In a triumphant return to the Pageant after a three-year absence, Alice In Chains rocked a sold-out show in impressive style, with first-class production and an infectious energy that had this music photographer grinning along with a legion of over 2,000 strong in the crowd.
Consider me blown away. Simply put, Alice in Chains rocked out; these are the kinds of shows music photographers love. Considering that the last time I'd photographed the band it was as a small acoustic show in 2007, this performance was an entirely different experience.
With a white kakubi curtain-drop, spotlights, and blasting white backlights right out of the gates, the production on this show was very high and came off looking fantastic. It's not many club shows where I get to shoot at ISO 800, let alone stopped down and at relatively luxuriously high shutter speeds. On top of the great light, there was a tremendous energy to the performance that was entirely infectious.
I shot this show with the D700 and D3 blazing, drawing on the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 for the majority of the shooting.