Getting to the first show after The Ritz did even more decorating in the last couple of months, everything was all freshened up and with more decorative lighting, even a lit up big Big Boy boy.
It was good to see the staff again. Several months ago I photographed 45 staff portraits at The Ritz -it took all day- and with their Marketing Director, the amazing, lovely Morgan (now transferred somewhere else), I really sensed the love this large group of folks had for each other. It was nice to witness this. It must feel good. People working together harmoniously. Must be a music thing. How I photographed this.
Like I said Morgan was gone, so they had brought over a marketing guy from the Fillmore Charlotte to handle the publicity and us, the music photographers. All these people from Live Nation are very nice. Makes you want to buy a ticket.
The nice Live Nation man herded us slimy paparazzi into the pit and we proceeded to slime away. For some reason there was a real tall guy with very long skinny legs sitting in the pit with a camera. I kept banging into his legs as I was running around trying to get into position to take concert pictures during the set, and he seemed sort of perturbed I kept tripping over his legs as it seemed to unnerve him that I moved about. He wasn’t disabled, I noticed he did stand up a couple of times to catch some great shots. It looked like he was tight with the band. Wow.
3 Canon 5D2 bodies. The Fish-eye and 16-35 won this round. I used a 70-200 too, but no selections off that chip. Wrong lens I guess.