The current issue of Mix magazine contains an interview with Sir Paul's monitor engineer, John Roden, conducted in Los Angeles at the end of the recent tour. Mr. Roden was asked if, after having worked with Sir Paul, have things become "routine"? His reply:
"No. The basic format of the band and the instruments Paul plays hasn't changed in years. Every McCartney tour presents its own set of audio challenges, but the fun is rising above them. The stage - comprising a horizontal video wall - caused us a few problems, mainly due to the amount of RF that is generated. Also, the design of the stage is a half-pipe that rises at the rear of the stage. This tends to fling the high end out toward the vocal mics and the FOH position, causing a few problems for [house mixer Pab Boothroyd]."
He also has some advice for those contemplating a career as a monitor engineer:
"Find another career, unless you feel very passionate about on-stage sound. Mixing monitors usually ends in tears and more often than not is a thankless task."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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