Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Photos: Chevelle at The Wellmont Theatre

The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ 10.13.11 – Night 2 of my 3 night run at The Wellmont found me shooting Bush on a 3 band bill with Chevelle being the second band of the night.  Touring to promote their upcoming release, Hats Off to the Bull , Chevelle brought its brand of hard rock to the Wellmont.

This was some good lighting for The Wellmont.  So many photographers ask me how the lighting is at specific venues.  What they dont understand is that most places the lighting has the potential to be good, its just what the lighting designer wants to give you that night, or that artist on that tour.  Yeah, there are venues where the lighting stinks (Town Hall), but usually its what your given on that night.  Wednesday night for the Trey Anastasio Band, lighting was terrible; Thursday for Bush/Chevelle, it was great; and Friday for Cyndi Lauper it was fine.

When I showed up to The Wellmont I actually wasn’t confirmed to shoot Chevelle, but after a last minute scramble, and a Tour Manager who took care of the situation, I jumped in to the pit for about 1 1/2 songs.  Photo pit and good lighting…its nights like this I LOVE the Wellmont.

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