All Access: Green Day

May 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Photos and Text By Steve Jennings


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photo of Billie Joe Armstrong

Green Day is back! And Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool put on a stellar show at the Greek Theater in their hometown of Berkeley, Calif., which is located not more than two miles from their storied roots at punk rock club 924 Gilman.


Green Day 2013 Tour Gallery

Front-of-house engineer Kevin Lemoine (pictured at right, with Clair system tech Brett Stec) is mixing on a 32-channel Midas XL200 that he found in France and had reconditioned by Jim Sawyer in Minnesota. “Great desk with awesome EQ,” Lemoine says. “We do lots of fly dates and festivals where a desk of this size makes a lot more sense. I have around 46 inputs, so I had to use a couple of smaller 8-channel rackmount mixers ahead of the Midas to get everything to fit on there—the BAE 8CM, loaded with BAE 1028s, sees the seven electric guitar mics first and a JDK Audio 8MX2 handles the four crashes, ride and overheads—again, busing back in to two XL200 channels.

photo of Brett Stec, Kevin Lemoine

From left: Brett Stec and Kevin Lemoine

“Even though the Midas mic preamps are awesome, Billie’s vocal is a Telefunken M80 wireless on a Shure transmitter, into a John Hardy 990 preamp, then a Maselec MPL2, a Lake EQ and then a Distressor before hitting the Midas,” Lemoine continues. “The backing vocals all sing through Telefunken M 80 microphones. They all have API 3124 preamps on them, as well as the phenomenal Chandler Limited LTD-2 limiters. For Green Day, audience interaction is essential, to be able to feel like Billie is speaking directly to them. They’re a very dynamic band.”

The main P.A. hang comprises 20x Clair I3 per side, 12x Clair I3 per side for side hang, 9x BT-218 HP subs per side, and 2x I3s for front fill.

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Monitor engineer Kevin Dennis

Monitor engineer Kevin Dennis is mixing on an Avid Profile. “I have always liked the ease of use and workflow of the console,” he says. “The only plug-in I am using is a Waves C6 on all the vocals. The band is all in-ears with a thumper for Tré. Billie Joe, Tré and Jason White are on UE-18s, while Mike, Jason Freese and Jeff Matika are on UE-11s. We are using Shure PSM 1000 transmitters. All of the guys except Billie Joe are on hardwired Telefunken M80s. Billie Joe is using Shure UHF-R transmitters with Telefunken M80 capsules.”

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