Warped Tour: Katy Perry, Paramore, Say Anything, Gym Class Heroes

Paramore @ Warped Tour

After a full day of electric performances, Katy Perry, Paramore, Say Anything, and Gym Class Heroes closed down Warped Tour with killer sets and just a little drama.

Katy Perry

Pop darling Katy Perry rocked an upbeat set, playing a coral pink Gibson SG to match her pink hoop ear rings. Perry performed songs off her 2008 release One of the Boys, including “Ur So Gay” and her #1  Billboard Hot 100 single, “I Kissed A Girl.”

Katy Perry @ Warped Tour

Katy Perry @ Warped Tour

Katy Perry @ Warped Tour

Katy Perry @ Warped Tour

Katy Perry @ Warped Tour

Paramore

Fan favorites Paramore, playing on the Route 66 stage, delivered one of the most highly anticipated sets of the St. Louis date on their debut for the 2008 tour. Hayley Williams and band ripped through an explosive set that had the massive crowd begging for more.

Paramore @ Warped Tour

Paramore @ Warped Tour

Paramore @ Warped Tour

Paramore @ Warped Tour

Paramore @ Warped Tour

Paramore @ Warped Tour

Paramore @ Warped Tour

Say Anything

Pop punk rockers Say Anything threw down a ferocious, high-energy set, with lead singer Max Bemis performing at the edge of the stage and in constant motion throughout the performance.

Say Anything @ Warped Tour

Say Anything @ Warped Tour

Say Anything @ Warped Tour

Say Anything @ Warped Tour

Say Anything @ Warped Tour

Say Anything @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes

Travis McCoy and friends closed down the day in rock star style with a fierce, short set that saw the most intense crowd action of the day. As one of the very last performances, Gym Class Heroes drew a huge audience and played to a pit primed for combustion, with crowd surfing coming fast and furious toward the stage.

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Gym Class Heroes @ Warped Tour

Photographer's Notes:

This day was an absolute blast, even if these last four shows had me running to different stages almost immediately after the first three songs of each shoot.

The 6:30, 6:45, and 7:00 set times for Angels and Airwaves, Katy Perry, and Paramore, respectively, in particular had me doing a little jogging to make the start of each set.

Unlike the earlier sets, as the sun lowered in the sky, the Route 66 stage received a dose of full sunlight on wide half, while the other was still bathed in open shade, which made exposure more of an interesting challenge. By Gym Class Heroes' set, however, the sun had lowered enough to neutralize this lighting issue.

End Notes:

I'm looking forward to next year's Warped Tour. Again, a huge thanks goes out to Bethany for helping coordinate everything.

The backstage shots are coming up next, so stay tuned for those. In the meantime, you can also check out the first set of live shots with Jack’s Mannequin, The Academy Is…, Against Me!, and Angels and Airwaves.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon D850:
I use two Nikon D850 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all DSLR with amazing AF, fast response, and no shortage of resolution.
nikon-24-70mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 24-70mm f/2.8:
For most gigs, the 24-70mm is my go-to lens. Exceptional image quality at wide apertures and super-functional range.
Nikon-70-200-squareNikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.
nikon-14-24mm-f28-lens-squareNikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.
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