Rishi, who had also been appointed AEG’s promoter rep and tour manager, began working closely with head of sound Jonny Clark on the PA configuration and package, while senior lighting technician Lee Stennett lent assistance with rigging plots as well as assuming the role of touring LD. “Wearing three considerable hats, I was totally consumed every day, so to trust that my technical infrastructure was always in the safest of hands was a huge relief,” Rishi commented. “We could load-in and I’d simply leave everything to the crew without having to keep an eye on them.
“In terms of what the show required, Entec effectively provided the ultimate plug and play audio system. There was no wireless gear and the microphones for Kevin and Ralph were a pair of wired Shure SM58s on desk stands.”
Co-ordinated by Jonny Clark, the d&b V-Series selected as the touring PA comprised 20 V8 cabinets, four V12s, six J-SUBs and four Y10Ps, powered by 16 D80 amplifiers. Colin Woodward was hired as the on-the-road PA technician with a Yamaha QL1 desk serving Bart de Wit who mixed the FOH sound as well as monitors, sending his feeds to four d&b M4 wedges onstage where a Yamaha Rio 3224 stage rack also resided.
Supported by technician Andy Emmerson, Lee Stennett directed the lighting from a grandMA2 Light console with an MA2 On-PC Command Wing. The “compact and effective” fixture package featured seven Martin MAC Viper profiles, 13 MAC Aura XBs, 12 Thomas PixelPar 44s, six 2-Lite Molefay for audience pick-ups, plus a Base Hazer Pro along with truss and motors.
Said Rishi: “I was very concerned about not over-specifying this gig and wanted to restrict it to a single truck tour, therefore, an LED video wall wasn’t going to be a practical choice. However, running two 20k ANSI lumen projectors with a generously-sized fast fold screen offered a perfect solution for displaying the imagery created for the show. Again, Noreen was very helpful; through Rhodri Shaw at Transition she organised a complete system, with a switcher operated by Fergus Noble.”
He added: “I really enjoyed touring this show – Kevin and Ralph were absolutely hysterical every night. Knowing Entec were there to support me all the way made that experience both comfortable and fulfilling.”
Photography by Rishi-Louis Gowry & Bart de Wit