These guys were a welcome break from Belsonic, with the gig taking place @ The Ulster Hall, it allowed me to mix up my routine of shooting the festival. Not that I don't enjoy it, but creatively you need to change your scenery every row and then to keep yourself motivated.
The gig was long sold out and created such a demand that they announced another Belfast gig for October the day after. Which is pretty crazy when you look at the bands touring schedule; They finish their European tour in July, then go to North America a few weeks later, and then onto South America, only to return to the UK the month after that!
Alter Bridge were supported by another American rock band; Red Sun Rising. The lead singer was so active, he was hard to keep in focus for their set, but unfortunately, with support bands, comes poor lighting. The lead singer would often get right down to our level and sing into the crowd, however, the lack of forward facing light ruined any potential shot.
I did get some good shots of these guys, my favourite coming from the back of the venue after the first 3 songs in the pit. Which often happens when the artists get into their performance and tend to loosen up after 3-4 songs.
I always get the impression that the 'seasoned' rock bands are usually the nicest. Alter Bridge will regularly hold a meet and greet session before the gig. They also host guitar classes with legendary guitarist Mark Tremonti, which is something I've never heard of any other musician or band do. Something that would be great to see other artists pick up on.
We were operating a strict rule of first 3, then out you go. So there was no opportunity for side shots from the back of the venue. Which I kind of like, because it makes you concentrate harder for those 3 songs, knowing you don't have a fall back if you don't getting any good shots from the photo pit. But thankfully, I think I got some that weren't terrible.