I’ve shot Pennywise a few times on the Warped Tour but I never got the chance to shoot photos of them in a venue. While I like shooting outside in the daytime; the photos can be boring after awhile. But I had feeling I was going to prefer going back to shooting punk bands during the day because this set was hard! Members of the band were moving around the stage a lot, wearing hats, mics in their faces, and it was just hard to get some crisp photos of Pennywise. But I did get an awesome & hilarious photo of Jim Lindberg, which you can see above. But I’ll talk to you about that photo in a bit.
Strung Out have been around since 1992 but I haven’t really listened to their music all that much. Not for any reason except I just never got any of their albums. Usually when I got Fat Wreck music, I’d hand it off to my friend Paul to review. I saw Strung Out last year at the Warped Tour and thought they were good. On the Pennywise tour, they were awesome and got the crowd in a near riot frenzy.
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.”
Capital were the opening band at the Pennywise show at The Fillmore last night. When the band performed, the club was already 75 percent filled up and it continued to grow throughout their set. I never heard of Capital before but they are on Revelation Records and are from the Long Island area. Their style is old school hardcore/punk and I thought they were pretty good.
It’s been about 2 or 3 years now since the last time I saw the mighty Gwar. This was my third Gwar show and each time, it’s been such an entertaining night! Gwar put on one of the best live shows out there, and most creative might I add. The band always seem to stop by at the Chance on their tours, and the staff always seem to love the band. The bouncers were all prepared with garbage bags wrapped around their heads & bodies, and the fans were prepared as well. About 50 percent of the crowd had white shirts, ready to get bloody and get peed on. The other half either didn’t care what shirt they wore or didn’t know what was gonna happen. I certainly wasn’t going to get anywhere near the stage.