More often than not, I'll shoot a gig where I know very little about the performers. Now this is lazy on my part, as I should be more prepared for what I'm going to be shooting. However, sometimes it helps, as you can be pleasantly surprised by artists, as was the case with Airbourne.
All I knew was that they were some sort of rock band with a possible AC/DC vibe. So this would inevitably lead to long hair, leather jackets and plenty of guitar solo's which I'm all for. But I didn't expect to enjoy the gig as much as I did!
Devilskin were supporting that night; another band I knew nothing about but gave some great shots with their on stage movement and energy. They even had a Co2 cannon/gun, which is something you're more likely to see at an EDM event, than a hard rock gig. they weren't suited to my tastes, but thankfully you can't hear photos, so as long as it looks good I don't mind what they do vocally.
The great thing about rock gigs is the crowd; they turn out in big numbers, they're loud, but they're also really nice people. Which makes the gig so much more enjoyable when you know that there's not going to be any trouble and that the artists will be welcomed and supported.
With the big crowds for reason rock/metal gigs, there are a lot of photographers at these gigs too, which I have no problem with. It does make movement within the photo pit really tough though, with 6+ people trying to climb over each other in an area made even smaller due to the large crowds. But call it an occupational hazard, they're still friendly people with no agenda; something I'll witness at gigs with press photographers who tend to look down on others.
Airbourne got on stage and made a real show for the crowd, with every movement photo worthy, I found myself with 200+ images on each camera within 3 songs. I also kept getting dripped on by the bands long and sweaty hair which would have bothered me had I not been concentrating so hard on the main singer, and a guitarist on either side who would switch places 3/4 times a song. Something all the photographers would have been grateful for, with 1 sq ft of movement each.