Claudio Sanchez' hair, man. Just, wow.
Headed over to Manchester to gorge myself on riffs, as NY prog heroes Coheed and Cambria brought their ninth studio album - Vaxis Act 1: The Unheavenly Creatures - to the Academy.
From the off I had this down as a potentially tough gig to shoot. Progressive rock is often lit for atmosphere (and rightly so) - lots of dramatic backlight, and plenty of reds and blues. These things always make a show look great, but they often make shooting the show inherently challenging. However, if there's one prog band who are worth taking a risk of a tough night for, it would be Coheed and Cambria.
I seemed to spend the majority of my three song allocation waiting for an opportunity to spot frontman Claudio Sanchez' face poking out from his gigantic mane, which in itself was challenging. That said, there were plenty of opportunities for dramatic hair shots where a clear view of his face weren't paramount. And the lighting was heaps better than I expected, too. It was still tricky, but the occasional use of spotlights on Claudio and the rest of the guys meant I wasn't leaving the pit with a catalogue of huge-hair silhouettes!
Was heaps of fun to shoot this show. I know I keep saying it, but I really need to shoot more rock music. Big hair and guitars are an awful lot of fun.