Electro-Voice Endorsers Hoist the EV Flag on Ozzfest 2006
From June 29th to August 13th, 2006, the biggest names in metal stomped the terra, inciting mayhem and hoisting the EV flag high from Seattle to West Palm Beach, Florida, and all stops between. The 26 city tour featured an impressive roster of today’s finest metal acts, including Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, System of a Down, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Lacuna Coil, Dragonforce, Atreyu, Unearth, Bleeding Through, Norma Jean, Walls of Jericho, The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Strapping Young Lad, All that Remains, Full Blown Chaos, Between the Buried and Me, and Bad Acid Trip.
Given the critical demands of a no-holds-barred tour like Ozzfest, EV endorsers Zakk Wylde, Nick Catanese (Black Label Society), Blasko (bass w/ Ozzy), and Hatebreed relied on Electro-Voice (EV) wired and wireless microphones, and the inimitable Zakk Wylde signature guitar loudspeaker, the EVM-12L Black Label.
James Edlund, EV public relations/artist relations manager, remarked: “Although we have a long history of involvement with major recording artists, this year represented a huge step for us with endorser involvement on summer tours of this magnitude. At the top of this list is guitar legend Zakk Wylde with Black Label Society and Ozzy, fellow Black Label guitarist Nick Catanese, Blasko (Ozzy’s bassist) and Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta. Without a doubt, these are the exemplars of today’s metal. So why do they use EV? Because EV gear withstands the rigors of the road - and it sounds great! We appreciate their loyalty to our products by hoisting the EV flag!“
EV representatives were lucky enough to spend time with these endorsers and talk about the tour, how the equipment has been working, and what the future holds.
EV: “Zakk, although you now have your own custom guitar loudspeaker built by EV - the EVM-12L Black Label - tell me how you first learned about EVM-12L loudspeaker?“
Zakk: “I was in Europe and my Celestions got blown out and I needed replacements. Rather than go back to the Celestions, we swapped them with the EVM-12L’s and wow! I went to sound check and it sounded huge! The chunk, chunk, chunk was massive - I was like ’What the h*** is that?’. And that was it. I was hooked on EV.“
EV: “Zakk, given the crazy number of shows you play each year, and then add those years up, over this time have you ever blown or had trouble with an EVM-12L loudspeaker?“
Zakk: “I’ve never blown out an EV speaker. Seriously, I’ve never had any problems. So kids, you heard it here, buy EV! Bottom line, the EVM-12L’s make the Marshalls sound better... You’ve got your EL85s, your Marshall heads, plexis, or whatever, it’s a great combination. Gibson Les Paul and Marshall, Marshall and EV... the perfect combination.“
EV: “Do you have any words for the folks who build your loudspeakers and the rest of EV’s dedicated employees?“
“To the EV family, the EV chapter of Black Label out there - stay strong, keep whooping a*# and my advice to you, now that you’re part of the Black Label family, for the love of God guys, keep working hard and get it done. Love you...“
For more on EV’s endorsers, please stay tuned for posting of video interviews with Zakk Wylde and Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, to www.electrovoice.com. For more information on the Electro-Voice EVM-12L Black Label loudspeaker - and to read more interviews with Zakk - please visit www.evm12lblacklabel.com.
About the EVM-12L Black Label
The EVM-12L 12-inch loudspeaker was introduced in 1983. Known for its huge tone, gorgeous low-end and incredible stability at extreme volumes, it quickly achieved legendary status. Top guitarists and bassists loved it not only for its sound, but also for its reliability. Tour after tour, the EVM-12L held up to the demands of the most punishing players. Enter: the EVM-12L BLACK LABEL, the OFFICIAL guitar loudspeaker of Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society. Take the EVM-12L, add Zakk’s personal specs (improved power handling, improved magnet design, better venting, and the Black Label colors), and now you have the greatest guitar loudspeaker in the world. Wanna argue with Zakk on that? I didn’t think so.
Remember: The only label is BLACK™. Handmade by hardworking Americans in Morrilton, Arkansas, the EVM-12L Black Label is the product of EV blood and sweat. We hope that you will represent the EV and Black Label Society colors with honor. We know that you will sound louder, better, and harder with the EVM-12L Black Label. BLEED BLACK LABEL
Electro-Voice (EV), is a professional audio brand of Telex Communications, Inc., a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of sophisticated audio, wireless, multimedia, aircraft, broadcast and communications equipment for commercial, professional and industrial customers. Telex Communications markets its products in more than 80 countries under the brands EV, Telex, RTS, Dynacord, Midas, Klark Teknik and others.
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