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…).… Read the rest
After my last blog post on the Vans Warped Tour, I realized that I might learn something if I reached out directly to the fans and asked them questions about the bands. While I had not heard about For The Foxes before the tour, many other people knew their music. As soon as I posted a few photos, many people responded. (This happened with many bands)
Some people even recognized their hands when they saw this photo. I think they recognized their friend’s hands too. Some of those may have helped create the questions.
I also realized in the last post that many people did not see the link to each photo gallery, so I will make those more clear. Here is the link to the photo gallery. You can also access the galleries and the comment section through my Photography Facebook Page.
Here are the questions… let’s see if this works.… Read the rest
I have photographed the Vans Warped Tour the last four years and even though I am clearly not the targeted demographic, I have loved every year. (This year, I photographed twenty six bands in one day. 26!) After only one hour at Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater, I was humming the (new/old Blink 182) song “What’s My Age Again,” and believing the Warped Tour’s slogan — “Best Day Ever.”
Now, for the challenge! I am going to translate the Vans Warped experience for older music fans.
Last week, one of my friends, Diana Butler Bass, asked her Facebook audience, “How, exactly, does one explain Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow to one’s 15 year old kid?” Many of her friends responded, but I do not think any of us had the right answer, perhaps because some questions are better unanswered. It is probably better that I never asked my parents to explain Starland Vocal Band‘s 1976 suggestive number one hit song “Afternoon Delight” when I was 8, which is about the same age as my children now.… Read the rest