ALL HOPE IS GONE TOUR, LONDON UK

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 […]

22 – 24 JUNE, HELLFEST, CLISSON – FRANCE

My first festival abroad and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, gathering my thoughts on my return I have learnt a lot about culture, language barriers and myself. Setting off from Stansted Airport, London the weather was beautiful. Talita, Rachel and I were all in high spirits and even met some UK festival go-ers on the plane! We land in France and the weather is blustery and threatening. We were met by JP one of Talita’s friends and were taken to the festival location to meet the crew and set up the press area. Nicely decorated with decking, funky lights and felt floor decorations – the art guys there did a very good job. It was a shame that in the next hour it would all be totally ruined. With torrential rain, in a matter of moments, the place was flooded. Talita, Rachel and I had to pull up all the felt decorations and sweep the water out of the press area to save the electric cables that were running for the laptops etc. The French were not happy. Rachel and I have no idea what they said, but Talita tried to appease them while they shouted and pointed, […]

MACHINE HEAD IN BELGIUM

My first ever pro band photo shoot with my favourite band. You can imagine my excitement. I travelled on the Eurostar to stay with my friend Cindy and as I arrived, first stop was a drive to the tattoo shop. I had said to myself that when I work with a band I would get a tattoo to commemorate. Not an actual band tattoo, but one that would remind me personally of the experience. I went to see Cindy’s friend at Tattoo Mike with a Fleur de Lys design that I really liked. Funny thing was I didn’t realise the significance of the Fleur de Lys. It’s the symbol for Lille – where I arrived on the Eurostar. That was a bonus for me. Shortly after my tattoo was done, we would get ready to go to the venue for the photo shoot and show. I was slightly nervous and excited. Lamb of God were there and walking past to catering saying “hey” every time. Very friendly guys. I had never heard them before and was looking forward to the whole show. As we sat waiting, there was a lady that went up to Cindy and spoke in Dutch, I […]