Archive for the ‘Live’ Category

Perry Sorry and a trip to the homeland

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

A great clear sky without a single plane, I’m getting used to it! Living precisely under the approach route to Heathrow I am used to see and hear planes every 10 minutes (passing right over the velux over our bed, I wish I hadn’t seen Donnie Darko). So it is actually quite nice to experience what it’s like to have no plane at all, I suppose from tomorrow it’s over. Well, it’s a nice compensation for having had my flight canceled anyway! Last time I went to France a Eurostar got stuck under the Channel so we got stuck home a few more days, now it’s a Volcano, what’s next I wonder?

Latest music sights were from a double bill last week, starting at the good old 100 Club with the Joe Perry Project playing an intimate show after their “Have Guitar, Will Travel” tour. And before The Aerosmith tour. Sorry to the few people I got in the way of for a few songs while I shot the 3 firsts, although I was almost front row until a Ross Halfin popped up in front of me at the sound of the first chord, giving the challenge to avoid getting him and his camera in all of my frames. Anyway it’s always nice to chat with the audience in such conditions to compensate from being all squashed, you know who you are ;) .

The Joe Perry Project at the 100 Club 13 April 2010

The Joe Perry Project at the 100 Club 13 April 2010

And as if it wasn’t enough I ran to the Borderline to catch the set of Sorry And The Sinatras headlining a punk night there, good set. I did a bit of video too, just a quickie though so it is a bit rough, I might post that sometimes when I find the time to edit.

Sorry And The Sinatras at The Borderline, April 13 2010

Sorry And The Sinatras at The Borderline, April 13 2010

Now for the very awaited exhibition, Images En Scène is this very weekend at La Roche Posay in France near Poitiers, my hometown, where 50 of my prints will be presented. Check out all the details of this great event on the following link, it will features some great music photography as well as live shows, so if you’re around come and visit!

Festival Images En Scene, Music Photography at La Roche Posay this very weekend!

Festival Images En Scene, Music Photography at La Roche Posay this very weekend!

A few more shows under the sun

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Sunny London today, hopefully that is going to last, at least all this coming weekend.. week? month? :)

A couple new shows here with The Soldiers (yes, they’re actual soldiers) at the Royal Albert Hall, supported by Faryl Smith, Julian Smith, Matthew Crane and The Rock Choir.

The Soldiers at the Royal Albert Hall in London, April 4 2010

The Soldiers at the Royal Albert Hall in London, April 4 2010

And tonight New Yorker Joshua Radin and his band were performing at Shepherds Bush Empire.

Joshua Radin at Shepherds Bush Empire, Thursday April 8 2010

Joshua Radin at Shepherds Bush Empire, Thursday April 8 2010

Prog night

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

A night of Krautrock at the Royal Albert Hall last night with German Electronic band Tangerine Dream. A dramatic introduction with masked cello players  and Linda Spa in a dress of lights playing the grand piano, when Edgar Froese, who founded the band in 67, came with his cowboy hat on, first caressing the pianist hair then suddenly hitting the piano’s strings with a whip.

Tangerine Dream at the Royal Albert Hall on April 1st 2010

Tangerine Dream at the Royal Albert Hall on April 1st 2010

100th post it seems, and another legend in the box

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

What a marathon tonight thanks to the multi disruptions of the transport for London network. I started by catching up with the uber cool Foxy Shazam right after their soundcheck at The Flowerpot in Kentish town for some cool portraits. These are the American madmen who supported Hole last Wednesday and impressed me a lot both for their music and stage presence. I’ll post a gallery of these shots very soon but here is a teaser.

Foxy Shazam posing in Kentish Town, London, 20 February 2010

Foxy Shazam posing in Kentish Town, London, 20 February 2010

Now unfortunately I couldn’t stay for their performance, but I’m sure they’ll be back soon and you’ll definitely hear about them, I’d be surprised if they don’t show up to some of our numerous festivals. Hey in the meantime go to The Flowerpot it’s a very cool bar and venue on Kentish Town Road!

So there I was with only an hour to reach the O2 Arena and catch Depeche Mode, from Kentish Town Rd, considering Camden Town was closed, and that there wasn’t any Jubilee line. That involved a bus, a run to Mornington Crescent from Camden Town, tube, train to Greenwich, and then a real mess with all cabs and buses full and not stopping, I hate it when the Jubilee Line is down I tell you. I ended up getting on a bus half way from Greenwich and the O2 and arriving just on time, pfew.

Great show from Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan was on top form, the lighting was great, Martin Gore was all glitter and the place was packed – but isn’t it always. The gallery is here.

Depeche Mode performing at the O2 Arena, London, 20 February 2010

Depeche Mode performing at the O2 Arena, London, 20 February 2010

And to avoid another bus nightmare I took a Clipper to go back to town, that’s a pretty nice way to get back from the O2 I must say, shame it is not included in the Oyster capping tho…

Depeche Mode at the O2, from a Thames Clipper

Depeche Mode at the O2, from a Thames Clipper

In the mood for Love

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

This time she was there and very well there, right on time and looking awesome. You could feel the excitement in the crowd, a much younger crowd than I had expected actually, I thought it would be lots of 30-somethings but it seems Courtney Love never stopped building on Hole’s reputation since last time they played like 11 years ago! For me it was the very first time I saw Hole live, the closer I was last was listening to their set on John Peel’s live broadcast at Reading festival in 1995, wishing I had a ticket instead hehe. Ok I must say it would have been a lot wilder back then and I was also hoping for more titles from the Pretty On The Inside album, but still she really got us all charmed from the first sound of her voice to the end of the encore. First chords were those of Pretty On The Inside, precisely and I felt the shiver over all my skin, I couldn’t focus on my cameras instead I just banged my head when Courtney screamed “from the baaaack”, my good old glasses jumped off (left eye infection, don’t ask to borrow my cameras for a week or two haha) and here I was blind in a busy pit. Anyway that was just a split of a second and I was back on track before they went on to cover the Stone’s Sympathy For The Devil for some reason. And I do have a nice gallery to show you. A few shots Are gonna be added soon too. Well it has to be a Flickr gallery again, can’t find the time to properly update the site, I blame Flickr, too easy to use hey. After the 3 songs and leaving my gear to the stage door guys I was back in time for a headbanging electrifying version of Violet, my highest moment of the show.

Did I say that was awesome? ;)

Courtney Love of Hole at the SHpeherds Bush Empire, London 17 Feb 2010

Courtney Love of Hole at the SHpeherds Bush Empire, London 17 Feb 2010

Hole at Shepherds Bush Empire, London February 17th 2010

Hole at Shepherds Bush Empire, London February 17th 2010

Oh and the second support (I missed the first) was my new favourite band, seriously these guys were just, er, MAD! It was Foxy Shazam, I must admit I never heard of them before but I very much hope we will soon because I can’t wait to see that again, they are mental believe me, and the gravity defying front man is just pushing the boundaries further so much that even Charlie Fink (the Charlie Fink from The Cesarians I mean, and former Penthouse, Blood Safari) is back one place just behind in my own personal rank hehe.

Ok enough.

Guitar Heroes

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Two legends sharing the stage of the world’s number one venue last night it’s Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck at the O2 Arena. Tens of thousands of seated fans listening quietly the sound of two Fenders. Flickr galleries of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, then Jeff & Eric together.

Jeff Beck at the O2 Arena, London, February 13 2010

Jeff Beck at the O2 Arena, London, February 13 2010

Eric Clapton at the O2 Arena, London, February 13 2010

Eric Clapton at the O2 Arena, London, February 13 2010

Waiting for Love

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

That was a long wait last night instead of a great show when Courtney Love never showed up at the gig at Proud Camden. Such a shame I was really looking forward to that one!! A short gallery of I Blame Coco, featuring Sting’s daughter Coco Sumner. Courtney Love was supposed to close the night around midnight but some sort of flash-facebook-rave in Myfair turned into a riot, just where she was staying and she got stuck home while we were waiting for some action to happen! grrrrrrr gutted (and sleep deprived)

I Blame Coco at Proud Camden, London, 11 Feb 2010

Also a gallery from the Lacuna Coil show at Shepherds Bush Empire last week.

Lacuna Coil at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 5 Feb 2010

Lacuna Coil at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 5 Feb 2010

Robyn Hitchcock, KT Tunstall, Graham Coxon and Amy MacDonald

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

A maritime evening with Robyn Hitchcock with guests KT Tunstall, Graham Coxon and Katherine Williams at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last Saturday, and again this is a set for Flickr, I haven’t had time to update the LP galleries, although hmm I’m getting pretty used to simply posting on Flickr. I do wish they didn’t reduce the size and over sharpen whatever with feed them with though but hey it’s pretty convenient after all. But I’m digressing here, yes a maritime evening with songs about the sea, whales, icebergs and boat trips. A very civilised gig after the Rolo Tomassi mayhem, no bruises after the show, hehe.

Robyn Hitchcock at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London - 30 Jan 2010

Robyn Hitchcock at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London - 30 Jan 2010

Graham Coxon at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, with Robyn Hitchcock - 30 Jan 2010

Graham Coxon at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, with Robyn Hitchcock - 30 Jan 2010

KT Tunstall at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, with Robyn Hitchcock - 30 Jan 2010

KT Tunstall at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, with Robyn Hitchcock - 30 Jan 2010

And tonight a nice show at the ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, with Amy MacDonald supported by Jersey Budd. And special thanks for the light engineer, man the lighting was awesome, you should, like, do the lighting everywhere in London. Seriously :)

Amy MacDonald at the ICA - February 2 2010

Amy MacDonald at the ICA - February 2 2010

Now for some action

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Somewhere towards the other extreme from the musical scale, compared to Abba I mean :) , lies the Jazzcore of Rolo Tomassi. A blend of Melt Banana and Gallows, a big slap in your face, loud and crazy yet clever, and absolutely full of adrenaline, that was tonight at the Camden Barfly. Some action on my Flickr page here: http://bit.ly/rolot.

I filmed a bit of video too but haven’t got my head around compressing this to put only somewhere but will try…

Eva Spence of Rolo Tomassi performing at the Camden Barfly - 26 Jan 2010

Eva Spence of Rolo Tomassi performing at the Camden Barfly - 27 Jan 2010

Rolo Tomassi at the Camden Barfly - 27 Jan 2010

Rolo Tomassi at the Camden Barfly - 27 Jan 2010

Jean-Michel Manson, P!nk and other updates

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

This month saw Marilyn Manson play with fingertip lasers under a sea of smoke at Brixton Academy, a grand circus show by P!NK on her Funhouse tour at the O2 Arena, Mars Volta in great shape but with a ridiculous (release) form (cf previous post), a press conference with Rihanna announcing her UK arena tour 2010 and last night The Raveonettes supported at Islington Academy by ex- Hope Of The States, The Nothwestern. A near miss with Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup with Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme, which I refused to shoot eventually due to a non negotiable ridiculous form, again, third time this month. The release was word for word the same as for Mars Volta, grabbing rights throughout the Universe and etc.

P!NK at the O2 Arena - 8 December 09

P!NK at the O2 Arena - 8 December 09

Marilyn Manson at Brixton Academy - 9 December 09

Marilyn Manson at Brixton Academy - 9 December 09

Rihanna - Press Call in Westfield - 19 December 2009

Rihanna - Press Call in Westfield - 19 December 2009

Mars Volta at The HMV Forum - 19 December 2009

Mars Volta at The HMV Forum - 19 December 2009

The Raveonettes at Islington Academy - 18 December 2009 with support from The Northwestern

The Raveonettes at Islington Academy - 18 December 2009 with support from The Northwestern