Having broken new ground with the audio production values of 2011’s Progress tour, Take That’s Gary Barlow has hinted that the boy band could well return to the live stage in 2013 with yet another audio visual extravaganza.
When asked whether a potential new album would be followed by a live stadium tour, Barlow told Radio 1: “Absolutely, definitely. I can promise you that.”
Last year’s Progress tour saw Take That tour the world with one of the most elaborate productions ever to have hit the live circuit. The show’s visual centrepiece – a 60ft mechanical man surrounded by pyrotechnics and intricately choreographed dancers, no lees – resulted in a UK-first for a ring delay system, as opposed to the usual delay masts used at large-scale concerts. The scale of the concerts led to production company for the tour, Capital Sound, picking up two API Awards in both the Grand Prix and Best Live Sound Event categories.
Martin Connolly, project manager on the Progress tour, commented: “The system deployed for Take That is immense and was the first time such a system had toured the UK. It featured a delay ring system, as opposed to using the traditional 18mtrs delay masts, that ultimately become visual obstructions for many of the audience.
“It was wonderful to be once again the audio supplier for Take That; and to win two awards from Audio Pro International for the tour is also a great honour; it acknowledges the huge amount of work undertaken by the all the team at Capital from design and office personnel to the touring crew at the sharp end.”
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