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Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

With a path of broken hearts and empty bottles in their wake, New York's Semi Precious Weapons rolled into St. Louis to prove one thing: people frickin' love the rock show.

Dressed in a black top with his signature black leggings, Justin Tranter flirted with the crowd, playing both the ever capricious tyrant and coy lover to the audience with a quick turn of his patent leather stilettos.

Cole Whittle, the boy raised by wolves, slapped down bass lines with a feral intensity, taking pause to sip a glass of Captain ‘n Coke offered from the audience in between spin kicks and manic rock spasms, never spilling a drop.

At the back of the stage, presiding over the controlled chaos before of him, Dan Crean kept the savage beat, pummeling a big, raw sound from his stripped down, five-piece kit.

All the while, your very own Guitar Hero, Aaron Lee Tasjan, brought the six-string love, stomping out bluesy, rocked out riffs on his Fender and Epiphone.

Semi Precious Weapons whipped through a whirling 45-minute set with nothing left for an encore and left no doubt at the end of the night – your rock ‘n roll saviors are here. Truly, rock ‘n roll never looked so beautiful.

Semi Precious Weapons' debut full-length comes out September 30 on Razor and Tie. But you don't have to wait until then, hit the band's Myspace for the tunes now.

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Semi Precious Weapons @ Cicero's -- 2008.08.29

Photographer's Notes:

As always, Semi Precious Weapons were blast to photograph, and I only have one complaint: the time always flies by. I shot this set with a CLS setup of four speedlights: one SB-900, one SB-800, and two SB-600s.

End Notes:

These guys are always a favorite band of mine to photograph, no exception. Be sure to check out sets from the band's precious performance at the Pageant and Cicero's for more glam rock action.

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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