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One can’t help but be in (absolute) awe when assigned to photograph Roger Waters. The Australian leg of his Us & Them tour had been announced a long time ago now and the minute I saw the posters throughout Melbourne I was saying to myself, ‘gee that would be an incredible opportunity’. I hoped long and hard that I would get the opportunity and on Friday afternoon I received the call from the boss at Overdrive Magazine… “Roger Waters is […]
There is a reason (or two) why the Foo Fighters rank as one of the biggest, if not THE biggest rock band in the world. Actually, there were over 48,000 reasons jam packed into an almost full-house Etihad Stadium this night that the Foos came to take Melbourne. I can’t say I am a fan of the band, but I do have a passing interest in some of the stuff the band has released over the years. You are guaranteed […]
This one landed late on my desk last Friday. And to be honest, I didn’t and don’t really know too much about Papa Roach. Sure I had heard of them, but I really had no desire to shoot them to be honest. What convinced me to do the shoot is when I found out that local lads The Ugly Kings would be opening the show. Once that little nugget of info was forthcoming, I decided to shoot the gig. This […]
Ugh! It certainly was not my intention but I have spent the past 3 weeks working feverishly on this very website before you. Which probably explains why there is about 10 years of content currently not present for you dear reader, to peruse. Moving my site to a new hosting company turned out to be a monumental slab of work. It needed to be done but I didn’t envision how much downtime and work that needed to go into it. […]
Looking back over my top 10 albums of this year the word diverse certainly springs to mind. Whereas in past top 10 lists the Metal genre is always greatly represented, mostly over-represented – this year some different flavours have crept in and taken hold. Maybe this is an act of maturing but Metal and all its incarnations have been a part of my life since I was 10 years old. And I know it will remain with me for the […]
Official launch of my interview with the wonderful Matthias Hombauer is OUT NOW! We discussed the importance of building a brand identity for you as a photographer amongst a slew of other photography tidbits! Hit the link below! Share the love! Spread the word! Dig the vibes, man! HTBARP 34 John Raptis: Building Your Photography Brand
I was recently interviewed by UK publication Shout About It. You can read the interview via this link.
The Rock world was saddened this past weekend with the death of AC/DC founder and stalwart Malcolm Young. Malcolm has been absent from his AC/DC duties over the last four years or so due to a series of health complaints and the dreaded dementia. It all took its toll this weekend with his unfortunate passing at the age of 64. Although his death does not come as a surprise, it certainly remains a shock to the vast majority of Rock […]
Army Ants Let me state from the outset, I’m not really a fan of The Tea Party. Lots of respect their way, but if I want to listen to Zeppelin, I’ll listen to Zeppelin. But… man oh man, what a phenomenal sound these guys generate. Absolutely stunning and a better sounding Les Paul you are likely not to hear. Safe to say, they won me over tonight. With an early start at Melbourne’s beautiful Forum, the band played two sets. […]
No More Mr Nice Guy! In what proved to be one of the hardest photo-passes to come across, I had contacted Ace Frehley’s manager months ago to get access to this gig. Team Ace were incredibly obliging and had sorted things out for me ample time before the gig. But, would my Ace Frehley access also grant me the opportunity to photograph Alice Cooper? Number two on my bucket list was just a breath away but I need to have […]
Feeding Me To The Lions! The success of Adam and the Ants particularly in Australian happened at the tail end of all the KISS hysteria that had overcome the country in 1979/1980. There would be many, many members of the KISS Army who had defected over to the Ant Invasion that took Australia (and the rest of the world by storm) in 1981. My sister happened to be one of those Ant devotees so there was plenty a night when […]
The time has come! Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen! We are now just two weeks away from the publish date. Woohoo! Written by Bill Bentley and featuring classic Rock N Roll photography from the world over! Including some Black Sabbath photos from your’s truly! Check out the book below and order yours from Amazon via this link: Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen looks at rock music in a new way. In December 2015, the Smithsonian called […]
I’m not a fan of Death/Extreme Metal and/or Grindcore or whatever it’s called. Can’t get into it. Once the riff is gone and unrecognisable in a sea of guttural vocals and speed, I lose interest. So when it came time to put my hand up for tonight’s gig, I had other reasons in mind. I first shot Napalm Death back in 2009 when I was just getting at the beginning of my music photography career. It is the one gig […]
Classic Deep Purple Live I had never photographed at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall in the past so before tonight’s gig I did some research on what sort of conditions I would have to adhere to. I found out from fellow photographer’s that it is usually shooting from the aisles, similar to what shooting at the Palais Theatre is like but a little smaller and more confined. But before I could even get ready to shoot, there were a few pure Spinal […]
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Screening at selected cinemas across the world on September 28, 2017 comes the final word from Black Sabbath. The final closure on the greatest band in the world, in a two-hour live concert and documentary opus that is sure to please all of us Black Sabbath tragics. You haven’t lived until you have seen this band on the live stage. No amount of bravado and hyperbole can do the Black Sabbath live experience any sort of justice […]