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Scott Johnson, Radiohead Drum Tech, Dies After Partial Stage Collapse in Toronto TORONTO — Staging elements for a June 16 Radiohead concert at Downsview Park par-tially collapsed, with falling structural elements pinning and killing drum tech Scott Johnson, 33, at the scene. Another crew member was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening head injury, and two others were treated at the scene. Although the structure had apparently been checked out by an engineer and ap-proved for use, according to published reports, the stage’s elements collapsed about 4pm, an hour before show-goers were set to be admit-ted to the 7:30 pm show. Along with the announcement that the concert was cancelled and instructions for re-funds, the British band posted a tribute to John-son, also from the U.K. “We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued mem-ber of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.” Investigators from Ontario’s Ministry of Labor have been inspecting the partially-col-lapsed staging structure, looking for what went wrong. The three inspectors and two engineers are reportedly proceeding with caution, as the structure has been deemed unstable. Labor Ministry ofcials have requested documents from Live Nation, the concert orga-nizer, along with Optex Staging and Services, Nasco Stafng Solutions and Ticker Tape Tour-ing LLP, a company owned by Radiohead, ac-cording to published reports. Some 40,000 people were expected to attend the sold-out show, featuring Canada-based Caribou as the opening act. The weather continued on page 8 PEOPLE. PRODUCTION. GEAR. GIGS. JULY 2012 Vol. 10 No.10 The Black Keys Go Large InfoComm 2012 Music Group Acquires Turbosound, Launches Professional Division LAS VEGAS — Music Group an-nounced that it is acquiring loudspeaker manufacturer Turbosound. The company also announced the formation of a global Professional Division that brings together its Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound brands, and named Philip Hart vice presi-dent of the division. “Since the acquisition of Midas and Klark Teknik, we have been pursuing a loudspeaker brand that complements the consoles and processing ofered by these historic brands,” said Music Group founder and CEO Uli Behringer, calling Turbosound “the ideal match” because of their “exten-sive IP, sterling reputation and a frst-class team of people. I am very proud to wel-come Simon Blackwood and his team to our family.” Based in West Sussex, England, Turbo-sound has made advances in loudspeaker technology through three decades, earn-ing the Queen’s Award three times, includ-ing an award for Innovation in 2012. Hoping to deliver complete system solutions to touring and install custom-ers, Music Group said the combination of the Turbosound, Midas and Klark Teknik brands represents a new range of choice continued on page 5 A total 34,268 AV professionals from 90 countries came to Las Vegas for Info-Comm 2012, with exhibits open June 13-15. Along with a full roster of education-al sessions, the trade event featured 933 exhibitors displaying the latest AV tech-nology in 487,000 square feet of exhibit and special events space. For all the big audio-related product developments on display at the show, turn to page 18. Who’s Your Hometown Hero? Vote Today! LAS VEGAS — It’s time for FRONT of HOUSE readers to vote for their favorite re-gional sound companies for the 2012 Home-town Hero Awards competition. The ballot is now online at fohonline.com/hometown. It includes a total of 30 companies — five from five U.S. regions and five more from Canada. All were nominated by FOH readers in June. Voting takes place throughout July. The six regional winners will be announced in August and included on the 2012 Parnelli Awards ballot. The fnal winner will then re-ceive the 2012 Hometown Hero Sound Com-pany of the Year award at the Parnelli Awards gala, set for Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. For more details about the 2012 event, including more than two dozen companies who have stepped up as sponsors, turn to page 5. STEVE JENNINGS It’s one thing to keep a rock duo sounding sharp in small clubs, and quite another to en-sure that the same players — plus a couple more — will still sound great to everyone packing a 20,000-capacity venue like Oakland, CA’s Oracle Arena (pictured here). FOH engineer Jason Tarulli, who followed the band out of Ohio, had his frst large-scale trial by fre at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. He didn’t get fred, however, and is now supporting the band with as many as 60 inputs. He works with monitors engineer Fabian Quiroga, a more recent addition to the crew. Speaking of Speakers 26 All about crossovers: how they infuence speaker performance, and how loudspeaker manufacturers go about selecting them. Buyers Guide 32 sient response, a condenser mic is the way to go. Here’s a look at the latest. For extended bandwidth and fast tran-www.ProAudioSpace.com/join

The Black Keys Go Large

It’s one thing to keep a rock duo sounding sharp in small clubs, and quite another to ensure that the same players — plus a couple more — will still sound great to everyone packing a 20,000-capacity venue like Oakland, CA’s Oracle Arena (pictured here). FOH engineer Jason Tarulli, who followed the band out of Ohio, had his frst large-scale trial by fre at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. He didn’t get fred, however, and is now supporting the band with as many as 60 inputs. He works with monitors engineer Fabian Quiroga, a more recent addition to the crew.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/The+Black+Keys+Go+Large/1114056/118281/article.html.

Scott Johnson, Radiohead Drum Tech, Dies After Partial Stage Collapse in Toronto

TORONTO — Staging elements for a June 16 Radiohead concert at Downsview Park partially collapsed, with falling structural elements pinning and killing drum tech Scott Johnson, 33, at the scene. Another crew member was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening head injury, and two others were treated at the scene.

Although the structure had apparently been checked out by an engineer and approved for use, according to published reports, the stage’s elements collapsed about 4pm, an hour before show-goers were set to be admitted to the 7:30 pm show.

Along with the announcement that the concert was cancelled and instructions for refunds, the British band posted a tribute to Johnson, also from the U.K.

“We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”

Investigators from Ontario’s Ministry of Labor have been inspecting the partially-collapsed staging structure, looking for what went wrong. The three inspectors and two engineers are reportedly proceeding with caution, as the structure has been deemed unstable.

Labor Ministry officials have requested documents from Live Nation, the concert organizer, along with Optex Staging and Services, Nasco Staffing Solutions and Ticker Tape Touring LLP, a company owned by Radiohead, according to published reports.

Some 40,000 people were expected to attend the sold-out show, featuring Canadabased Caribou as the opening act. The weather — sunny, with light breezes — did not appear to be a factor in the collapse.

Radiohead has announced the postponement of seven shows that had been scheduled in Europe from June 30 (in Rome) through July 9 (in Switzerland). The tour is expected to resume July 10 in the south of France.

In a statement, the band noted that, along with “the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident,” there were “practical considerations to deal with...The collapse also destroyed the light show; this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.”

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Music Group Acquires Turbosound, Launches Professional Division

LAS VEGAS — Music Group announced that it is acquiring loudspeaker manufacturer Turbosound. The company also announced the formation of a global Professional Division that brings together its Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound brands, and named Philip Hart vice president of the division.

“Since the acquisition of Midas and Klark Teknik, we have been pursuing a loudspeaker brand that complements the consoles and processing offered by these historic brands,” said Music Group founder and CEO Uli Behringer, calling Turbosound “the ideal match” because of their “extensive IP, sterling reputation and a first-class team of people. I am very proud to welcome Simon Blackwood and his team to our family.”

Based in West Sussex, England, Turbosound has made advances in loudspeaker technology through three decades, earning the Queen’s Award three times, including an award for Innovation in 2012.

Hoping to deliver complete system solutions to touring and install customers, Music Group said the combination of the Turbosound, Midas and Klark Teknik brands represents a new range of choice for demanding applications.

The company also predicted that Turbosound would benefit from Music Group’s infrastructure while retaining their own manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution network worldwide.

The new Professional division will leverage synergies between the brands to deliver integrated solutions to Live Sound, Touring and Install customers and applications, while driving new product development aimed at higher levels of integration and control.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Music+Group+Acquires+Turbosound%2C+Launches+Professional+Division/1114062/118281/article.html.

Who’s Your Hometown Hero? Vote Today!

LAS VEGAS — It’s time for FRONT of HOUSE readers to vote for their favorite regional sound companies for the 2012 Hometown Hero Awards competition. The ballot is now online at fohonline.com/hometown. It includes a total of 30 companies — five from five U.S. regions and five more from Canada. All were nominated by FOH readers in June. Voting takes place throughout July.

The six regional winners will be announced in August and included on the 2012 Parnelli Awards ballot. The final winner will then receive the 2012 Hometown Hero Sound Company of the Year award at the Parnelli Awards gala, set for Oct. 20, 2012 at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas. For more details about the 2012 event, including more than two dozen companies who have stepped up as sponsors.

Read the full article at http://digitaleditiononline.com/article/Who%E2%80%99s+Your+Hometown+Hero%3F+Vote+Today%21/1114064/118281/article.html.

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