On Monday, at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, the artist lineup was announced for the Sixth Annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. It’s a great lineup for fans of previous years. The headliners are Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch, but with 4 stages for the first time they have packed it with artists:
Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless in White, Thrown Into Exile, Machine Head, Job For A Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, Huntress, and City in the Sea. There will also be various local openers. The best part is that the opening show is at San Manuel Amphitheater on june 29th! That is the only So Cal date in the current schedule.
The event was open to both the public and press, and the artist arrivals was pretty cool. Starting at the Hollywood Palladium, a motorcycle processing led by the Hells Angels came down Sunset Blvd to the Whiskey A Go Go. The venue is not very large, and the line was long, but once inside a few of the acts came to the stage for photos. First was Huntress, and then Butcher Babies.
The main press portion started with the introduction of Five Finger Death Punch:
Following that, Rob Zombie was introduced along with the band:
The press portion was an opportunity to ask some questions, and I did ask John 5 about his past appearance locally at The Fender Center in Corona for the Kids Rock Free Program. He said he would definitely consider showing up there again, because that is what really matters… getting instruments into the hands of kids. Rob then jokingly (I think he was kidding) said they had enough competition, and asked that kids just put the instruments down.
Of course the main reason the fans were there were the two live performance. Kicked off by Huntress, the show was great – except the lighting at The Whiskey may be the toughest I have ever shot in.
Following Huntress, Butcher Babies took the stage. I made the mistake of not shooting this band perform in 2011 at the 48 Hours Fest in Vegas. But, I did shoot their red carpet time that year, and swore next time I would shoot the show. To help you understand why, one of the images from 2011 is below:
Once they took the stage it was performance all the way. They are a great band to shoot photos of. uh… for many reasons.
For the photographers in the group, I mentioned the lighting was tough. The live images were all shot at ISO 6400 on a Canon 7D using the 24-105 f/4 L and the 70-100 f/2.8 L. Both have IS which helped a ton, since these bands move fast. Shutter speeds were around 1/100 to 1/200.
Hope to see you at the show!