The world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival has hosted some of the most notable artists in music history. Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis and Prince – and that’s just to name a few – have graced the stages at Montreux since its debut in 1967. And while Montreux has hosted these legendary musicians the festival has also always opened its stages to many up-and-coming talents.
It’s a history filled with prestige and music, two things synonymous with Ampeg – one of the world’s most popular and reliable amps. Ampeg is proud to have been a part of the festival since the early days, sharing the stage with some of the greatest players in the world. For the 2014 festival, which ran July 4th through the 19th, Ampeg backed players on most of the festival’s many stages.
Pascal Gratticola of BBS Backline, the official backlining company for the festival, explains that Ampeg is the number one choice in bass amps for nearly every player hitting one of the Montreux stages.
According to Pascal, the SVT appeared on nearly every rider, with the SVT-VR, SVT-CL and SVT-2PRO gracing the stages along with SVT-810E and SVT-410HLF cabs. And of course the iconic B-15 is still the top choice for many players. You could even spot the Micro-VR behind the scenes for some backstage warming up.
This year’s stellar lineup included Stevie Wonder, Pharrrell Williams, Chris Rea, Tedeschi Trucks Band and many more during the festival’s jam-packed two-week run.
Ampeg’s own Dimitri Metzeltin had the opportunity to interview many of the Ampeg players at the festival, including Tim Lefebvre, Christopher Thomas, Donn Torres and Jean Berthon about their festival experience and why they love that classic Ampeg tone. To view all of Ampeg’s Montreux Jazz Festival 2014 interviews please visit Ampeg TV on YouTube.