The crowd roared as Tom Morello introduced Denis Leary, Slash, Jerry Cantrell and rest of the star-studded line-up. The Nokia Theater in Times Square was packed to the gills with a crowd that spanned both generation and musical genre. The house was in store for a special night of music, activism and charity to benefit Road Recovery.
Road Recovery, an organization that harnesses the power of music to benefit young people whose lives have been touched by addiction, was celebrating its 10 year anniversary.
Officiated by Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Nightwatchman), the all-star ticket included performances by:
Denis Leary (Rescue Me)
Slash (Guns Nâ€™ Roses, Velvet Revolver)
Wayne Kramer (MC5)
Perry Farrell (Janeâ€™s Addiction)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
Sen Dog (Cypress Hill)
Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers)
and many others.
Personal highlights of the show:
Jerry Cantrell with Slash performing Pink Floyd’s “How I Wish You Were Here,”
Perry Farrell performing everything, but especially Porno For Pyro’s “Pets”
Sen Dog’s performance of Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane”
and, of course, the ensemble finale of Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City”
Denis Leary + Slash
Tom Morello + Slash
I arrived at the venue at 6PM, the show didn’t end until 11PM. I shared the photo pit with 15-20 other photographers and writers. Originally told I would shoot the first three songs, I ended up covering the entire three-hour-long performance. I shot almost 10gigs of data. This gig was insane.
Though the lights came down for acoustic sets by Jerry Cantrell and Ours, the remainder of the show was brightly lit from the front with blue, green and red atmospherics in back.
I shot the entire set with the EOS-1D Mark III alternating between the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. A wide angle lens would have come in hand on a number of occasions due to the sheer number of performers on stage.
Exposure varied between ISO 800 – 3200 at around 1/200 and f/4.
I must admit that I have newfound respect and appreciation for Slash. Having seen him up close, I know know that he absolutely shreds on guitar and he’s a really nice guy.
A big thank you all of the management and the wonderful folks at Nokia Theater for making this shoot a great one.