Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin Blister Arenas with Meyer Sound's MILO
Co-headliners Three Days Grace ("3DG") and Breaking Benjamin are back on tour, filling arenas from Peoria to Pensacola with alternative metal fans. For Chris Zakoor, 3DG's FOH engineer, the tour wouldn't feel right if he weren't mixing in front of a Meyer Sound MILO line array loudspeaker system.
"There's been nothing but positive vibes using Meyer since we started back in 2007," Zakoor says. "Both MILO and MICA are powerful, great-sounding rock boxes with lots of headroom for vocals—and plenty of edge if you want it."
The Meyer Sound system is at the core of a complete touring package supplied by Rainbow Production Services of Atkinson, N.H. It centers around main hangs of 14 MILO and two MILO 120 line array loudspeakers per side, with visceral low frequency support from 22 700-HP subwoofers. The balance of the system comprises 16 MICA and 12 M2D line array loudspeakers for out- and side-fill respectively, plus four UPA-1P loudspeakers for front fill. A dozen MJF-212A stage monitors handle high-level foldback while system processing is provided by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors and an LD-3 line driver.
On the road Zakoor is appreciative of both the quality of the equipment and the skills of the Rainbow technical crew. "I've been lucky to have experienced designers and systems engineers who can set up the Meyer rig the way it needs to be for 3DG," he confides. "After three years, I really can't see using anything else with the band."
Michael Martell, Rainbow's president and CEO praises the support provided by his firm's warehouse and administrative staff and the dedication of Scott Tkachuk, Rainbow's director of touring operations. "It was Scott who connected Rainbow and Meyer Sound with 3DG and Breaking Benjamin. He made sure that everything was right for that first tour, and we've been with them ever since.
"With Meyer Sound we bought what we believe is the best product," states Martell. "But service backup is equally important. With Meyer factory support, we always know someone will answer the call when we need assistance."
The tour's audio crew also includes Chris Delveccio, Rainbow's monitor engineer; Chris Morrison, 3DG's monitor engineer; EJ Bridges, Breaking Benjamin's FOH engineer; Roz Jones, Rainbow's crew chief and systems engineer; and Kevin Smith, Rainbow's deck tech.
The Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin winter tour kicked off in Peoria, Ill. in mid-January and is rolling through 27 cities in the Midwest, Northeast and South, with the last currently scheduled date on March 5 in Little Rock, Ark. Venues are primarily arenas with maximum seating capacities from about 7,000 to over 20,000.