LIVE : Rob Zombie, London 17/10/2016

Shock-rocker Rob Zombie played his only [sold out] UK date in 2016 to mark the end of the tour. There’s no support as such, drummer Ginger Fish gets everyone warmed up with a DJ set accompanied with occasional podium dance moves that you would expect to see from your dad at New Years. The venue turns to darkness and opening track ‘The Last of the Demons Defeated’ from latest album ‘Electric Warlock Acid Witch…‘ plays. Guitarist John 5 takes the stage, seen only by his illuminated Telecaster and flashing lights in his grinning mouth. Straight into ‘Dead City Radio’, ‘Superbeast’ and ‘In the Age of the Concecrated Vampire, We All Get High’, the venue is bathed in impressive lights and dripping with excitement from the off. A chipper Zombie sets the challenge ‘do you like to party? Can you party like France did last night?’ With unanimous cheers they plough straight into ‘Living Dead Girl’ met with a buoyant crowd and surfers galore; Rob’s high-energy stage moves are infectious even to the seated upper tier. Where the show is lacking props seen on this tour (no flames, or robots), they make up with inflatables, costume changes and crazy custom guitars. Sheri […]

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 – Black Label Society in London

Last night kicked ass! The only downside to the show was the fact I couldn’t rock out in the photo pit while I was shooting, it was a bit mental in there! A selection of my favourites from the show:   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