Thank You Slayer ,  33 Fan And Photographer 208 Shows Recap

Thank You Slayer , 33 Fan And Photographer 208 Shows Recap

33 years as a Slayer fan

Where do I even begin this journey with what has become my all time favorite band…. 

They same way every show starts, FUCKING SLAYER !!!

Sometime back in 1986, 13 year old me was turned on to a cassette called Reign In Blood.  This album all 28 minutes and 58 seconds of it is one of the greatest metal albums of all time. Like most people I was completely blown away by it , still getting HEAVY play in my home all these years later. Had you told 8th grade me that in the future I would see the band 208 times, and become friends with the band members, I would have said ” YOU ARE HIGH” . 

It would not be until 2 years later , specifically November 11, 1988 I would experience my first Slayer concert. Chicago’s infamous Aragon Ballroom with Motorhead and Overkill . From that moment I was hooked, and a Slayer fan for life. Who would have thought at that time , 15 years later I would back at that very venue meeting my hero’s and photographing them for the first time. Over the next several years I would see the band 15 times until 2002.

First time photographing

As a fan of music and concerts I would always sneak my camera in to concerts. In the mid 1990’s I started getting photo passes to shoot shows. At the time I was a carpenter in Chicago. Working in the blistering heat of the summers and freezing cold of winters. I vividly remember thinking on a frozen roof ” there has got to be a better way”. Through collecting Kiss posters I met and became friends with then Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 . Through that friendship , after seeing some Kiss photos I had taken from the front row in 1997. John said ” dude you are good at this you should do it for a living” In 2001 John hooked me up to go to my first Namm show to show my work. That is where i met Jack Nau of EMG Pickups , forged an amazing friendship and sold my first published photo. October 18 of 2003 Jack sent me to shoot my first Slayer show, and a shoot with Kerry King before the show. Literally, I was beside myself. Not only was I getting paid to see and photograph Slayer. I got to meet them , hang out  and at the very same venue I saw them for the first time 15 years earlier . After seeing images from that show a few weeks later Kerry suggested I send a few to Bc Rich Guitars . They were looking for a new image for the cover of Kerry’s signature models. The photo below would end up on posters, magazine ads and the box cover around the world !

Bc Rich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

Summer of 2004 I went on tour with Ozzfest and photographed 12 shows around the country. On that tour I shot photos that would end up being used by Emg,  Esp Guitairs Kahler and Marshall Amps .At this time I had also spent a lot of time working with Dimebag Darrell and Zakk Wylde . Early in August of 2004 Dime asked to fly me out to a show in Houston Texas at Cynthia Woods Pavilion  . Slayer, Black Label Society and Judas Priest had a show that Dime and Vinnie were going to come up for. Unbelievably at this point in there careers Dime, Kerry and Zakk had never been photographed together. We did the photo shoot before the show and got HAMMERED after. Those photos have now become somewhat legendary.

Triple Threat

Kerry King , Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell
August 8, 2004
Houston, Tx

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2005 and beyond

 November of 2005 Esp sent me to Los Angeles for a photo shoot with Jeff Hanneman at the band’s jam spot. These images would be used later in their catalog , magazine ads and promotional posters.  Through the following years I shot numerous shows on tour with Ozzfest, Mayhem Fest, Rock On The Range, Louder Than Life, Knotfest and others. August of 2007 Esp again sent me out to shoot Jeff and Tom Araya for media use. The band was currently on tour with Marilyn Manson. Remembering the teenager again, it blew my mind I was shooting 2 members again at a HUGE arena I grew up seeing shows at.

Jeff Hanneman Tom Araya Slayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February of 2016 Slayer had a day off in Nashville , that saw Gary Holt in my studio for a photo shoot. The first session with his custom guitar hand painted in HIS OWN BLOOD !

Gary Holt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the band announced it’s farewell tour in 2018 I was crushed as a fan. Yet determined to see as many shows as I could. This included a trip to Europe with a high school friend for some shows, including the final show of the tour in Helsinki Finland on December 8. That date will be forever remembered at the date Darrell was tragically taken from us. This leg of the tour also featured my good friend Phil Demmel, former Machine Head guitarist. Gary Holt was forced to leave the tour as his father passed. We saw the Helsinki show and Oslo Norway, followed by 2 days in Amsterdam. Before the last show I was asked to take a band photo before they went on stage and the final shot. Taken from atop the drum riser in a sold out arena. Again, the teenager in me would never have seen this coming back in 1988. 

Slayer

 

 

 

 

2019

I managed to shoot six shows in 2019 with the band. Including the first 3 nights of the final leg of the tour in North Carolina. Kerry has recently signed on with Dean Guitars as a signature artist. Dean hired me to do the first photo shoot and live shots of Kerry with his new guitars.  Always an honor and pleasure to work with Dean and Kerry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was scheduled to fly to LA  for the first night of the last 2 shows, but life had a different plan for me. Last week I was forced to see the doctor as my shoulder was in ungodly pain. I was told my right shoulder was riddled with arthritis , a torn rotator cuff and something called frozen shoulder. I would need physical therapy and surgery in the near future. The pain in PT forced me to cancel the trip. Making November 11, 2019 my final Slayer show. How ironic it the very same date 31 years earlier that I had seen my very first show. Funny how life has a way of working out sometimes. In those years I ended up seeing the band a total of 208 times, photographing them 192 . Went through my hard drive tonight and totaled the number of shots taken , a whopping 52, 875 !!

Thank you Slayer, management and crew for the years of music, memories and friendship !

The LAST shot taken by me at a Slayer show November 11, 2019 in Louisville Kentucky at KFC Yum Center , Kerry waving ” hello ” to me in the pit at the end of the show.

Kerry King

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can view over 50 shows of live photos, with more to be added over time here SLAYER Concert Photos

Portrait shoots at the following links Gary Holt Studio Images Jeff Hanneman Gallery Tom Araya Photos

Some of my personal favorites through the years.

Jeff HannemanSlayerKerry King

 

 

 

 

 

Hatebreed concert photo gallery updated going back 15 years

Hatebreed concert photo gallery updated going back 15 years

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. 

Hatebreed Live Photos (click link below)

 HATEBREED PHOTOS – Chad Lee Photography

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  

 

 

 

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A few of my personal favorite images over the years

Hatebreed

Beattie head banging Columbus 2015

Hatebreed

Wayne Clarksville 2019

Hatebreed

Frank noticing my Kiss hat Tennessee 2019

Hatebreed

Air Jasta Holmdel 2010

Hatebreed

Up close with Matt in Nashville 2013.

Alice Cooper / Halestorm Nashville photos added

Alice Cooper / Halestorm Nashville photos added

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.

Halestorm

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 !

Photos of Halestorm from the August 4 show here in Nashville as well as 11 other shows  Halestorm live concert photo gallery .  

  photos of Lzzy Hale from  studio sessions we have done  r can be seen here Lzzy Hale Portrait gallery Chad Lee Photography

Music & Arts did a video interview during our shoot for the cover of their 2015 gift guide at my studio . 

Music and arts

Music & Arts 2015 gift guide – Lzzy Hale cover taken at Chad Lee Photography Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Cooper

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 . 

Sunday’s show

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.

Photos from last weekend’s show and others can be seen here Alice Cooper Live photo gallery

Some of my personal favorites 

Alice Cooper

 

Chuck Garric

 

Nita Strauss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 tour promo video 

Chuck Garric / Beasto Blanco

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. 

Beasto Blanco video for Live Fast Die Loud 

Photos of Chuck’s band Beasto Blanco can be seen here Beasto Blanco Live photo gallery

Images  studio sessions we have done   can be seen here Chuck Garric Portrait gallery

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Alice official website Halestorm official site Beasto Blanco official site

 

 

Black Label Society Live Photo Gallery Updated 40+ Shows

Black Label Society Live Photo Gallery Updated 40+ Shows

BLS PHOTO UPDATE

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

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. 

 

Image Links

Photos can be viewed on my site under the live photography tab here Black Label Society Concert Photos 

Images from Zakk’s 2006 Hollywood Rock Walk Induction. Hangover Music  recording studio and Suicide Messiah  video shoots can be seen here Zakk Wylde event photos

Several of my other publsihed images featuring Zakk and numerous other artists can be seen here Published images Chad Lee Photography

A gallery of photos from ” The Triple Threat” shoot with Zakk, Dimebag Darrell and Kerry King can be seen here The Triple Threat

You can keep up with the band at their official website here BLS Official , Official Facebook  YouTube Twitter , Zakk on Instagram . 

The most recent video BORED TO TEARS can be seen here 

 The current line up of Black Label consists of Zakk Wylde, Jeff Fabb, Jd Deservio and Dario Lorina. 

All photographs © Chad Lee Photography. For media, press, licensing or to inquire about custom prints, please e-mail me directly at Contact Chad

Some of my personal favorite shots from the past 20 years are shown below

Zakk Wylde

August 8, 2009
Rockford, IL

Zakk Wylde

January 17, 2006
Hangover Music recording

zakk Wylde

January 5, 2005
Long Beach, Ca
Suicide Messiah

Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde
August 21, 2004 Chicago, Il

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A selection of my published images with the band can be seen below

 

 

BLS

BLS The Rave tour poster

BLS

Doom Troopin Back Cover

Metal Hammer

Published Images

Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde EMG signature pickup box

 

Rob Zombie  photo gallery update 50 shows !

Rob Zombie photo gallery update 50 shows !

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 .

  2002 was the first time photographing the band at Alpine Valley in East Troy Wisconsin. Since then I have shot nearly 60 shows all over the country. Festivals have included Ozzfest , Mayhem Fest , Uproar , Rock On The Range , Louder Than Life and others. 

Photos can be viewed at the link below

Rob Zombie Photo gallery Chad Lee Photography

John5 portrait gallery can be seen here John5 photo shoots Chad Lee Photography

Images from John5 solo shows John5 live concert photos

Shots from a session I did with former drummer Tommy Clufetos and current Ozzy Osbourne drummer – Tommy Clufetos photo shoot

Be sure to keep up with all things related to the band at the following links

 Rob’s official site    YouTube Chanel  Rob on Twitter @robzombie  Zombie FaceBookInstagram @robzombieofficial

Tour Dates Apple Music Spotify

John 5 Official site Piggy D Facebook Ginger Fish Facebook

Some of my images of the band have been used by various companies including Fender Guitars Dean Markley , Samson , Sonor , Zoom , Ahead and others. Those promotional items can be seen below

John5

RockRevolt Magazine Cover

Tommy Clufetos

Sonor Promo ads

Tommy Clufetos

Samson Ad

Dean Markley ad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the Zombie video for the Grand Funk Railroad classic We’re An American Band below on Rob’s official YouTube channel 

 

A few of my personal favorites through the years

Rob Zombie

Houston, TX 2013

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie Dallas, TX 2005

 

Rob Zombie

Rob and John backstage Long Beach October 20, 2005

John5

John5 July 30, 2005 Chicago, Il

Ginger Fish

Ginger Fish as Peter Criss July 23, 2013 Holmdel , NJ