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 […]

SLASH WITH VELVET REVOLVER

I write this completely on a high after 2 shows with Velvet Revolver. The first show as a fan in the crowd, the second as a photographer. As the lights dimmed, the crowd went wild as Slash came out right in front of where I was standing and everyone around me screams ‘Oh my god it’s Slash!!’ That guy is an icon. I listened to Guns ‘n’ Roses nonstop when their ‘Appetite for Destruction’ album came out. It influenced my life so much and I can still listen to it today without it even dating. Anyway, where was I…. I watched the lighting and stage moves as I didn’t want to miss a thing the next night with my camera. There are not many gigs I get excited to the stomach about shooting, but this was definitely one of them. The next night off I went with my camera, collected my pass and wandered into the photo pit and stood in front of Slash’s pedal board setting my camera to the lighting at the venue. I stood there thinking things couldn’t get more perfect, and then it occurred to me. I was never going to get the “Classic Slash” picture, […]