In the wake of his 13th studio album, Schiffsverkehr, Herbert Grönemeyer spent May and June on tour in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The singer has been performing on Stageco stages since the late 1980, and for his current tour, the specialists from Augsburg engineered a design by Anton Corbijn. Giving the impression of a ship, with five striking video masts and a newly-developed band roof, it was the perfect fit for Grönemeyer’s new album, whose title translates into English as ‘Shipping Traffic’. A particular challenge here was the need to combine proven standard components such as Stageco’s 750 Tower with a custom-built steel construction. The tight assembly schedule and co-ordination of three stage sets with two advanced sets – with FOH risers and single spot delay towers – presented the entire Stageco team with a tough test. But with the experience gained from 25 years of working on national and international tour productions, they ensured that the Schiffsverkehr tour was eventually able to drop anchor in calm waters.