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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 !

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. 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Dimebag Darrell / Damageplan 200 images added for viewing

I’ve been working on a couple of projects this past week that required me to go through my archives of Dimebag Darrell  photos. While doing so I

updated my site with over 200 images from 8 different Damageplan concerts and the final photo shoot Darrell and I did at and near his home in October of 2003 for several of his endorsements including KORG , Dean Guitars , Krank , and DImebag Hardware . I will add more miages as time allows, including Pantera photos from  several tours once I have the old film negatives scanned. I had the distinct honor and pleasure of photographing Dime and the guys through the years numerous times on and off stage. Over the past several years since he was tragically taken from us many of these images have appeared in magazines around the world, posters, shirts, hats and more.

You can view the Damageplan concert photos here : Damageplan concert photos

For now  this gallery features images from 8 shows between April and November of 2004 including 3 shows in Milwaukee, 2 shows in Chicago, Rockford, Madison and Dallas .

Previews

A few of my personal favorites damageplan 2004 11-21 chicago chad lee photography-2846damageplan 2004 7-24 madison chad lee photography-5901damageplan 2004 7-24 madison chad lee photography-5782

You can view nearly 40 images from our October 23, 2004 shoot here, including many never before seen : Dimebag Darrell Chad Lee Photography

Here’s a couple of my personal favorites from this session

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All images (c) Chad Lee Photography

For media, press, licensing or to inquire about custom prints contact me here: Contact Chad Lee Photography

2015 – through my lens, my favorite images

another year has come and gone, and what a year it’s been. the opening of my new studio,, 3400 miles round trip on my bike to sturgis motorcycle rally, new friends, new memories, great concerts and so much more.

here is a look back through my lens at some of my favorite images from the year.

looking forward to an awesome 2016, and wishing you all a fun, safe and prosperous new year ! thank you as always for the many years of love and support !

email me directly at chadleephotography@gmail.com to inquire about purchasing custom prints for your home, office, studio, man cave or gift for a friend !

chad lee photography best of 2015

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New SHINEDOWN cd Threat To Survival in Stores – new images from 2013 tour

In honor of the release of SHINEDOWN’s new cd Threat To Survival, I have added some images from 3 shows I photographed on their last

tour in 2013. I have been friends with and photographing the band since back in 2004 and have had some amazing times with them on and off stage over the past decade, and look forward to seeing them hit the stage again in just a few weeks at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Ky. Over time I will add more images from the nearly 50 shows I have done with them. Todays addition is a handful of my favorites from 3 shows in 2013 in Anaheim California, Nashville Tennessee and Jacksonville Florida. You can view the images here:

shinedown live photos

Be sure and pick up their new cd Threat To Survival and get out and see them on tour NOW !

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