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Gibson hosts Bachman & Turner showcase

Reunited Canadian rockers Randy Bachman and Fred Turner performed an intimate hour-long set at Gibson’s London HQ last week, writes Paul Watson

After reforming as Bachman & Turner in late 2009, the former BTO rockers have been making new music together and celebrated the release of their new album Rock n’ Roll is the Only Way Out at Gibson’s central London headquarters in Rathbone Street last Wednesday. Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, B&T are perhaps most fondly remembered for penning the classic 70s BTO singles You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet and Takin’ Care of Business; and made the trip across the pond with their Canadian crew for a very brief six-day trip to the UK, where they played their only London show to a hugely appreciative 150-strong crowd at Gibson’s very private live room. The main PA system for the show was an HK ConTour line array. It was configured two tops and two subs per side; and a number of HK 12” wedges were deployed on stage for monitoring. B&T’s FOH engineer Christian Stonehouse worked from the house console: a Soundcraft Si3, which is the favoured desk of Gibson’s Technical Manager and resident engineer Pete Freeman. 25 channels were used in total and no outboard was required – all graphics, compression, gating and FX came from the Si3’s internal processors.
“I definitely get on with the Si3 better than any other digital console; and having everything in one box that’s so easy to operate and sounds so good is just what we need,” explains Freeman. “And Christian [Stonehouse] as a first-time Si3 user, said the desk made a lot of sense to him and that everything was where it should be.” Freeman also has a good working relationship with Sennheiser; mics on stage included 935s on all the vocals; 9-series on the drums; and evolution series mics on the guitars. Although not used on this show, Freeman also uses a K-array system for many of Gibson’s showcases. Next stop for Bachman & Turner is their homeland, where they’ll play two shows in Vancouver and Edmonton in late November.