And of course, it is always great fun to get to spend the weekend with awesome photographers!
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS
1- I got to say “Hi” to Chuck Billy from Testament while he was in the media tent. (I know… small victories)
2- Slipknot was absolutely bananas. I had a hard time shooting, I was so excited to see them live. The stage setup was awesome, movement everywhere (drums on spinning high-rises). And the costumes!
3- Got to shoot MORE than 30 seconds of Lamb of God's performance before security kicked us out of the pit for safety reasons.
4- The weather was perfect! Not a drop of rain and low humidity.
Best bands to photograph over the weekend (for me personally):
Iggy Pop (who punched and spit in one of the video cameras on stage)
NOFX (lots of energy and hilarious)
- I was kinda disappointed with a few of the bands (won't mention names...). Felt like some performances were missing something. Some bands' energy levels were not there.
- Warrant: I was excited to finally see this band that I was a fan of in my teenage years… without Jani Lane it just wasn’t the same.
- The main stages were so high up that the munchkin I am (5 feet 4), I had trouble shooting.
- The food was ok but not many "healthy" options. Also wished they had iced coffee on the site.
- It felt like there were less people than in the past years, especially Saturday. (good for us photographers that have to rush from one stage to the next but bad for the organizers who worked hard on putting the whole thing together)
I had a blast again this year and can’t wait for the 2016 edition of Heavy Montreal.
Wish list for next year: Rob Zombie (of course!), Rammstein, and Marty Friedman.
A few more favorite band pics: