The Who, The O2, Dublin, June 8th 2013
Well, it was the biggest planned group shot I have ever taken… 12,500 people in The O2, Dublin to be more precise. All set up, so during the latter part of the show where the lads normally do a ‘twit pic’, I was quickly ushered onto the stage, and thankfully Danny actually pointed me where to stand! Then, they chatted to the audience, which was weird as I couldn’t really hear anything. Very surreal… Then 13 secs and 44 shots later I got this in amongst it all. All helped by the wonderful planning and co-operation from the band, their crew and record label.
Very much the comedian of the moment, John Bishop is due to play four shows in The O2, Dublin in November. He was in earlier in the year doing some promo, and I was allocated a few minutes to get some quick snaps. Very nice fellah, these guys know the story. No need for direction, just do the moves and off we go. Love snapping comedians!
The first night of a long awaited European tour saw Mr Petty and friends start proceedings in Dublin. The last time he played over twenty years ago in the same spot the venue was called The Point Theatre, so he must have been surprised to find a new state of the art concert facility in it’s place! But hey, it’s all about the music, and he played all the hits. Show wise, we were in the pit and the lighting was great. Again, a true pro, gave the shots and knew what we were looking for. I did laugh when a young gentlemen with various cameras ran into the pit just as they started, and the security shouted at him and enquired as to who was he with, and he just replied “I’m with the band” in a rather indignant tone. And I thought that line was only ever used in movies…
Mr Costello brough a giant wheel and friends to Dublin’s The O2 as part of The Spinning Songbook tour. Basically most of the set was at the whim of where the rather large wooden wheel fell when spun by the onlooking punters. Very vaudaville, good theatrics and of course, fantastic songs to call upon.
Three giants of rawk, or legends of ROCK as they should really be referred to! Okay its not really Lizzy some might say, no Philo, but Ricky Warwick does a damn fine job. They are more of the heavy metal end of the spectrum now, which is no bad thing. Really tight band and sure the songs are classics.
Next up, Mr Alice Cooper. He stayed away from the golf course long enough to put on a cracking show (well the four songs I saw while photographing him were great). Fencing swords with Alice Cooper money, black widow spider costumes, sparklers, crutches, and the meanest and scariest bassist I have ever seen. All manner of items made their way onstage. I believe we missed beheading, blood spurting and other wholesome activities. Now that’s how you put on a show.
Last were Joe Elliot and his Def Leppard crew. First three songs included ‘Let’s Get Rocked’, a classic of the cock rock genre, is it okay to say that? Did their usual high powered stadium style thing, and they haven’t sold zillions of records for nothing.
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Whatever you may think of him, he is a legend.
We got two songs from the far left side of the stage. Have no idea what they were. Time to bust out the Canon 100-400mm 4.0-5.6 lens (Ta to Dave Cullen for the lend at short notice) and the monopod. Thankfully we had been warned in advance that it was going to be from the mixing desk, but where we were plonked was actually much better. Nothing worse then turning up with a small lens, and seeing a fellow photographer with a great big one, lens envy is a terrible thing… Problem with gigs with no photo pit access is that you are stuck in one place and you get less variety of shots. Makes for more fun though.
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