2011 Year in review

Man in Motion (MIM) had an incredible 2011 due to the forming of the Company and the amazing clients that it has received in such a short timeframe.

The year started off with a big bang with Rob Zombie’s first headline tour of the UK, which sold out in the matter of 45 minutes. These shows were truly memorable as we were able to take the arena show and put it into small theaters and clubs. The shows were a real success and the reviews were off the chart, people were blown away. One reviewer stated “Thanks Rob for giving us the best show we’ve ever seen!” We were able to not only take in the large video screens; we took in the full PYRO show along with confetti cannons, balloon drops, bubbles – the whole thing. It really was an amazing site cramming so much gear into such small venues and seeing the fans faces just blown away.

After the UK tour, the band and crew headed out to Australia to the Soundwave Festival. This was another market that Rob had never played before and you could tell that people were excited to see what he would bring to this festival. We headlined the main Metal Stage and had the honor of following the mighty Slayer every night, which is not a task that could be taken on by many bands. We took in the LED video walls with all the insane content that we carry and blew Australia away. Very memorable tour indeed…

The next stop for MIM was to take over production and audio responsibilities for the lead singer of Creed, Scott Stapp on his acoustic tour. This was a completely different tour obviously compared to the Zombie madness. This was a broke-down acoustic show of all the hits spanning Creed’s career as well as some Stapp hits of his own off his first solo record that went double platinum in the US. This was really an amazing tour and we had the pleasure of working with the great Chuck Randall as Scott’s tour manager for this leg. Chuck is now one of our top consultants for MIM and a major asset to the company.

The next artist to get involved with MIM was Godsmack and the Sully Erna project Avalon. Firstly, production needs were handled for the Godsmack one-off shows and radio festivals that the band headlined and also the setting up of the Rockstar Mayhem Tour that would start in July of this year. Then came Sully’s solo project that was a real change from the hard edge that Godsmack delivers. Driven by multimedia and acoustic instruments, along with a deep spiritual theme to the music, it took off on a tour covering the East coast and part of the Midwest. A DVD was recently shot of the show and will be available in 3D shortly.

June came along and Rob Zombie was off to Europe again for a 4-week run of the festivals that are in full force throughout Europe at this time of year. The tour was a huge success playing to huge crowds everywhere they went including a headlining Download Festival spot that was a highlight of the weekend for sure bringing in more PYRO and video than he has ever used before. A truly massive tour that I am sure will happen again soon due to the amazing reaction to the fans and promoters everywhere.

July hit next with MIM getting Godsmack off and running on there Mayhem Tour and then the follow-on heading tour of the US and up into Canada finishing in late September in Honolulu Hawaii.

While Godsmack was hitting the Mayhem Tour and tearing up the amphitheaters it played in every night, the next artist to come into the MIM fold was starting up rehearsals and preparing for there comeback after nearly 8 years out of the spotlight. Bush had reformed, and were in rehearsals in North Hollywood, preparing to take on the World again! The first single, Sound Of Winter, had been released and the buzz around the band was starting to pick up. The tour kicked off in July in San Diego where the response was incredibl The tour then hit the US taking both Filter and Chevelle with them tearing up and selling out everywhere they went. The single then hits No. 1 over 3 different charts and sat there for 6 weeks, truly an amazing thing after being away for so long. After a sold-out tour in the US, Bush headed over to Europe for a sold-out tour with incredible live shows and amazing critical reviews.

The band headed out again right before Thanksgiving and then took off and running the following week for some shows on the East and West Coast including a stop off in Las Vegas to perform on the huge TV show American Choppers, which was aired live on Discovery Channel.

MIM has had an amazing year! However, none of it could haven been possible without the support of our vendors and staff. 2012 is shaping up to be an even bigger year with new clients and bigger tours on the horizon. We have added a full marketing department now to the MIM umbrella offering marketing strategies and incredible website design with some of the best and most creative people at our disposal.

Thanks again for 2011, we look forward to working with you all in 2012… Mark Woodcock CEO

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