I think it’s a great sign that after nine years of shooting concerts I still got incredibly nervous before the lights went down at the Lincoln Theatre and Noel Gallagher took the stage. Oasis is my favorite band and I’ve seen Noel perform live close to 30 times and every time is a treat. And shooting him is even more so. So yes, I was nervous. I put loads of pressure on myself to get great photos at every gig, but shooting THE CHIEF raises the stakes.
I was told that this gig, like every other gig on his US tour, would be shot from the soundboard. But when I got there, I was informed we could pretty much go up to the stage to shoot if we wanted to. The only problem was I had packed light (it was pissing down with rain and I didn’t want to bring any more gear than absolutely necessary) and had only brought one camera and my 300. So I shot from the middle aisles and the back of the room and it turned out fine. The only shot I missed because of my position was when he brought his guitar up during “Do The Damage,” a shot I was dying to get but couldn’t from my angle. Oh well. Everything else turned out just fine.
As for the set, you can read my short review over on WAMU’s Bandwidth. I loved hearing “Do The Damage,” Digsy’s Dinner” and “Whatever.” “Riverman” and “The Dying of the Light” were also ace. I saw Noel again on Saturday night in Boston and he said he wouldn’t be touring again “until I have more shit to sell you.” I’ll be ready, money in hand.
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