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Against all odds, Matrix lands technical supplier gig for Phil Collins ‘Not Dead Yet’ US tour

Hampshire (UK) based firm to supply portable production units (PPU), camera systems and LED for the former Genesis front man's first US tour in the US for 12 years

Matrix, a provider of bespoke AV equipment and technical solutions for clients in the live event sector, has today (September 4), announced a deal to supply their PPU, camera systems and LED on the North American segment of the Phil Collins tour… ‘PHIL COLLINS NOT DEAD YET, LIVE!’

This is the first tour Phil has performed in the US, in 12 years. The North American region forms part of the Worldwide tour which runs for three weeks from 3-28 October. The concerts commence in Fort Lauderdale, travelling up the west to Canada, into the Mid-West and onto the West Coast – all in all 15shows in 25 days.

Collins will be supported by his amazing 14 strong band – including 17 year old Nicolas Collins on the Drums. The acclaimed band will be supported with a range of Matrix supplied equipment – most notable is the PPU, camera systems and LED inventory.

The Matrix PPU with Ross Carbonite Mixer will work alongside a seven camera package to ensure optimum artist coverage. These consist of four operated cameras using Matrix’s recently purchased Sony HXC 100 EFP cameras. The remaining three cameras will include a Sony Robo camera and two Marshall lipstick cameras to augment the cut. Camera positioning will include front of house, the pit and stage right hand held. The pit cameras will sit on 60ft of track with Spyder dollies.

The LED consists of a number of different 5.9mm audience screens, all of which are controlled through a Media Server Catalyst using Grand MA2 lite Desks. The main screen will be upstage and proudly display a 12m x 7m (39ft x 23ft) image. In addition there will be a midstage LED Riser, 5 risers with 35 x 5 tiles each and one downstage LED Strip of 27 tiles. To support this there will be two IMAG screens each measuring 8m x 5m (26ft x 16ft).

The main LED – upstage and riser screens will have a mixture of graphic and camera imagery. This will run through Catalyst to provide an appropriate treatment throughout the playlist. The side screens will serve one function – live Camera Relay. In addition to the LED there will be a projector front of house, this will be used for walk-in aswell as a display to shoe still images of Phil through the years in the music industry.

Ruary states “Matrix has recently invested in a significant quantity of SONY camera systems, four of which will be on this tour. To see these out on the upcoming Phil Collins concerts, along with our PPU is great. The cutting edge technology along with the LED will provide a superb backdrop with comprehensive clear coverage of Phil and the band, to enhance the audience’s visual experience. Can’t wait to get on the road and bring it all to life”!