Performing on one of the hottest tour packages of the summer, Cheap Trick kills it during the 2012 Aerosmith/Cheap Trick Global Warming Tour.
For this tour, I knew Aerosmith would have a strict single editorial release. Historically Cheap Trick have had a rights grab release the last few years. In a wonderful surprise there was no release this time around and I was excited to mark the band off my bucket list. This is where things got tricky. Our largest venue has a very high stage and we were informed photographers were restricted to the first 3 songs from house right – and not to pass the corner between the stage and the catwalk. Stage directly in front of us added another foot or so obstruction with fans and monitors leaving small gaps between for 6 photographers to wait and jockey for clear shots. Some blind overhead was an option as well. Further, given all the guitarists are right handed, they will tend to favor their right side and face their right side to the audience (meaning house left would give a more preferred shooting angle given the restrictions). Thus, shooting angles were limited and often a bit (wait for it, technical term)…wonky.
Lighting was a bit challenging at 1/250 F3.2 ISO4000 though contrasty enough for some great exposures overall. A tough one, but happy to have had the opportunity to cover it. While the restrictions where the same for Aerosmith, the captures for that set where a bit more proper as the band spent enough time on the catwalk that climbing the barracade was an option without restricting fan visibility of the artist.
Cheap Trick should endorse photography more often. They look incredible and sound even better.