- Industry-Standard JBL VerTec® Loudspeakers Selected for Use In Concert Audio System -

24 March 2004


WOODBURY, NY - JBL, the leading manufacturer of professional and consumer loudspeakers, today announced it is the official tour sponsor of the current European tour of Eric Clapton, one of the most influential musicians in rock -music history.

Eric Clapton has been renowned as one of the world's finest guitarists since the early Sixties when he first gained prominence with the Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, astonishing listeners with his remarkable, emotionally powerful playing. After subsequent albums with Cream, Derek and the Dominos and others, Clapton launched an extraordinary solo career that earned him multiple Grammy® awards, and that continues today with his just -released Me and Mr. Johnson album. The only triple inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eric Clapton recently received the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) award in honor of his musical and humanitarian accomplishments.

As the official sponsor of Eric Clapton's European tour, JBL is supplying the loudspeakers for the concert audio system, and supporting the tour with a major sponsorship program, maintaining a highly visible presence at all of the tour's 28 stops.

JBL's acclaimed VerTec (Vertical Technology) line -array professional audio loudspeakers were chosen for exclusive use in the tour sound system. Since their introduction, JBL VerTec loudspeakers have established themselves as an industry standard for professional concert sound reinforcement, thanks to their advanced -technology drivers and components, compact size, modular installation flexibility and - above all - their extraordinary sound quality.

Sound services for the tour are provided by Concert Sound Ltd. of Luton, England, one of Europe's leading concert -rental -system companies. The systems, which can deliver up to 200,000 watts of amplifier power, are specially configured for each venue to optimize sound quality and coverage. In larger venues, up to 48 VT4889 loudspeakers can be used, arranged as line arrays in varying configurations determined by each concert hall. The main loudspeakers are augmented by up to 16 VerTec VT4880 arrayable dual -18 -inch subwoofers. In addition, Concert Sound Ltd. is supplying 12 custom -built JBL -loaded stage monitors.

The Eric Clapton European tour began March 24 at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, and is scheduled to conclude with six shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, ending May 11.

Paul Bente, president of JBL Consumer Products, noted, "JBL could not be more proud to be the sponsor of the Eric Clapton European tour. Eric Clapton and JBL loudspeakers have both had a major impact in defining the sound of rock and roll - Clapton as a 'guitarist's guitarist' and consummate musician, and JBL as the foremost supplier of high -quality loudspeakers for concert halls, recording studios and home listening. We are proud to take part in bringing audiences a thrilling concert experience from Eric Clapton and his band."

Robert Collins, front -of -house mixer for the tour said, "With JBL's VerTec loudspeakers in the system, the sound quality on this tour is better than ever. Their clarity, resolution, on - and off -axis frequency response and high -power -handling capability are exceptional, and they excel at reproducing the full sonic spectrum from the deepest lows of the bass and kick drum to the most subtle high -frequency nuances. In fact, the sound is so good we can now provide our concert audiences with the same level of audio quality Eric Clapton and his band are able to achieve on recordings and in the studio."

The dates and locations for Eric Clapton's European tour are as follows (subject to change):

Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi March 24
Cournon -d'Auvergne, France Zenith d'Auvergne March 26
Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion March 28
Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle March 30
Munchen, Germany Olympiahalle March 31
Hannover, Germany Preussag -Arena April 2
Hamburg, Germany Color Line Arena April 3
Paris, France Bercy April 6
Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle April 8
Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis April 9
Rotterdam, The Netherlands Ahoy April 11
Rotterdam, The Netherlands Ahoy April 12
Dortmund, Germany Westfalenhalle April 14
Cologne, Germany Kln Arena April 15
Copenhagen, Denmark Parken April 17
Dublin, Ireland The Point April 23
Belfast, Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena April 24
Glasgow, Scotland SECC April 26
Newcastle, England Telewest Arena April 27
Manchester, England M.E.N. Arena April 29
Birmingham, England NEC April 30
Sheffield, England Sheffield Arena May 2
London, England Royal Albert Hall May 4
London, England Royal Albert Hall May 5
London, England Royal Albert Hall May 7
London, England Royal Albert Hall May 8
London, England Royal Albert Hall May 10
London, England Royal Albert Hall May 11

The Harman Consumer Systems Group (HCSG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high -fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components, and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The group's brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Audioaccess and Lexicon.

HCSG is a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Harman International (www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high -quality, high -fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets. The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HAR."

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For additional information, contact:
Frank Doris
FM Group Public Relations
631 -612 -2400
frank.doris@FM -Group.net

JBL and VerTec are registered trademarks of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.

Grammy is a registered trademark of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as the Recording Academy.

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