It isn’t often that you see one of the best guitar players in the world on tour with arguably the best drummer in the world, but if you were at the Nob Hill Masonic Center on April 16, 2010, you saw exactly that. Jeff Beck recruited Narada Michael Walden to play with him on his 2009-2010 world tour and the mastery with which they performed made the sounds truly compliment each other. The energy of this show was all over the place with rock and roll hits, screaming guitar solos, and a booming drum solo all in contrast with slow crowd favorites including Somewhere Over The Rainbow. This show was the official kick off of the United States segment of the Jeff Beck Tour.
Shooting Notes: The stage at the Nob Hill Masonic Center is different than most venues. It is a half circle and the seating surrounds it. There was no photo pit in front so photographers were instructed to shoot from the middle isle. Since the band is entirely instrumental, there was no microphone or stand to get in the way, but the lighting presented many challenges. For most of the songs, the stage was immersed in blue light with some red and white light sprinkled in. I shot this show primarily with the 70-200mm f/2.8, but took out the 18-200mm for some wide angle shots at f/4. This was the first time I truly saw the benefits of shooting in RAW. I have been shooting this way for a while, but since the photos from this show needed so much editing and noise reduction, it was apparent out how much more flexible RAW images are.