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Mick: “We don’t run any cabs on stage anymore. Me and Jim are the only two that don’t use in-ears. I love the way it sounds but I’d always get water in there or something.
"We use our monitors on the floor. I haven’t been using earplugs, either. It sounds so tight on stage. With cabs I’d hear my cabs, then Jim’s after mine. The monitors I hear first, the side fills I hear after the monitors, then my cabinets hit, then Jim’s. It ends up with this big mush - it’s a big wash.
"Now we’ve got all that quiet and - oh my God - it sounds like we’re playing a CD up there. It’s cool because I get to hear what my tone sounds like. The first time I saw that was when Coheed and Cambria played in Des Moines. They were using Fractals and you’d hear some drums but they were all on in-ears so didn’t have any monitors. I was on side of the stage so it was the weirdest thing - you would actually hear if somebody farted on stage!"
Jim: “I like to improvise so much live because I get bored playing the same thing over again. It’s like the kid at school that already knows all the answers so doodles all over the paper. I do that a lot live.
"When Paul was alive we’d stand next to each other and I’d hear him shout to me, ‘Shred that shit!’. So I’d do a run or something, just shit like that. That’s what makes live shows interesting - having that 'on the edge of your ability' thing, that’s when special things happen. So many bands play to tracks - what’s the point in coming to see them live if they’re playing to a CD?”