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Tag : Metropolis Touring

17 Sep 2017

Accept Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

Restless And Wild Following on from their very successful jaunt of Australia a few years ago, Accept returned to our shore for a one-off night in the nations home of Metal… Melbourne. There was a buzz in the air about this gig for a long time and also complaints from other states that the tour was not getting to them. I am not privy to the logistics of why this was such a compressed tour and I think for all […]

11 Sep 2017

Kreator Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

Satan Is Real! This show was sold out long ago and you know that fully when you arrive just as the opener is beginning their set into what looked and felt like a full house already. Local lads Direblaze tore it up to tremendous reception not usually afforded to the local opener, but they held their own and did a tremendous job. Unfortunately I was unable to photograph their set as one of the bouncers refused me entry into the […]

13 Oct 2016

L7 Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

Got So Much Clit She Don’t Need No Balls! I was approached to photograph L7 for the promoters of the tour a few months ago but even if I hadn’t have been asked, I would sure as hell be clamouring for a pass to this one. I’ve been a fan of the band for as long as I can remember as has my girlfriend who extensively photographed the band back in their 1992 tour of Australia. Such a long, long […]

18 Mar 2016

Sevendust Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

You get three songs in the photo-pit to do your craft. These days, most gigs come and go. You do your shoot, you get the hell out of dodge. Tonight was a little different tho. From minutes before Sevendust take the stage, the air is charged to the brim with a sickeningly ferocious electricity. You know full well in the pit of your stomach that this one’s going to be something pretty special! So yeah, I stuck around after my […]

04 Jul 2015

Seether Meet & Greet

I was hired by Tombowler to photograph the Seether Meet & Greet before the Melbourne show. I’ve shot many meet and greets for both Tombowler and Metropolis in the past several years (Seether, Opeth, Uriah Heep, Switchfoot, Ace Frehley, Motorheard to name a few). Most of these Meet And Greets are a ton of fun for both artist and fans and most are smooth as silk. To protect the guilty, we won’t mention the ace artists that can be a […]

05 Oct 2014

Sepultura Live @ 170 Russell, Melbourne

I knew about the Seputura gig months and months ago. I worked on their tour trailer (see below) as I did some Multimedia work for the touring company Metropolis over the last couple of years. So I was more than excited when the tour finally landed on our shores and the opportunity to photograph this iconic, classic band of the Metal genre. Granted, two of the original members are no longer in the band, and haven’t been for a very […]