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 […]

16 – 18 AUGUST – BLOODSTOCK, DERBY – UK

A busy busy festival! Arriving the day before Showtime with the unsigned stage crew we had our own party on Wednesday after setting up the stage and rigging. Here’s the rest of the festival in brief as I was so busy on Main Stage, some Unsigned stage bands, backstage and the signing tent – a crazy time! Thursday – Photographed: Head On, Firewind, Kiuas and Testament live Signings – Chris Slade and Testament After I had photographed Testament’s first 3 songs I went back to Head-On’s dressing room and they were already drinking. Things got a bit crazy and the guys decided to feed Ross (the bass player) random things and I filmed it: VIDEO The night just got worse after that. Mark ended up being seen to by a paramedic as he wrestled someone to the ground badly and injured his hand. They drank vodka through their eyes and photographed each other going to the loo. HAHA. Friday – I was a bit knackered from the late night/early morning’s shenanigans. Got out of the tent to find the guys from Forever Never had arrived and I would be taking their pics after I have had breakfast and a damn […]

THRASH NIGHT, LIVERPOOL – UK

Exhausted! From a night of absolute mayhem. To Liverpool and back to London again in less than 24 hours for Earache Records ‘Thrash Night’ that was filmed for a DVD release. In short (as i can’t even string a sentence together properly) I went with Talita and Louise, many interviews with Evile and Municipal Waste, fan pictures, promo pictures. Then the live show which was SO brutal I just about managed to escape with my camera intact and almost all of my dignity. I had a decapitated pigs head shoved in my face by SSS got soaked in beer and ate a Burger King. Louise and I were so tired on the way home we listened to Heart 106.2 on the radio or something and sang along to cheesy songs. That didn’t stop Louise from filling up with petrol at the station halfway home with the radio AND the engine on!! That’s how tired we were. Pictures speak a thousand words. Here we go…

13TH – 15TH JULY 2007, GUILFEST, UK

A real mix of a festival, being quite family orientated so I secured the Rock Sound Tent for the few days and just focussed on that. Lovely weather and a great vibe, the Rock Sound tent was always busy in the day and absolutely rammed in the evenings. I met up with a few photographer friends and we chilled in the “backstage” area (being some rolled up mats and a little peace and quiet. A few of the bands on the bill I was looking forward to photograph. One band wasn’t on this particular stage, good friends of mine – Sym-Choon – they were on the 2nd stage so I whizzed over to them to photograph their set. Other than that; great friends Sennah, Exit Ten and Orange Goblin were at the Rocksound stage. To sum up the weekend I’ve made a montage of each day’s favourite shots I took. The colours are as vibrant as the festival was – that’s the best way I can describe it. A real buzz and I’d happily photograph there again. But definitely just the Rock stage I think.