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Celine Dion Hits Japan with the World's Largest Meyer Sound MILO System
Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" tour is taking the world by storm, filling stadiums and arenas in 85 cities on five continents. During the 100-show tour, four sold-out in-the-round performances in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan featured the largest and most powerful Meyer Sound MILO system in history with a record number of 168 MILO line array loudspeakers.
Approximately 55,000 fans at Tokyo Dome and then another 36,000 at Osaka Dome gathered as the world's best-selling female artist filled the arenas with her powerful vocals through a Meyer Sound system. A diverse lineup of her most popular ballad love songs and uptempo tracks satisfied the high-spirited audience at the much-anticipated shows.
"Needless to say, the sound of Celine's voice is our number one priority – that's what people come to hear," says FOH engineer Francois "Frankie" Desjardins.
In addition to the MILO loudspeakers, the shows in Osaka and Tokyo featured 72 700-HP subwoofers and 20 M'elodie line array loudspeakers. System drive was handled by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with seven Galileo 616 processors. SIM 3 audio analyzer was used for system tuning.
Desjardins points to the MILO's self-powered design as key to the system's flexibility. "When we began planning this tour," says Desjardins. "We were looking for a system that could be easily reconfigured to cover the wide range of venues we would be playing. Also, not a lot of loudspeakers deliver the accuracy and clarity of the MILO family."
Since its release in 2003, Meyer Sound MILO has garnered industry recognition including a Technical Excellence and Creativity Award (TEC) and a Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA). With its exceptional power-to-size ratio and versatility, MILO has supported some of largest music events and tours in recent years; Rod Stewart's used 100 MILOs on his "The Arena Tour," while Led Zeppelin's monumental reunion concert at London's O2 Arena employed a total of 72 MILOs.
Following a successful run in Asia and Australia, the "Taking Chances" tour continues in Europe with Meyer Sound systems, making stops in the UK, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland and Germany.
See video footage from the Japanese leg of the tour on www.celinedion.com