Allen & Heath’s GLD digital system was employed to manage FOH and monitors for ‘Elvis – the Ultimate Performance’ staged recently at the London Palladium. The show ran off AR2412 and AR84 input expander units, with 28 inputs on stage and 3 inputs into the GLD-80 mixer for playback and talkback.
‘Elvis – The Ultimate Performance’ stars the world’s leading Elvis performer, Chris Connor, accompanied by a comprehensive band comprising Drums, Bass, Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Keys and Synth, dedicated wind band, brass section containing Saxophone, Flute, Trumpet and Trombone, plus four backing vocalists.
The GLD-80 was fitted with a Dante card, enabling a previous multi-track recording of the show to be played back for virtual sound check, making an easy system set up and system EQ.
“It’s a great advantage when going to a new venue to be able to hear the PA as if the band were playing on stage. GLD also makes it easy to switch between Dante and the Stagebox inputs,” explains the show’s sound designer, Tom Cox.
Cox also made use of the new GLD iPad app, GLD Remote:
“The Palladium’s FOH mix position mainly receives sound from the delay speakers, so the iPad allowed me to move around the auditorium during set up and hear what the show would sound like in different seats. It also improved monitor set up, as I could EQ monitors on stage and set mixes with the musicians as they heard it too.”
The show recreates two landmark performances in Elvis’ career – the 68 Comeback Special and the Aloha from Hawaii – and features some of his greatest hits, including Suspicious Minds, Heartbreak Hotel, Blues Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock and Love Me Tender.