2007 "Fine Tuning" - SaintX.com
Piled high on the left side of every U2 stage is a stack of equipment so imposing that it
makes NASA’s Mission Control look amateurish. According to The Edge’s guitar tech, Rick “Dallas” Schoo
’71, it is a collection of items essential for reproducing the sounds on U2’s albums.
After spending 15
years working with artists like Bruce Springsteen, James
Taylor, and Pearl Jam, he earned the respect of his colleagues
as one of the best Guitar Technicians in the business. In 1985, The Edge, lead guitarist of U2, called and asked him to interview
with the band in Dublin.
Dallas has never looked back.
Some of his responsibilities include the tuning of up to
47 guitars throughout a single show and restringing all of The Edge’s guitars before each concert. On stage, Dallas
stays within 15 feet of The Edge in order to facilitate the “sound” from song to song. But Dallas also initiates
U2’s entire guitar and amplifier related endorsements. He selects and designs most, if not all, of
the guitars that The Edge and Bono will use on stage and in the studio.
Dallas says “it is an absolute blessing
to be part of this world class band and their many alliances for humanitarian causes.” Those alliances include
International, Music Rising, and the ONE Campaign, just to name a few.
Working with U2 is “intense” and
Dallas credits his wife, Gloria, for sticking by his side for 29 years. Reflecting on his high school years, he recalls meaningful
and how St. X instilled in him the importance of having faith in, and giving thanks to, a higher power.
So if you see
Bono or Edge anywhere in the world playing a guitar, Dallas is somewhere on the scene. He adds, “There is nothing like
the thrill of being a direct part each night of U2’s performance in front of 20,000 to 180,000 people.”PAGE 6: