live music: MEGADETH x 1.28.12 x NYC

Megadeth at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC 1.28.12 – I was really looking foward to shooting Megadeth on Gigantour this year. Motorhead was opening up before them…a nice 1-2 punch. But my experience on this night is one to be forgotten. I enjoy so many highs throughout the year shooting music that I guess every so often, something is bound to not go smoothly.

I was finally approved to shoot Megadeth late in the evening the night before their show. When I confirmed the approval/email, I asked about set times, etc. The reply comes back the next day and I follow up asking about shooting the other 3 opening bands…to which I’m told that I have to email them all individually. Not only is that a pain in the ass…it’s also the day of the show. With that being said, I emailed all 3 bands and was told that the lists were closed and it was too late.

Ok…so I’m still shooting Megadeth. I was told to meet the media escort at 9:15pm as the band is hitting the stage at 9:40pm. I’m walking from my car at 9:05pm when I receive an email from the media escort telling me to hurry up as the bands have pushed up their set times. I get there within 5 mins and I ask for my photo pass from the escort, she doesn’t have it and tells me I need to go to MSG will call [one very long city block away] to get my pass. I run down the block, get to will call and they tell me I’m not on their list. This goes back and forth for a good 6 mins and then he returns with a Megadeth photo pass. I grabbed it and ran back down to the venue. I’m greeted by security and they escort me in to the venue and the photo pit.

At this time, the band is tearing through song 2 of their set. [Keep in mind we only get to shoot the first 3 songs]. We have to go all the way across the venue to the far side to enter the photo pit. I’m putting my gear together as we’re walking so I can just jump right in…or so I thought. I flass my pass and I’m stopped by security and he tells me I have the wrong photo pass. I disagreed with him and this goes back and forth until I’m passed along to another security person. He takes out his paper to ID the correct photo pass and he tells me the same thing. So apparently the man at the will call window gave me the wrong photo pass…it was for the opening band. I ask security to call the media rep and they shrug shoulders like they don’t know who she is. So I email her and she quickly comes out to get me. Mind you now the third song just started. She argues with security and pleads for them to let me in; she vouches for me and I bolt into a packed photo pit. Many photographers and barely any lateral movement.

After all was said and done, I was only able to shoot pics of 2/3 of the third song!

Megadeth and Dave Mustaine at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

Megadeth and Chris Broderick at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

Megadeth and Dave Mustaine at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

Megadeth and Chris Broderick at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

Megadeth and Dave Mustaine at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

Megadeth at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

Megadeth plays the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Joe Russo.

Megadeth and Dave Mustaine at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

Megadeth and Chris Broderick at MSG Photo by Joe Russo

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One Response to “live music: MEGADETH x 1.28.12 x NYC”

  1. groovehouse says:

    The real trick is to shoot a clear shot of Dave Mustaine’s face! Almost impossible! His hair looks cropped a little in these shots but last year when I shot him it was longer and more scraggly making it really hard to get a nose and mouth shot! =)

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