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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 […]

07 May 2018

Ihsahn Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

Night two photographing Ihsahn and I literally had to get out of bed to cover this one. Sick as a fuckn dog with a bad flu but there was no way I could get anyone to cover for me so I had to go and shoot. Don’t expect much in the way of written form here. I went, I shot as best as I could and then left for the warm confines of a sick bed! Oh, Ihsahn were simply […]

06 May 2018

Direct Underground Festival

I didn’t realise I was booked to shoot Ihsahn two nights in a row but even though I was feeling a little under the weather I was still looking forward to the next two nights. Night one went under the monicker of the Direct Underground Fest. This would be the second such festival in Australia? (Please correct me if I am wrong!) Still whether the first, second or third such festival, it was an amazing success all round tonight with […]

30 Apr 2018

Ross The Boss Live @ The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

There’s a reason why guitarist Ross Friedman goes by the monicker Ross The Boss. Get him on a stage in front of a wall of amps and if the fillings in your teeth don’t start rattling after the first chord, something ain’t right! Ross was member of Metal stalwarts Manowar for most of the band’s glory years. He is a founding member of both Manowar and Punk legends The Dictators. His work with Manowar covers the band’s best era and […]

24 Apr 2018

Destruction Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

What an incredibly fun night this was! It’s always the case, the more extreme the music, the more fun in the crowd and photo-pit. Tonight was no exception but regrettably I didn’t get to the venue on time to properly photograph local lads In Malice’s Wake. Battling Anzac Day eve footy traffic, I only caught the tail end of the boy’s set. The crowd was already rowdy by this point so I knew then and there this was gonna be […]

22 Apr 2018

Untold Melbourne

This ambitious initiative has been launched by the Caydon Property Group and is inspired by the concept of transformation, realised potential and extraordinary creativity. Themes that not only underpin the work done by The Reach Foundation with young people across Australia, but also celebrate the unique heritage, fabric and legacy of one of Melbourne’s most dynamic locations – The Malt District. Over 9 days, 25 artists will create a series of unique installations that will transform the space – currently […]

21 Apr 2018

Record Store Day 2018

Well what a fantastic day this years Record Store Day turned out to be! From catching up with friends from school to wrapping it all up with a classic Amyl & The Sniffers performance at Greville Records. For someone who has a love affair with records since I was ten years old, and someone who frequents record stores 3-4 times per week… it’s kinda Record Store Day everyday! But I still get excited when this date appears on the calendar. […]

16 Apr 2018

Primus Live @ The Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Word amongst fellow photographers Australia wide was the lighting was a real challenge for the current Primus tour. Had I fully known how challenging, I would not have applied for this gig. But, I was already booked in and was not going to back out last minute. The show started the huge background screens seemed to be the main source of light creating nice crisp silhouettes of the band. Most if not all of these resultant shots are garbage bar […]

15 Apr 2018

Amyl & The Sniffers Live @ The Curtin, Melbourne

I dunno how I ended up in the front row of this one but boy did it prove to be an absolute war zone once Amyl and her sniffers hit the stage! But I digress a little. My partner and I who are both fans of the band decided to go to tonight’s gig. Purely as punters and a rare night out together. We bought a pair of tickets yesterday and were very excited to go and see the band. […]

03 Apr 2018

Robert Plant Live @ The Palais, Melbourne

It’s not every day one gets the opportunity to photograph Robert Plant. For mine, there is none bigger than any member of Led Zeppelin so getting the chance to photograph such a legend – I jumped at the chance. With two sold-out shows at the gorgeous Palais Theatre in St Kilda, my home and a mere walk away to get to the venue made it all even sweeter. I arrived at the venue an hour before showtime and I was […]

03 Apr 2018

Download Festival 2018

With the inaugural Download Festival finally upon us, the weather gods were not kind to the plethora of Melbourne Metal fans heading to the festival. It threatened to be an absolute blow out of Noah’s ark proportions but by noon the ponchos were being put away and sun-screen was well in order. In typical Melbourne fashion, the weather changed suddenly and for the most part, we had a relatively dry day. Go figure! The downpour that greeted punters that arrived […]