Aug 24, 2016: IAG Cargo transported key equipment for The Who’s 65 shows in North America, out of a planned 100 shows across North America, Canada and Europe over the course of five months.
With 65 shows spanning 100,000 thousand miles and over a million fans, 50th birthdays don’t come much bigger than The Who’s global tour.
Expert logistics and on-time delivery are critical to the success of every concert. The team behind The Who’s tours have now depended on support from IAG Cargo for over 25 years.
Starting in Detroit and finishing in Las Vegas, the North American leg of the tour witnessed The Who and their huge concerts criss-cross the US as part of the The Who Hits 50 anniversary concerts.
With the vast amount of production and equipment required for every show, the band relies on a high volume of expensive props and instruments to be shipped across the globe. In total IAG Cargo carried 36 tonnes, the equivalent to two B747’s worth of equipment over the course of the entire nation-wide celebratory tour.
David Shepherd, head of Commercial at IAG Cargo, said, “Speed, reliability and attention to detail are critical when managing an operation such as this. Having worked with The Who’s logistics team for more than a quarter of a century, we are well practiced in ensuring that every piece of equipment reaches the right place at the right time and in perfect condition. This anniversary tour was a great opportunity to showcase the efficiency and consistency of our North American network capabilities.”
Roy Lamb, Production Manager for ‘The Who’, commented, “With so much high octane activity taking place on stage, the band and the crew appreciated the fact that backstage logistics, including the safe delivery of the equipment, happened seamlessly and punctually. It was a momentous tour and our partnership with IAG Cargo played an important role in its success.”
As the band’s official carrier, IAG Cargo is offering its UK customers the chance to win tickets to one of The Who’s UK shows next year.