Had the pleasure of seeing my friends in Hatebreed this evening. The show was a little over an hour out of Nashville in Clarksville Tennessee at a newer venue called O’Connor’s Irish Pub.
Took they long drive out with my buddy Jack Gibson, bassist for Exodus. Hatebreed are currently on tour with Clutch and Dropkick Murphys . Tonight being an off night from the full package. Was great to catch up with all the guys, haven’t seen them in a year or so. As always the absolutely CRUSHED the crowd from start to finish. Set list was full of crowd favorites including, Destroy Everything, Live Through This, This is now among others. Celebrating their 25th anniversary on this current run, they are digging deep, going all the way back to the beginning. Being two and a half decades in to their career , they are on top of their game with no end in site. Returning to the studio following this tour to begin a new record .
Photos from the September 27th show have been added to their gallery. You can also view photos from 11 other shows going back 15 years to 2004. Images can be seen from several festivals including Rock On The Range , Ozzfest and Mayhem Fest.
My first experience with the band was on Ozzfest in 2004. Never having seen a ” Wall Of Death” before , I was hooked after the first show. Having been a fan now for 15 years and become friends with all the guys, i still love seeing them . Nothing quite like a Hatebreed show or crowd. No ballads, not much talking, just a whole lot of East Coast Hard Core and head banging.
Find all things Hatebreed at the links in the blog photo gallery
Watch the video for one of their fan favorites In Ashes They Shall Reap below
One of my images I shot years ago used by Hatewear for merch
A few of my personal favorite images over the years
The current Alice Cooper / Halestorm tour came through Nashville over the weekend. Being hometown to Joe, Lzzy and Josh of Halestorm and Chuck Garric of Alice’s band, they played to a sold out crowd. Performing blistering sets , full of hits and classics at the iconic Grand Ole Opry.
Opening the show was Motionless In White ,with a 60 minute set from the Halestorm. Featuring a handful of songs from their Vicious cd and favorites including, Love Bites, I Get Off, and more. 15 years ago i 1st saw them opening for Shinedown. been a fan since and become friends and seen countless shows. Sunday’s , I saw an older, wiser , refined band . While they have always put 110% into their performances , this new tour this is a well oiled machine. no longer the young band finding their way, they are Grammy winning , road warrior rock stars. From an early age , knew what they wanted , busted their asses, and went for it . on the way to a very long career at the top of their game. Watching them not change one bit as they have gained popularity and success . Treating every fan they same as they always have, making sure everyone feels loved and appreciated. After all , it truly is the fans that make a band, they love each and every one of them. Living in the same city, Joe and Lzzy are regularly out and about supporting local bands, performing clubs as often as possible. Apparently their is hope for the future of rock and roll !
Music & Arts did a video interview during our shoot for the cover of their 2015 gift guide at my studio .
Music & Arts 2015 gift guide – Lzzy Hale cover taken at Chad Lee Photography Studio.
Closing the show Sunday was the King Of Shock Rock Alice Cooper . Alice has certified himself as a timeless rock and roll icon . Having a catalog of 27 studio albums, 48 singles, 11 live albums and 12 video releases , Grammy winner and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee . With no end in site , I highly suggest getting out to see this tour if it hits your area. Continually reinventing himself, this year’s stage show is everything a fan could want and more. Full of classics and a castle on stage with all the antics you know and love and new props and gags. His current touring lineup includes Glen Sobel, Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen , Chuck Garric and Nita Strauss. The band is tight as can be and on fire.
As a young child in the mid 70’s Alice’s album Killers is the first 8 track tape I remember lifting from my mom’s collection. I was instantly hooked, and have been a fan ever since. In October of 2002 I had the honor and privilege of photographing my first concert with him in Milwaukee Wisconsin at The Rave .
Putting on a 90 minute show, many of today’s younger bands can’t touch this 71 year old legend. Performing fan favorites like School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies ,Under My Wheels and 17 others. Solo’s from all members, giant monsters, babies and the crowd favorite guillotine beheading , if you haven’t seen a show, do yourself a favor. Closing the fun filled set was the anthem School’s Out featuring Joe Hottinger and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, with snippets of Another Brick In The Wall. Giant balloons, bubbles, and crowd covered in confetti Alice brought the show he is known for. Putting bands half his age to shame, lots of artists have stolen from , and imitated his act, even more should learn from it !
Alice joined his band at an intimate venue The Basement East on an off day under the name The Goon Squad and surprised the crowd with a rare appearance. This the third time he has done this here in Nashville. A consummate professional that truly enjoys performing.
Since that first show I have shot 10 more shows thankful to my friend Chuck Garric , Alice’s incredible bass player. Esp Guitars sent me out to do a photo shoot with Chuck for advertising in 2007 while still living in Chicago. We had a great shoot , images from it ended up being used in several ads for Esp and Coffin Case . Chuck and I hit it off that night , stayed in touch and reconnected when him and his wife moved to Nashville in 2013. An amazingly talented bassist, guitarist and vocalist, now with his solo band Beasto Blanco , that also includes Coop’s daughter Calico . Chuck , much like Joe and Lzzy can be seen regularly out and about in town and plays regularly with local bands, and events.
The Black Label Society photo gallery has been updated now with images from over 40 concerts. Over the past 16 years I have photographed over one hundred concerts with the band around the country. Shows on Ozzfest , Gigantour, Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma and others. Images from video shoots and inside the recording studio to appearances at Namm and The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Tonight’s addition of photos brings the gallery total to over 400 shots since 2001. My photographs of the band have appeared in magazine around the world. Endorsement ads and posters for Gibson, Emg , Marhshall , Celestion , Dunlop and several more. The multi million selling video game Guitar Hero even used one on the box cover for the first game seen below.
Guitar Hero 1 featuring my Zakk Wyde photo on box cover.
In 2005 I did 32 shows across the country with the band as well as in the recording studio and tour rehearsals. Photos from behind the scenes on the set of the Suicide Messiah video as well.
As time allows I continue adding images from the past. Today’s update is the Rob Zombie live photo gallery. Which now features images from 50 shows going back to 2002 .
My first Zombie show was White Zombie opening for Pantera August 12, 1996 At the Riviera theater in Chicago. At the time I knew nothing about them, but have been a fan eve since. From White Zombie to his solo band, and all of his movie’s.
My 20 year career actually is due to my friendship with Rob’s guitarist John 5 . John and I met back in 1998 trading KISS posters . Back 1996 I shot the re union tour , seeing the photos John said ” these are great , you should do this for a living ! ” He and I have remained friends ever since, the rest is history .
I took a drive up to Indiana to see Slayer again a few weeks back on their Final World Tour. Klipsch Music Center marked my 184th show photographing the band over the past 20 years. Noblesville was hit with a nasty storm forcing the show to be postponed for several hours. Cannibal Corpse was unable to perform , but Lamb Of God and Amon Amarth put on amazing sets. Performing crowd favorites including Chemical Warfare, Mandatory Suicide , Hell Awaits , Angel Of Death and 14 others. Their set is like standing at the gates of hell with a pyro production that rivals the likes of Kiss and Motley Crue. With upside down crosses of fire that could be felt at the back of the lawn. I honestly don’t know how Gary Holt and Kerry King have not burned their beards yet.
Having been a fan of the band since my early teens, I like millions of others am not looking forward to them retiring after 40 years. If you had told me in 1987 at my first show that later in life I would be come friends with the guys and work almost 200 shows with them… I would have said you are HIGH. While i am merely 16 shows from hitting 200 it is unlikely . It will be a sad day when the final notes of Angel Of Death ring out , but I look forward to being there to see , witness and photograph it. If you are even remotely a fan, I highly suggest seeing them before it is over. in an usual twist they will be performing before Lynyrd Skynyrd October 11th at Exit 111 Fest . This will mark their final performance in Tennessee.
Final World Tour
I updated my site with photos from the Indiana show this week. Slayer gallery to 43 shows for viewing. Going to 2003 and will be updated with more as time allows . shots from all over the USA as well as my trip overseas in December of 2018. I shot shows in Oslo Norway and the Helsinki Finland show on December 8. Making these shows even cooler was seeing my good friend Phil Demmel formerly of Machine Head . Demmel stepped in last minute to fill in for Gary Holt who needed to leave the tour as his father passed . Helsinki was also INCREDIBLY special to me as I finally took a show ending drum riser shot of the band as well as a dressing room shot moments before the band hit the stage seen below . An absolute honor and pleasure for this lifelong Slayer fan.
show ending photo taken from the drum riser December 8, 2018 in Helsinki Finland.
pre show dressing room photo Helsinki Finland December 8, 2018
August 8, 2004 I had the huge honor of being the only photographer to ever shoot Kerry King, Zakk Wylde and Dimebag Darrell together. Dubbed ” The Triple Threat” working with these three legends and friends was one of the highlights of my career. Images form this shoot can be seen here The Triple Threat Photo shoot
Kerry King , Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell August 8, 2004 Houston, Tx