Category: Photography

Photography: Wilko Johnson @ Koko, London

Where do you start with a story like Wilko Johnson’s? On his farewell tour, not because of retirement but because he is going to die from inoperable pancreatic cancer, he gave his all over two hours of blistering guitar. There was no set list just a journey through his life from Dr Feelgood, Blockheads, Solid Senders to the trio he has with Norman Watt-Roy and Dylan Howe where a nod of the head or the start of a duck walk would denote the song. I hope the photos do the talking as well as the music. Here is the...

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Live Review: Wilko Johnson @ Koko.

I had been feeling somewhat strange about this gig, my last chance to see Wilco Johnson while also wrestling with my guilt at why I hadn’t seen him live for more than 20 plus years ,a bit like an old friend you had lost touch with but sadly this really was a farewell tour. I needn’t have worried, arriving somewhat late to the KoKo the place was packed, all waiting in anticipation of the great man, and how would he be? Would he talk about it? No, as this is a man of dignity and for once an artist...

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Photography: Family @ The Empire

Family are a British rock group who formed in the mid 1960’s and split up in the early 1970’s. This concert was their first in 40 years. The Empire in Shepherds Bush, London was packed to the rafters and the fans had an unexpected surprise with the event being introduced by Frank Worthington, the Leicester City and England footballer. The set was shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with the versatile 24-105mm lens. Shot at F4 on or around 125 or 160 second. (125 is really to slow) at 1600 ISO. Here is the complete set, click on...

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Photography: Kobra & The Lotus

Kobra Paige leads the band Kobra & The Lotus whose style is often described as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) which is a little ironic because they are from Canada. Watch those hair extensions fly.          ...

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Live: Bobby Womack @ The Forum

Soul legend Bobby Womack in his second set of the night at The Forum, London. Having survived cancer operations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and a few wives, Bobby Womack was electric and full of gospel. Following on from his opening salvo with Damon Albarn and The Bravest Man In The Universe set, Bobby Womack delved into classics and covers with his soundtrack song to Across 110th Street and the song that got him and the Rolling Stones started It’s All Over Now. Dressing like a man who watched a lot of Captain Scarlet he performed one song from his...

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Photography: Tremonti @ Brixton Academy

Mark Tremonti is one of those soaring riff makers who wants his guitar to dominate the whole song. As a guitarist for Creed and then Alter Bridge he has made a name for himself as a guitar god. Now fronting his own band you can see that the intricate playing never stops even when he is...

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Photography: Slash @ Brixton Academy

Like most photographers I love to have a snap at Slash the famous guitarist from Guns & Roses. The light shows are strong and atmospheric. He has a follow spot that actually follows him and he poses like crazy. It was my first time photographing at the Brixton Academy and it was a blast, nice wide pit and the stage long and high but at eye level for the photographer. Some of my images appear in this special edition of Classic Rock present Slash magazine: https://slash.tmstor.es/              ...

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Review: WOMAD @ 30

WOMAD AT 30 Thirty years ago, when WOMAD held its first Festival, it was 60 acts from 20 countries. In 2012 it’s 90 artists and bands from 40 countries, all packed into four days on seven main stages. It was the biggest WOMAD ever. Even so, it has lost none of its distinctive charm. Needless to say, the 37,000 people who came Charlton Park are really here to listen, to discover and explore the music – and you get the feeling that for the most part they really are great listeners – but there’s so much more to WOMAD....

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Review: Redfest 2012

It was my first time at Redfest and the 2012 event was not at all what I thought it would be. I imagined a shabby grunge filled festival with few facilities. What I came into, on rainy and muddy Saturday afternoon, was a well laid out arena with food stalls, bars, shops, friendly staff at the ticket desk, extremely helpful event and security people and a small festival with a real buzz. Redfest had a stage for the main bands and headliners, a second stage for up and coming bands and an acoustic stage. This was the 5th year...

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Live: Candi Staton @ Guilfest

Candi Staton, a truly great singer and performer, stole the show at this years Guilfest 2012. A 20 minute long version of “Young Hearts” helped introduce the band but it was her original version of You’ve Got the Love that had the Guilfest crowd eating out of her hand she actually got them to sing Hallelujah.    ...

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Photography: Daryl Hall @ Shepherds Bush, London

Daryl Hall kicked off with a Live from Daryl’s House opener and the set looked great. Songs were chosen from his new album and Hall & Oates classics. Later Rumer joined Daryl on stage for Sara Smile. I was only allowed to shoot from the sides so the expanse of the set and Philadelphia style barn backdrop could not be...

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Photography: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ RAH

What a thrill to photograph Tom Petty. One of my all time favourites and the cool dude friend everyone wants to have. I was actually nervous before hand and I contacted a few photographers who had been there on the previous date to ensure I got it right. What a great show and great sound. First three songs and out. Listen to Her Heart was the opener, followed by the theatrical You Wreck Me  and I Won’t Back Down. After I had gone  to file my pictures, I heard that Steve Winwood came on stage and did two songs...

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Photography: Tinariwen @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Tinariwen played a double header Soundclash event with Jose Gonzalez at the Shepherds Bush Empire and it was packed to the rafters. They play their instruments with desert warrior like aplomb and share dancing, instrument changes and lead vocal with ease. The lighting was a couple of stops down from a normal rock gig at Shepherds Bush but colourful....

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Photography: John Peel’s Studio Door

When bands used to play on John Peel’s radio show to record the Peel Sessions etc, they used to treat the studio as a home from home…as you can see many of them left stickers and scribing’s on the studio door. These pictures were taken about 5 years ago before the BBC Maida Vale revamp. John Peel’s recors collection has now been releases online through a collaboration from the BBC and the Arts Council and can be found at...

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Photography: Todd Rundgren @ Jazz Cafe

Todd played a very close up set to about 400 people in a great atmosphere (not much light). Very high ISO all round! The Jazz Cafe has no pit so photographers have to negotiate with fans to get a space for a song or two. TR played guitar for a couple of songs but mainly sat on a stool and sang with backing from the band which included Todd stalwarts Kasim Sulton, Prairie Prince and Jesse Gresse. An enjoyable show with Todd running through a song from each album. Highlights for me were Flaw, Lost Horizon and Love of...

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