MSC Poesia Cruise Ship

Hailed as the ultimate rock-and-roll vacation and backstage pass, ShipRocked recently put Queensryche, Tesla, Ratt, Skid Row, and half a dozen other bands together with nearly 1,500 fans onboard the 3/17/2010 12:56 PM Eastern

MSC Poesia Cruise Ship

Mar 17, 2010 4:56 PM

Hailed as the ultimate rock-and-roll vacation and backstage pass, ShipRocked recently put Queensryche, Tesla, Ratt, Skid Row, and half a dozen other bands together with nearly 1,500 fans onboard the luxurious MSC Poesia cruise ship for an intimate five-day music festival and party.

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At the request of famed tour/production manager Larry Morand, ShipRocked’s concert sound systems were supplied and manned by Cincinnati-based Loud and Clear, which exclusively used L-Acoustics amplifiers and loudspeakers for all three stages on the vessel.

The floating festival’s primary performance venue was the 1250-seat art deco Carlo Felice Theatre, which was equipped with five L-Acoustics Kudo enclosures positioned over three SB218 subwoofers per side. Two dV-DOSC were deployed as front fills, while two 8in. coaxials were used for balcony fill. On stage, a dozen 115XT HiQ wedges served as monitors, with an ARCS and SB28 per side for sidefill and LF fill. Monitors were driven by 10 LA8 amplified controllers and main/fill enclosures were powered by other LA series systems.

A second stage near the outdoor pool on the Foscolo Deck sported six dV-DOSC stacked on four SB218 per side complemented by six 115XT HiQ stage wedges. The Pigalle Lounge, a third venue in the lower aft of the ship, featured a smaller system consisting of three dV-DOSC stacked on two dV-SUB per side, a single dV-DOSC per side for fill, and six more 115XT HiQ monitors on stage. Power for both of these smaller stages came from a combination of LA8 and other LA models.

“Kudo’s adjustable vanes were very instrumental in eliminating some potential audio challenges in the main theater,” says Loud & Clear’s Matt Fish, who served as the FOH tech for the Carlo Felice Theatre. “Using SoundVision, we were able to appropriately tailor the dispersion patterns and keep as much of the sound off of the theatre’s side walls and push it to where it needed to be.”

“We used a really wide variety of L-Acoustics boxes on this cruise—from our Kudo enclosures all the way down to our smallest coaxial—and everything performed perfectly,” says Loud & Clear President Bill Deavers. “There was plenty of horsepower and volume to satisfy the bands, engineers and fans, and the sound quality and coverage was never anything less than exceptional, which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from L-Acoustics.”

Loud & Clear’s Norm Stout and Chuck Smith served as the FOH techs for the Foscolo and Pigalle stages, respectfully, with Steve Lagemann on-hand as L&C’s supervisor and Nate Schneider as the production manager.

Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with stops made in Jamaica and Grand Cayman, ShipRocked featured an impressive roster of artists, including Queensryche, Tesla, Ratt, Skid Row, Broken Teeth, EndeverafteR, Lynam, Niki Barr Band, Stereoside, StoneRider and even the Kansas City School Of Rock. For more info on the cruise—as well as details on ShipRocked II, which is scheduled for Nov. 11-14, 2010—visit

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