Monday, June 2, 2014

Buckcherry at The Paramount Theater May 30th, 2014

all photos by ASH FOX
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Buckcherry is one of the most fun, sexy, live rock bands I've seen, epitomizing everything that's exciting about rock n' roll. Josh Todd is clearly one of the last great (and highly underrated) showmen. So, the closest I will ever get to crowd surfing is taking up a random man's offer to put me on his shoulders to shoot over the crowd. I said no over and over and then thought "In the name of rock n' roll, I'm going up"! So, some of these photos were achieved atop this man's shoulders. Whatever it takes for the best shot!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts at City Winery 3/17/13

all photos by ASH FOX
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Last night I brought my camera to see Scott Weiland at City Winery. I was shooting from the crowd with a fixed lens among fellow fans. It's late so I'm not going to write a full review...all I'll say is Scott Weiland is last great rock star and any opportunity to see him play I'll take. The show was mostly new renditions of classic STP songs, and covers. I personally would have liked to hear more of Scott's solo material, but understandably the STP material appeals to the majority of fans. "Kitchenware and Candybars" was the standout song of the evening in my opinion, however the crowd seemed most excited and energized by the bass line leading into Janes Addiction's "Mountain Song". It seems that a lot of fans go see bands popular during the 90s for a nostalgic trip back to their youth. I only discovered Weiland's musc 8 yrs ago so I experienced his music in a different context. I'm much more excited by the stranger, experimental and romantic tracks. Apparently the Wildabouts are playing NY again this summer. I'd love to hear them swap out some of the cover songs for a few more original, rarely-performed Weiland songs like "Divider" and "Son" as well as some of STP's softer deep cuts like "Samba Nova", "Seven Caged Tigers", and "Wonderful" to name a few. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

FILTER @ Irving Plaza 7/12/12

On the evening of July 12th, I jetted over from photographing a hip hop group down at the Seaport to Irving Plaza to catch FILTER. The genius that came up with the idea of a double header with Fuel and Filter deserves a kiss. Some of the mashups today are a bit of a stretch.

Unfortunately, I didn’t make it in time for Fuel’s set, but I did catch the last song. I didn’t really follow Fuel passed their album “Something Like Human”, but I’ve listened to “Shimmer” a pathological number of times. Who doesn’t melt hearing Brett Scallions sing,  “She dreams a champagne dream, strawberry surprise, pink linen and white paper, lavender and cream, fields of butterflies, reality escapes her”? Sometimes I can be such a girl.

When I photograph musicians, I’m generally shooting the next generation. It’s invigorating, but dipping down memory lane to photograph a band you enjoyed as a 13 year old with your nose up against the TV screen is quite a treat.

Filter opened with Welcome to the Fold, the perfect greeting. Richard Patrick looked fit and happy, and his voice matched the pushing 20yr old sound of the recording. His voice goes from sweet to scream fluidly without strain. Filter won me over years ago, expressing the lovely hormonal teenage cocktail of emotions, all the anger and angst that we’ve come to know and love as “very 90s”. Even as a so-called grown up it was cathartic participating in the rebel yells during pleasers like Hey Man, Nice Shot, Welcome to the Fold and Best Things.

Patrick has an outstanding ability to immerse himself with the fans, he literally puts his body on the line, pouring himself out over the crowd, surfing like it was 1999. It’s 2012, so bands have to work harder than ever to connect with a dying and distracted audience. Bands have to show loyalty and not only tour, but create new music to keep fans interested. Even if the fans are still only holding onto the commercial glory days of the band, the new music is what keeps the band fresh and excited when they’re out performing.

During Filter’s heyday of hits I appreciated the songs, but didn’t delve deeper because in those days I was distracted by the baby pink and blue pop commodities. Forget bringing home a CD with a parental warning. So I got my rock fix from MTV and VH1 when music videos were on TV, and rock could still get through the mainstream. Take a Picture tugged on my heartstrings, the video felt like a melancholy teenage Disney ride. I finally got Short Bus and Titles of the Record in college. Stuck in Here , So Cool, I Will Lead You, and I’m Not the Only One were some of my favorites. Of the late 90s-early 2000s crop of “neo-grunge” bands, Filter always stood out from the rest. Filter’s mix of rock and electronic is tied to a very specific time, so it’s great that they’re still out there playing as hard as the early days. Every teenager (and adult) needs a “Hey Man Nice Shot” song to yell along to. Now that I don’t need permission, I’ll be getting Filter’s new album Gurney and the Burning Books.