26 Jul '15
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AC/DC @ Aviva Stadium

I generally skip big concerts nowdays, 90% of the times they have ridiculous requests, where you have to sign down some outrageous photo releases where you give all your photos away and you can't even put it on your personal blog, while they can do whatever they fancy, and maybe you have to shoot from the sound desk or from just one specific point in the pit because the "artist" (or the diva I should say) doesn't want any photographer in front of him/she.
So most of the times I don't care about those gigs. But this time was different: AC/DC! Who whouldn't like to photograph AC/DC? One of the biggest hard rock bands of all time!
Plus, there are no photo release to sign, you shoot from the pit, and it was 100 meters away from where I live! How I could not ask for a photo pass?
Now, if you think that Angus Young is 60, Brian Johnson is 67, Cliff Williams 65 and Chris Slade is 68, and the youngest is Stevie Young (who replaced Malcom Young) which is 58 yo, you would think that they are just going to be the ghost of the band who used to be, or a softer version of AC/DC, well you are wrong, damn wrong. They absolutely rock on stage, absolutely brilliant live band, much better than many of band who had half or one third of their age.
Angus young still run from one site to the other of the stage, and it looks like this band didn't age much in the past 40 years, unlike the rest of the universe.
Simply a great band to see, period.

Now, keeping the fan inside me on a side, I have to be more pragmatic as a photographer, but to be honest the only bad thing I can say about this show, is the fact that the stage was really high, I think around 3 meters high, which is quite a lot, but they had to do that simply to allow everybody to see them, and fans are the first priority, so fair enough.
But unfortunately a so high stage made me impossible to shoot the other band members, and already a couple of friends told me ironically if I shoot only Brian Johnson and Angus Young on purpose, but unfortunately not, they were the only two I could see.
So if you are going to photograph them as well, be aware that you need a long lens, a 70-200mm, even if I'm not a big fan of those lenses, would be ideal in this case.
The lights were great, even if there were still plenty of daylight as here in Ireland in July the sunset is around 10pm, but overall a very good show to photograph, even if limited to the two main guys, and for me it was really hard to publish only the best photos, which are still a lot for my standards, as any shoot I took was at least decent or very good.
And as I said earlier, no copyright grabbing release to sign, and taking the fact that this is one of the greatest live band to photograph, the have all my respect for not asking it, and as a photographer it's just fun, fun, fun.

Anyway, as usual, down here some of the best shots I took that day, while on my flickr account you can find a beefy photo set with all the photos.

AC/DC

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13 Mar '15
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Black Star Riders @ Olympia Theatre

If this name, Black Star Riders, doesn’t ring you a bell, you just have to know that essentially they are the latest incarnation of Thin Lizzy, and they use this name simply because they didn’t want to write any new songs under the Thin Lizzy name, which is understandable, as Thin Lizzy is an heavy legacy to have, and you just can’t get rid of it easily. Fans will always expect Thin Lizzy’s songs from you, always. And it’s not an easy job for Ricky Warwick to replace Phil Lynott, I presume you will always be compared to the one of the most loved musician in Ireland (and no Bono, you are not in that list), of one of the most important, if not THE most important band came out from Ireland.
But despite the legacy they have to carry around, despite that you will always have to make the fans happy playing some of the old songs, they are still a great band to see live, and even the new stuff is pretty damn good to be honest.
But I’m not here to talk about music, but I’m a photographer, who shoot music. And I have to say that this gig was a really good one to photograph. I’ll never stop saying, the Olympia Theatre is one of the best venues to photograph a gig, great atmosphere and mostly, great lights! And from a band that was originated when the rock was Rock, they are not shy to lights, even if they were the supporter band, which generally gets only the basic venue lights, it was a really good show to photograph, very dynamic band on stage, not statues like Jake Bugg (sorry Jake, but you didn’t move by a notch when I saw you). Plus no bullshits like photo releases to signs, which it’s always great, just pure Rock.
Down here you can see some of the best shots I took that night, while here on flickr you can find the full set.

Black Star Riders

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11 Nov '13
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Airbourne @ The Academy

That's a band I wanted to see from a long while, I missed their previous shows in Ireland for a reason or another, but this time I could miss them again. Airbourne are the only band that makes me appreciate Hard Rock again, and even if some of you are already thinking that they are an AC/DC's rip off, they are not. They are like the young AC/DC that my generation had never the chance to see. And let me tell you, even if you don't like their music, that's a show you must see.
This band on stage is pure energy and rock'n'roll, a type of bands you hardly see on stage nowadays, one of those bands you have to photograph if you are a music photographer, fuck off big arena gigs, that's a gig to see!
Thankfully the band brought plenty of lights with them, and even if the Academy could be tough to photograph most of the times, this wasn't the case. Actually, lights weren't a problem at all, the only problem was to predict what Joel O'Keeffe was about to do next, he can run continuously on the stage, or he can climb the speakers till he reach to ceiling, or he can jump on you in any moment. But that's rock'n'roll kids.
As expected I took a billion of pictures (well, maybe I'm a bit
exaggerating, but I took way more than my usual, as I broke the wall of 1000 photos, and in case you don't remember, in only 3 songs), and it was really, really hard to pick the best ones, and I end up with 52 good shots. I tried to be as picky as possible, but I couldn't leave any of these photos out.
Anyway, down here you can find some of the best of the best photos, but you can also click here to see the full set on my flickr account.

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