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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tech Work for Black Sabbath the End Tour 2016

October 2015
I received word that Black Sabbath would be in town for 3-4 days rehearsing for their "The End" farewell tour and that they'd need some technical assistance.  Time went on and I'd kind of forgotten about it.  Finally I got the call in January 2017.  The band needed all their gear in working order so they contacted me.  They constructed their stage and lighting for multiple rehearsals at the local Enormodome, followed by opening night of the tour.  I had the privilege of working with them for a few days, repairing and tidying up a few things.  It was quite something to be on stage during full volume playing and hear things like tornado sirens and rain being tested at giga-decibles.  It was really quite something.  Super thanks to Ben, Terry, Neil and Nevik, super dudes, a super time.
I was mentally preparing for a healthy dose of this.

January 2016
 To my shop:

Geezer Butler Ashdown bass rig, custom circuit, custom black faceplate
Tony Iommi custom Laney guitar head on Geezer's Ashdown.

Laney Iommi

Laney Iommi Signature Model

Inside an Iommi Laney

Inside an Iommi Laney

Working out crossover notch

balancing outputs

Laney Iommi on the bench and powered up

Laney Iommi the backlight emits red crosses.  Now we're cooking with fire.

To the Century Link Center, Omaha, NE

Stage Right:  Geezer Butler, bass

More of Geezer's power amps, power to boot.

Geezer's rig with EQ units, pedals and tuner.

Each power amp is linked to it's own cab, though only two are mic'd

Geezer's "Henry" logo appears everywhere, I mean everywhere.


Geezer Butler Black Sabbath Cry Baby Wah Pedal Bass Effect
Geezer Butler Bass Wah.  He uses it for one song.  One song.
Geezer Butler Black Sabbath Cry Baby Wah Pedal Bass Effect
Geezer's wah comes out at the beginning of NIB, is well marked so Ozzy doesn't break a leg, and is removed promptly after all the same.

Geezer Butler Lakeland Black Sabbath The End Tour
Geezer Butler's Lakeland basses.  Even the strings are black.

Henry.  Even his strings resonate black.

Too dark but his other basses.  He has his own EMG signature pickups.

Center Stage:  Tommy Clufeto drums

Tommy Clufetos's massive D.W. kit

Tommy's kit

Stage Left:  Tony Iommi, guitar
Tony Iommi Laney signature model heads, 100 watts each
Adam Wakeman the same.
Mic configuration and matrix, note bottom speakers only.
Massive, just massive.
Warpigs, the perfect soundcheck
Finally, the concert.  First of the last.