Authority Zero @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, NYC – 5.31.08
Authority Zero were up next and I was really looking forward to their set. I’ve been a fan of AZ for a few years now but only saw them last year for the first time. It was at the Knitting Factory, and now they were playing at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza with Pennywise. They brought their energetic ska punk to a sold out crowd that I’m sure guaranteed them more fans. They played some of my favorites like “One More Minute,” “Find Your Way,” “Revolution” and the amazing rendition of “Rattlin’ Bog.”
When I shot photos of Authority Zero back at the Knitting Factory last August, it was really hard to get good photos of Jason Devore, the singer of the band. Since he moves around so damn fast, jumps around and just doesn’t sit still; it makes life hard for a photographer. Especially when you’re inside a club and you can’t (or shouldn’t) use flash. It might be a little bit differently at the Warped Tour or something. I still managed to get some photos that I’m happy with but in the end, I think this set could have been better.
The lighting didn’t help much since it was dark, mostly green the entire set. It did lighten up around the third song. I really hate when the lighting guys makes the stage lighter after the third song, when photographers aren’t allowed to shoot in the pit anymore. Just like the Capital set, I used just the 18-70mm f3.5 lens. I brought the 85mm and 50mm lenses but didn’t take them out of the bag. I thought i’d get closeups but things were just too hectic to stop shooting and change lenses. I guess when i’m a famous music photographer, i’ll use 2 cameras. ha ha!
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