I’m going to try and be as non biased as possible on my review of the Foo Fighters seventh studio album Wasting Light. Being a huge Foo and Dave Grohl fan I will give you the low down on the eleven new tracks dropped by the multiple Grammy winners. And look who’s back in the mix as a full time member of the group, legendary guitarist and former member of Nirvana Pat Smear. After leaving the Foo Fighters in 1997, Smear returned as a touring guitarist in 2006 and is now a regular staple with the group. Super producer Butch Vig produced this newest issue. Vig in the past had collaborated with Grohl when he was with Nirvana for the historic album “Nevermind. Vig had also previously produced the tracks “Wheels” and “Word, Forward” on their Greatest Hits album in 2009. Wasting Light was recorded in Grohl’s garage using entirely analog equipment until post-mastering.
Here is a rundown of what you are to expect from “Wasting Light”. The first song is aptly named “Bridge Burning” and it starts off with hard charging guitars and Dave Grohl screaming, “These are my famous last words” before breaking off into a rhythmic and slower tempo the rest of the way. It’s a quality song to start off an album and one of the stronger arrangements in the mix.The second offering and the first single off the album is “Rope”, so far the staple of the album and the song that has been performed on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman among others. This tune has it all, great guitar rifts, a stellar drum arrangement by Taylor Hawkins and chorus that just makes you want to sing along with Grohl. “White Limo” is the fourth track and the hardest of the songs on the album. Grohl shrieks and wails throughout this fast and furious song and by the end you will want to hear more of that style but unfortunately you won’t get it. “I Should Have Known” marks the return of Krist Novoselic playing bass with his former band mate in this deep song. You can pinpoint the time in the tune when Novoselic bursts in with his patented deep bass that fits perfectly with this offer. “A Matter of Time, “Dear Rosemary”, “Arlandria”, “These Days”, “Back & Forth”, “Miss the Misery” are catchy rock ditty’s that show the vocal strength that Grohl possesses as a lead singer and the progression of the band as a whole. The album wraps up with “Walk”, this culminating song has the makings of one of those songs like “Times Like These” and “Best Of You” that will have staying power for the band.
The Foo Fighters as a band have matured in their song writing skills since their early days and it shows in this newest outing though they didn’t lose their sense of humor when making videos. The Foo’s are only getting better with age, trying different sounds and moving on from the “Grunge” era of rock and becoming one of the most complete bands of today. As a whole, I’m going to give “Wasting Light” a 4 rating out of a 5 scale and this album will be in my rotation for years to come.
Evan J. Thomas is a contributor for www.iamnotjerry.com He is also a professional photographer and his work can be seen on www.evanjthomas.com Follow Evan on Facebook, Twitter and if anyone still uses Myspace
Change is inevitable… For a band to make it in the music industry in this age of the internet, music downloads, blogs etc. they have to evolve with their music or their shelf life will be short lived.
Linkin Park put fannies in the seats of the spacious United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night when most other bands of their era (Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach) are now relics in the rap rock genre that began in the late 90’s. Linkin Park has managed to revolutionize their sound from the rap rock era to one that is more melodic and musical while holding on to a little of their roots that made them a major player in the industry. Not only has the band transformed musically but they have generated a following that makes them more fan friendly in this failing economy. LP offers a free download of each show and stages meet and greets with fans.
The stage at the UC was set up in a unique triangle shape with platforms strategically placed about the floor. The six-piece band was spread about while singers Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda infused their contrasting vocals over the guitar rifts and samples laid down by the other members of LP. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to stay for the remainder of the show due to the usual three songs that photographers get to capture the moment so I missed the best parts. I will say this though, after listening to most of their new album “A Thousand Sun”, LP’s conversion to art-rock will give the band staying power for years to come.
SET LIST “The Requiem”
“Lying From You”
“What I’ve Done”
“No More Sorrow”
“From the Inside”
“Jornada Del Muerto”
“Waiting for the End”
“Shadow of the Day”
“In the End”
“Bleed It Out”
“When They Come for Me”
“One Step Closer”
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By: Evan J. Thomas
Is it wrong that I want to be the greatest? Is it wrong that I want to be known for what I do? I have aspirations and goals that I have set for myself that may not ever be met but I will never give up trying. I have met many of my professional goals as a photographer like photographing a game at Wrigley Field as well as having photos published in a major magazine (Vanity Fair in 2007), and getting my work published in newspapers (New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune). I put 110% into everything I do because I want it to be perfect. I am always learning and I am always willing to help new comers out in ways that others won’t. I still do things for free just to get my name and face out there and I am hoping all of my hard work will eventually pay off.
Today I am going to change it up a little and give you all a little insight about what I actually go through on a usual day being a concert photographer. You may think what I do is glamorous and sometimes it is, but it is also a job and people only expect the best out of what I do. Friends of mine think that I get to meet and hang out with the rock stars all the time at the shows and that is far from the truth anymore. Yes, I have met and hung out with my fair share of bands but it’s not like it used to be. So this is a day in the life of me, professional photographer (and sometimes writer) Evan J. Thomas.
Publicists for musicians are notorious for waiting until the last minute to hand out credentials for the show. I usually find out the day of a show whether or not I will be covering the concert or not. Having a schedule like that can and has totally ruined my personal life since I hardly ever make plans in advance in hopes to photograph the event.
Obviously if I get the email stating I was approved to cover the show then I start getting into the mindset of what is needed for the evening. Are my batteries charged? Do I have enough memory cards? There has been numerous times where I received the email at noon stating that “sorry, you haven’t been approved”. Since I didn’t make other plans for the evening I scramble to find things to do which is a real pain in the ass since most friends already had made plans.
Once I get to the venue then it is all about waiting. The credentialed photographers for the evening patiently wait outside the venue conversing with one another on various topics and making small talk. We are walked into the photo pit usually 10 minutes prior to the performers taking the stage where again we wait patiently for the lights to dim.
Concert photographers usually are only allowed to photograph the first three songs of a performer’s set list and sometimes it can be less. For instance at last year’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest, Marilyn Manson only allowed us to photograph the first song. We had to wait an additional 45 seconds into that song as the large drape that was preventing the crowd from seeing the stage had to be removed before we were allowed to scurry into the photographer’s pit and take what we can get. Let me just say that it was a complete mess.
During those three or so songs I am continuously shooting away as I am fighting for the perfect position to shoot, hustling around other photographers or videographers inside the four foot wide path, sometimes dodging crowd surfers or objects that are being hurled from the audience and fighting against time.
Once those three songs are finished we are whisked outside either to wait for the next act (if there is one) or we have to leave the building completely. I have received tickets to see the remainder of the show a handful times but it is few and far between. So I gather my equipment and take off to my car usually an hour or so before the concert is officially over. I can hear the music off in the background as I head home.
Once I get home its all about post production. Editing and posting the best of the best images taken from the gig. It’s never ending; I could sit at home every day and just edit photos until my fingers fall off. I could be up for hours correcting lighting, resizing and adding my logo to photos or sending them to various media outlets.
I am passionate about photography and I love what I do. If I had the chance to do it again I would go this route. Now I just need to find a full time photo gig so I can quit my 9 to 5.