Photos by Marty Moffatt: Blog http://martymoffatt.photography/blog en-us Photo Products and Services martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:53:00 GMT Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:53:00 GMT http://martymoffatt.photography/img/s2/v1/u153720626-o43937911-50.jpg Photos by Marty Moffatt: Blog http://martymoffatt.photography/blog 77 100 Journey - Hollywood Bowl - June 2015 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/12/journey---hollywood-bowl---june-2015 P6213720_resizeP6213720_resizeJourney 2015 Hollywood Bowl
 

Journey - Hollywood Bowl - June 2015
 

During a vacation in the US a few months ago, we got tickets to see Journey play a special one-off show with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.  This venue is a very prestigious one, with many world famous artists playing as guests of the LAPO.  Usually, these guests get to play two or three songs.  In this case, the opening night of the summer season, the LAPO allowed Journey to play a full set with them - I believe that's the first time that has happened there.  It was also the first time in Journey's career that they have played with a full orchestra. 
 

Because of my previous work with Journey I was able to get a photo pass for the event, but all photographers were severely restricted in that all photos had to be taken from level with the mixing desk, which was probably some 50 metres from the stage.  This was a restriction imposed by the venue and Journey had no control over it.
 

Because I was on vacation I only had my tiny travel camera and lenses with me.  It was a struggle from that distance but given the circumstances I don't think these came out too badly.  And actually, during the fireworks, being that far back turned out to be a benefit as I could get the whole Bowl and fireworks in shot.
 

The show itself was amazing.  Journey's music translates very well to orchestral arrangements, and the LAPO is one of the best orchestras in the world.  The band looked to be having fun, and the event also raised huge amounts for charity.
 


 


 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/12/journey---hollywood-bowl---june-2015 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:46:41 GMT
Warner E Hodges Band 2015 Bristol http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/12/warner-e-hodges-band-2015-bristol P9055858_resizeP9055858_resizeWarner E Hodges Band

Bristol September 2015

 

Warner E Hodges Band
 

Warner is more often seen as the guitarist in Dan Baird's Homemade Sin and in Jason & the Scorchers.  However, he also has his own band, which gives him a showcase to demonstrate how good a guitarist he is.  This particular gig was in a marquee at a cider festival in the West Country, which didn't make for the greatest lighting or atmosphere, but the band sounded great.  Well worth catching if they come to play anywhere near you.
 


 


 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/12/warner-e-hodges-band-2015-bristol Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:30:20 GMT
Tyketto @ Camden Underworld - 28th July 2015 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/7/tyketto-camden-underworld---28th-july-2015 Tyketto are a band with a bunch of great songs and a quality of performance that never falls short of excellent.  To those who know them they are a must-see band.  To those who don't... well you are missing out.
 

They were doing just a few dates this time around, and the only one I could physically get to was the London date, at Camden Underworld on Tuesday night. 
 

The Underworld is a nice venue for atmosphere, as it is small and intimate and usually filled (as it was on Tuesday).  Unfortunately it is also probably one of the worst venues in the UK to photograph at.  There is no photo pit, the only place to effectively take pictures is from the side of the stage, and the lighting is generally either red or black (non existent), with an occasional spotlight hotspot to white-out any detail.  
 

Here are a few shots of the show - I converted them all to black and white simply to avoid the worst of the red lighting.
 

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Tyketto - Camden, July 2015
 


 


 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/7/tyketto-camden-underworld---28th-july-2015 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:59:07 GMT
Ramblin' Man Fair - 25th - 26th July 2015 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/7/ramblin-man-fair---25th---26th-july-2015 I spent last weekend as a regular fan at this new festival in Kent.  I didn't even try to get a photo pass, because with UK festivals unless you are working specifically for a major publication the answer is almost inevitably no.  Also, as it was the first festival here, I wanted to experience the whole thing, not just see everything from the photo pit.
 

The festival itself was fantastic (at least the Saturday - more on the Sunday later),  Everything was pretty well organized but laid back, the sun was shining, and each of the bands we saw put in brilliant performances.
 

I took my new Olympus EM10 MFT camera for it's first workout as my sole camera at this kind of event (I usually have two huge Canons).  The Olympus is half the size and less than half the weight of just one of my Canons, so is much more convenient to carry around in the crowd and attracts much less attention.
 

Anyway, despite not working in any official capacity I did take a few pics of several of the bands we saw.  Here are my pics of FM, taken from various locations in the crowd as I wandered around....
 

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FM @ Ramblin' Man Fair - July 2015 
 

Considering how far back from the stage I was for most of the day I think the Olympus fared rather well.
 

I took lots of pics of FM because I could and because they are friends of mine.  I shot several other bands too (including The Scorpions, Camel, Saxon, Blue Oyster Cult, Toseland, Jason & the Scorchers, No Hot Ashes and others), but not nearly as many pics.  I will post those pics when I've got around to editing them.
 

If Saturday was all the best in terms of weather at a British open air festival, Sunday contained some of the very worst weather.  It was windy and raining for the whole day, from before breakfast until we finally decided enough was enough and departed, around 4pm.  It was so wet I didn't take my camera out of its bag.  It's a shame we didn't get to see some of the bands scheduled for later that day, and I felt sorry for those who had already played in the pouring rain (including an excellent set by The Quireboys) but there is always next year.
 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) FM Ramblin' Man Rock Music http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/7/ramblin-man-fair---25th---26th-july-2015 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:39:21 GMT
Concerts in 2015 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/7/concerts-in-2015 Here are a few more concerts, from the first few months of this year...
 


 

Thunder, Wembley - June 2015 (supporting ZZ Top) thunder2015wembley063_resizethunder2015wembley063_resizeThunder @ Wembley Arena
June 2015

 

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Romeo's Daughter, London - May 2015 002002   
 

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Joe Bonamassa, Hammersmith - March 2015 JoeBonamassa-MM-12JoeBonamassa-MM-12
 

Tax The Heat, March 2015 ~$10~$10  
 

Thunder, Hammersmith - March 2015 ~$28~$28   
 

Thunder, Birmingham - March 2015 ~$96~$96   
 

Thunder, Leeds - March 2015 ~$59~$59   
 


 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) FM Rock Music Thunder http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2015/7/concerts-in-2015 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:51:35 GMT
Round-up of some of 2014 concerts http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2014/12/round-up-of-some-of-2014-concerts I didn't get around to doing individual blog items for each of these shows, but here are a few of the highlights from 2014, in no particular order...

Trans Siberian Orchestra - Hammersmith

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Tyketto - Wolverhampton

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Foreigner - Bristol

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FM - Bristol

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Magnum - Oxford

~$87~$87

Magnum - Bristol

~$1~$1

The Temperance Movement - Oxford

~$3~$3

Journey - Atlanta

~$80~$80

Journey - Raleigh

~$95~$95

Thunder - Calling Festival

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Ultimate Eagles - Silverstone

~$84~$84

Ultimate Eagles - Highlights from the UK Autumn tour

~$21~$21

Limehouse Lizzy - Swindon

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FIREFEST 2014

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) Foreigner Journey Lizzy Magnum Rock TSO Thunder Tyketto http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2014/12/round-up-of-some-of-2014-concerts Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:22:07 GMT
Thunder Xmas shows - December 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2014/2/thunder-xmas-shows---december-2013 thunder2013xmas-show032thunder2013xmas-show032

It's become something of a tradition in recent years.  Whatever else they may or may not be up to, Thunder have done a couple of shows in the run up to Christmas each year, and these shows tend to be something special.  With guest musicians and different arrangements of Thunder songs (the classics and some lesser known songs) plus the Thunder treatment to covers of some other classic songs, it's a musical extravaganza and a real party atmosphere from the first minute to the last.

Not only that, but both shows are recorded and the result is a live CD sent to everybody who bought a ticket for either show. 

I photographed both shows in December (as in previous years), to provide images for the CD booklet.  Here's a selection of about 80 images from the shows...

Thunder 2013 Xmas shows

A few of these might find their way onto the CD, but the CD also contains a few exclusive pics you won't find here.  Regardless, I hope this give you some idea of what a fabulously enjoyable experience the Thunder Christmas shows are.

 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) Rock Music Thunder http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2014/2/thunder-xmas-shows---december-2013 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:36:01 GMT
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - London Hammersmith Apollo http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2014/1/trans-siberian-orchestra---london-hammersmith-apollo Trans-Siberian OrchestraTrans-Siberian OrchestraTrans-Siberian Orchestra - Hammersmith Apollo, London January 2014

Earlier this month I was fortunate to be allowed to shoot this fabulous show from their World tour, comprising great rock music, ten of the greatest singers I've heard in a long time, and a lights and pyrotechnics extravaganza to make any concert photographer drool.  Not only that, because there was no photo pit, the TSO management gave me a front row centre seat from which to take pics.  Here are some of the results...

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - London Hammersmith - January 2014

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) Jeff Scott Soto Rock Music http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2014/1/trans-siberian-orchestra---london-hammersmith-apollo Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:07:38 GMT
Tax The Heat - Portsmouth November 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/tax-the-heat---portsmouth-november-2013 Tax The HeatTax The Heat

Tax The Heat - Portsmouth November 2013

These guys were supporting The Union on their Autumn tour.  Unfortunately I only managed to shoot one of their shows, which is a pity because they sounded amazing and have a bright future ahead of them.  I'll be looking out for their future shows. 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) Tax The Heat http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/tax-the-heat---portsmouth-november-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:28:25 GMT
The Union - UK Autumn Tour http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/the-union---uk-autumn-tour theunion2013nov-tour11theunion2013nov-tour11

...And here's the rest of the tour...

The Union - UK Autumn tour 2013

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) The Union http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/the-union---uk-autumn-tour Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:23:09 GMT
The Union - Sheffield November 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/the-union---sheffield-november-2013 The Union @ Sheffield November 2013The Union @ Sheffield November 2013

The Union - Sheffield November 2013

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) The Union http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/the-union---sheffield-november-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:19:22 GMT
Limehouse Lizzy - Swindon October 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/limehouse-lizzy---swindon-october-2013 Limehouse Lizzy @ Swindon, Oct 2013Limehouse Lizzy @ Swindon, Oct 2013

Limehouse Lizzy - Swindon October 2013

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) limehouse lizzy http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/limehouse-lizzy---swindon-october-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:15:45 GMT
Firefest X - Nottingham 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/firefest-x---nottingham-2013 ff2013-sun07-legends104ff2013-sun07-legends104

This was the tenth anniversary of Firefest melodic rock festival, and the fourth that I've covered as official photographer.  Twenty bands playing over three days, and my job was to shoot the whole set of each band.  Firefest has an amazing atmosphere each year, with fans coming from all over the world to experience the premier festival for this genre of music.

Anyway, here are my galleries of pics from the Firefest 2013 shows.

 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) firefest http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/firefest-x---nottingham-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:12:11 GMT
MelodicRockFest 3 - September 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/melodicrockfest-3---september-2013 mrf3-sun10-eclipse72mrf3-sun10-eclipse72

In September I flew to Chicago to cover a three day melodic rock festival, featuring some 31 bands over the three days.  I was on a very tight timetable, arriving just a few hours before the first band took the stage on Friday, and heading home almost immediately after the last band had played on Sunday night/Monday morning.  I did manage to shoot the whole set of 29 of the 31 bands, the results of which can be viewed here...

MRF3 Galleries

 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) MRF3 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/melodicrockfest-3---september-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:59:32 GMT
FM - Stourbridge July 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/fm---stourbridge-july-2013 fm2013stourbridge054fm2013stourbridge054

FM - Stourbridge July 2013

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) FM http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/fm---stourbridge-july-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:52:13 GMT
The Union - Derby June 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/the-union---derby-june-2013 theunion2013derby004theunion2013derby004

This was a one-off show to record a live DVD, showcasing The Union in full flow.  The resulting DVD, which sounds and looks great (and also has a few of my photos included) can be purchased from here.

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) The Union http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/the-union---derby-june-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:48:27 GMT
Tracer - Bristol June 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/tracer---bristol-june-2013 1O1A149509-31O1A149509-3

Tracer - Bristol June 2013

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) tracer http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/tracer---bristol-june-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:35:57 GMT
Journey - UK tour May 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/journey---uk-tour-may-2013 Journey 2013 UK TourJourney 2013 UK TourJourney 2013 UK Tour

A selection of images from Journey's UK tour in May 2013, supported by Whitesnake and Thunder.

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) journey http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/journey---uk-tour-may-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:30:35 GMT
Whitesnake - UK tour May 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/whitesnake---uk-tour-may-2013 whitesnake2013tour008whitesnake2013tour008

A selection of images from Whitesnake's UK tour in May 2013, with Thunder and Journey

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) whitesnake http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/whitesnake---uk-tour-may-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:28:23 GMT
Thunder - UK Tour 2013 http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/thunder---uk-tour-2013 thunder2013tour033thunder2013tour033

A selection of images from Thunder's UK tour in May 2013, supporting Whitesnake and Journey

 

 

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martymoffatt@fastmail.fm (Photos by Marty Moffatt) thunder http://martymoffatt.photography/blog/2013/12/thunder---uk-tour-2013 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:26:00 GMT