This is the first in a series of outtakes we will be sharing from our collection of photos that have never been released. Some will be less than “perfect” images that were never shared in the original photo sets, but in my opinion are none-the-less worthy of being shared because of their expressiveness, strangeness or other unique qualities making them worthy of being seen. This first one is one of AA Bondy heating up the the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA on the cold, rainy night of November 21, 2011.
If you missed the full set the first time around you can find it here.
Plucked from our video collection, here’s a beautiful, stripped down version of “Ghost Town” by First Aid Kit from their show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA on March 31, 2012. First Aid Kit will be performing at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 28 and at the sold out show with Conor Oberst and Dawes at Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, RI on Friday, July 27. The SisDiss sisters are looking forward to seeing the Söderberg sisters, Klara and Johanna, perform!
Photo and video by Ady for Sisters Dissonance (photo from First Aid Kit’s 2011 performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC)
I’m fairly certain that it isn’t often one gets the chance to photograph a band as legendary as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At least it isn’t often that I do!
As I was in the pit setting up to photograph I couldn’t help but be reflective. My first thought was, how can I get the shots I want in just a short three songs (the amount many bands allow photographers to shoot). And then, I wondered what songs I would get.
The band opened with Monarchy of Roses, and my photographing concluded with Scar Tissue. I mentioned to a friend of mine that at one point I was taken from my lens and almost forgot what I was there to do. I was so absorbed into the stage performance that I had put my camera down and stood in awe, just watching. This was the first time I had seen Josh Klinghoffer play as a Chili Pepper and I was impressed—his energy just as frenetic as the next one which I believe is the hallmark of a live Chili Pepper show. I can only imagine you can’t be taught this, and it must be an inherent trait that one possesses in order to sustain a show just like the one I was fortunate enough to see.
So, I was standing there and just watching while they played through Can’t Stop and didn’t realize I wasn’t taking pictures until the photographers were walking on each side of me! OH NO! I need to get back to it; and so I did. It was one of the most fun, and colorful stages I’ve photographed yet. I can only imagine the hard work, effort and planning a show like this requires to put on.
And did I mention the overall vibe of the venue? Everyone was beyond happy? How often do you go to a show where people move out of the way for each other, smile, talk, and share stories about how long they have liked the band, or how they are FAN-atics? It was a great night, and I only wish I could say more, but I will leave it to this photo set to say the rest.
Click here to be taken to the full Sisters Dissonance photo gallery of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Wells Fargo Center.