Live Music – Tour Photography – The Safe & Sound Tour

SafeandSoundTour2014_24Back in the first week of April, I went on tour with my buddies in the band My Kingdom.  Along with us was A Crowd Like You (also from Long Island) and Awake at Last (from Delaware.)  It was a wild ride, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat, but here is my tour photography report from that 10 days…

Day 1 – Bayshore, NY

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The stage set up. One flash behind the drum kit – gelled blue. 2 more flashes – one on each side of the stage, pointed up.

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Corey – My Kingdom’s new guitarist who joined the band about 2 weeks before the tour.

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Joe Deuce

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Anthony Casquarelli on the drums for My Kingdom

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A little jump off

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Sing sang alongs.

I missed out on the 2nd day of the tour, at Rockin’ Ricks in Limestone, NY, due to previous commitments.  But I met back up with everyone the next day.

Day 3 – Port Jervis, NY

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Parked.

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Kanjam kept the blood flowing.

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PB&J Sammiches.

This show ended up not happening, so we moved on to the next place/venue.

Day 4 -Willow Grove, PA

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Joe bought a scooter…

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And Ralph pulled off all the sick tricks.

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All the sickest of tricks.

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Family Dinner

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Anthony setting up his kit.

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TJ from Awake at Last and Anthony, gettin’ weird.

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Joey tuning up.

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Lighting setup for this show – 3 flashes behind the band – for My Kindom, gelled blue/green. A fourth flash at the back of the room pointed toward the band ungelled for clean fill.

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This led to a rope burn on Ralph’s neck for the rest of the tour.

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Tom from A Crowd Like You

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Kyle from A Crowd Like You

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James from A Crowd Like You

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Tom enjoying Chase’s bass playing

Day 5 – Virginia Beach, VA

Driving to Virginia Beach, neck pillows and shootin' dragons.

Driving to Virginia Beach, neck pillows and shootin’ dragons.

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The peace before the madness.

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Hay buddy, who you textin’ bro?

 

For these shots, I set up some flashes (one in an octabox camera left, and one bare camera right) and had a few guys jump and bounce around a bit.

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Ralph getting jumpy at our campsite

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Joey with some mean leans

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And jumps

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Corey mean muggin’

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Yeahhhh

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This is the shot I had in mind when I planned it. It’s always nice to have an idea come to life.

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Shaka’s in Virginia Beach – one of the best lighting situations for a venue on the tour. No flash used here.

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Joe, before he got sick

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Derp

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Little kicks

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Jumps

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Faces

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Maybe some time they’ll make eye contact

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Mean muggin’ x2

 

Day 7 – Erie, PA

There was one show canceled, and a bunch of other things that happened, and I barely took any photos for the next few days after the Virgina Beach show.  And then all 6 of us got sick.

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Anthony was the least sick.

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Joe felt crummy, but still screamed his lungs out.

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This venue had weird shit on the walls.

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Lots of weird shit.

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TONS of weird shit.

Day 8 – Toldeo, OH

Determined to pick up my own slack, I started taking way more photos.  That’s what I was there to do, and I was going to kill it.  Luckily, the show in Ohio turned out to be one of the best of the tour…

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Van repair is necessary.

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And down time.

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Lots of down time.

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There were some cool rest stops along the way.

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To get some Frisbee in.

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And stretch the legs.

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Frisssbeeee

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Corey

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Ralph

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Joey

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Smiles

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Anthony

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*brushy brushy*

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Joey Deuce

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More Ralph

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A Crowd Like You making people bananas.

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The sun will shine straight through the rain.

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Get down.

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Bass face.

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Chase from A Crowd Like You with some air.

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Later that night… PBR Ralph came out to party.

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And then went to sleep.

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Note: bonfires are hot. Don’t do this.

Day 9 – Indianapolis, IN

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We woke up in Michigan, and Anthony made friends with a deer.

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Oh deer.

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Joey stole A Crowd Like You’s captain’s hat, and took control of the wheel.

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Corey on the scoot making the weird faces.

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The first group tour photo.

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Chillin’

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Awake at Last in the house.

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Jumpy

For My Kingdom, I recorded video their entire set this night.  So no live photos of them here…

Day 10 (Technically Day 16, but Day 10 for me and My Kingdom) – West Babylon, NY

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Riffing away. Lighting set up – 4 speedlights, all behind the band, except for drummer. One on cabs stage left, two gelled blue between the bass drum, and one on the cabs stage right.

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Trace Your Steps with the stage dives.

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Joey with the air

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Joey keepin’ it classy.

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Joe Deuce lookin’ metal

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That’s one way to sing backing vocals.

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Dave from Trace Your Steps with guest vox.

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Joe Pisani riffin’

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One of the only venues I wasn’t able to get great shots of Anthony.

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Swingin’ the mic.

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Growlin’

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😛

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Bouncy

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Stage Guests

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The final tour group photo.

Music Videos from the tour:

My Kingdom – Wide Open

 A Crowd Like You – Point Your Finger/Tour Video (Edited by me, some of it shot by me as well)

Tour Photography Notes:

So that’s the wrap up from The Safe and Sound tour.  Not really much more I can write here, but it was awesome.

Equipment:

Nikon D3, Nikon D600, 80-200 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 50 1.4, Nikon SB-900, Nikon SB-700, 2 other manual speedlight flashes, some modifiers here and there.

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