After getting in a solid hang with Adam Elmakias, we headed to the Pageant to catch the Reckless & Relentless Tour, headlined by UK metalcore kids Asking Alexandria.
I hadn't seen many photos of this tour, and what I did see of the band seemed shrouded in a thick, seemingly impenetrable fog. Usually, this doesn't bode too well for a tour. However, when the lights came up on the band, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the treatment. While there was plenty of challenge, there were also enough elements to keep things very interesting.
With big, bright flare-ups, tons of movement at the front of the stage, and a confidence from frontman Danny Worsnop that belies the band's age, this show was a great shoot.
The astute reader will note that only one camera and lens was used for this show, while I normally shoot with a minimum of two bodies and two lenses. The reason for this?
Singer Danny Worsnop poured a bottle of water into the photo pit as he came to the front of the stage. Now, normally, I have a pretty flawless track record for staying free and clear of airborne liquids, but this time I got a little doused. While I was changing lenses. Luckily, the Nikon D700, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, and 70-200mm took all of the splash. Long story short, I shot this set with just the D3 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8.
Lighting for this set was generally dim, spastic, but not without its merits. Among those were the colorful washes that were helped out tremendously by the massive amounts of haze on the stage. And any show with blinders flooding in from the back is alright by me.
And, credit where credit is due – for being such a young band, these guys know how to play out. My only gripe is that I'd love to have had a slightly shorter stage, as the massive monitors blocked sight lines for this gig.