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!
What a lovely man Richard Hawley is! A couple of months back I travelled up to Sheffield to photograph him with Jamie from Guitarist magazine and he couldn’t have been more welcoming. We met at Yellow Arch studios, a quirky little red brick building that has a kind of bleak Victorian workhouse vibe from the street but once inside I was amazed; wall to wall guitars (at least a hundred, if not more), stacks of vintage gear and an enormous mountain of empty guitar cases. Hawley had relocated his entire collection to the studios while recording the new album and every instrument had a wonderful story behind it. I shot endless guitars and Jamie recorded so many fascinating stories that the feature seems to have spiralled into an eight page monster! I’ve included some of my favourite pictures below but there are lots more on the iPad version of the magazine here.
If you ever wondered just how much gear a major stadium band take on tour with them, check out some of my shots from a behind-the-scenes rig tour at Bon Jovi’s Ashton Gate gig. You can read the MusicRadar article here for more pictures and detailed info, facts & stories from the techs. I couldn’t believe how much stuff they’d brought for a one off gig. There was a whole extra layer of backstage beyond the actual backstage area! It just went on & on forever; flight cases & crates & cables & boxes & monitors & strange bleeping gadgets. The techs told us that for every item they had, there was a spare waiting out back in case of disaster!