October 25, 2008 – The Blender Theater is a fairly classy place – the venue sports stadium seats, three bars and a plush subterranean lounge. However, if a certain group of hard rocking Israeli nationals are on the bill, you can trade all those fancy renovations for sheer unbridled mayhem.
Just hours after completely destroying Music Hall of Williamsburg, Tel Aviv’s Monotonix stopped at 23rd street for a little trash can riding, public nudity and ass-to-mouth microphone action.
This was hands down one of the craziest shows I’ve ever shot. Lead singer Ami Shalev started the show by dousing me with water only to follow up with budweiser and whiskey later in the set. I was so filthy by the end that I played “guess that smell” with my clothing and camera gear the next morning.
I shot this concert, if you can call it that, with the 1D Mark III, the 24-70mm, and the 580EX II speedlight. Flash was a necessity as the band performed in the middle of the floor. I would have liked the wider perspective of the Canon 16-35mm L, but did not have one with me.
Note: I’m not entirely sure that it was the exact same mic that was rubbed down the ass crack of one man and shoved into the mouth of another, but things did happen in that order.