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Good Sound for a Good Cause - Pavarotti & Friends Charity Concert
Modena, Italy - Tenor Luciano Pavarotti, appointed "Special UN Envoy for Peace" by Kofi Annan, played host to an all-star cast at the 1998 Pavarotti & Friends charity concert, with War Child, to receive funds for building a Children's village in Liberia.
Jon Bon Jovi, Natalie Cole, The Corrs, Celine Dion, France's Florent Pagny, Spice Girls, Vanessa Williams, Stevie Wonder, country diva Trisha Yearwood and domestic chart-toppers Pino Daniele, Eros Ramazzotti and Zucchero performed at the Spike Lee produced event, transmitted live by RAI UNO and recorded by Decca for CD/video release.
Once again, a Meyer Sound system supplied by Sound Hire was chosen to reinforce the sound for the celebrity-studded audience. Controlled by two CADAC F desks, FOH comprised 2 clusters (five MSL-4, four MSL-10A and four 650-R2), five MSL-4 each side on stage, six 650-R2 ground stacked either side plus two stage-center and six MSL-2 front fills. Engineer Jerry Eade and SIM op/assistant Colin Patridge also used a VX-1 stereo program equalizer, six CP-10 dual 5-band parametrics, three LD-1A Line Drivers, SIM 2201 Sound Analyzer and SIM 2403 Interface Network.
Stewart Chaney helmed the monitor system from a CADAC M desk; here the 46 Meyer loudspeakers included monitors for the guest vocalists, 12 MPS 355 on orchestra foldback (with a few hot spots among the brass, as they needed to hear the drums a bit tighter); a USW and UPA-1A for "house" drummer Steve Gadd and two extra rear wedges for Pavarotti, with stereo orchestra and stereo reverb feed to give him more of a "theater" feel.
Richard Liénard of Sound Hire, who also supply Meyer equipment for the Three Tenors, stated "For our usual large classical concerts, we use the MSL-10s, but added the MSL-4's for a more rock & roll job like this, and the set-up worked so well before we didn't want to change it."