Bad Manners @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, NYC – 2.6.09
February 11, 2009 | Concert Photography
I’ve been trying to see Bad Manners for over 12 years now. I finally got the chance to and they didn’t disappoint at all. In fact, I’ll declare this and say they are one of the best live bands I’ve seen. They make you dance like an idiot, even if you don’t know their music or not. Of course I know their music though. The band just sounded really tight! If you missed this set, you really missed out!
Bad Manners played a lot of the classics like “My Girl Lollipop,” “Skaville UK,” “Skinhead Love Affair,” “Feel Like Jumping,” “Fatty Fatty” and “Inner London Violence.” They covered songs like “Woolly Bully” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and they also played some instrumental songs as well. Buster Bloodvessel looked good (as good as it gets I suppose) and is still a great frontman at age 50! The man is known for his large tongue and the tongue made several appearances. The guy gives Gene Simmons a run for his money when it comes to tongue length. The band played for an hour and it was excellent set. I’ll definitely be seeing them again the next time Bad Manners comes to town.
The set with the best lighting went to Bad Manners. It was easier to shoot these guys than the other bands. The set started out with blue lighting and it was dark, but not as dark as The Beat’s lighting. Eventually other colors came into play and everything wasn’t was blue. Thankfully everything wasn’t in blue, because then the band would look like they were in the movie Tron. I shot this set for maybe 4 or 5 songs? The bouncers weren’t really telling us to stop so I just kept shooting. I eventually wanted to get out of the way of the crowd and shoot in the front row where my spot was. I found using my 70-200mm lens to be very helpful in that spot. Other lenses I used for this set were my 50mm f1.4 lens and the 18-70 f3.5 lens. I can’t wait to get the 14-24mm f2.8 lens one of these days. Need to save up my pennies first.
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