Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z Yankees Stadium Performance Marred by Poor Audio Mix

JTphotoI thought it would be the heat that would put a damper on my enthusiasm for the Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z “Legends of The Summer” concert at Yankees Stadium last night but the heat was bearable; the audio mix was not.

Temperatures soared to 104 degrees on our ride to the Bronx, later to see them cool to 90 degrees, but the fans came out to enjoy a show.  Little did we know that we would get burned by the stage team handling the mixing board audio for the show.

Having attended hundreds of concerts of the years it was a shame that the vocal mix of the show was so poor.  JT and Jay-Z were amazing and their voices were spot on but the audio team really was off last night.  The vocals were sounded “muddy” and the words hard to follow unless you already knew the word.

It was like they treated the headliners as an opening act.  Many times an opening band never gets the benefit of the full audio system power that a headliner receives.  The audio mixing was embarrassing, and a poor reflection of these superstars who came out to sing.

I asked people if they agreed with my assessment and the verdict was clear; the vocals were to “bassy” and never crisp.  Even when Justin sat down at the piano and asked the audience to “take a break and sit down” you could notice that the vocal acoustics of the show were flawed.

I hope someone from the concert logistics crew reads this article and makes adjustments.  The show  was amazing and the energy of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z on the stage was thrilling but I left the show very disappointed.


Brian Pasch, CEO

PCG Consulting