Green Day was one of the first bands I ever photographed professionally, back in 2005 at the Brixton Academy. I had frankly no idea back then how big they were but these days they comfortably fill arenas and stadiums. Their shows are unfailingly good fun to shoot but their popularity inevitably means the pit will be full to the rafters.
Billie Joe uses the runway a lot and those the shots I love – if there’s even half a chance of getting a wide shot with the crowd in too, that’s the shot I want…especially as I missed his jump at the end of the third song.
So even though I can’t syndicate the shots to my agency because of their strict contract, I came away with a set of images I was pretty pleased with. It had been a bit of a nightmare getting the pass at all, but it was worth it in the end.