Last night I photographed the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Valley View Casino Center as the house photographer. This was a great night of music and photography. The Red Hot Chili Peppers put on a fantastic high energy show with everything a concert photographer could ask for: Bright lights, high energy, great subjects, and an iconic band where just about every shot is a keeper.
For this show I used the Nikon D4 and D750 DSLR bodies and three lenses, the 70-200mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 16mm f/2.8 fisheye.
There were a few issues, the main ones being the three video camera operators and the monitors at the front of the stage. These minor obstacles were not a huge problem but I did notice that some of the less seasoned photographers were getting in the way of the video crew which is a huge no-no. it is that type of behavior that ends up causing the photographers to be sent to the soundboard.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers had one of the coolest lighting rigs I have ever seen or photographed. This thing looked and acted like a giant kinetic sculpture made up of a thousand individual lights. this was one of the reasons that I brought along the 16mm fisheye. I hoped to get a shot of the lights and the band on the stage. Hopefully all the members of the band at the same time. It was pretty freakin awesome.
This was one of the best shows I have shot in a long time.