Opening for Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada delivered a performance of signature intensity. Characterized by massive breakdowns, relentless energy, and one questionable ‘stache, for this music photographer, these guys stole the show.
For me, this last photo sums up the show for me in terms of subjects, as frontman Mike Hranica and drummer Daniel Williams were, for me, the best subjects of the show, but for individual reasons.
With Hranica, there's an inescapable, in-your-face intensity with the singer dominating the monitors and risers at every turn. He's like a man possessed.
Daniel Williams, on the other hand, is probably the best lit guy on stage, thanks to dedicated lighting set up just behind his Truth Custom Drums set. Translucent drums + light reflecting from the cymbals = concert photography success.
Lighting for this show is explosive and patchy, but it's certainly workable if you're determined. There's lots of red light during the first song, but that gives way to some nice white light during the second song, which in turn transitions to blue washes during the third song.
Photographer or not, fan or not, go check these guys out. They blow up the stage.
Want more photos of The Devil Wears Prada? Check out the full gallery here and also the guys' performance at Pop's in late 2008: The Devil Wears Prada @ Pop's
You can also see a portait of Mike Hranica that I shot during a portrait session I did with The Devil Wears Prada – stay tuned for the full set next week.