Headlining day 2 of Rock N America on the mainstage, the influential and legendary Scorpions deliver an exemplary performance to the largest festival crowd of the weekend.
As noted in coverage from the groups Atlanta show, at 38 years young, the Scorpions deliver jaw dropping performances with arena sized stage productions as they begin their 3 year world farewell tour. This nights performance would perhaps come with a unique opportunity given Scorpions founder Michael Schenker had performed with his band MSG earlier in the day. As such, expectation was high that he would join brother Rudolph Schenker on stage during the set.
Given the impeccable shooting of the Scorpions performance weeks prior, the band was my most anticipated shoot of the Rock N America festival.
Here is what happened…
Rumors swirled around media attendees in the early afternoon regarding a separate Scorpions credential being required for the Scorpions headlining performance at Rock N America. I immediately inquired with event media and was told no such “additional” credential was required. As such, I went about my day and made no additional arrangements for credentials. Entering the pit, touring staff informed an additional credential was in fact required. Confusion set in and we were informed that perhaps we would be allowed to shoot from the standing room only 350+ VIP area, amongst the fans. The media on assignment fully aware of Michael Schenker’s planned performance with the group quickly disappeared into the sea of fans. Impossible to get to a position in the front rows, I made my way stage left in the darkness which seemed to have less hands in the air as I would need to shoot above and/or through them. From here I enjoyed another jaw dropping performance by the while waiting patiently. All shots were captured with a single Nikon D700 and 70-200 2.8 hand held overhead. A testament to the Nikon D700’s 21 point dynamic focus point selection and good aim by photographer. Exposures fell around a very leisurely 1/400 F2.8 ISO1600.