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Month: May 2020

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Sage Counsel: A Head Start On Some Essentials For Less-Experienced Techs

By Brian Maddox Hopefully something in here will save you the trouble of learning things the way I did, which was of course, The Hard Way.  As a “fairly seasoned” audio professional, people often ask me for tips to pass on to younger folks coming up in the business. Thanks for asking – here are…
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The Pros and Cons of Live Nation Going Bust

BY TESTSET Is the party over for Live Nation? It’s more likely than it ever has been for the concert behemoth to go bankrupt ….or just go away.  By David Icke Turner Primary photo by Edwin Andrade Live Nation isn’t exactly the easiest company to love. They are a publicly traded corporation that controls the…
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To restart live events, provide clear guidelines and liability protections | Commentary

By MATTHEW KASTEL COVID-19 has made mass gatherings for professional sports, concerts and attractions like Disney World a thing of the past. With the live event and attraction industry dependent on the mass gatherings of people for financial survival, its return is not without hurdles and uncertainty, both in the short and long term. With an…
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Tour Tales | David Norman talks Prince’s final tour with a band, Alicia Keys, John Legend and more

By Keith Nelson Jr  In this installment of “Tour Tales,” Norman discusses Alicia Keys touring with Beyonce and Missy Elliott in 2004, what he observed about Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s relationship in 2009, and Prince’s final tour with a live band in 2014. Read here. Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue,…
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Hear Us…The Unsung Hero’s of Live Entertainment.

By Rebekah Foster We need help, and we need you to use your voices to let the world know about it. We are the touring crew: Production managers, tour managers, merchandise managers, accountants, lighting designers, pyro technicians, videographers, FOH engineers, monitor engineers, guitar techs, drum techs, keyboard techs, carpenters, riggers, props managers, wardrobe managers, truck…
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Editorial This Is Tour Life It comes down to good leadership, not just in tough times but all times. Don’t waste this time, don’t waste this opportunity to make a better music touring industry and lead us into the future! -TTL By now the current state of affairs has become profusely clear… The music touring…
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Posted by Keith Clark Compression drivers and the horns that comprise the horn loudspeaker system have been a part of the audio industry from the very beginning of product development in sound reinforcement systems. As is true for cone loudspeakers, most of the early development in horn loudspeakers began when sound was first put to…
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Coronavirus Might Kill The Music Industry. Maybe It Needed To Die

BY WILLIAM RALSTON Venues, festivals and musicians face a precarious future, but could Covid-19 be a catalyst for reform in an industry that seriously undervalues its artists? At around eight o’clock on the evening of 12 March, Sir Simon Rattle stepped onstage at the Berliner Philharmoniker to an eery silence. It was his homecoming performance, with…
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Shure Working With Musicians To Start Online Sound Challenge While Supporting MusiCares Foundation

By PSW Staff Performances intended to serve as inspiration and bring attention to non-profit organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund that’s also been bolstered with $100,000 donation from Shure. Shure is working with artists from a range of musical genres to re-create songs using household items and posting their performance on social media, part of an initiative that…
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Tour Tales | K.C. Jackson on Andre Harrell and Heavy D show memories, being fired onstage by Rick James, and more…

By Keith Nelson Jr “In the case of Andre Harrell, I had the privilege of working for Heavy D & The Boys on his first tour,” Jackson said. “He was instructional in grooming Hev…” Musicians are barely getting a slice of music industry revenue, largely eating off of live performances instead. For ’Tour Tales,’ we dig…
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