Washington, DC (July 23, 2010)—Alt rockers The Killers recently joined Brandi Carlile and Cedric the Entertainer to headline the “Salute to the Military” USO Concert on the White House South Lawn on July 4, Independence Day.
Now in its second year, the event honors troops and their families for their service to the country. This performance marks the first time The Killers have been invited to perform at the White House.
The band performed six songs (“Human,” “Somebody Told Me,” “Mr. Brightside,” “A Dustland Fairytale,” “Read My Mind” and “When You Were Young”), all mixed on a DiGiCo SD7 by the band’s longtime engineer James Gebhard.
“For a Brit at The White House on July 4th, I’d still have to say it was pretty amazing!” mused Gebhard. “The gig itself was sure challenging, not only because of the venue, but also as FOH was actually 20 meters [approximately 66 feet] stage right! Luckily, having used the SD7 for so long with The Killers, doing a challenging show like that was more like flying a chopper with its trim balanced! We had a small tour of the East Wing, through the house and out the ‘backdoor’ exit under the balcony. I personally had a very brief encounter with the big O and a handshake!”
“Doing shows for the USO (and their British version, CSE) is always a pleasure. We’ve done several for the CSE, ranging from as far afield as The Falklands to Afghanistan, but the White House gig is up there with the best of them!”