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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 […]

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

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. […]

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 […]