Las Vegas-based indie band The Killers recently wrapped their successful "Day & Age" U.S. tour, the first to feature Martin Audio's W8L Longbow line arrays. The popular 4-piece band with three hit albums to its credit, "Hot Fuss," "Sam's Town" and "Day & Age," was supported by Delicate Productions of Camarillo, California partnered with British sound company Capital Sound.
Alan Behr, Audio Crew Chief and Delicate Productions employee, managed a crew of audio personnel that included Front of House Engineer James Gebhard, Monitor Engineer Clarke Laplante, Audio Techs BJ Hemmingsen, Fumi Okazaki and Harm Schopman, who would later replace Laplante mixing monitors.
The main PA for the tour featured Martin Audio W8L Longbow line arrays with a main hang consisted of 24 W8L Longbow modules, with 24 flown Martin Audio W8LS subwoofers for the low frequencies. Downfill was supplied by Martin Audio W8LD, 4 boxes per side, with a side hang of up to 24 Martin W8LC. Martin Audio MA4.2 amplifiers powered all speakers.
The system also featured a DiGiCo SD7 digital mixing console at Front of House and a DiGiCo D5 at stage left for monitor mixing. Asked about his choice of touring with the Longbow system, Gebhard told Live Sound's Jeff Mackay, “We've mainly used Martin Audio LC loudspeakers in Europe, but because we're playing a lot of sheds (amphitheaters) in North America, we would have had to use delays, or switch to Longbow. I've really come to love this system.”