Whew, I Survived The Pit

Rock band Shinedown made a stop on their tour at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on October 17th. 

This band is currently one of my favorites, and is probably atop the list of my wife's favorite bands to see live as well. They've got just about everything you want. Crystal clear concert sound, huge vocals, and driving rhythm. 

My full-time job is the Executive Producer for the Rick & Brad Morning Show on 100.5 The KATT in Oklahoma City. Suffice it to say that I was able to have the opportunity to photograph this band's performance because of my job. What can I say, it sometimes has its perks! We were privy to a 10-minute interview with Barry Kerch (the drummer) backstage. Couldn't have been a nicer guy. The woman interviewing him is our late night DJ at The KATT. This was her first interview with a band member, so she was a little shaky and lost her place a few times. Oh well. I used the same camera to shoot the video footage that I did to actually take pictures of the concert. Yeah, I was impressed with my own gear on that one. After the interview was complete, we snagged the 10-15 people who were backstage contest winners and met the band for the "Meet & Greet with Shinedown". The fans took pics and were provided with signed photos of the band as well. Lasted about 20minutes and then the band headed back to their rooms to get ready for the show. 

Anyhow, as with most photographers who are allowed in the pit, you're only allowed to take photos during the first 3 songs that the band performs. After that, security moves you out and on your way to enjoy the show from your seats. The "3 song rule" is something that's just stuck around since the 70's-80's as far as I know. Basically, 3 songs can last anywhere from 15-18minutes of shooting time. Which isn't a lot. Still, I believe in that time I took roughly 150 photos and narrowed it down to these 48 favorite shots.

You'll see Brent Smith (the lead singer) walking towards my lens at one point on top of the front stack on the stage. It was in this moment that Brent took the time between the 2nd and 3rd songs to shake hands with all the photogs in the pit. An extremely awesome gesture that I don't see from bands very often. Usually photographers are overlooked by bands unless they are hired guns by the label or band them self. 

Again, this was a blast to shoot and the first concert I was able to shoot with my new gear. Could not be happier with the results. 

Hope you enjoy these shots. If you'd like to purchase prints of any of these images, send me an email on my "About & Contact" page. 

As a reminder, all photos are copywritten and owned by Ryan Day.