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18 Jun 2018

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus Live @ The Tote, Melbourne

Second time seeing Lydia Lunch Retrovirus at the Tote and again I was there as a punter accompanying my partner who is a big fan of Ms Lunch and co. I figured I may as well put the new camera through its paces and it looks like it broke its cherry with Lydia Lunch being the first gig shot on it. The show itself was absolutely fantastic. Lydia’s band is second to none and features a bunch of Punk Rock […]

01 Jun 2018

The Iron Maidens Live @ The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Let’s get this straight, the Corner Hotel isn’t one of my favourite places to shoot a show and it certainly has been a few years since I last worked here. But… when I heard that the all-girl tribute to Iron Maiden was heading to our shores, I didn’t care where they’d be playing, I just had to shoot this show! Corner Hotel and all! The show was a complete sell-out which shows the drawing power of the Iron Maidens and […]

25 May 2018

Pain Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

Now didn’t this turn out to be an amazing night! Very rarely does one attend a gig where all acts, local and international totally and utterly deliver the goods! Tonight was one of those nights! Goth openers Death Of Art were a band I had never seen – or heard of for that matter, but I don’t frequent that many Goth inspired gigs. I had no idea what to expect. The band started off as a two piece – guitars […]

24 May 2018
Zeal And Ardor - Stranger Fruit

Zeal And Ardor – Stranger Fruit

Out of the blue, (or is that black?) came forth Zeal And Ardor a couple of short years ago, an act that is sure to leave one scratching their head in wonderment. Created by Manuel Gagneux when taunted by 4chan website posters who suggested to him that he combine Black Metal and ‘nigger’ (sic) music. Unbeknownst to the usual trolls that populate the 4chan network, Gagneux took on the challenge head on! African American spiritual and gospel chants mixed with […]

19 May 2018

Europe Meet & Greet

I was recently hired to photograph the meet and greet for the band Europe. I hadn’t shot a meet and greet for a couple of years. Not really a fan of doing them to be honest. This session was done on the hallowed stage of the Palais Theatre. Chatting to the band they said it reminded them a lot of London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The band were friendly enough although guitarist John Norum was not present as he does not do […]

17 May 2018

Steel Panther Live @ The Forum, Melbourne

Third time shooting Steel Panther… third time’s the charm and all that jazz! You know, as a photographer, the hardest part about photographing these guys is when it comes time to cull your shoot and limit it to only a handful of photos for the respective galleries and publications you are photographing for! It’s almost impossible with these guys! Their shows are always so incredibly lit and the four guys in the band are total hams and work the cameras […]

15 May 2018

Sepultura, Death Angel, Harlott Live, @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

It’s pretty much familiar territory when one walks into the 170 Russell venue with three bands on a bill I have seen and shot before. Third time with Death Angel, second time with Sepultura and second with local boys Harlott. But there was nothing familiar or standard or common about tonight! (Apart from an incredibly overcrowded photo-pit. Twelve photographers? Really?) Harlott have spent quite a bit of time overseas of late. Treading the boards of Europe and beyond, they left […]

14 May 2018

Cradle Of Filth Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

It’s been a bit of a busy period in the photo pits of Melbourne of late and it is only going to get busier in the next few weeks. Some great shows and shoots to come. Tonight it was time to get re-aquainted with Cradle Of Filth again. Last time I had photographed them was exactly five years plus one day at this very same venue! I don’t remember too much about that night but I do recall I wasn’t […]

10 May 2018

If You Have Ghost, You Have Everything

I have been fortunate enough to photograph Ghost twice within a week back in 2014. An incredibly exciting time when yours truly was (and is!) a huge fan of the band since 2010. I missed out shooting the band at Soundwave 2013 as I was ill that week and I do remember the band won over many, many doubters at that gig. They remain my most requested bands I have ever shot as the band has a rabid global fan […]

10 May 2018

Ghost – Prequelle

The veil of secrecy that had enveloped most of Ghost’s career has now well and truly been revealed. Through a very successful period of three brilliant studio albums, a couple of EPs, a live album and a Grammy Award coming their way, Ghost were and are paving the way for Metal/Hard Rock music the world over. But not all has been rosy amongst the band of anonymous and masked ghouls. A lawsuit that threatened to derail the entire Ghost operation […]