The Aquabats @ Irving Plaza, NYC - 5.7.14 (25)

The Aquabats @ Irving Plaza, NYC – 5.7.14

May 9, 2014 | Concert Photography

The last time I photographed a set of the Aquabats, I had my film camera! It’s been over 10 years since I last shot an Aquabats show and I was pumped to finally get another chance after all the years. If you want to read my review of the show itself, head over to

This set was difficult to shoot, mainly because of the lighting at Irving Plaza. Just like that, it goes back to being really dark in just one set. It was so much better at Koo Koo Kanga Roo‘s set. At times some members were in pitch black and just Ricky Fitness playing the drums was well lit. As soon as the third song ended, the lighting was better. Freakin’ typical of Irving Plaza. It could have been the TV screen in the back that the lighting had to be somewhat dark but was still a difficult time of shooting.

Thankfully, I went to the balcony and took shots up there with my 70-200mm f2.8 lens for the entire set. From seeing the band a few other times, I knew the band had fights on stage, and other fun things. I think the first time I saw them at Warped Tour, and Bat Commander climbed on top of the trailer stage and did backflips on it. Then he jumped off of it and into the crowd. Back in the Bat Commanders’ younger, thinner gut stages. Don’t worry Commander, I’m with you there as well. He was throwing water on people throughout, got some on my camera in the beginning as well. I kept trying to get shots of him throwing toilet paper and kicking his water bottles. The Aquabats are still one of my favorite bands to photograph even though I have shot them a handful of times. I’m hoping they start to come around more frequently though.

The Full Gallery Set

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