The 2009 No Doubt Summer Tour, which culminated in August with a show at the Neal S. Blaisdel Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, was supported by sound reinforcement courtesy of Sound Image of Escondido, California, which provided JBL VERTEC line arrays.
The 2009 No Doubt Summer Tour reunited one of the most successful rock groups of the 1990s, whose 1995 release Tragic Kingdom has sold more than 16 million copies to date.
In recent years, No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani has enjoyed tremendous success as a solo artist, with Sound Image supporting Stefani’s previous tours with VERTEC line arrays and once again specifying VERTEC for this summer’s No Doubt tour.
The Sound Image audio crew reconfigured the large PA system for different environments, based upon architectural considerations in each building.
For typical outdoor ‘shed’ venue situations, the main PA system contained up to 15 VT4889 full-size line array elements in each main L/R cluster, with an array of eight flown VT4880 full-size arrayable subwoofers and nine to 12 VT4889 elements per side in an auxiliary cluster. Four VT4880 subs were located in the center barricade.
In arena scenarios, the system featured 15 VT4889 elements for each main cluster, along with eight flown VT4880 subwoofers, nine VT4889 elements in each auxiliary cluster and six VT4889 elements in the side-facing outfill arrays, with an additional four VT4880 ground-stacked subs per side.
Veteran concert sound mixer John Kerns handled FOH mixing duties for the tour, while Sound Image system tech John Tompkins was responsible for system setup on a daily basis.
“JBL’s VERTEC system performed very well for us in all types of venues,” Tompkins said. “It’s always easy to fly, a real pleasure to work with.”
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