When Devin Townsend is coming to town, it’s a sure sign to move heaven and earth to get a photo-pass. I’ve had the privilege of being in Mr Townsend’s photo-pit twice in the last few years and even that is not enough. You see, a Devin Townsend gig is always, without fail a monumental night of fun, killer tunes, precision musicianship and a slab of damn fine songs from the back-catalogue.
So heaven and earth was moved and I had a photo-pass as I would be shooting tonight’s gig for the mighty Metal Obsession crew.
Arriving at the Palace just before Melbourne band Ne Obvliviscaris were to hit the stage, I was pleasantly surprised that only myself and fellow photog and all round mega dude Anwar were in the photo-pit. We had the entire place to ourselves and I think for the majority of Ne Obvliviscaris’ set we were bitching to each other just how much of a damned hard shoot it was.
I guess it must be by choice because twice I have shot the band with the same lighting situation. Kinda no front lights (at all) so all you are left to capture is shadows and silhouettes.
As always, the band pounded through a superbly technical and frenetic set. Progressive beyond belief and at times, it felt I was watching a guitar and drum seminar!
And then… it was time. Another evening with Devin Townsend kicked into high gear. Adding to the surprise of having the photo-pit to basically Anwar and myself was the fact that were given free reign and allowed to shoot almost half the set! Wow!
Devin was hamming it up to the crowd and photogs firing off classic poses in our general direction whilst behind us, the crowd was lapping up every pounding note with great cheer and applause.
And all around you are happy faces. Everyone in attendance whether a fan or photographer or security guard all their with smiles on their faces as Devin and co take you on a musical journey that is absolutely second to none. I just cannot implore how much you should go and see a Devin Townsend show at least once in your life. There is no better night out and if he tours these shores again in the next year, I will be putting my hand up for a photo-pass again.
If you would like to purchase a print from the show, please go to JOHN RAPTIS PHOTOGRAPHY.