Concerts

Red Hot Chili Peppers

T.D. Garden 2/7/17


When I found out that I would be shooting this show at T.D. Garden, my first feeling was apprehension.  A 20,000 person capacity venue??  I felt like I was definitely going to be in over my head.  After getting lost (twice), spending time backstage, and meeting the band, I miraculously found myself in the photo pit on time and not missing any equipment.  As Borat says, great success!

I am an exceedingly reserved and indecisive person in my day-to-day life, but when I have a camera in my hands, that all slips away and I have no problem doing what I need to do to get the right shot.  Packed in that photo pit with what seemed like 150 other photographers, I was in my element.  I also had a huge advantage in that I was able to stay for the whole show and not just for the first three songs like the rest of the people covering the show.  This gave me the ability to take my time and capture the whole experience rather than have to rush to try to get a couple printable shots.

Even after 30 some odd years, the Chili Peppers really do still have it.  Whatever your opinion on their music, they are master performers and put on a show so full of energy that it is hard to believe they have been doing it for so long.  They weaved in their new material from "The Getaway" with classic songs like "Dani California" and "Under the Bridge" to make sure everyone in the crowd had a great time.  Admittedly, I was completely focused on my camera and not actively listening, but I and most of the audience had an incredibly fun time.  

I was scared at first of the venue, but it ended up being perfectly manageable and actually much easier than smaller venues because I wasn't having to fight the crowd to lift my camera up.  One thing I foolishly didn't plan ahead for, however, was how loud it was going to be.  I had seen the Red Hot Chili Peppers a couple times before, but never right up front like this.  Needless to see, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you are a couple feet from a rock band's speakers, BRING EARPLUGS.  I will not be making that mistake again.

RHCP's new album "The Getway" is out now, click the album art below to buy it.  I hope you like the pictures!

Equipment:

  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon 20 mm 1.8
  • Nikon 50 mm 1.4
  • Nikon 80-200 mm 2.8