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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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Bc Rich

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

Machine Head concert photo gallery updated 300+ photos 30 shows !

Machine Head concert photo gallery updated 300+ photos 30 shows !

The Machine Head live photo gallery has been updated with images from the archives. Now containing over 300 images from 28 shows from the past 13 years. Photos come from various tours and cities around the country. Including The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem fest in 2011 and 2013. View the band from all over the stage and festival grounds. 

You can view the photos here : Live Machine Fuckin’ head photos 

Portrait photos of guitarist Phil Demmel can be seen by clicking this link. 

Over the past 15 years I have had the pleasure of photographing the band over 50 times. Each show is an all out attack on the senses. Leaving each and every concert goer drained of energy by the end of the show. 

See the new video for ” CATHARSIS ” here 

 

 

Below are a few  of my photos of the band   used in print in various magazines. 

Robb FlynnPhil Demmel

Machine Head  Robb Flynn

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 40 concerts. Over the past 16 years I have over one hundred concerts with the band around the country. Shows on Ozzfest , Gigantour, Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma and numerous others. Images from videos 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 countless magazine around the world. Endorsement ads and posters for Gibson, Emg, Marhshall , Cellestion and more. The multi million selling video game Guitar Hero even used one on the box cover for the first game. 

 In 2005 I did 32 shows across the country with the band  as well as in the recording studio and  tour rehearsals. Images from behind the scenes on the set of the In This River video as well. 

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

Zakk Wylde is currently on tour with Zakk Sabbath. He will be reuniting with Ozzy Osbourne this year for a summer tour. 

You can keep up with the band at their official website here Black Label Society Official , Official Facebook Official YouTubeOfficial Twitter , Official Instagram , and  Official YouTube . The most recent video 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 chadleephotography@gmail.com 

Artist Promo/Portraits Updated Hellyeah, Gary Holt and Chuck Garric

Artist Promo/Portraits Updated Hellyeah, Gary Holt and Chuck Garric

As always, when time allows I have been going back through my archives of images from the past 20 years and adding content from past shows and shoots to the site.

 This weekend’s update is the the Artist Promo/Portrait/Studio section. Additions include photos to the Hellyeah gallery from four different shoots with the band in 2006, 2007 and 2010. 

Includes never before seen images from the bands first photo shoot that we did in October of 2006 in Chicago over two days for the album cover artwork and press for the debut cd, which landed at #8 on the Billboard charts. 

You can view them here: HELLYEAH photo shoots 

Here is the original image used for the debut album cover 

Stay up to date on all things HELLYEAH related HERE – HELLYEAH OFFICIAL WEB SITE HELLYEAH OFFICIAL FACEBOOK

Another addition are photos of SLAYER and EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt , taken in my studio in February of 2016 on an off night from the Slayer/Testament tour. Gary had just received his new ESP GUITARS custom guitar painted in his own blood by artist VINCENT CASTIGLIA. This was the first shoot he had done with it , and what an amazing piece of art it is ! As a long time fan of both bands it was an honor to have him along with Chuck and Tiffany Billy in the studio followed by some amazing Bbq. 

Photos from this session can be seen here: Gary Holt photo shoot 

Live concert photos of Gary with Slayer can be seen here slayer concert photos 

Photos of Gary with Exodus can be seen here: exodus concert photos 

Here is a shot of the amazing piece of art from the studio shoot as well as one of it live on stage in action at a show in Atlanta later in the year

Final addition is a gallery of photos from a couple photos shoots over the years with friend Chuck Garric , bassist of Alice Cooper and front man of his own band Beasto Blanco that features Alice’s daughter Calico Cooper ! If you have not heard them yet , do yourself a favor and go pick up BOTH of their cd’s ASAP . Best description of Beasto Blanco is that if Motorhead and Rob Zombie had a baby it would be Beasto Blanco. Images from our first shoot together for Esp guitars back in 2007 before an Alice Cooper show as well as photos we took at The SLaughterhouse Haunted House in Nashville in September of 2016 can be seen here : Chuck Garric photos 

Live concert photos of Chuck playing with Alice Cooper can be seen here Alice Cooper photos Chad Lee Photography 

One of the images from the 2007 shoot was also used in a Coffin Case promo ad seen here 

To find out more about Chuck and both bands click here: CHUCK GARRIC OFFICIAL FACEBOOK BEASTO BLANCO OFFICIAL WEB SITE  BEASTO BLANCO FACEBOOK ALICE COOPER OFFICIAL SITE 

All images (C) CHADLEEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM 

eMAIL ME AT CHADLEEPHOTOGRAPHY@GMAIL.COM to inquire about press/media use , licensing or to order custom prints in any size for your home, office, studio or gift for your favorite fan !

 

Black Label Society Photos updated hundreds of images

In what seems to becoming a never ending effort, when time allows I have been going through my archives and adding images from the past of several bands. Most recent gallery to be updated is the addition of literally hundreds of photos of Black Label Society from several shows across the country in 2004, 2005 and 2006 from the spring , summer and fall tours including Ozzfest. That brings the total number of images for viewing now up to 400 from over 30 different shows ! Between 2001 and 2016 I have had the pleasure and honor of photographing the band over 100 times around the USA on and offstage including tour rehearsals, in the recording studio, on the set of videos and more. I will continue to add and share some of my favorite shots from the shows and events over time.

You can  keep up on all things BLack Label here: BLS Official Facebook , BLS official website , Zakk Wylde Official Facebook , Zakk Wylde Official website .

Shop for official BLS merchandise here: Black Label Society Official Merch Store

Purchase BLS music on Itunes – Black Label Society on Itunes

See videos here Official Zakk Wylde Youtube

Zakk’s signature gear Wylde Audio

Over the course of the past 15 years my images of Zakk and other members of the band have appeared in magazines worldwide , posters, t shirts, home dvd’s, catalogs, and even on the box cover of  the multi million selling video game Guitar Hero. Numerous promotional ads for companies that include : Washburn Guitars, Warwick, Emg Pickups, Dunlop, Marshall, Celestion, Tonepros , Pearl and many others.

  James Lomenzo Warwick advertisement - chad lee photographynick catanese Dean markley signature strings product package photo - chad lee photographyBLS Doom Trropin Dvd - cover photography chad lee

A few of my personal favorites

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you can view all of the images here in the Black Label Society concert photos gallery.

 

All images (C) Chad Lee Photography . For press, media, licensing or to inquire about custom prints for your home, office or gift for your favorite fan contact me here:  contact Chad Lee Photography .