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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 !

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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. 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Slayer live concert photos gallery update over  40 shows

Slayer live concert photos gallery update over 40 shows

Slayer Photo Gallery Updated

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.

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show ending photo taken from the drum riser December 8, 2018 in Helsinki Finland.

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pre show dressing room photo Helsinki Finland December 8, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images from the recent show in May and more can be seen here Slayer Live Concert Photos

I have had the pleasure of doing some studio shoots for Esp Guitars and Emg Pickups with the Tom, Gary and the late Jeff Hanneman over the years.

Portrait Galleries

Tom Araya Portraits

Tom Araya

Tom Araya for Esp Guitars August 13, 2007 Chicago , Il

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Hanneman portrait gallery

Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman for Esp Guitars
August 13, 2007 Chicago, Il

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Holt portrait gallery

Gary Holt

Gary Holt
February 21, 2016 Nashville, Tn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Triple Threat

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published images

Many of my shots have been used for press and promotional items seen worldwide for Esp, Emg Kahler , Fernandes Sustainers Bc Rich Guitars Marshall Amps and others. Some of those images can be seen below

Esp Guitars

Esp Guitars promo ad

Silly Strings

Silly Strings Gary Holt promo ad

Emg

Emg pickups Kerry King signature set

Bc Rich

Kerry King signature guitar packaging for Bc Rich

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Bc Rich Kerry King promo ad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep up on all things Slayer at the following links

Final World tour dates

Official Slayer website Official FaceBook Page @Slayer YouTube chanel Instagram is @Slayerbandofficial 

SLAYER Itunes Slayer store

wath the video for Raining Blood from the 2004 Dvd Still Reigning

Enjoy the photos , below are a few of my personal favorites through the years

Kerry King Jeff Hanneman Slayer

 

 

Tom Araya Gary Holt Slayer Tom Araya

Disturbed photo galleries updated 30 shows 2002-2016

Disturbed photo galleries updated 30 shows 2002-2016

Disturbed photo galleries updated with 30 shows from 2002 – 2016. 

Over the past 16 years I have been fortunate enough to watch a few guys from Chicago gain huge success. I am proud to call the guys friends and family. Having done over 100 shows from 2001 to current date. Images in the gallery include Mayhem fest , Ozzfest , Uproar Fest, Rock On the Range and others.  

 The band has released six studio albums, five of which have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Only two other artists have achieved this Dave Mathews and Metallica. To this day the guys are all as humble as they were on their first Ozzfest tour in 2000. 

You can view the entire gallery here: Disturbed Photos Chad Lee photography 

You can keep up to date om all things Disturbed at the following links

Official Facebook , Official YouTube,  Twitter , Instagram , Official band website

purchase Disturbed on ITUNES

See the bands chilling version of the classic Sound Of Silence now over an astonishing 200 MILLION views below

Disturbed Sound Of Silence

Some of my personal favorite images can be seen below

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David on stage with our brother Dimebag Darrell

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Feeling the heat on stage with Mike

 

All images ©Chad Lee Photography

Email me at ChadLeePhotography@gmail.com to inquire about licensing, or custom prints for your home, office or gift.