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Diana Ross Says "I Love You" With Meyer Sound MILO
Legendary vocalist Diana Ross, on tour in support of her latest release, I Love You, performed a limited series of U.S. dates before embarking on a European arena tour earlier this year. During the brief U.S. jaunt, Thunder Audio (Taylor, Mich.) supplied a powerful Meyer Sound loudspeaker system for her performances at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Ill., and the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich., located just outside of Ross's hometown of Detroit.
The self-powered Meyer Sound system was centered on two arrays of 12 MILO high-power curvilinear array loudspeakers each, along with six UPA-1P compact wide coverage loudspeakers for frontfill.
FOH engineer E. Kevin Jones mixed the shows on Thunder's Midas H3000 console, while Michael Droke handled the monitor mixes on a second H3000. "The MILO really does sound great," says Droke. "We've specified it on Diana's rider for the U.S. dates, and we'll be carrying a full Meyer rig for the upcoming European dates, including around 36 MILO boxes, as well as the Galileo (loudspeaker management system)."
Response to Ross's new album and her U.S. performances has been overwhelmingly positive. "The emotional intensity of a Diana Ross show is as strong today as it has ever been," says Thunder Audio VP Paul Owen. "Her voice is a part of our musical culture, known and beloved by millions. There's no loudspeaker I would trust more than MILO to deliver every nuance of a classic singer like Diana Ross."