Out on tour with Placebo, She Wants Revenge (Justin Warfield and Adam “Adam 12” Bravin) are playing to sold-out theaters across the U.S. According to the band’s front-of-house engineer/tour manager, Keith Danforth, they are using Placebo’s L-Acoustics V-DOSC P.A. (with dV-DOSC front-fill), “and it’s really made the room come alive and give both bands an extra push and more control in each venue.
FOH engineer/tour manager Keith Danforth
“I request Midas consoles whenever possible,” Danforth continues, “but most of the time, it’s whatever console is already there. The upside is the system in use is the one they use every day, so everyone’s familiar with it and it’s tuned well for the room. We only run about 24 channels total with returns: 21 inputs and three effects. It’s a fairly small setup considering that we run a bit of tracks. Adam and Justin are both producers, so when they mixed the tracks and put together the live rig, they did so with a few things in mind: ease of use, reliability and a good balance between electronics and live musicianship so that it wouldn’t be too track-based. We trigger the sounds from a drum pad and a key pad. The only downside being that I don’t have control over the keys’ parts on the track separate from, say, the drum loop on a track, but what I get is already so balanced and dynamic that I do very little EQ’ing from song to song to make different parts jump out a little.”
Danforth also carries an Eventide H3000, Roland SDE-100, TC Electronic M-One reverb and dbx 160. The vocal mic is a hard-wired Shure Beta 87C. Drummer Scott Ellis’ kit gets Shure SM91 with a Shure Beta 52 combo on kick, Shure 98s and Sennheiser 604s; Ellis wears Shure PSM400 hard-wired IEMs.
“We have a great crew and everyone helps out a lot,” Danforth concludes. “Everyone is real easy to work with. These shows have been a lot of fun. When the bands go on and the room is just full of energy, I get a rush from the fans and the bands’ performances; it’s been a treat.”