At the Hammersmith Apollo with Machine Head supporting Slipknot was great! I arrived early into Machine Head’s press schedule and hung with Al in the Production Office while I waited for Phil to finish up and interview.
Dave walked in with a huge smile and we hugged and caught up before he has to go and have his hourly fix of Starbucks. It was so cold here for him that he put on the thickest winter coat with fur trim before he braves the elements. I was just in a vest and jacket, but then again he is from Alameda, California so I couldn’t really blame him.
Phil finishes up and gets ready for the shoot, looking at the new Ed Stone designs he’s going to wear. He suggested posing with his new Jackson custom with ram’s horns at the 12th fret. Of course I was up for that and we did the shoot.
I did wonder afterwards about the hair band over his fingers like that but forgot to ask in the rush of everything. I will find out for you, if you’re intrigued like me.
Back in the Production Office, Cheeky got the set lists ready and sorted out all the bits and pieces needed for stage, more crew walk in and we all had a good catch up. There was a running theme I find out for the Hammersmith show that some of Slipknot and Machine Head will be wearing ties on stage.
After Children of Bodom, Machine Head take the stage. A great stage as it was low and wide, so plenty of room to move around. I thought that would be good later in the evening with the amount of guys in Slipknot and knowing their stage setup.
I took pics in the pit and also side stage for Machine Head. I went up behind Dave during Davidian and took some pics. Without missing a beat he turns and says “hey Marie” and carries on drumming. He really is amazing to watch. Mudbilly (Dave’s drum tech) and Dave do a stick throw and catch during Davidian, most times Mud catches it, tonight was one of those nights – look how stoked he was in his green tie
The crowd loved Machine Head.
Slipknot took the stage and I take back everything I said about these being a lot of room – the photo pit was packed!! Nowhere to move so it was best to choose a space and stay there hoping that the band members would wander over your way at some point during the set.
The show started and I had no idea what to look at or take pictures – SO much going on, people leaping off of moving racks, tv screens, fire, smoke, drums, Joey with tree branch arms – it was a fest for the eyes! The adrenaline was pumping and I feel pretty stoked with my shots.
Here’s my fave shots of Machine Head and Slipknot sets. Enjoy!