Six Flags And More

Six Flags and More!
07/01/08 | by harfordsound

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Man, it feels good to be back. After a month of local shows, I finally get to do some real shows again… We had 2 in a row this week(6/7). Thursday in St. Louis and Saturday in Philly.

Our trip out to St. Louis was quite the journey. Even my drive from my house to Rian’s house was an adventure. I drove through a massive thunderstorm on the way to his house. It was so bad, that I couldnt see the road at some points. Our flight was scheduled to take off at 7:35pm, but thanks to the various thunderstorms rolling through the area, it was delayed 2 hours and we didnt get off the ground until 9:15pm. I was very happy to have access to WIFI, otherwise I would have lost my mind.

We arrived in St. Louis around 11pm and checked into our hotel. Our hotel was literally about 500′ from the park. It was a pretty cool/spooky hotel. Matt and myself had the task of getting the bands gear from the parking lot, up a tiny ramp, around the building, into an elevator, through a hallway and a few doorways, all the way to the hotel room. We had one cart to fit all the gear on. It was quite the adventure. We wondered around looking for the room for a long time… This hotel was pretty big and easy to get lost in…

Anyway, we got to the park around 2pm and started setting up. We didnt bring most of our own gear because of the plane ride, so it was fun trying to hook our stuff up to the provided gear. But, after a little bit of work, all was up and running.

The amphitheater at this place was huge. It holds around 10,000 people. The sound system provided was also pretty much on spec with what I wanted. I had 6 EV x-array series mains per side, 10 EV MTL2 subwoofers in the middle and a Yamaha PM5D at FOH. After firing up the rig it was clear that it was going to be a good night.

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We started soundcheck around 3pm and already had a crowd of about 100 watching us. They was quite happy to hear some of the songs the band played during sound check. We finished around 4pm and took a much needed dinner break. We all pretty much collapsed after a long morning of work.

The gates opened at 6pm and the crowd slowly filled up the theatre. Come show time we had around 2,000 kids. Its no 10,000, but we were all very happy with the turnout. They played a solid hour set. Everything ran pretty smoothly. Well, except for the fact that they had to keep the set clean. Alex slipped up about 5 times in between songs. Other then that, the show was pretty much issue free.

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We had a 6am flight out of St. Louis and that pretty much sucked. I rolled out of bed half asleep around 3:45am to start getting ready. I arrive home around noon and went to bed.

Saturday: Journeys Back Yard BBQ

You know those days when you just don’t want to leave the house? Yeah… This was one of those days. I woke up at 7am to catch the van call at 7:30am. We were driving up to Philly to do an outdoor show. I usually love outdoor shows, but this one was nothing to be happy about. It was over 100 degrees with very high humidity. As soon as I stepped out of the van, I was sweating. It was that hot. And to top it off, the provided PA was nowhere near enough for the expected crowd. The band didn’t have to show up until around 3pm, so we were stuck out in the heat all day. I retreated to the mall close by a few times just to cool off. I don’t know how some of the kids do it, but a very dedicated few braved the heat all day just to see the band.
The show time temp was around 110 and probably even more inside the mob of people. As soon as the band took the stage, I was into the system’s limiters. I normally mix them around 106dBA, but this PA couldn’t get past 97dBA. I watched the sub and low limiters on the DSP stay full on during their whole set. The crowd was basically overpowering the band for the first few songs. 6 KF750’s and 4 SB750’s is not enough PA for 1600 kids… Plus KF750’s just sound bad. But, whatever…. We made it through the show. We took our sweet time packing up and finally got on the road around 9pm. It felt great to be out of the heat…

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6/12- Thursday: Six Flags GA

ATL is in ATL. Another fun day of flying… Thanks to Matt’s awesome booking skills, we flew out of BWI at 6:30am, landed in Tennessee at 10am and we on our way to GA by 12:30pm. We arrived in GA around 1pm and made our way to the park. Wow, this place was huge! And I thought the last one was big…

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The stage was massive, and the seating section was even bigger. The PA looked to be decent as well. I had 2 hangs of EV XLD218’s with 10 elements in each. I had 6 EV XLC118 subs per side on the deck as well. I also had a Yamaha PM5D out at FOH- just as I requested. I love when production companies actually fulfill riders. I fired the rig up and noticed right away a lack of mids and a ton of low mid gunk. It was even more apparent when I started line checking the band. There was almost nothing in the 2-4k range and waaayyy too much in the 200-400 range. I ended up dumping everything in the low mid section a ton to smooth things out. I got a pretty good mix up and running, and then went off to the dressing room to sleep. Everyone was dead tired after getting up super early and transferring between 2 flights.
This show was a real rock show. The other 6 Flags show was just ATL playing. Tonight’s show featured 2 openers, which were quite good. They were different then the usual stuff and I really enjoyed their sets.
We had a much smaller crowd this time though. Thanks to the crappy weather, there were only around 800 kids at this one. The place looked quite empty.

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The stage at least looked good thanks to the backline company. They provided us with 4 guitar cabs and 1 bass cab for each side of the stage. It really filled things out, and made the stage look a lot fuller.

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In the end, it turned out to be a fun gig. The crowd was energetic and as always, I had a blast mixing the band. After the gig I went back to the hotel and crashed.

Back to the world of Rock and Roll…

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