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03 Mar 2018

Overkill & Harlott Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

Even if I had done some promo photography for the Harlott guys a couple of years ago, tonight was my first viewing of them in a live environment. There is a reason why these guys are signed to the prestigious Metal Blade label. (Hi Brian!) They know Thrash. Pure Thrash! They know it well and all its nuances. Which is not what you can say about a lot of their contemporaries. They were absolutely phenomenal tonight. Along with Desecrator last […]

01 Mar 2018

Venom Inc & Desecrator Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

Ave Satanas! Venom are one of those bands one thought they would never see in their lifetime in Australia. And I guess we pretty much haven’t but we were privy to seeing the next best thing and that’s Venom Inc. Featuring two past original members of the classic era Venom (Abbadon and Mantas), Venom Inc. have pretty much picked things up where the Cronos led trio left things off. Now let by Demolition Man aka Tony Dolan, Venom Inc have […]

24 Feb 2018

Featured In Issue 3 of #HTBARP Werkschau

The #HTBARP Werkschau No.3 is out now! Grab your free copy featuring an interview with @katarinabenzova and the awesome work of 52 concert photographers from all around the world! (including yours truly!) Visit this link for more info and grab a copy (FOR FREE!) now!

10 Feb 2018

Roger Waters Live @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

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 […]

01 Feb 2018

Foo Fighters Live @ Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

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 […]

23 Jan 2018

Papa Roach Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

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 […]

18 Jan 2018

Mayhem Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

Personally, it is always a good omen when the year’s gig circuit begins with a Black Metal classic! And this one boys and girls, was as classic and BLACK as it can get. With a sold-out crowd at Melbourne’s Max Watts, you could tell the night was brewing something special from early on! In fact, most of these Black Metal flavoured gigs usually do! As tired as I was, it felt great being back in the pit again tonight. Said […]

10 Jan 2018

Nothing To See Here!

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. […]

22 Dec 2017

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

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 […]

12 Dec 2017
How To Become A Rockstar Photographer with John Raptis

How To Become A Rockstar Photographer Podcast

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

06 Dec 2017

Shout About It: An Interview With John Raptis

I was recently interviewed by UK publication Shout About It. You can read the interview via this link.

20 Nov 2017
Malcolm Young Graffiti

Bad Boy Boogie – Malcolm Young RIP

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 […]

07 Nov 2017

The Tea Party Live @ The Forum, Melbourne

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. […]

30 Oct 2017

You Can Shoot Me Anytime, Just Don’t Shoot Me In The Back

The King Of Fitzroy I first stumbled onto Fitzroy fixture and poet Grant Mccracken sometime in 2007. Ten years ago. Possibly earlier. I would constantly peruse the streets of Melbourne learning photography. I would spend hours each and every weekend just going through long walks in the city photographing everything in sight. I was photographically young, naïve and inexperienced but I had a passion for photography that was undying. One sunny day, I spotted Grant sitting amongst three other fellows […]

23 Oct 2017

Alice Cooper & Ace Frehley Live @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

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 […]

18 Oct 2017

Adam Ant Live @ The Palais, Melbourne

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 […]

13 Oct 2017

Smithsonian Rock And Roll

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 […]

12 Oct 2017

Napalm Death, Brujeria Live @ Max Watts, Melbourne

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 […]

29 Sep 2017

Glenn Hughes Live @ Hamer Hall, Melbourne

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 […]

29 Sep 2017
Black Sabbath The End Of The End

Black Sabbath: The End Of The End

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 […]