I got to meet the guys of one of my favorite bands last month. It was St. Patrick’s Day. While most people wear green on this day, all I saw was RED (I know, I know, terrible pun). I’ve been a fan of this band since before their first album was released. I first heard their music back in 2006 on Myspace (gasp!). I was hooked. When I heard they were offering the chance for six fans to hang out with them during each stop of their latest tour, I knew I had to go.
And I did. And the guys were awesome — funny, down-to-earth, talented dudes. I was the first person to step onto the tour bus. I had no idea what to say, so I just said “Hi!” Before I knew it, I had shaken hands with each of them and was sitting next to the drummer. We hung out for about 30 – 45 minutes and talked about everything from their new album to the fact that they had a fight with a taser a while back. It was definitely one of those “I can’t believe I get to live this life” moments.
I went to this concert with a friend of mine who works for a magazine. She was able to get a press pass (Thanks, Suzy!) This means that during RED’s set, I was in their faces taking pictures. See?
I will never forget being in the press pit, headbanging, singing, and clicking away with the SLR. Now, I never have high expectations when trying to take pictures at a concert because most of them turn out to be unintentional light paintings. But sometimes, you get shots like this: