Clash Magazine sent me over to Manchester to catch the opening UK date of Concrete and Gold which Dave & co delivered in spectacular fashion.
Foo Fighters are always a lot of fun to shoot. I've had the pleasure of shooting them twice before, but I felt like it was unfinished business. I was still very in the early stages of the photographic learning curve when I first shot them back in 2011 in Milton Keynes, and whilst I was happy with my shots, I felt I could have done better. Than a couple of years later I shot their set from the top of the sound tower at Leeds Festival, which was great fun but I was miles from the stage. I've been hoping for the opportunity to shoot them from a pit again, and come away with something I'm really really happy with.
Although Dave always provides relentless photo opportunities with his charismatic stage presence and energy, that didn't mean this show was necessarily going to be a walk in the park. Whilst we were shooting from the pit, it was from a pretty tricky angle. We were limited to one corner of the pit at the top of the runway, so we had to bank on the band moving around to give our shots some variety - Dave and Chris duly obliged. It was a bit of a disappointment that Pat and Nate were out of sight from our vantage point, but Dave in particular made up for it with the relentless camera fodder he was plying us with. The tight shooting position also provided a decent challenge to find new angles when moving isn't a real option, which was good.
The show itself was fantastic (as you'd expect) and the opening three songs we were treated to were all brilliant: "All My Life", "Learn to Fly", and "The Pretender". I left the pit a very, very happy photographer, and feel like my 'photographing Foo Fighters' itch has been sufficiently scratched. For now..