Sunday, 20 June 2010

Green Day Vs 'Rain' Day!

I was lucky enough to have been granted a photo pass to photograph Green Day at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 19th June 2010. It's a band I've wanted to photograph for sometime and failed to get a pass for their O2 Arena show early this year, which would've been an easier shoot.

Looking outside my window at the grey clouds was a sure sign that this was not going to be an easy shoot and I will be facing more than one challenge. I was praying for no rain while I was out there taking pics, what with my lens facing upwards, it was a welcome suggestion for the rain to hit full on!

Upon my early arrival at the stadium, I headed to the same location where I once picked up my photo pass for Muse, only to be told to go to Level 1. From that moment, I knew I was facing challenge two, trying to find out where to collect my photo pass. I asked several members of staff and they sent me all over the stadium. It got to a point where I requested them to ask over the radio and to escort me there. So after 20 mins of wondering around, I bump into another photographer who has had the same problem, I finally collect my pass 15 mins before they were due on stage! 

Does it get any better? Nope, challenge three, the biggest of them all! Arriving at the pit 10 mins before they hit the stage, I quickly set up my equipment. Even with my stool, the stage was above my head and we had to shoot along the runway in a narrow space. This meant I was further away from the main stage and I could not see above the photographers' heads! It was such a nightmare, I ended up missing out on a lot of action shots. I'm thankful it didn't rain!

With all that said, I had a fantastic time and Green Day were amazing on stage. They sure know how to put on a show. Billie Joel selected a member of the audience onto the stage and allowed him to stage dive!  However, there was a lot of kissing going on, I'm not too sure what that was about!

More photos can viewed on my Flickr portfolio.