Wondering what it takes to put on a show of this magnitude? Here’s how it breaks down by the numbers according to the show’s production managers Ron Chamberlain and Ken Craig.
3: Number of stages and number of days it takes to set up each stage. Because each stage takes days to assemble, the stages leapfrog one another from city to city. For instance. This one is being set up here in Winnipeg. The build for the next show in Regina has already begun and the third stage is on its way from Ottawa to Edmonton to get ready for the following stop.
30: Number of trucks it takes to set up each stage – 15 for audio, video, lighting and pyrotechnics and another 15 for the steel production of the stage itself. By comparison, an arena show usually only has around five or six trucks, 10-12 if it’s a really big production.
100: Number of touring crew members, many of whom are rock show veterans having worked on AC/DC’s last tour. An additional 100-120 local crew are also hired for the build and run of the show.
1100: Number of locals that will be employed by the show. “When this stage comes in with a three day build you’re looking at over 1100 local people that are being hired to work this show from anywhere from one day up to seven days and everything from paramedics, people doing the chairs, ushers, ticket takers, catering staff, we hire locally all the time as many people as we can” says Craig.
Other fun facts:
The staging company, Stageco out of Belgium, is the same company responsible for some of the biggest tours in the world right now including U2 and Coldplay.
“The band was heavily involved in the design, content, video, lighting, they started it back last January with the production team and the designers and were very heavily involved. It doesn’t overshadow the band, the band is front and center, that’s what they wanted” says Chamberlain.
A show of this size is great for the local economy because not only will many Winnipegger’s be employed by the show, but the large touring crew and people coming to see the show from out of town will be staying in local hotels, dining at local restaurants and using local services.
“The doors will open tomorrow at 5:30. Our Lady Peace will hit the stage at 7:15 and Ron and I can guarantee 100% Guns N Roses will go on time tomorrow night and the show will be over by, between 11:30 and midnight. It’s a 3 hour and 15 minute show” promises Craig.
What a great way to send summer out with a BANG! Now that the stage set-up is complete, additional seats have been released and tickets are still available. Get yours at the stadium box office or through Ticketmaster.ca.