Totally smouldering, super talented and effortlessly shredding it up. Orianthi makes me regret wasting so much time as a teenager hanging around Newport castle eating pick & mix and rating effeminate indie rock boys. Clearly I should have been practising my guitar. She was awesome! Alice Cooper was the first proper rock concert I ever went to so I was ecstatic to be in the photo pit thirteen years later. I spent my three songs focused on Orianthi but luckily I got to stick around and watch the show afterwards. High energy, mad theatrics, the man himself never falters – what a legend!
This photo of prog rock band Godsticks is one of my favourite shots of the year. It took a bit of a trek on a blustery day, dragging lighting gear through the wetlands and weighing the stands down so they didn’t topple into the marshes, plus the guys were eager to rush back and watch the football so we had to work quickly! I’m well happy with how everything turned out though and am looking forward to seeing it incorporated into the rest of the album artwork.
When jobs like this come along the best way to prepare is to listen to Still Of The Night and hope the reality of the gig matches the video! In addition to shooting the show, Total Guitar sent me to photograph guitarist Doug Aldrich’s rig earlier on that day. Lovely Doug Aldrich with his awesome hair & shiny trousers! He was so humble & friendly. I also sat in for the interview and had a sneak peek at David Coverdale’s dressing room. Photography was understandably forbidden but what an awesome project it would make to go inside the dressing rooms of legendary rockstars. If only!
Introducing The Lash, a 45,000 RPM rock ‘n’ soul hurricane blowing through a city near you soon. With a brief to create something a little seedy and exciting, I shot these pictures at Les Croupiers casino in Cardiff.
Ok, I’m aware that it sounds like I say this about everyone I seem to meet through my photography, but Opeth are such friendly, down-to-earth people… I’m starting to believe there’s no such thing as the stereotypical rock & roll ego! I recently joined them on a couple of dates of their UK tour to shoot some behind the scenes pictures for Guitar World magazine and they were so very cool & accommodating. Frederik Akesson is an incredible guitarist – at one point I was up on the balcony of the Birmingham O2 seeking out a new angle to photograph sound check from but was so enthralled by Frederik’s intricate playing I almost forgot to take any pictures!