Road Report – 4/19/2015

Hey friends! I know it’s been a while, so thanks for checking back!

I’ve got lots of new stuff going on so I’ll fill you in on the latest happenings.

I’m currently out on the road with the one and only Def Leppard. I’m filling in for a friend of mine on guitar tech duties, so I’ll be out with these guys until the end of July. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with this band and crew – I’ve heard nothing but good things about them over the years and it’s all true. I immediately felt welcomed by everyone and there is a great family vibe out here – I will definitely be sad when my time with them comes to an end.

I’m teching for Phil Collen, who is a great player and even greater person. I just about wore out my cassette of Pyromania back in the day, so it’s a blast to be working for him and hearing these songs again. Part of my gig is switching Phil’s sounds for the different parts of the songs – typically there will be a sound for the verse, maybe a different one for the chorus, and a solo sound as well. Having grown up with these songs certainly helps me with this, since I already know when all of these song sections are coming up! Phil uses around 7 different guitars during the show, so I take care of these as well. I’m also looking after an acoustic guitar that Joe plays on one song.

As you can see, I’ve got my hands full during the shows. There are a few spots where I may be able to get some shooting in, so I’m hoping to get the band’s approval to do a bit of photography. The great Ross Halfin is currently traveling with us as tour photographer, so I certainly don’t want to step on any toes. Our drum tech is also a great photographer, so I’m sure we will be having plenty of photo-geek discussions on the road. I’m in the middle of a Canadian run right now, followed by a European run and one US run before I’m done.

Back in February I did a short tour with Neal Morse. We started in Nashville and wound up in L.A. a little over a week later. Neal tours are VERY busy – I think we had one day off! I was also looking after 4 (!) band members on this tour, so it was pretty hectic. I still got some shooting in and wound up with some shots that I was happy with.

The Neal Morse Band

The Neal Morse Band

Also in February, I was sent up to NYC for about 5 days to do some shooting for PixelFlex. They are a great video/LED company. You can see their products on a bunch of country tours (including Luke Bryan and Alan Jackson) as well as the last Dream Theater tour. They install LED video systems in a variety of settings and they needed me to shoot some of these installations. I shot at a couple of True Religion jean stores, a school in New Jersey, and an earbud store in NYC. It was an interesting and COLD week. My flight home just happened to coincide with a nasty ice storm in Nashville, so I was stuck in LaGuardia airport for several hours until I somehow made it back that night. I had a great cab driver who, despite being from relatively ice and snow-free country of Ghana, did a great job driving me home on the ice-covered roads.

True Religion Store - NYC

True Religion Store – NYC

In addition to all of this, I’ve been doing a little bit of real estate shooting for a local agent as well as product photography for PixelFlex at their Nashville office. Oh – and some headshots for a company that is owned by a friend of mine. Nothing like variety! I love the challenges that come with shooting in all of these situations. I suppose I should narrow my focus at some point, but I’m really enjoying this.

As usual – feel free to use the contact page to hit me up with any questions or suggestions. I’ll be checking in from the road and hopefully I’ll have some interesting and entertaining stories to share (and maybe some photos, too).

Thanks again for stopping by and I’ll see you on the road!

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