Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Las Vegas Concert Photography: Volbeat

What do you get when you mix Elvis, Social Distortion, Metallica, and Johnny Cash?  Quite simply, one of my new favorite bands—Volbeat!  If you're a fan of any of the above mentioned talents and have not hear of Volbeat, launch your favorite music listening app (after you're done reading this post) and search for Volbeat.  You will NOT be disappointed.  And should you be presented with the opportunity to see this band perform live, run—do not walk—to the ticket counter!  If you like their recorded music, you'll LOVE the their live performance.

For the full music review, head on over to FullMetalRock.com!

Pic from the show below.


Volbeat performs at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay
Volbeat performs at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay


Volbeat performs at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay
Volbeat performs at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay


Volbeat performs at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay
Volbeat performs at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Las Vegas Concert Photography: Nikon D4, meet Death Metal!

Cannibal Corpse recently took the stage at the House of Blues here in Las Vegas as part of the Summer Slaughter Tour.  Unless you're a fan of extremely hard death metal music, you've probably never heard of Cannibal Corpse.  Death Metal is NOT in my iTunes library, so I had no clue who these guys were. Needless to say, they live up to their name.  If, for a brief second, you're able to catch any of their lyrics, you'll begin to understand.

In between the growling and guttural vocals there's a lot of guitar action accompanied by plenty of head banging and hair thrashing.  From a photographic perspective, this is the part I found interesting.  The stage was flooded with alternating reds, greens, and blues, but not a single spotlight.  This type of lighting is the most challenging simply because it doesn't really affect the ambient enough.  I had my ISO set at 3200 and probably should have gone to 6400 simply due to how dim the stage was.  


After trying numerous times, unsuccessfully, to capture an adequate still of some hair whipping through the air, I decided to break out the heavy ammo.  I turned the dial on my Nikon D4 to CH (11 FPS baby!) and began to fire away.  I knew at that rate, I'd definitely capture the type of image I was looking for.  Sure enough, success!  Shooting at that high a rate, I also had the added benefit of being able to capture a few images lit nicely by flash coming from the crowd.  After a few bursts, knowing I had the pictures I wanted, I left the photo pit and headed to the back of the house for a few different perspectives.


Pics from the show below.  Click on any image to view the full gallery.


Cannibal Corpse performs at the House of Blues
Cannibal Corpse performs at The House of Blues in Mandalay Bay



Cannibal Corpse performs at the House of Blues
Cannibal Corpse performs at The House of Blues in Mandalay Bay


Cannibal Corpse performs at the House of Blues
Cannibal Corpse performs at The House of Blues in Mandalay Bay


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Las Vegas Concert Photography: Warrant and Skid Row Take Over Fremont Street

Do you remember the 80's metal hair bands Skid Row and Warrant?  Believe it or not, both of these groups are still around and rocking out.  Both bands still have most of the original members, but both also have a new lead singer; Skid Row ousted front-man Sebastian Bach, replacing him with Johnny Solinger, while Warrant chose Robert Mason after the untimely demise of Jani Lane in 2011.  


For someone listened to these two bands while growing up, it's hard to picture anyone other than Sebastian Bach and Jani Lane belting out the lyrics, but both Solinger and Mason have both stepped up and helped drive their respective bands in a new direction.  As a matter of fact, if you never saw these bands perform with their original lead singer, or maybe only heard them a few times on the radio, you'd probably think that Solinger and Mason have always been the front-men.   


Recently, both bands took the 1st Street Stage on Fremont Street for the Rock of Vegas summer concert series.  Both bands revisited their hits from the late 80's that made them famous--Warrant ending their set with" Cherry Pie", and Skid Row closing out with "Youth Gone Wild."   Needless to say, the show rocked.  It was loud.  It was hard rock music.  And the crowd loved it!


Pics from the show below.  Click on any image to be taken to the full gallery.




Warrant performs on the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Experience
Warrant performs on the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Experience


Warrant performs on the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Experience
Warrant performs on the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Experience


Skid Row performs on the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Experience
Skid Row performs on the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Experience


Skid Row performs on the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Experience
Skid Row performs on the 1st Street Stage at the Fremont Experience

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