Posted in Gigs,PhotographyJanuary 13, 2013
Into Second Death
The less said about this debacle the better. In short, no photopit. No room to move. No fuckn lights (at least for the headliner who may as well have been lit by candlelight).
A total waste of time and effort.
Don’t laugh too hard at the ‘photos’.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyDecember 8, 2012
Are You Ready For Some Darkness?
When Turbonegro are in town, you know from the outset it is going to be a big night. A big fuckn night! With the Hifi Bar long sold out for this gig, a classic night of bonafide hard and fast Punk Rock was set to be delivered to Melbourne’s branch of the Turbojugend.
The denim jackets and sailor hats were plentiful at the Hifi Bar long before Turbonegro hit the stage.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyNovember 23, 2012
Up The Irons!
Back in my musical formative years, Iron Maiden (along with Judas Priest & Black Sabbath) were one of the first Metal acts I truly got into. And I’m talking 1980/81 here when Paul Di’Anno was at the helm and Maiden delivered a couple of their finest moments – the debut album and the classic ‘Killers’ a year later. Albums which to this day, get plenty of rotation and are probably, along with ‘Number of the Beast’, Iron Maiden’s definitive work.
So it was a little on the surreal side getting to see the frontman of those two albums, Paul Di’Anno, live for the very first time – even if he had been on these shores several times before.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyJuly 16, 2012
Fire In The Head
The Tea Party have always been a phenomenally successful act here in Australia with a rabid and loyal following which crosses a variety of musical genres. I found out confirmation I was to be shooting them at the very last minute and that pleased me greatly.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyJuly 8, 2012
My Name Is Frightful Among the Believers
After a brief respite from the live music photography over the past month or so, it was all systems go shooting New Orleans’ Black Metal finest in Goatwhore tonight at the Corner Hotel. By a long stretch, The Corner is not my favourite place to be shooting such an act as it becomes insurmountably impossible to do so without the safe confines of a barrier and/or photo pit.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyMay 9, 2012
One Way Ticket To Hell… and Back
There aren’t too many bands that one would drag themselves out of their deathbed to go and shoot! Feeling completely and totally under the weather with a head-cold that only Satan himself could have befallen upon me, I was dead to the world and considering my options on whether to go and shoot this gig or not.
But it was The Darkness for fucks sake! The original line-up of the Darkness!
If they can put aside their differences and reform then head cold or not, I was not gonna miss out on this opportunity.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyMay 2, 2012
Under Black Flags We March
One begins to lose track of all the international Metal acts that tour our shores. As a photographer, more often than not, one gig just leads into the next and a deep seeded feeling of complacency certainly has a nasty habit of creeping in. One band begins to look and sound exactly like the one before it.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyApril 17, 2012
Pursuit of Vikings
I’ve extolled the virtues of shooting gigs at Billboard many, many times over but lately, there have been some very poorly lit shows for us photogs. Tonight’s Amon Amarth gig was probably the worst I have seen Billboard lit for many a show. Which is a shame, because for the most part, Billboard is always a pleasure to shoot at.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyApril 5, 2012
Anguish Of Youth
After the plethora of gigs that hit these shores last month due to the Soundwave Festival and all the off-shoots, it was kinda cool to have some downtime between shows. So much so, I didn’t even feel in the mood to go and shoot tonight’s Iced Earth gig.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyMarch 1, 2012
Half way through a crazy week of shooting the cream of the crop when it comes to the Metal genre! Seriously, the Soundwave series of gigs – both the festivals and the ‘Sidewave’ shows manage to bring out some of the finest bands from all over the world! Big Day Out? Forget about it! This is where it’s at and on a Wednesday night you could have taken your pick and seen a slew of gigs at nearly every major venue in Melbourne. You soon come to the realisation that the Metal genre is in an incredibly healthy state right now yet our radio airwaves are polluted with all sorts of mindless dribble and mastobatory schlock designed to sell soap suds!
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyFebruary 28, 2012
I always find shooting multiple acts on a bill to be quite a challenge as by the time the main headliner hits the stage, your energy levels are nearly non-existent and concentration levels begin to wane.
This probably explains why I haven’t dared shoot a festival yet. But soon… soon I will tackle that beast!
Tonight’s bill featured three superb acts as part of the Soundwave Sidewave gigs. Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak proved to be a veritable feast of the finest international Metal representing the USA, France and Norway.
Posted in Gigs,PhotographyFebruary 4, 2012
I fell in love with the Horrors when they released their brilliant debut ‘Strange Houses’ album in 2007. I must’ve played that sucker to the point of totally and utterly destroying every digital fibre on that disc. Just an amazing album that still gets regular spins today.