Mid week appointment to shoot Finland’s Children Of Bodom. I got them again last time they were here a few years ago at the Palace, tonight they would be treading the boards at a very packed 170 Russell/Billboard.
Children Of Bodom seem to have a pretty healthy Australian audience because as soon as the band kicked off their set, it was on for young and old.
The photo-pit was incredibly crowded so manoeuvring around became quite a chore.Read more
Walking into the Palace Theatre tonight, I felt a sense of sadness that this iconic and marvellous Melbourne treasure was hosting just one last batch of gigs before demolition.
How could this be? How could we let overseas developers do this to this incredible venue?Read more
The ribbing started as soon as I entered the photo pit very late having missed all but one of the opening bands for Monster Magnet’s Melbourne show. With that in mind, I only got to shoot about a minute of King Of The North before the allotted three-song limit had come and gone.
My colleagues weren’t to let me get away with that so I took it all on the chin and waited patiently for Monster Magnet.Read more
Another day, another gig. Yep, it must be Soundwave week. On tonight’s agenda Korn, Rob Zombie and Mushroomhead.
Before I even got to the gig I had an eventful day from the get-go. As John Baizley from Baroness was to be doing an in-store at Eureka Rebellion Trading tonight, I printed out a photo from last night’s gig hoping John would sign it for me tonight.
With half a day off from work, I was at Eureka getting some more tattoo work done as well. A freshly inked tattoo is the last thing one wants to take into a gig! But I digress.Read more
One of the best things about the annual Soundwave Festival is all the amazing bundle ‘Sidewave’ shows that occur to the lead-up of the main day. Over the course of the week, the city of Melbourne is inundated with a plethora of international Rock acts of the heavier persuasion of music. Every single venue throughout Melbourne is hosting 3-4 top shelf acts.
Tonight the dice fell my way and I was granted access to photograph Baroness, Gojira and Mastodon. All unique acts in their own right and ones I am a big fan of.Read more
With Melbourne in the midst of an oppressive heatwave with temperatures soaring into the very uncomfortable zone, the last place anyone would want to be was in a small Rock venue surrounded by a rabid Thrash Metal crowd – but that’s exactly where I found myself tonight.
I made it in time to catch the opening of Desecrator’s set. I have seen these guys a few times in the last few years and as always, they fail to disappoint. Riley is an amazing frontman full of positive, genuine energy and the band, again, put in a world class performance. Slaying through a set of classic old-school inspired Thrash, they had the rabid crowd in pure rapture.Read more
I hadn’t shot a Music Festival before. I came very close last year being assigned to photograph the Soundwave Festival, but I fell ill that week and missed out on the opportunity. This year, I got allocated passes to photography the annual Big Day Out sojourn and I was very much looking forward to it seeing as Primus, Ghost, Vista Chino and Deftones were on the bill.Read more
It was only just a few days ago that I sat down to jot some thoughts on my top 10 albums of the year when without a moment’s hesitation, Kadaver’s masterpiece ‘Abra Kadaver’ wedged itself nicely at the number one slot. An absolutely superb opus that has pretty much received heavy rotation all year long.
So it was with the greatest of excitement when the fine folk at Heathen Touring announced the extensive tour of Kadavar that I began pencilling in when I could get a chance to photograph them.Read more
There aren’t too many bands that would drag me to the Hifi Bar for a shoot these days, but when I saw that Enslaved would be in town and for the first time in Australia, my Hifi Bar boycott, would have to be broken. I mean seriously, who’s gonna miss out on shooting these guys… shit venue or not?
Tonight’s shoot was made even more difficult due to the fact that there was no pit to work from. That’s twice in a week for me so if there was to be any photos tonight, like last week, I would have to improvise.Read more