The North American leg started in Omaha, NE on February 12th. Pre-production rehearsals took place in Baton Rouge and Lafayette for a week with Ben Cabot, Adamson’s Tour support flying out for initial set-up support. Some of the new technical aspects for this leg of the tour include a brand new, incredibly impressive, fully automated lighting rig. On the sound side, Linkin Park carry on steady with FOH engineer Ken “Pooch” van Druten, whose full Adamson set-up for mains, sides, delays, and front fills, remains as number one on the LP technical rider. Kevin “Tater” McCarthy, LP’s monitor engineer also continues requesting 16 Adamson M15 monitors combined with in-ears, for a monitor rig.
Tour Manager Jim Digby engaged the complete sound rig with full turnkey package from Atomic Pro Audio and the tour production from Audio Analysts, both of whom provided production for last year’s “Project Revolution” tour headlined by no other than Linkin Park. Evan McElhinney from Atomic is manning the tour as the Adamson speaker’s system tech. The total set-up consists of main clusters of 12 Y18’s with an eight Y10 under hang per side flanked by six flown T21 Subs aside. Beside the Main arrays there are 2 flown infill clusters made up of 4 SpekTrix enclosures each. The side P.A. has 16 Y10’s per side, and the delay side line features 8 SpekTrix with SpekTrix waves at the bottom of the array for extreme downward angles. To bring bass to the ground level just four T21 Subs are stacked from L to R. Four SX18’s are placed on stage L and R, facing the stage, to give the band a kickback of their energy.
Racks and stacks fully consist of Lab.gruppen fP7000 and fP10000 amplifiers paired with XTA’s 448 processors.
Atomic Pro Audio will add 24 more Y10’s to accommodate venues sold in 360degrees, which include the stops at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester NH, the Madison Square Gardens in New York City and the Labatt Centre, in London, Ontario. The tour will come to an end on March 10th in Sacramento, CA after 17 stops in 13 states and 2 Canadian provinces.