The Dear GIRL Tour is the ongoing debut concert tour by American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams. Williams kicked off the tour in Manchester, England, with a full Adamson sound reinforcement system.
The European tour was spearheaded by Sound Image out of Escondido, California, with UK-based Wigwam providing the Adamson PA.
Kyle Hamilton, FOH engineer for Williams, specifically chose the Adamson Energia line arrays to support performances at major arenas throughout Europe.
“They asked me what PA I preferred when we were preparing for the tour and I immediately chose Adamson – it’s the system I always wanted to tour with,” explains Hamilton. “I couldn’t let that type of opportunity go by, it was definitely Adamson.”
The main PA consists of left-right line arrays each made up of fifteen E15 and three E12 enclosures. Outfill is provided by two more line arrays, this time consisting of twelve E12s followed by four SpekTrix enclosures.
Low end is handled by twenty T21 subwoofers – eight subwoofers stacked under each array with four located in the center of the stage. Two more SpekTrix enclosures on top of the left-right sub stacks handle front fill duties.
“The E15 sounds exceptional – all of the nuances in the mid-range are extremely clear,” adds Hamilton. “I hear actual notation, not just a lot of rumbling. The clarity is incredible – it’s like being able to see everything in a picture. The Energia system has incredible depth.”
“And the T21 subs have a LOT of horsepower,” Hamilton continues. “I was amazed. Once I got them dialed in they were terrific and provided a very musical sounding low end.”
The European leg of the Dear GIRL tour wrapped up at the end of 2014. The Pharrell Williams team is currently gearing up for North American dates, which will also utilize Adamson sound reinforcement.
“I always wanted to tour with the Energia PA, I put it at #1,” Hamilton concludes. “It is giving me everything that I expected and more. I’m looking forward to using it again.”