little more than 2 years ago I snuck my camera into the Big Sean show in the restaurant at House of Blues and “shot” my first show standing on top of a couch and pointing the flash anywhere I felt like Sean was going to be; fast forward to now, and by the graces of LiveNation, I was able to cover one of my favorite bands of all time at the biggest arena in Houston, Red Hot Chili Peppers. As you know I don’t usually shoot rock shows but I have been wanting to expand our coverage for a while now and I felt like this was a great way to kick everything off. Tickets for this show went on sale almost a year ago and prior to Friday I had honestly forgot about the show all together but I am definitely glad I was lucky enough to be able to shoot it as I was probably the youngest photographer in the pit and had never shot a show at a venue that is that big before. The show started off with a set by Thundercat whom I had never heard of but quickly won me over with their smooth sound that focused much more on instrumentation over lyricism, not saying their lyrics weren’t good but they were few and far in between and the sound overall was amazing. After waiting out the rest of Thundercat’s set everybody made their way back down to the pit to cover one of this biggest rock bands of this half of the century and it was honestly hard for me to contain the excitement but after a few lens malfunctions I was able to make it through our alotted 3 songs and take what I feel are some of the best SCKNOWS shots to date. The only gripe I had about the show was that I could barely understand anything Kiedis said, I don’t know if that is because I was so close or what but it was really hard to understand the songs from my position in the pit, other than that, RHCP did not disappoint at all. Thanks again to LiveNation for the opportunity.
Red Hot Chili Peppers (As much as I tried focusing on everyone equally, Flea was too awesome to just get a few shots)