This past Saturday I shot Vans Warped Tour on assignment for New Times (Village Voice). After having shot Warped Tour many times at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, it was a bit strange to shoot Warped at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, which is a smaller venue.
The highlight of the day was definitely Gallows. As the band’s tattooed front man, Frank Carter, took the stage, he immediately jumped onto the photo pit barricade and then leaped into the crowd. Its from pit that Carter, along with his guitarist and bassist played the entire show. The crowd immediately made room for the band and formed a circle around them. I stuck close to Carter for almost the duration of their set.
Just as the AKAs took the stage at Warped Tour, the sky let loose and all the fans ran for cover. I always pack emergency rain gear, so I just stood where I had been shooting from in the pit. The band was nice enough to invite me up onstage to take shelter. We got to talking and one thing lead to another, so I snapped a few frames of them onstage with the sheets of rain coming down behind them.
Read after the jump for portraits of Dear and the Headlights, Alexisonfire and more.
While shooting Bonnaroo for SPIN, I had the opportunity to watch Dear and the Headlights play two songs for us at our campsite. I immediately became a fan of the band and they’ve been growing in popularity ever since.
I had set up some time to shoot the band Alexisonfire after they played their set. I had an image in my head of the old hardcore band photos that I grew up with, and the backstage area of Cruzan Amphitheater was perfect for what I had in mind.
To see complete coverage of this years South Florida date of Vans Warped Tour, go to: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/slideshow/view/28078268