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Showco- Chuck Conrad pt 1

Chuck Conrad is a live sound pioneer, and has the stories (and scars) to prove it. Chuck was a chance eyewitness and eager participant to the earliest beginnings of the Showco wagon train, at an embryonic time when you could count the cast on…

Mountain- Never in My Life- Capital Theater Passaic NJ 12-30-73

After the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream broke up, the heir to the throne of most powerful US rock band was the group Mountain...Led by the hulking guitarist/singer/songwriter Leslie West, Mountain posed a daunting challenge to sound engineers, both in the recording studio and live in concert. Here is a rare live recording of Mountain performing "Never in My Life" in late December 1973.

Showco- Jim Bornhorst #6

Highest claps-per-dollar? A mirror ball; "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" the hottest show on television in the late Nineties, starring the late Regis Philbin and a giant ring of Vari-Lites; architectural lighting from the Empire State to the…

Showco- Jim Bornhorst #5

"There was blood on the floor of the arena..." for the first show in history using automated lighting September 23, 1981 in Barcelona; the lamb lies down with ptomaine; improving with the VL-2 and VL-3; London West End theatre and "Miss Saigon"…

Showco- Jim Bornhorst part 4

Jim calls out the companies big and small who were first offered the VariLite ...and passed (it's a big club, they should print up jackets ); Genesis manager Tony Smith catches the Hail Mary pass; wire-wrapping thousands of microprocessor card…

Showco- Jim Bornhorst part 3

Showco introduces the concept of the portable custom P.A., commissioned by and traveling with the bands; John Tedesco's pneumatic lighting towers; Kirby Wyatt, Randy Blair, Steve Jander, & Led Zeppelin play with lasers; the "gel-change project";…

Showco- Jim Bornhorst part 2

Young EE JimBo goes to Big D. In the first ninety days at Showco he designs a bullet-proof crossover which saves hundreds of dollars per system. People notice. Part two. [jwplayer config="Audio Player" file="https://showco-interviews.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/showco-jim-bornhorst-hr2.mp3"…

SHOWCO- Buford Jones pt 2

Conclusion of interview with FOH mixer Buford Jones. [jwplayer config="Audio Player" file="https://showco-interviews.s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/showco-buford-jones-2.mp3" image="https://www.inthestudio.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/SHOWCO-Prism-130453.jpg"…