So apparently tonight was J Lo’s first ever UK show. Really? What took so long? Even though this was going to be shot from the mixing desk, half a country mile away from the stage, I took an educated gamble on the light being good and so just shot on the beautiful Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens. It was a good choice and considering how far back we were I was really pleased with the shots.
I had high hopes for this show, all of them dashed. We paid a fortune for tickets as Anne is a bit of a Bon Jovi fan so I decided to get a photo pass as well. Given it was such a tiny venue I thought it would be a really good opportunity to shoot. It wasn’t. The stage was cluttered and the lighting was passable at best so in the end I got more enjoyment of watching the rest of the show from the crowd than shooting the first three songs.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve photographed Slash now. My second ever ‘professional’ gig that I shot was of Velvet Revolver at Brixton Academy 8 years ago. A lot has changed since then – I shot those gigs on film for starters!
Having shot Slash and Myles Kennedy back in June at Hammersmith in pretty bad light I was over the moon that there was a big white spot light on both Slash and Myles for the whole show. I got some of the best individual shots of Slash I think I’ve ever got and after I’d shot the first 3 songs, I watched the rest of the show with my old mate Nick. Happy days!