May 16, 2012, by PSW Staff
This year’s KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta was both a 20th Anniversary musical celebration and a heartfelt remembrance for the Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away from cancer the day before the show.
Delicate Productions, also celebrating its 20th Anniversary of providing sound for KROQ’s annual event, upped the ante by deploying Martin Audio Multi-cellular Loudspeaker (MLA) arrays for the first time at the roast.
Held at the Verizon Amphitheatre, the event featured headliner Coldplay along with heavyweights Incubus, The Offspring, Silverspun Pickups, Pennywise, Angels & Airwaves, The Dirty Heads, Garbage, AWOLNATION, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men and Walk The Moon.
The show also included a surprise appearance by the recently reunited Soundgarden, Coldplay capped off an exceptional set featuring their hits with a solemn piano version of “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” as a tribute to Yauch and the band that broke so many musical boundaries.
The sound system incorporated 15 MLA enclosures and one MLD down fill enclosure per side for mains, joined by seven MLAs and one MLD per side for side fill, 12 MLX subwoofers (three flown and nine ground-stacked), eight W8LMs for front fill, and Martin Audio LE700 stage monitors. Delicate also provided Yamaha PM5D consoles for monitors.
Delicate’s crew for the Roast included Andy Turner (FOH tech), Brennan Houser (system tech), Steve Walsh and Manny Barajas (monitor techs), Dave Reyna (RF tech), Manny Perez and Peter Baigent (stage), and Meegan Holmes (project manager).
“It was phenomenal,” says Delicate director of touring Jason Alt of MLA. “Expectations for the system were great and it performed above and beyond. Given the variety of artists that played, whatever people put into it, they got out of it.
“Overall, every engineer that mixed on the system had a really positive experience and was blown away by the fidelity of the system.”