Regurgitator, with Bad//Dreems and Wampire
This particular gig marks a special occasion - the very first of what I hope to be many ‘big boy shoots’ where I get the opportunity to shoot a touring band under the ‘formal’ rules that come with it: first three songs, no flash, stay off the stage. I’ve never understood the three song rule. Story tells that it’s because the paparazzi were notorious for firing off their flash at artists all show - and so were allowed to do it for the first three songs only, to ensure that everyone was happy.
To date, I’ve never met a venue I couldn’t shoot without flash. Jack Ruby was possibly the hardest, and it remains to be seen whether I pulled it off, but I still never once used flash - and I don’t get photographers that do. Venues, especially the Gov, have way more than enough light. So perhaps it might be time to lift those rules a little and look at just no flash, stay off of the stage.