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 […]

EXODUS & EVILE IN LONDON, UK

Having worked with Evile on numerous occasions since 2007 their profile had increased – I was stoked that they got on a major tour with Exodus – a really great experience and opportunity for them! Shooting both bands for Ed Stone Rockwear was fun today! Exodus are of the best bands I’ve worked with on promo shoots. Rob Dukes had an amazing amount of poses and faces which made my job so much easier. They were so chatty too, with an offer of hanging out for a drink on the tour bus after the show with them all. I could tell that Exodus and Evile had been getting on really well so far as the banter and vibe between both bands was really great Evile stood just out of this shot and were trying to make the Exodus guys laugh. Evile then stepped in to harass Gary Holt and we took a fun picture. Then more fun photos were taken. It was best to make a collage out of these pictures as they’re all so comical. A super fun shoot with a bunch of great guys who know how to kill it on stage. Awesome!

DOWN IN BELGIUM – ‘FOUR DUDES AND ONE STAR’

A special trip for this shoot as my daughter Beth ‘MegaBeth’ as she calls herself, came with me for her first live show and photo shoot experience. Down were in town and I was shooting alongside friends Cindy and Rudy arranged by Roadrunner Europe. Venues are very different in Europe, you only get a few scattered fans outside the venue early and bands seem to be more chilled and willing to meet fans than in big cities like London. It was refreshing to see actually. We got to the venue and Down were sound checking. I took Beth in and we sat on the floor by the sound desk to watch. They were getting the levels right to ‘In the Thrall of it All’. Phil wasn’t happy with how the sound was so they took quite a bit of time on stage. I then got a call saying to get ready for the shoot. I took Beth backstage and we were told to set up the lights on the stage and have the amps as a background, I really liked that idea. Rudy took his pictures first, then Cindy then it was my turn. Phil turned and said to me […]

ALICE COOPER AT WEMBLEY

This show took me full circle as my first introduction that I can remember to rock music. At the age of 10, I watched Top of the Pops to see this man with long hair and makeup surrounded by his band rocking out on guitars to a song called ‘Poison’. I loved it and wanted to hear more. Stood in a photo pit 18 years later about to take Alice Cooper’s pictures was something I would have never imagined possible. Terrorizer Magazine really had no idea how much being booked for this meant to me. Before Alice Cooper was Joan Jett and Motorhead. A line up not to be messed with really. Such talent. Unfortunately at Wembley they have a policy whereby if you don’t have a ticket, you can’t stay for the show. A Photo pass doesn’t count. So everyone was escorted out. I got chatting to the security and they ended up giving me a wristband so I could go in for the show and they put my camera in a secure room until after the show. Nice eh!! Right at the front by the barrier I watched in awe of a great performer and stage show. They […]