All Access: Green Day

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


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Mike Dirnt

“Mike uses the Fender Mike Dirnt Precision bass for most of the set,” says bass tech Eden Galindo. “Then for the older songs in E-flat he uses a ‘58 Fender Precision called Ruby Mae. His amp is a Super Bassman 300-watt tube head. Bass DI is a Radial and miked with a Neumann TLM 103. These both get compressed with Distressors.”

“Billie plays through two modded 100-watt Marshall JMP heads,” says guitar tech Hans Buscher. “There’s a switching system based on a RJM RG-16 Audio Looper and a CAE 3+ preamp for the clean and midrange tones. The main tone is both Marshalls. Billie’s lead tone comes from the addition of a Boss Blues Driver. He uses Shure UR4D+ wireless receivers and an RJM IS-8 input switcher to select which guitar is going into the rig. One of these 4x12 cabinets gets a Neumann TLM 103 and a Shure 313, and the other cabinet gets a Neumann TLM 103 and a super old and minty RCA BK5 with factory windscreen and shock-mount.”

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Tré Cool

“For the drums, I mike the kick with a Shure Beta 91 and an old AKG D-12,” says Lemoine, who is assisted by drum tech Kenny Butler. “Snare top is a Telefunken M80 and snare bottom is an AKG 451. All of these see API 3124 mic preamps and also SSL XR618 gate/comp modules from the SSL X-Logic. Hi-hat is a Neumann 185. Rack tom gets a Shure Beta 98, and floor toms each get a Josephson E22S. Again, these toms see the API/SSL combo. Cymbals are individually miked with DPA 4062s and Telefunken ELA M 260s for side heads.”

“Jason White has a two-amp, two-cabinet setup,” says FOH engineer Lemoine, with a nod to guitar tech Chris Schleyer and keys/ accordion/sax tech Hugo Marcotte. “His first cabinet gets a Shure 313, second cabinet gets a Neumann TLM 103 and another old and minty RCA BK5. All of these guitar mics go to the BAE 8CM out front and get preamped and EQ’d by the 1028s before returning in to two channels of the XL200 that have the Chandler Limited LTD-2s inserted in the channel strip. Jeff Matikka’s 4x12 gets an old Shure SM 56 that sounds killer.

“Jason Freese’s keyboard gets a stereo Radial DI, and the Leslie cabinet for the Hammond B3 is miked up with a Shure Beta 91 on top and an old AKG D-12 on the low,” he continues. “Leslie cabinet insert is a UA 1176x2. The sax mic is a sweet-sounding DPA 4099 with another Chandler Limited LTD-2 on it. Acoustic guitars are all direct inputs on Radial DIs and have the LTD-2s on them.”

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