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GearFest 2017 Comes to Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 23-24 2017
GearFest 2017 Comes to Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 23-24 2017

GearFest 2017 Coming June 23-24

George Petersen
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FORT WAYNE, IN — Sweetwater will present GearFest 2017, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and audio gear they use to make and record music, on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Sweetwater campus, 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The GearFest event is free and open to the public.

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In Memoriam: Dave "Shirt" Nicholls
In Memoriam: Dave "Shirt" Nicholls

In Memoriam: Dave "Shirt" Nicholls, 1965 - 2017

George Petersen
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Known for his long history of working with metal bands Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour, master FOH engineer Dave "Shirt" Nicholls passed away on May 24, 2017. Although the actual cause of his death was not known at press time, he went into the hospital for what should have been routine hernia surgery, when the doctors discovered he had cancer and other medical issues.

Hailing from Birmingham, England, Nicholls was interested in music at an early age, playing guitar (his main instrument) as well as drums and piano. After his first band broke up, Nicholls began working with other bands with their sound and then got involved in recording at a local recording studio, where he landed a gig as a tape operator/second engineer. In 1990, he was helping a band and three days later, they fired their engineer and asked Nicholls to step up and mix, leading to three years of work on the road and a new career as a front of house engineer.

Clearly, Nicholls had a knack for live mixing. His musical ears and technical prowess made for an ideal match-up and the gigs kept coming. Eventually, this led to a 15-year stint with Slipknot, 12 years with Avenged Sevenfold and a long list of other clients, ranging from FOH mixing for Stone Sour, Thin Lizzy and Marilyn Manson to studio producing and engineering for bands such as Obituary, Power of Expression and Diamond Head.

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