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.

Photographer’s Notes:

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.

  1. I can smell the rock ‘n roll from here.

  2. Ohhhhh, they are so fun.

  3. Last time I shot them I got so manhandled by a security bloke that I came home with bruises, and I took the bloke’s picture so I could ID him but then had to *hide* for the last few songs of the set because he wanted to kick me out and ban me, and it’s really not a venue I can get banned from. Sigh.

  4. I don’t know how I missed this post in December! Hahaha. This was one of my favorite shoots of the year, even though I had whiskey/tequila/liquor of some kind dripping into my eyes for the rest of the show. I’m just glad I thought to pull out the fisheye BEFORE they started and leave it on. I love that I’m in 5 and 14. Hahaha. You’re in mine too! Happy New Year, buddy.

  5. Yeah, this was one of my favorite shoots as well. But how badly did I want a wide angle lens that night! Happy New Year Gabi!

  6. Oh, it stank. They are totally insane. It would have been really nice to shoot full frame for this one.

  7. Hey Rach! Yea they are a freaking blast. I was slightly afraid for my gear and person at many points during this show. In fact, there are definitely shots I don’t have because I ducked and covered.

  8. Seriously? That’s insane! Are there photos from that show on your blog?

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