January 20, 2009 – As the security staff on the barrier of Tuesday’s Reel Big Fish concert will tell you, the Third Wave is alive and well. Performing in support of their new release Fame, Fortune and Fornication, the band whipped crowd into a sweat drenched, crowd surfing frenzy. There were aloha shirts and irony aplenty (including their well known cover of Metallica’s Enter Sandman) during the band’s 1.5 hour set.
The group shot was taken back stage with the guys just seconds before they started their set. Once all of the band was assembled, I had only enough time to introduce myself, position them and get off a couple of frames.
Time was short so I kept it simple – a single diffused Nikon SB900 on camera and bounced into the wall behind me. The recycle time of the speedlight was dramatically shortened by the use of the Nikon SD9 external battery pack I had picked up the day before. I’ll be writing a mini-review of that product shortly.
The live shoot was very straight forward. Three songs, no flash and try not to get hit by the surfers. The band was lit from behind by a mix of yellow, purple and green with a decent amount of neutral fill from the front. I stuck with the 24-70mm for this set.
A huge thanks to Tom, Aaron, Scott, Dan, Little Johnny Christmas, Ryland and Derek for spending time with me and for being generally awesome.