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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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 . 

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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

 

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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

 

 

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 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.

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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 .

Black Label Society photos added from several shows in ’06, ’05, ’04

In what seems to becoming a neverending effort, when time allows I have been going through my archives and adding images from the past of several bands. Today’s update is the addition of over 100 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 500 ! 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 .

You can view the Black Label Society live photo gallery here Black Label Society concert photos Chad Lee Photography

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 fo companies that include : Washburn Guitars, Warwick, Emg Pickups, Dunlop, Marshall, Celestion, Tonepros, Pearl and many others.

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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 .