The Drive-By Truckers put on a sprawling, epic rock show that I first had the privilege of photographing back in 2008. In their return to the Pageant for 2010, I was back in the pit and hungry for images that might live up to the set of the band's previous 29-song set.
For me the big question in my own mind was, with two more years under my belt as a music photographer, would I be able to top those images, one of which still ranks as my all-time favorite images that I've made?
Two years older and wiser, I was ready to conquer this show. I was ready for Patterson Hood lunging at me with a bottle of Old No. 7. And yet, it never came.
Don't get me wrong – Drive-By Truckers brought the rock show. Still, it seemed like there was something missing in the show – or myself – that denied me the same thrill as in 2008.
Maybe this show just goes to show that you can't relive some experiences, no matter how well equipped you are.
With this DBT show, the band were set back a good ways from the front of the stage, so I relied on the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 for a good deal of my shooting. However, for wider shots and for whenever the band came forward in front of their monitors, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was indispensable, and shooting with two camera bodies was a boon.
Here's one of my favorite images from the Truckers' show in 2008:
Want to compare the two sets from 2010 and 2008? Here are the full galleries: