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DiGiCo SD7 rocks The Who’s reprised Quadrophenia tour

The Who's 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia has been reprised in a 37 date live multimedia tour, deploying a pair of DiGiCo SD7 consoles at FOH and monitors.

The Who’s 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia has been reprised in a 37 date live multimedia tour featuring cameo appearances by Keith Moon and John Entwistle via streamed live footage. Production partners Eighth Day Sound, who have worked with The Who on their last three major tours, deployed a pair of DiGiCo SD7 desks for FOH and band monitors, plus an SD-Rack at FOH and a d&b audiotechnik J-Series PA. The audio crew includes longtime Who FOH engineer Robert Collins (pictured, left) and Simon Higgs (pictured, right) on monitors. Collins started with the band in the late 1990s-early 2000s, and has also worked with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend on their solo projects in between tours with Eric Clapton and others. A relative newcomer to the SD7, Collins has said he wouldn’t part with his old D5 until this tour. “I wasn’t ready to go to the SD7 until I knew we had the new racks… and honestly I couldn’t justify going to an SD7 working with a four-piece (like Clapton) playing blues and such, you know? I mean, that thing can run a small country, can’t it?! But for this tour, it seemed like it was time.” Monitor engineer Simon Higgs presided over the other SD7, managing approximately 112 inputs for IEMs for the nine-piece band. “I got a good memory on me,” he laughed. “It’s very short. But The Who have been part of my musical thing. Them, the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks – that’s what I grew up on. In fact, I was pissed off at them, actually. As a teen, I queued up in the top rank in Swansea in Wales to see The Who, and they didn’t fucking turn up! I was pissed off. They had a fight or something. This was the ‘60s. But it’s kind of funny… Who’d have thought that when I was growing up trying to play in little bands and not very good, listening to all these great singers, that I’d end up engineering for many of them?”