On Thursday, August 12, the Warped Tour came through Sacramento with some big name artists scheduled to hit the main stage including Reel Big Fish, The Dropkick Murphys, The Alkaline Trio and The Dillinger Escape Plan (and Sum 41 who didn’t show up). With a lineup like this, there was something for everyone.
Alkaline Trio: This was the first band of the day that I photographed and by the time I got there, there was already a substantial crowd at the main stage. There was less going on on stage for this set because the Alkaline Trio only has three members (as the name suggests), but these guys definitely made up for it with extra energy.
Every Time I Die: Normally the vocalist is the star of the show, but in the case of Every Time I Die, the spotlight was on the vocalist’s brother, guitarist Jordan Buckley. Every time I tried to aim my camera away from Jordan and give some attention to the other band members, he would try some sort of new stunt that I just had to catch. Before I knew it, my three songs were up and I was being tossed out of the pit.
Reel Big Fish: Despite taking the stage when the temperature was hitting its peak in the late afternoon, Reel Big Fish was still one of the crowd favorites. They were having fun, as well, pretending to finish their set after each of the first three or four songs, then taking the stage again announcing that they have time for “one more song.”
Dillinger Escape Plan: I think I actually got a workout during this set chasing guitarist, Jeff Tuttle, and the rest of the band up and down the stage. This band had spectacular stage presence and they got the crowd going.
Dropkick Murphys: Both the crowd and the photo pit were packed for what ended up being most popular set of the night. Security even started throwing out credentialed photographers who were using point and shoot cameras at the beginning of the first song. The band came out strong, opening with one of their faster songs, Citizen CIA.
End Notes: Warped Tour 2010 was another very successful day of shooting and music listening (I did have time to listen to some music). I knew it would be a long day so I was ready with 20gb of memory cards, two batteries, two cameras, and an ice chest full of water in the car. For this show, I used all of my lenses; mostly the 18-200mm and the 50mm f/1.4 and I wanted a faster shutter speed. Thank you very much to Tacy and Kevin for getting me the access to take these photos.
Bonus: One of the photos in this set used to have a microphone stand in front of one of the artists, but I removed it using the new Content Aware Fill feature in Photoshop CS5. Can anyone guess which photo it was?