Saul Hudson, better known as Slash, is a visually iconic rock musician, as far as rock musicians go. Which makes this shoot more fun for me as a photographer. The music was simply an added bonus.
Dead Sara was the name of the first band, onstage at 8. Emily Armstrong fronts this four piece band from LA. The sound was a hard hitting rock, with a wee bit of punk woven in. Armstrong was all over the stage, and very animated. They did a short set, (30 ish minutes). Then, Slash and company hit the stage.
Just before 9, Slash, Myles Kennedy, and the Conspirators were on. The Conspirators are Brent Fitz on drums, Todd Kerns on bass, and Frank Sidoris playing guitar. Together they've released 4 albums, the newest is creatively called, 4. This was Slash's fifth solo album overall.
Slash is a British-American musician and an icon in the music industry. Which makes this shoot entertaining for me and the other photographers in the pit. This was an entertaining photographic event, for me. Kinda like shooting KISS. I wanted to photograph Slash to see what I could capture of this rocker. As an intense music lover, I do try see all genres of music, both through my lens and my ears. And like many other gig goers, my soul gets nourishment from the music that rises through the floor. The music vibrations surging through my body gives plenty of those hard rocking vibes penetrating my every cell and that makes me happy. It felt good. And that effect, alongside experiencing the individual emergence from our personal 'anti covid' caves, to now be amongst other humans, feels weird, sadly. And when it comes to the pandemic, we may not be finished yet, but dont really know whats down the road for Covid. At this time in California, most venues require vaccination card to enter. But things are still far from 'normal'.