Meyer Sound’s LYON audio system continues to see significant usage on the world stage, with Twenty One Pilots the latest to use the system during its world tour.
Twenty One Pilots have seen much success thanks to its 2015 album Blurryface, which gained the band the attention of fans in almost every nation. Thanks to this success, the band is now in the midst of a massive 11-month tour dubbed the Emotional Roadshow World Tour.
Throughout the tour the band has played some world-class venues, including Pennslyvania’s 30,000-capacity Hersheypark Stadium. It has also played smaller venues, such as Berkeley, California’s 8,500-capacity Greek Theatre. The huge variation between stadiums presents a huge challenge for the audio crew – as does the constant travelling – but thy eventually settled on a 72-box Meyer Sound LYON linear line array rig.
The rig was managed by VER Tour Sound, with audio crew chief/system engineer Kenny Sellars heading up the set-up process at the Greek Theatre shows. “We have 12 LYON per side on the main hangs, and 12 LYON per side on the side hangs,” he explains. However, the system expands to a full 72-box rig for the tour’s larger venues, where their main hangs are 20-deep LYON and side hangs are 16-deep LYON.
The scalability is what impressed Kenny most. “The scalability has been super solid for me. That’s what I planned on, but the fact that it’s worked flawlessly and easily has been the key,” he notes.
Shane Bardiau, Twenty One Pilots’ FOH engineer, has also been satisfied with LYON’s versatility. Initially, the tour was considering using the larger dual 15in Meyer LEO line arrays. But Kenny’s suggestion to Shane to use LYON to better accommodate the varying size of venues on the tour appealed to him.
“I was skeptical at first because it is a smaller box,” recalls Shane. “But wow, I was blown away. And to be honest, this 12in (LYON) driver is perfect for our music.”
Independent engineer Adam Stroop runs monitors on the Emotional Roadshow World Tour. For the monitor setup, the band occasionally relies on side fills from LEOPARD cabinets on each side of the stage. He likes having loudspeakers that are ‘very controllable, very smooth’.
For Twenty One Pilots’ biggest shows, the crew will use up to six LEOPARD boxes per side for greater horizontal coverage. “They’re very easy to set up and sound excellent,” says Adam.