Thin Lizzy’s Back in Town with DiGiCo Audio Console
Legendary rock band Thin Lizzy insists on a ‘no compromise’ approach to playing live. In an effort to accomplish just that, the band relies on DiGiCo’s 500th SD8 console to handle the monitor mix.
Currently Lizzy stalwarts Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton are joined onstage by Marco Mendoza, former Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick and Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell. For the band’s recent UK and European tour, monitor engineer Phil Shenton used a tried-and-tested formula for the audio mix.
“My remit was that the band wants to keep it old school,” says Shenton. “No in-ears, it’s six loud wedge mixes, sidefills, and an analogue rock ‘n’ roll sound.”
Although an analogue console would seem the most obvious way to achieve this, venue constraints and the needs of opening bands meant that using one at the monitor position wasn’t practical. The DiGiCo SD8, however, proved to remedy the situation.
“My good friend Matt Coton of BCS Audio had been lucky enough to win the 500th SD8 at PLASA 2010,” Says Shenton. “I’ve always been a fan of DiGiCo consoles, so I gave Matt a call and hired the SD8 for the UK and Europe tour.
“Both the band and I were very impressed with the sound and versatility of the SD8,” he continues. “We’ve been playing a range of venues and its small footprint has meant that I’ve had no space issues, while the interface and software are extremely user friendly and intuitive. It really is a joy to use.”
With the band now heading to the USA and playing a range of summer festival shows, Shenton plans to once again deploy the DiGiCo console.
“I’m looking forward to trying out the SD9 and hope to be using one for the rest of the tour,” he says. “DiGiCo is definitely at the top of my spec list.”