An Evening with Machine Head

A couple of weeks back, I went on the road with Machine Head – a dream of mine since I started this photography lark ten years ago. When they announced their ‘Evening with…’ shows, we spoke about me going out with them for a chunk of the UK tour as their photographer. It was a privilege and honour to be a part of such an achievement in their career; playing between two and half hours up to a record three hour set, with no support bands – and the majority of the shows completely sold out. It was something I cannot put into words. Some fans had been to at least forty shows in the 25 years of Machine Head, while for others, it was their first. Some raged until they bled and couldn’t move anymore, some cried tears, and others lost their voices. The mutual love between them and their fans is something to be aspired to; whether it be an interaction during a meet and greet, the bunch that become a familiar face at front barrier for countless shows, or the guys and gals that wait in all weather conditions at the end of the night to meet them.  […]

LIVE – The Temperance Movement, Seasick Steve & Gregg Allman

Following on from my Rival Sons post, are my other personal highlights from Ramblin’ Man Fair festival. The eccentric dance moves and enigmatic personality of Phil Campbell from The Temperance Movement, was enough for people to forget about the rain… The legend that is Seasick Steve, managed to stop the rain for a brief moment on Sunday afternoon Followed by an even greater legend that is Gregg Allman. Which was just spectacuar. To see some of my other photos, grab the next issue of Classic Rock Magazine! Mx

LIVE – Rival Sons at Ramblin’ Man Fair

The first in a few posts of my personal highlights fron Ramblin’ Man Fair this weekend. First up, Rival Sons! The rain fell when they played, but they were still awesome. Also introduced by Vic Reeves! Mx

LIVE – Prepare for Hell Tour, London

Slipknot came to London at the weekend on their Prepare for Hell Tour, with KoRn as their main support. Both sets were full of energy, with songs that got me rocking out in the photo pit (whilst working of course) and taking me back to my youth. As I’m sure you’ve seen over social media, during KoRn’s set, the guys from Slipknot came out and played a cover of Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’ – which was unreal! Here are my favourite shots from the show. Mx

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

Live: Godsized at Hard Rock Hell, Wales

Hello there! I’ve just returned from an action packed adventure with Godsized! They were booked to play the Hard Rock Hell festival in Glynwedd, Wales. A great event that is now in their eighth year! An awful lot of ‘van time’ – overall I think it was a total of 16 hours actually on the road, there and back to South London – but there was a good vibe and many pit stops for food. These guys are like bottomless pits! And I’ve never attended an after show party that started at 3am before. Godsized played an hour long set, and ended with a cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’. Considering they went on stage at 1.10am, they were full of energy and the crowd loved them. Here’s a small selection of the live pics. Check out the Godsized Facebook Page for more. I also shot some behind the scenes pics which might make an appearance somewhere soon. Mx

Live: Machine Head in Brighton

Last night, Machine Head played the last venue of their intimate UK tour at the Concorde 2 in Brighton – a 600 capacity venue on the sea front. This show had completely sold-out in just 3 minutes. To say it was an incredible and memorable show wouldn’t even cover the experience. It’s very rare for an arena selling band to play such tiny venues like this – they stripped everything right back to the bare bones. The only ‘frills’ was an awesome lighting rig, probaby the best the Concorde 2 has ever seen. And the ceiling? Literally dripping with sweat! It was hotter than hell in there. They played a variety of songs from the back catalogue and included new song ‘Killers & Kings’ (setlist at the bottom of the photos). Here’s a few pics from last night. (yes, that is sweat flying!) Setlist: Imperium Beautiful Mourning Unto the Locust Blood, Sweat, Tears Bite the Bullet Ten Ton Hammer Darkness Within Bulldozer Killers & Kings Davidian Aesthetics of Hate Old Halo — Mind. Blown! Mx

Sonisphere Festival 2014

Sonisphere rocked! Too many stories to share, and a load of bands photographed! Some of them I can’t post here as they will be printed in Terrorizer Magazine first. But in the meantime, here is the Festival in pictures through my eyes.   Before Metallica took the stage, the fans at the barrier decided to chant my name. I made a video of it! (Though it does actually sound like ‘Murray’ rather than ‘Marie’) An absolute blast! Can’t wait to share with you my live pics, of Metallica in particular! Mx