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08 Dec 2013

Steel Panther Live @ The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

The Sidney Myer Music Bowl was the place to be overt the weekend with three of Cock Rock’s finest set to turn Melbourne’s summery humidity into an ooze of kick ass American Hard Rock N Roll! I was so looking forward to this gig as it would be my first encounter with the greatest band in the world, Steel Panther! And also, the first time I have photographed at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Unfamiliar with the venue on arrival […]

08 Jul 2013

Fear Factory Live @ The Palace, Melbourne

With news this week that Melbourne’s iconic Palace venue was being threatened to be redeveloped into apartments, I was more than delighted that tonight’s Fear Factory gig would be at this venue… The Palace is probably Melbourne’s finest mid-sized venues. I have totally lost count of the number of bands I have seen and photographed here but there have been many. It caters to a wide selection of musical genres and it does so like no other venue I have […]

26 Jun 2013

Killing Joke Live @ Billboard, Melbourne, Australia

I’d known about this gig for a long, long time (I do work for the promoter) so I was super excited for a very long, long time about its impending arrival on the calendar. It’s always that extra bit special photographing the top-shelf, and Killing Joke are certainly a classic band and one that warrants the top-shelf tag… With a packed Billboard in attendance, I made my way to the designated photo-pit and was approached by one of the band’s […]

17 May 2013

Opeth & Katatonia Live @ The Palace, Melbourne

I have honestly lost count of the amount of times I have seen Opeth live. They regularly tour Australia on each tour they undertake and almost always without fail, they never, ever disappoint. I believe tonight was the second time I have photographed them having shot them on their last tour in 2009… I arrived early at the venue as I wanted to photograph tonight’s openers Katatonia as well. What greeted me on arrival at the venue was a queue […]

29 Apr 2013

Black Sabbath Live @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia

Generals Gathered In Their Masses… It’s hard to put into words what shooting this gig meant to me. But I’ll try. I’ll try real hard to comprehend all that unfolded before me and the honour, pride, raw emotion and sheer disbelief I felt standing a foot away from Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne… Black Sabbath! When the Australian gigs were announced many months ago, that little spark in the heart kicked into gear and I was left wondering, […]

26 Apr 2013

Otep Live @ The Hifi Bar, Melbourne

I’ve now officially shot my last show at the Hifi Bar. I have kicked and screamed and whined and moaned about its awful lighting for nearly every shoot I have done there. Tonight was the final straw… When the act themselves comments about the lighting after the first song, you know something is wrong… Otep pleaded with the ‘lighting’ guy to turn on the lights. After her response was ignored, she asked again and he bathed the stage with that […]

25 Apr 2013

Blue Öyster Cult Live @ The Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

Arriving at the Prince Bandroom, I was greeted with a massive queue leading into the venue for tonight’s Blue Öyster Cult gig. I haven’t shot at the Prince much, twice before actually… Die Antwoord sometime in 2010, and Rowland S Howard in 2009… Once inside, the first thing I noticed was that there was absolutely no room to take photos. No pit. No where to get a decent shot. I cursed my luck and wasn’t looking forward to the night […]

11 Apr 2013

PiL Live @ The Palace, Melbourne, Australia

Even though the majority of acts that I photograph are usually from the Metal sphere, it was hard to knock back the opportunity to photograph an icon legend in John Lydon. There were several photographers present for tonight’s shoot. We had all been instructed to meet our contact outside the ticketing booth at a certain time. As we were all anxiously waiting, our contact was no where to be seen… As the time creeped closer and closer to showtime, we […]

26 Feb 2013

Kyuss Lives, Orange Goblin, Red Fang Live @ The Palace, Melbourne

After last night’s insanity at the Slayer/Anthrax gig, it was good to be back on home turf at Melbourne’s Palace for tonight’s stoner-fest with Red Fang, Orange Goblin and the legendary Kyuss Lives! set to rip Melbourne a new one… Being a fan of all three bands, I pretty much got to the venue straight from my Sydney flight and although I was feeling slightly weary, there was no chance in hell I was gonna miss a solitary second of […]

25 Feb 2013

Slayer & Anthrax Live at The Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney

When one is presented with the opportunity to photograph Slayer and Anthrax – no matter where – one jumps at that chance! Both are amongst two of my favourite bands and both I had never photographed in the past so even if the gig was to be held in Sydney, I was arranging flights and accommodation even before the confirmation to shoot had been finalised… It wasn’t long for confirmation to arrive and the next thing I knew it was […]

19 Feb 2013

Einstürzende Neubauten Live @ The Palace, Melbourne

Einstürzende Neubauten are the stuff of legend. Their influence on what is now known as Industrial music is the stuff of legend. For instance, there would be no Ministry or Skinny Puppy or Nine Inch Nails without these guys pioneering the sound and ethos… I was excited about tonight’s gig and jumped at the chance when offered the opportunity to photograph it. Standing in the photo pit pre-show, I marvelled at all the custom-made instrumentation that were scattered throughout the […]

16 Feb 2013

Converge Live @ Billboard, Melbourne

There are some gigs you know full well are going to be insanity personified days before you have even set foot in the venue. Tonight was most definitely one of those nights. I mean, listen to any track that these guys have recorded and magnify that energy ten-fold and see how you fare. When you leave a gig battered, bruised, deafened and drenched in some liquid or another – and you’re there just as the photographer – something must have […]

08 Dec 2012

Turbonegro Live @ The Hifi Bar, Melbourne, Australia

When Turbonegro are in town, you know from the outset it is going to be a big night. A big fuckn night! With the Hifi Bar long sold out for this gig, a classic night of bonafide hard and fast Punk Rock was set to be delivered to Melbourne’s branch of the Turbojugend… The denim jackets and sailor hats were plentiful at the Hifi Bar long before Turbonegro hit the stage. Opening proceedings tonight were Melbourne’s Bugdust. This was the […]

01 Mar 2012

Devin Townsend & Meshuggah Live @ The Forum, Melbourne, Australia

Half way through a crazy week of shooting the cream of the crop when it comes to the Metal genre! Seriously, the Soundwave series of gigs – both the festivals and the ‘Sidewave’ shows manage to bring out some of the finest bands from all over the world! Big Day Out? Forget about it! This is where it’s at and on a Wednesday night you could have taken your pick and seen a slew of gigs at nearly every major […]

20 Jan 2012

The Damned Live @ Billboard, Melbourne

Smash It Up! I have fond memories of the Damned’s heyday back in the day. They were clearly my sister’s fave band at the time and I distinctly remember her room plastered full of posters and pinups of Dave Vanian and crew. I also remember driving her to (the now long gone) Venue in St.Kilda to see the Damned on their first Australian tour many, many years ago. A veritable plethora of nostalgia when it comes to the Damned so […]

15 Sep 2010

Metallica Live @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

By the time I photographed Metallica back in 2010, I had been shooting live music for just over a year. During that first year, I tried to cover as many gigs as humanly possible. I wanted to experience and learn everything I possibly could about live music photography and by the time Metallica rolled around, I was beginning to feel like a seasoned pro. Little did I know that there was so much more to learn and experience along the […]

25 Feb 2010

H.I.M Live @ The Hifi Bar, Melbourne

It’s always a treat getting to shoot a band you absolutely adore! Having been a huge H.I.M fan for quite a few years now, I was greatly anticipating the opportunity to photograph these guys. Which is saying something. Earlier in the day I won a pass to go and see the incredible Faith No More but I surrendered that ticket to my cousin. Couple that with the fact that also, Meshuggah were doing a show elsewhere – I decided to […]

10 Jan 2010

Ron Mueck

Having been a fan of Ron Mueck since I saw mere photos of his work online, I can assure you my entire being was blown away when I finally saw his art in the flesh. Silicone flesh. Larger than life. More human than human! Ron Mueck’s last Melbourne exhibition was back in early 2010 at the National Gallery of Victoria. I was there at the event photographing the sculptures for a publication who requested a ‘different take’ than just run […]

12 Mar 2009

Death Angel & Armored Saint Live @ Billboard, Melbourne, Australia

I’m staring at a blank screen trying to think of the words to collate to describe last night’s Death Angel gig at Melbourne’s Billboard. And I am seriously struggling. To say that was a monumental performance is kinda selling it all short. This was one out of the box and I wish one could have properly captured the energy, ferocity and sheer power and force that was pouring from the stage – and on the audience floor. This was vintage […]

07 Mar 2009

Gary Numan Live @ The Forum, Melbourne

It’s unfortunate but when it comes to the career and music of Gary Numan, all that most people know of the man is the sporadic hits he had in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Granted that these hits were absolute classic tunes that helped define a fledgling genre and inspire many ‘Electronic’ and ‘Industrial’ artists. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails proudly wears the Numan influence on his sleeve and has covered the Numan classic ‘Metal’ in the past… […]