been a while since I've written about what we've
been doing on the HIM scene. After traveling to
Finland to shoot the "Helldone Tour" over
the New Year's holiday of 2008 / 2009, it wasn't
until this year that the band came back to the US
to support the "Screamworks" album. My
wife and I attended 5 shows for this tour, starting
in Philadelphia, and then up to Boston. The band
first did a signing in a south Jersey "Hot
Topic" store. No photos were allowed unfortunately,
but I did get to talk with their manager and he
took care of me on my passes for the tour. I had
brought a book with a bunch of my pictures to show
off, and got to show him what I've gotten so far.
He was impressed and gave me his approval. Well,
after shooting these guys since October of 2007,
I have amassed an incredible amount of shots. All
along in my mind I am envisioning a HIM concert
photo book. It will be a look back at the last few
years of HIM performing. I want to make it even
more elaborate and I have a graphics artist that
is going to help me give it the look it deserves,
so it's not just an ordinary photo book. It's going
to take some time and money, but I know it will
be worth it as I have seen the devotion to this
band and I think it's something the fans will want
in their collections.
I want to say THANK YOU to the band and their manager
Seppo, and to my friends on the crew and there in
the office. (I'm not sharing any names without permission.)
They have given us more than we could ask for as
for attending the shows. They have all been real
friends. I truly appreciate being given the access
to shoot these pictures not only for this project,
but for the creative outlet it gives me. When the
band finished the tour in New York City over 3 nights
at "The Fillmore - Irving Plaza" May 7,
8, and 9th, I shot all 3 nights. For the first 2
nights I was given special permission to stay in
the pit for the full show. That is very rare that
staying down there is allowed for that long. One
of the reasons it was very helpful to me is that
I had rented a higher end newer camera for the week.
I wanted to get the best pictures possible and have
a camera that would perform better in the low light
situations. It was worth the 400.00 rental. I got
those beautiful razor sharp pictures I wanted. I
got some great ones on my other camera too. (Yes,
I lugged 2 heavy Nikon cameras to all 3 nights!)
I'm still trying to just look through the pictures
from those nights. I shot on 2 different media card
types and there's at least 300 pictures on each
(giving me around 1800
shots or more!), plus I shot one of the opening
bands that we really got to like called DOMMIN.
These guys are one of the best new bands I've heard.
And honestly in my opinion, the best new band period.
Him's stage tech and I agreed that these guys are
going to be huge. I really hope so for them. Please
check them out, you won't be sorry. I found out
that they are big MISFITS fans. Now The Misfits
are good friends of mine and I do their guitar work
so I gave them some swag. I also told Jerry of The
Misfits about these guys. I'm working on getting
Jerry in touch with Him for a possible tour together.
Hey, it's worth a shot, right? I know I'd get free
tickets to that tour!
So, I hope you enjoy checking out my HIM update
and recent photos. I'm just sharing some and saving
the rest for my book!
Keep rockin always,