|Speaking of the Palladium, Rancid is using a Rat system there
this weekend, and then coincidentally trucking it up to the Warfield. Rat will
supply two New Year's Eve shows in San Diego, one for Blink 182 at Cox
Arena, and one for radio station 91X, with Moby and Ben Harper.
In addition to the proprietary Rat boxes, the company has added a number of VDOSC
cabinets, which right now are out with the Offspring, doing arenas, with supplementary
boxes from U.S. Audio's VDOSC inventory.
Rat VDOSC's are also sub-rented by ATK, and have been used at the Oscars, the
Grammys, and the Super Bowl. And, there is even a full Nexo system available,
which is at Rat through an arrangement with England's SSE.
in Tucson is the madman known as Tommy Rat. Tommy helped me advance a Cake show
there; I will never forget how I tortured the poor promoter. Yes, I really need
Tommy's rig; no, I will not use the house system. I'm sorry it will cost more,
that is not my problem; Cake is very picky about how they sound. I hear the power
is flaky; Tommy, hire a big-ass generator, and tell them to bill the promoter.
Tommy LBC is a different person, hailing from Long Beach City. Smitty, who was
a tech on Pearl Jam tours with Karrie for many years, is now that band's tour
all, along with the workers added for specific projects, what you have is a basically
bunch of people who run a business that has grown over time in an authentic manner.
I'm sure they have gone on the warpath against each other, gotten mad, stomped
off, come back, apologized, forgiven
each other, and moved on, more than once.
any other group of people, in any business. The difference is that, along with
the mega-companies like Clair and Showco, Dave and his merry band were true pioneers
of the art and science of sound for rock shows, that has become so formalized
today. When they started out in their Toyota Celica, there was no Full Sail or
USC program that they could have attended, and they wouldn't have been able to
afford it, if there was!
what they have, they earned the old fashioned American way, by working their asses
off, and giving a square deal.
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