I first learned about Black Veil Brides when photographing the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. Chelsea Lauren, who I had met a few hours earlier, encouraged me to shoot the band, otherwise I may have missed seeing them when they wore more makeup and performed on one of the smaller Warped stages. Now I will follow every Chelsea Lauren concert recommendation whenever possible.
By 2011, BVB’s fan base resembled the KISS Army. (OK, maybe not THAT dedicated, but these fans cared.) The band connected to their fans too. Despite the costumes, they did not hide behind a mask or a veil. At the time, I questioned the band’s name, which probably illustrates my age. Old people do that sort of thing. When I was young, I do not remember caring whether my favorite bands had cool names. Many of my favorite bands had stupid names. (For example, The Who and KISS and Van Halen…). Many of my favorite bands had cool names. (For example, The Who and KISS and Van Halen…).
This summer, the band looked different. I enjoyed photographing them. Do their fans enjoyed the new Black? BVB has not started playing Air Supply covers, they just removed some white makeup. Let’s ask their fans a few questions and see if we learn something.
2. What do you like most about BVB?
3. What makes them unique?
Some fans from other Vans Warped bands helped me with these questions. I suspect that BVB fans will answer some or all of the questions, but I could be wrong.