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The stage is empty except for a couple of people tuning guitars and checking microphones, the venue is abuzz with a mix of the background music playing through the speakers and the sound of people lining up on the gate that separates the stage from the pit. All of a sudden the stagehands clear the stage, the music stops in the background and the lights dim. This is what I live for... those few moments of dead silence. Pure energy pulsing through me as I get my cameras ready to fire. All of a sudden the lights flash, the amplifiers squeal with the sound of guitars and the crowd roars behind me as the band comes on stage, the only thing separating me from the band is the wall of speakers and the security guards lined up like soldiers in the pit. Everything after that is a blur, as all of the concert photographers share the same trenches firing our cameras like M-16's trying to capture the perfect angle. There is no better feeling in the world than those moments in the pit, albeit short as usually we only get the first 3 songs to shoot. Then the war is over and we are ushered out of the battlefield and scatter in the crowd to enjoy the rest of the show.
Last Tuesday I got to experience this 3 times, with 3 bands playing. The Dirty Nil, Monster Truck and Billy Talent.
The Dirty Nil was the first band, Luke Bentham on lead chewing bubble gum and ripping out tunes on his guitar with a high powered voice that echoes all through the venue. With David Nardi (Bass) and Kyle Fisher (drums), this band was the perfect act to warm up the audience and set the mood.
Monster Truck came onstage like they owned the place, long hair, beards, tatoos and no shirt on playing their signature song "nobody gonna tell me how to live" as one of their first 3.
And then Billy Talent; the non-stop energizer bunny. the whole set was electric. If you have never seen this guy live, you owe it to yourself to go.
This concert supported 2 Canadian charities; Musicounts suports schools with musical instruments and F.U.M.S http://turningangerintohope.com/, that supports Canadian youth affected my Multiple Sclerosis.
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One of the bands that I grew up with and had most, if not all of their records was AC DC. They had a very distinguishable sound that, until now, I thought no one could even come close to copying. Until Now. Meet Who Made Who, an AC DC tribute band from Canada who are the closest thing in every way to the real band. Dan Hunter looks and sounds like Brian Johnson; Scooter Von looks and sounds like Angus Young. Its sort of freakishly amazing... Dave Huber, Joe Strubb, Bret Carrigan all together make for an unforgettable experience. You absolutely have to see these guys to believe it. But for now, here are some pictures and video from their last performance here in Lloydminster. Check them out on their website at http://www.whomadewhorocks.com/ .
Here is a Video Montage I put together from the last performance at the Bluenose Bar and Grill here in Lloydminster
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The final day of Colonial Days in Lloydminster brought a band that I grew up with and remember many of their songs from my youth. To see them perform and to be able to take pictures without any song limitations was indeed a dream come true. And they were simply amazing, the bleachers were full, and you could feel the energy in the air. I actually got to speak with Richard Young on the phone before the show, unfortunately it didn't work out for timing to meet in person but at least I have the pictures I took as a memory. A real all around great band with the music still echoing in my ears. A perfect way to end an awesome week.
Here are the pictures from that evening:
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Pop Evil is one of those bands I absolutely love to shoot. They're an American Band formed in 2001 by lead singer, Leigh Kakaty. There's so much energy going on stage that the hardest part is deciding which photos to keep. I won't lie to you.... if I got call to travel with these guys...well...see ya.
Make sure you pick up their latest album "Up", and you can check them out on their website at http://www.popevil.com/. Here's some pics from the show:
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Ok, I have a confession to make. I never heard of the Chris Buck Band before Colonial Days. But holy hell, these guys were awesome. It started out like any show, not many people standing in front of the bandstage, everyone sitting and just listening. But then they called a couple of people to come up on stage and the party started! After a couple of songs both Chris Buck and Jesse Burch went into the crowd bleachers and mingled with the fans, even sitting down to take a selfie. If you lived underneath the same rock as I did, you owe it to yourself to check these guys out. https://www.facebook.com/chrisbuckband
Here are a few pics from their performance:
Chris Buck Phillip Puxley
Phillip Puxley and Jesse Burch
Chris Buck and Jesse Burch
Jordan HB with Phillip Puxley and Chris Buck
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