Men Without Hats and A Flock of Seagulls

I wasn’t going to blog today, I’m tired. (I did get lazy and left this overnight) But as it turns out, I really enjoyed spending the work day with a new and interesting group of people. We are working with two bands today, 

A Flock of Seagulls started as an English new wave band formed in Liverpool in 1979 (now members live all over the world). The group hit the peak of their chart success in the early 1980s.

The group had a string of international hit singles including “I Ran (So Far Away)” (1982), “Space Age Love Song” (1982), “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” (1982), and “The More You Live, the More You Love” (1984).

A Flock of Seagulls

Everyone in the band has been super easy going to work with, the day couldn’t be easier. They are a great group of guys and are as cooperative as can be. It turns out their music is really good too, I don’t know why I didn’t listen to them when I was young and they were really popular. Back then I was into bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, mostly  classic rock. I guess A Flock of  Seagulls were just on the wrong radio station for me. They were mostly played on KROQ and I listened mostly to KMET. I suppose I will have to take a listen through their catalog of songs. They sound great at soundcheck.

A Flock of Seagulls during soundcheck.
A Flock of Seagulls
A Flock of Seagulls during soundcheck.
A Flock of Seagulls
Me and Mike Score, A Flock of Seagulls Lead Vocals and Keyboards, during soundcheck.
Me and Mike Score
Mike Score, Lead Vocal & Keyboard
Mike Score
Pando, Bass
Gord Deppe, Lead Guitar
Kevin Rankin, Drums
A Flock of Seagulls Stage Plot.
Stage Plot

The opening band is Men Without Hats, a new wave and synth pop band originally from Montreal, Quebec Canada. Their greatest popularity was in the 1980s with “The Safety Dance”, a worldwide top ten hit (No. 3 in the United States), and “Pop Goes the World”. They took the 1990’s off and returned around 2010.

Men Without Hats audio rack front.
Men Without Hats audio rack
Men Without Hats audio rack back
Men Without Hats audio mixer.
Men Without Hats monitor desk
Men Without Hats Audio Engineer Nick (left_, Sho the guitarist (center) and drummer Adrian (Right)
(L to R) Audio Engineer Nick, Guitarist Sho, and Drummer Adrian
In Ear monitor belt pack receiver and transmitter rack.
Ears reciever pack and transmitter rack
Drummer Adrian manning the drum set at soundcheck.
Drummer Adrian

The drummer, Adrian is mixing in ear monitors for the band from a small mixer at the drums. FOH (Front of House) is mixed by their audio engineer Nick from an iPad. They will have wedges on stage as back up mixes which will be mixed by Kerry (our house monitor engineer). All the inputs go to the Men Without Hats audio rack at drums and then split  out to our system.

Adrian, Men Without Hats drummer explained the name of the band “In Canada, because it’s freezing cold during the winter only tough men go without hats.” Men Without Hats are going out on a new tour soon and are just getting set up with this new input rack and monitor ears rig, due to somebody losing their old  one (amongst other gear) as they passed through an airport not too long ago!

Sahara, Keyboard and Vocals, Men Without Hats.
Guitarist Sho's Picks on his amp.
Sho’s guitar picks on amp
Backstage Pass
Stage Plot
Men Without Hats (Left to Right) Sho, Ivan, Sahara, and Adrian
(L to R) Sho, Ivan, Sahara, Adrian
Both Set list for the Show.
Set lists for the show


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