Monday, September 28, 2009
Most Cameras Used in Creed Live Concert World Record
One of the most successful rock bands of all time staged a record setting concert performance in The Woodlands Friday night. Creed set the Guiness Book of World Records for most cameras used during a live concert recording.
The band shared the show with more than just the crowd at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. They streamed the concert live via the web to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and several USO locations.
"I hope they can grab a little piece of home, a little piece of sanity, whether it be from their high school days or if they just picked up listening to Creed," said Jerry Brown, a U.S. Navy Commander who has endured five deployments and attended Friday's concert.
Creed lead singer Scott Stapp says the band has always made the troops a priority.
"We've heard so many stories and met so many people that know what sacrifice is and commitment," said Stapp.
The band and crew committed to giving the fans a show no one is used to seeing. They invited an adjudicator with the Guiness Book of World Records to the concert.
Gavs Deaves counted 239 working cameras to record the concert, including 220 on the stage alone. That's more cameras than have ever been used in a live concert recording. The previous world record, according to Deaves, is 47 set by Justin Timberlake.
"It's exciting to see what people can do. If we didn't adjudicate, there would be no reason for people to try harder," said Deaves.
The show's director is in charge of bringing fans all the unique angles, including from a fly camera that travels 55 mph to and from the stage.
"We're always trying to change the game, one up our last production," said Dan Catullo.
He adds, "It's almost like our present to Creed. We wanted to help them come back in a bigger way. I can't imagine a bigger way to make a statement. Creed is back."
About 200,000 people were expected to tune in via the web. Just to film the show cost more than $1.5 million.