A classic rock triple bill of Whitesnake, Thunder & Journey? You can imagine how excited I was! It took a while to get in due to a confusing security set up in which neither of the door staff knew what a photo pass was and refused to let me in with my gear! But I made it in the end for three awesome shows. I was especially pleased to see Doug Aldrich wearing his shiny trousers again! Chatted to some sweet people between sets, admired the efforts of a truly outstanding groupie and forgot my ear plugs but it was a pleasure to go home with Fool For Your Loving ringing in my head.
The best kind of surprise is being handed a magazine, flicking through and discovering one of your pictures splashed across a double page spread! Godsticks were featured in the previous issue of Classic Rock Presents Prog and I never even knew. Always super pleased to see work in print though… I knew it was worth trekking through those soggy marshlands to get the shot!
Shakes, fries, rattle & roll! Here is the result of my recent shoot with The Lash at Burlington’s American Diner. If noisy rock & soul is your thing, check out their debut music video here. It was shot entirely on smartphones for a modest budget of £0 (some music bloggers have expressed disbelief over this but it’s true, I watched it happen!).
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.