My experience of photographing Weezer is akin to the old bus addage - having waited EIGHT YEARS to photograph them, I found myself confirmed for my second photopass in 18 months. Winning!
I absolutely bloody love Weezer. When they played Manchester Academy last April I was perhaps the most excited I'd been to shoot a gig in a long, long time, so when they announced that they were coming back to Manchester on Pacific Daydream tour, I was positively buzzing. Perhaps more so this time around, as they were playing my favourite venue to shoot - the O2 Apollo.
As their last appearance was still fairly fresh in the memory, I pretty much knew what to expect: The show would be well lit, and there'd be a big-ass illuminated "=w=" logo at the back of the stage. You can also bank on a degree of tomfoolery from Rivers, Brian, Scott and Pat that would help make the images a little more interesting.
The show kicked off with a golden oldie: 'The World Has Turned and Left Me Here', from their eponymous debut album (which is now 23 years old. Yikes.). One of my favourite tracks from one of my favourite albums - I wasn't complaining!
This show was a lot of fun to shoot - Rivers was being particularly expressive, interacting with Brian and the crowd, whilst the light for the show was a lot more even than the last time I shot them, making Brian and Scott a lot easier to photograph. I even managed to get a photo of Pat! Just.
Had a great evening, and hope the guys come back again in another 18 months - or sooner!