30 April 2007 — British band Colosseum is one of the most loyal fans of AKG audio equipment. The legendary Jazz-, Rock- and Fusion-band have used AKG products for more than 30 years now. To see the latest in AKG production techniques and the newest additions to the AKG product line, John Hiseman — drummer and founding member of Colosseum — visited the AKG headquarters in Vienna, Austria in April 2007.
John Hiseman (middle) with AKG Product Manager Walter Rührig (left) and AKG Industrial Engineer Rudolf Pietsch (right)
The exclusive guided tour through AKG’s factory, which included a first-hand sneak-peak of product testing on some the latest AKG highlights, was a big joy for John Hiseman. “Neither recording nor performance without AKG equipment” is the motto of the drummer, who knows AKG products provide maximum reliability and has had this motto since the beginning of his career — so much so that AKG microphones are listed on each studio-album from Colosseum for over 25 years.
Founded in 1968 by drummer John Hiseman and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, Colosseum made European “white” Blues popular with the hit-single “John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.“ Within a short period of time, the Jazz band reached a legendary reputation with suite-like compositions combining Jazz, Rock, Blues and classical elements. Today the band has gained an absolute cult status within the international Jazz- and Jazz Rock sphere.