LIVE – Machine Head in London & Birmingham UK

I had the incredible honour of photographing 3 of Machine Head‘s UK shows at the end of the ‘Killers & Kings Tour’ Euro leg . It was definitely one of the best moments of 2014 for me, both as a photographer and a fan. As you can imagine, there were quite a lot of pictures to go through. But I’ve managed to get them down to these favourite moments to share with you…. “Don’t ever stop being a fan. Some folks think it’s uncool to be one. They look at me like i’m an idiot when I wait for autographs, tweet to a band or look out for guitar picks after a gig. These people can go suck eggs. The longer i’m around music, the more I realize the importance of staying a fan. If you lose passion for artists you love, you’re forgetting why you got involved with music in the first place” Lou Brutus. Hell fucking Yeah. Mx

Epica in London

Last month, Epica came to London to do press for their album ‘The Quantum Enigma‘ – which is due for release on May 2nd. I was booked to shoot for their Terrorizer interview. The setting? To go to one of London’s tourist hotspots and shoot Simone and Mark in a political style. Definitely something that you wouldn’t normally see in any of their other pictures! Parliament Square was the location of choice – as you can imagine – it was very very busy. Being there with my camera equipment could have also been quite tricky, but it ended up going very well and I was pleased with the results. It was very very cold that day (unlike the sunshine and light winds that the forecasters predicted). This image didn’t make the feature, so I can share it with you – one of my favourites. Simone and Mark hadn’t seen Big Ben or the Houses of Parliament before, so they really enjoyed walking around the shoot location too. We found a phone box and did a few fun pictures that you will also see in the Magazine. Simone found the classic London red phone box, and we laughed as it reminded […]

Cristina Scabbia Giveaway Winner

Yesterday on my Facebook Page, I announced the winner of the signed print set of Cristina Scabbia. I was completely bowled over – with a total of 859 correct entries! And I think my mail server felt the same way, when it actually crashed because of the en-mass entries. The correct answer for the name of the ring designed by Cristina Scabbia with Seventh Circle Artworks is I’m No Saint. Entries from Australia, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, UK, Romania, Brazil, Poland, Germany…. the list goes on and on! And your sweet messages about my photography meant a lot too. The prints are now on their way to Doreen Teel in Iowa U.S.A, and I will update this post with a photo of her with her giveaway prize. Thank you again again for all your entries! I hope to run another giveaway soon. Don’t forget that Seventh Circle Artworks are giving my readers a special 10% discount on the ‘I’m No Saint Ring. Just visit their online store and enter CRI10 at the checkout. Offer ends on April 1st 2014. Mx Update 07/04/2014 Here is Doreen with her Cristina Scabbia prints! She received them safe and sound, and […]

Competition: Cristina Scabbia Prints

I’m excited to be running another giveaway competiton! This time, I’ve teamed up with Seventh Circle Artworks and Cristina Scabbia to run a print giveaway! After a very successful launch of the ‘I’m No Saint’ ring in December 2013, which Cristina designed along with Alex Palmer – owner of Seventh Circle Artworks, London. Fans around the world have ordered their very own ‘Cri design’ and it’s been great to see so many pictures posted of fans with theirs. I shot the promo pictures surrounding the launch and release, and have a fab competition for you to enter to win a set of prints! On Cristina’s first meeting with Alex, we shot with some of the pieces already in the SCA collection (as well as posing with our favourite prop ‘Dave the Skull’). Cristina later signed three prints when we met to do the promos for her own launch. One for Alex, one for myself, and the third – for our giveaway competition. So there are only three of these in existence! To win this set of prints… One signed A4 print, along with two of the images from Cristina’s promotion (one 8″x10″, and one 7″x5″), please answer the following question. […]

An hour with Jon & Stu from Iced Earth

Back in October of last year, I went to Terrorizer HQ to shoot with Jon Schaffer and Stu Block from Iced Earth. The pics, for an interview piece in the Magazine. Now that the interview is published I can share with you some more pictures and fun memories from the shoot. Well, to start with, they didn’t actually know they were having a shoot! Jon and Stu arrived wrapped up like it was arctic outside! So we improvised with no change of clothing or styling products. To be honest, they didn’t need it as their personalities spoke louder than anything else. They recounted crazy press stories; one, where they literally bounced on the beds at hotel rooms while being interviewed. Their ‘Virate’ patches intrigued me. The explanation? They are Viking Pirates – Virates. Apparently, only the guys on their crew have the privilege of such an honour. Two women have ‘Vagirate’ patches (needs no explanation). These women are particularly cool and hang with the band backstage. “Not like that!!” Stu insisted, “These women have earned the patches, with no prenetration involved! They’re just really cool people who dig the music”. Jon looked like a wrestler, apparently he gets that a […]

I’m No Saint – Cristina Scabbia

Cristina Scabbia launched her first custom ring with Seventh Circle Artworks on Monday this week. A very exciting project that’s been in the making for just over one year. I went along to the Roundhouse in London to shoot some promos backstage at the Lacuna Coil and Paradise Lost show. The opening band, Katatonia, were already on stage, the venue filling up and as we went backstage, Cristina was wrapping up in an interview. Alex presented Cristina with her ring – the first time she would see it in person. The reaction was priceless as she jumped up and down with excitement, and ran around showing everyone in the band! Alex said that it was so good to see such a reaction of something he’s worked on, especially since all meetings were over email and Skype – due to such busy schedules and the fact Cristina lives in Italy. For the shoot, the only place we could find in the busy backstage area was in corner of the corridoor, by a fire escape! The raw brickwork actually fit really well with the style we were after, and with Cristina wearing the most snuggliest jumper for her interviews before we arrived, […]

Employee of the Month!

It’s 6 years this month that I have been snapping for Terrorizer Magazine.  I can still remember my very first booking – Alice Cooper and Motörhead at Wembley Arena in November of 2007 – talk about a real treat! I don’t think they realise how much that meant to me. It was a pretty sought after show (I imagine they’re bands to tick off every rock photographer’s list), but playing the same show too?! And for a first booking? WOW. Alice Cooper was one of my first childhood memories of rock music…talk about coming round full circle. The September issue (#239) dropped through my letterbox, I opened the magazine to discover my picture and a little write up about me in the section ‘Employee of the Month’! Inside are 2 big features I shot – Matt Harvey from Exhumed which I blogged about in my Behind the Lens section, and Jeff Waters from Annihilator. Live pics of Clutch and a pre-show ‘Bar Rant’ with Tim and JP (Clutch) also printed. A busy month. Thank you Terrorizer Magazine! Last Issue (#239) I had pictures published from my biggest live booking to date. Iron Maiden! Unfortunately, I can’t share any of the other […]

Heaven is a Place for Thrash?

Exhumed founding member, Matt Harvey, is interviewed surrounding the band’s 6th studio album release ‘Necroracy‘ in the latest issue of Terrorizer Magazine (#239). I shot with him for the feature and we had a good old natter. After a stint of European shows, watching Iron Maiden in Amsterdam, then onto London during the 2 week break – for the feature shoot and some time out, before going back out on the road, Matt was on around 4 days/nights with very little sleep. Of course he demanded beer before we got started. He sank 2 of the bastards before I even made a test shot! 3 Things you didn’t know about Matt Harvey: On tour, Matt states that he’s ‘Vegan’. “It means we get more of a varied, healthy diet” he said. Though when the band received a buy-out, Matt headed to the nearest steak house, salivating, and he got found out! He went on to tell me that he enjoys cooking, especially hot/spicy dishes. Matt suggested the ‘Psycho Nuts’ that I told you guys about the other week, could be used in an Oriental style meal with chicken, rice, ginger… (he then reeled off a very impressive list of herbs and […]