live music: RASCAL FLATTS x IZOD CENTER x 2.18.12

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ 2.18.12 – While I’m not a huge country music fan, the opportunity to shoot on of the biggest acts in country music intrigued me. Rascal Flatts have been around for 12 years and every album they released has been certified platinum. The band hit the road for the current “Thaw Out” tour in support of their upcoming album entitled “Changed”.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

One good thing about shooter some of the bigger bands out there is that the lights are always on point…and this show was no exception.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

It’s not to say that the evening’s shoot went smooth. They almost always never do. We were instructed we can only shoot 2 songs [as per the usual first 3]…and tonight it was only songs 2 and 3. The stage was set up with a “T” extension from the main stage. Both sides of the walkway to the “T-bar” were flanked by fans. While there was no “photo pit” per se, we were allowed to shoot from right in front of the “T” and in front of the first row of ticket holders where the 3 main players spent most of their time. Good for me, right? Well, not exactly. The band had a camera man roaming left and right during the set with a security guard holding cable and rudely pushing the photographers out of the way with every pass they made. It’s hard enough to focus on multiple musicians, lighting, crowd, etc and now this.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

RASCAL FLATTS AT IZOD CENTER IN NEW JERSEY. PHOTO BY JOE RUSSO.

I got through it and I’m happy with the photo set.

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