01 November 2009 – Tonight was a good night. That’s the easiest way for me to describe my first experience of Billy Talent live.
I had shot a few portraits of Ben the front man earlier on the day which I will post in a few days. It was overwhelming for me because I am a big talent of their work and have been for a few years now. I work with a lot of bands almost everyday and some times I still cannot believe it when I get to work with a band that I really have a connection to. This was one of those exact experiences.
I battled to focus on shooting because I wanted to really just absorb the show and my work was done earlier that day with the portraits but I did take a few and then made my way to the side of the stage to just enjoy one of my favourite live shows. I knew it was going to be good but I didn’t think that the guys would sound so good live. I mean their presence on stage was incredible but they sounded amazing and so close to their recorded stuff.
The set included stuff through out the years but my highlights had to be Diamond on a Landmine and then the last song of the night Red Flag. Wow, I did a lot of foot tapping and singing along tonight. Like one of those fans I always stare at. Haha.
Ben finished introduced the last song of the night by saying “With the state that the world is in right now and all of us being able to be healthy, happy and all here together is just amazing and means the world to us. Thank you for giving a shit about our band. Life is too short so please make the most of it”. I love that.
These are a few of my favourites that I did manage to shoot. The light really did swap between ALL blue, ALL red or ALL yellow so I decided to shoot in Black and White which I don’t normally do but I think they work here.
I hope all of you are well. Marcus
Currently listening to : 3OH!3 – Don’t Trust Me.