When I heard that Asking Alexandria was touring again and making a stop at the Pageant, I was stoked. It’s been a couple years since this band last played the Pageant, and I was keen to see what a couple of tours around the world have done for these guys. In addition, my buddy Adam [...]
Here’s a quick preview In Flames performing at the Pageant last night, shot with the ever fantastic Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. Hit the jump for a shot of Anders Fridén wailing on vocals.
Mayhem Fest is always one of the highlights of my shooting year, not only because of the high energy of the all-metal bill, but because of the great production on this tour year after year. Here’s a collection of photo highlights from this year’s fest, including Slipknot, Slayer, The Devil Wears Prada, Anthrax and As [...]
While the set as a whole was over the top – which is saying a lot of Dillinger Escape Plan – one of the true highlights was seeing the band’s original vocalist, Dimitri Minakakis, take the stage at the end of the set to close out the show. Greg Puciato and the band are intense enough, [...]
Nov 29, 2011 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: Ben Weinman, billy rymer, dillinger escape plan, Greg Puciato, Jeff Tuttle, Liam Wilson, mastodon, metal, metalcore, new york, new york city, preview, stage, terminal 5 | Leave A Comment »
Quick preview from tonight’s show with the Dillinger Escape Plan. These guys are one the most difficult bands to photograph live, but they’re also one of my favorite concert subjects. For all the strobes and impossible stage lighting they use, the energy they bring to the stage is immense – not just sometimes, but every [...]
After a seething, blisteringly hot day of metal, Disturbed closed down Mayhem Fest 2011 on the main stage. As always, Mayhem Fest included an absolutely beautiful stage treatment with big lights, lots of haze, and for Disturbed, pyrotechnics.
After Godsmack took the stage, frontman Sully Erna announced that the band didn’t bring any fancy effects, confetti, or pyro. They only brought the rock show, and then proceeded to demonstrate that fact. For me, this was an excellent shoot due to how well drummer Shannon Larkin was lit, not to mention the great expressions [...]
Sevendust was a blast to photograph. I’d never seen them live, but the energy they put into their performance at Pointfest was exactly the kind that any music photographer can love.
Cellos, drums, and hairwhips: Apocalyptica are, as Tenacious D put it, “classically trained to rock your f***ing socks off.” I’d last photographed Apocalyptica back in 2008, and ever since I’ve wanted a chance to shoot the band again. When I heard that they were performing on a co-headlining tour with Japanese rockers Dir en grey, [...]
Sep 08, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: 2010, 7th symphony, apocalyptica, cello, classical, concert photography, Eicca Toppinen, live music, metal, Mikko Sirén, music, music photography, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso, photography, stage | 20 Comments »
Every time I see Dir en grey perform, it feels like a spectacle. Even though they’re touring regularly now in the States (or at least ever other year), their US fans seem so starved for Dir en grey’s performances that these shows have a quivering fervor in the air, with every finale capping a catharsis. [...]
Sep 01, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: band, concert photography, Die Toshiya, dir en grey, japanese, kaoru, kyo, live, metal, music, music photography, shinya, visual kei | 77 Comments »
Here’s a little preview of Perttu from Apocalyptica tonight, who performed with Japanese metal heroes Dir en grey.
Capping the metal Mayhem Fest, nu metal pioneers Korn stormed the main stage in what was one of the most challenging – and rewarding – sets of the day. Spastic lights, heavy thrashing, and a line of imposing monitors at the front of the stage meant press had to bring their A-game for this intense [...]
Aug 06, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: concert photography, festival, Fieldy, hard rock, heavy metal, James Shaffer, Jonathan Davis, korn, live, mayhem fest, metal, Munky, music, music photographer, music photography, photos, Ray Luzier, Reginald Arvizu, tour | 19 Comments »
With strobes blowing up at the backs and sides of the stage as seemingly the only light on metalcore heavyweights Underoath, shooting this performance was a brutal as the music was loud.
Aug 05, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: christian, Christopher Dudley, Daniel Davison, Grant Brandell, images, James Smith, live, metal, music photographer, music photography, photos, Spencer Chamberlain, Timothy McTague, underoath | 5 Comments »
Love him or hate him, Rob Zombie is an undeniable showman, and his performance at Mayhem Fest 2010 was the perfect showcase for his twisted circus. With plenty of pyrotechnics, theatrics, and the one and only John 5 as his lead axeman, Zombie was guaranteed crowd-pleaser for Mayhem.
Aug 03, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: concert photography, festival, hard rock, heavy metal, john 5, live, mayhem fest, metal, music, music photographer, Music Photography, photos, rob zombie, tour | 13 Comments »
Following the cakewalk-shoot of Five Finger Death Punch, Lamb of God at Mayhem Fest was a whole other story. Green and blue washes, lots of hair whips, and the frenetic movements of singer Randy Blythe made this set a true challenge. However, for all the difficulties, every time Blythe came to the front of the [...]
Jul 27, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: 2010, Chris Adler, concert photographer, John Campbell, lamb of god, live, Mark Morton, mayhem fest, metal, music photographer, Randy Blythe, tour, Willie Adler | 18 Comments »
Kicking off the party on the main stage, Five Finger Death Punch put on one of the most fun and photogenic performances of Mayhem Fest. To boot, FFDP had some of the “easiest” lighting of the day, with a nice mix of white light and color washes.
Jul 27, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: 2010, band, concert photographer, five finger death punch, Ivan Moody, Jason Hook, Jeremy Spencer, live, Matt Snell, metal, music, music photographer, photographer, photos, tour, Zoltan Bathory | 20 Comments »
Just a preview shot of guitarist John 5, performing with Rob Zombie at Mayhem Fest 2010. As always, John 5 was a treat to photograph, and, I dare say, a better subject than Rob Zombie himself during their performance at the festival.
Jul 22, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: concert photography, festival, hard rock, heavy metal, john 5, live, mayhem fest, metal, music, music photographer, Music Photography, photos, rob zombie, tour | 4 Comments »
On tour with Apocalyptica, I caught up with singer Toryn Green for a quick shoot just before he took the stage with the Finish metal group. Lighting setup after the jump.
Having just caught Bullet For My Valentine at The Bamboozle music festival earlier this month, I thought I new what to expect for this show. To my surprise, the Welsh rockers blew their festival performance out of the water with this headlining delivery at the Pageant with a hugely fierce show that had the pit [...]
Jun 02, 2010 | Categories: Music Photography | Tags: bfmv, bullet for my valentine, Jason James, live, Matthew Tuck, metal, Michael Paget, Michael Thomas, music photography, pageant, rock | 12 Comments »
They came. They saw. They conquered. Just business as usual for Welsh metal band Bullet For My Valentine; The Bamboozle in East Rutherford was no exception.
Supporting HIM at the Pageant, We Are The Fallen rocked the stage with a dark and moody performance. Carly Smithson led the charge on vocals along side longtime Evanescence members Ben Moody, John LeCompt, and Rocky Gray and industry veteran Marty O’Brien.
Seeing as how these guys were rocking jet black pompadours, I had a good feeling about photographing Dommin. As it turned out, hairstyles aside, these goth metal rockers put on one of the best performances of the night.
Washington DC’s Darkest Hour brought a pummeling set of metal opening for The Dillinger Escape Plan. Paradoxically playing under the brightest lights of the night, this five-piece was a blast to photograph with the wide-angle.
Hands down, The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the most dynamic live acts touring today. Their stage performance is likely one of the most intense experiences you’ll encounter in live music – as an audience member, but especially as a music photographer.