM1000 IEM and a d&b 2 x 18” drum sub. Entec crew member Rui Felo mixed the two support acts for whom a generous microphone selection was supplied, including a Shure 55 vintage-style mic for The Damned’s Dave Vanian.

VIDEO

As part of its production package, Entec was asked to provide a video package of screens, cameras and a PPU for the UK portion, and enlisted Transition, with whom the company has successfully partnered on many projects. Entec provided all of the video rigging directly. Transition director Rhodri Shaw said: “Our two companies have cultivated a very healthy working relationship over recent years and this was another great opportunity to pool our expertise.”

Aiding PM Sean McGovern with the logistics of the shows was Anna Golden, saluted by Noreen O’Riordan for her tireless work as the interface between Entec and the production team.

Reviewing the tour at the end of the Wembley show, Sean commented: “From putting together the spec at Entec’s office to having their crew out with us, everything’s been great. Entec have been very efficient and pleasant, and nothing has ever been too much trouble.”

Johnny Depp’s ‘Heroes’, live in Birmingham