Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Photos: Band of Horses at Hammerstein Ballroom 8.10.11

Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC, 8.10.11 – They say alcohol has all types of victims.  Band of Horses was scheduled to open a long series of dates for Kings of Leon this summer, until Caleb’s love for the bottle put an end to that.   But Band of Horses refused to play victim.  Instead they scrambled to put together some dates to replace the ones they were supposed to open for Kings of Leon and within 5 days they managed to sell out Hammerstein Ballroom.  They shouldn’t have been opening for KoL anyway.

Rarely does a show go easy for photographers.  I got to the venue to find my name was not on the credential list.  I had no emergency contact like I normally do.  I called the record label immediately and they spent the next 20 minutes trying to get in touch with someone at the venue to get me in.  I put my gear on so I’d be ready.  Then I heard th eband start.  Most people probably would have left by then but I waiting.  And then finally the publicist came out to get me.  Time is tight since we have the first 3 songs to shoot only and they were already in the middle of the first.  The venue was packed and we had to make it all the way through the crowd and to the stage.  I grabbed the publicist and ducked out a side door which leads to a hallway that goes up to the stage area.

I missed song one and song 2 was completely red.  Red lights are a nightmare on a digital camera, which is why there are so many black and white shots in this set.

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