The night started amazingly with the opening band #NightBeats
, featuring Robert LB (from BRMC) at the end of their set.
However, the headliner Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, left me miserable.
is one of my favorite bands and I've seen them so many times before. I'm a long time fan, since 2007 anyways. But last night was terrible. It was my first time actually shooting them.
A common rule when shooting bands is that photographers are only allowed in the photo pit for the first 3 songs. This night, I was outside the photo pit the first 3 songs. On the fourth song, on a whim, security allowed me into the pit. Not uncommon, rules can be widely different depending on the venue and band. And frankly, concert photography is competitive, a girls gotta take advantage.
So then, during their fifth song, out of nowhere a crew member, nearly twice my size, (not security) grabs me from behind and shoves me back yelling at me to leave the photo pit. Using waaaay more aggression then should ever be needed. I even said "You don't need to be so aggressive". I know how to handle myself around machismo especially at concerts, but this was totally uncalled for. He yelled in my face about getting bitched at by the guitarist (meaning Peter Hayes) and I shouldn't be here after 3 songs. Even the security guy looked shocked and uncomfortable. Without a pause, he continued to manhandle me out of the pit, I was never even given a chance to leave on my own.
I felt helpless and angry, but mainly just heartbroken because I loved the band so much. I know it was a crew guy but, I really feel like the aggression extended from Peter, and might be representative of the band itself. I couldn't continue shooting for a few minutes until I composed myself. Then I stayed a little longer and finally left during one of my favorite songs. It was a crappy night. I was so excited in the beginning, finallyyyy getting to shoot one of my favorite bands! That all washed away.
I will not see BRMC ever again... 💔
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