Meyer Sound's gear is being used on the Queen musical We Will Rock You's tour. For proof positive of Queen's legacy, witness the overwhelming success of We Will Rock You, a musical based on their song catalog that has proved a worldwide sensation. Written by noted British author and humorist Ben Elton in conjunction with band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, We Will Rock You has sold over four million tickets in London, Tokyo, Moscow, and many other cities around the world in four years time. Six main cast members backed by a sizable ensemble, a live band, huge sets that change in seconds, synched video, dozens of sound effects, over 200 lighting changes, and an equipment list over three pages long make the technical scope of this show mind-boggling.
While audiences are clearly excited by We Will Rock You's elaborate production, in the end, the show is about the music of Queen, a point made strongly by the substantial system of Meyer Sound loudspeakers supplied for the show by Johannesburg's Prosound.
The system was anchored by flown left and right arrays of eight MICA compact high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers, each supplemented by two groundstacked 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers. The center cluster, which provides fill to crucial spots in the building where coverage is difficult, features four CQ-1 wide coverage main loudspeakers and five CQ-2 narrow coverage main loudspeakers, with four more 700-HP cabinets under the stage for added low-end punch. Frontfill comes from six UPM-1P ultracompact wide coverage loudspeakers and seven UPA-2P compact narrow coverage loudspeakers, with sub-bass for the upper balcony supplied by two flown M3D-Sub directional subwoofers. An LD-3 compensating line driver is used for system processing and drive, while the singers keep in synch with the help of six legacy, traditionally powered UM-1C UltraMonitors. The result is a system that is clean and extremely powerful for a venue the size of the Mandela Theatre. For more information visit www.meyersound.com.