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GETAWAY ROCK FESTIVAL part I

Posted in Live Photography, Live Shows, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2011 by Tallee Savage

Backstage pass for this years GETAWAY ROCK FESTIVAL. Design made my Mattias Savage of E-tainment News. Came out pretty cool … huh?

I was assigned by E-tainment News to take photos for this festival. So I had to work… work but enjoying the luxury of having a blast at the same time. This festival can’t really be compared to Sweden Rock. It is not so big… yet. Sweden Rock is nostalgic… more “mature” bands and audience , if you will. But still I liked the arrangements and I got to see a lot of band that I had never seen before on this festival that took place in Gävle, Sweden on July 7-9, 2011.

One of those bands where Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL. After the release of their first demo in 1990 the band has been one of the most important black Metal bands in the world. They have arguably maintained the most occult-mysticism image credited to Black Metal. Conversely, unlike many black metal bands, Immortal does not espouse Satanism. At least not any more. The music is a complex fusion of black metal, trashy, technical, heavy and fast… very fast. I enjoyed the concert very much!

Apollyon (bass player in Immortal since 2006)


Abbath Doom Occulta (vocals & guitar and founder of Immortal)

 

Young dudes from the band Dynazty unfortunately had their set up at the same time as black Metal band Immortal. I would not go as far as to say that they had to fight over the audience. Because this two bands certainly come from two different planets. Never have seen any of the acts before I thought it was fair to visit both bands. Dynazty’s melodic rock is good and this lads are hungry. But I was drawn back to Immortal as I was urging for some theatrical and more “evil” music \m/


Love from Dynazty & partying with some girlfriends Madleine, Kattis and Hanna.

Another band that started out in 1990 formed by the twin brothers Erik and Per Gustavsson, under the stage names Tyrant and Hellbutcher is Nifelheim.
The twin brothers, aka “Bröderna Hårdrock”, did a documentary about Heavy Metal fans which aired in Sweden 1998.
The band plays old-school black Metal in the vein of bands like Venom and Bathory, rather than the style made famous from Norwegian black Metal bands of the 1990’s. GOSH, having Rainbow and Deep Purple as my favorite bands I really surprise myself by digging this utterly extreme subgenre of Heavy Metal music. Unconventional, raw, highly distorted guitar shrieked vocals, blast beat drumming. At least I give it a chance.

 

Always a pleasure to see Opeth, and certainly Getaway’s best act this year. Everything they played sounds amazing. I always get a Pink Floyd-ish feeling when I see them. But they are much more progressive and heavy of course. I remember thinking that the concert was a little to short considering they were headlining, but I don’t know if it can ever be long enough! Anyway after the song “Drapery falls” from the Blackwater Park album, Mikael explained to the audience that drummer Martin Axenroth  was actually very sick with Shingles and had spent all night before in the hospital feeling very ill. What a guy! Shingles is very painful inflammation caused by the same virus as chicken pox. They had a new keyboardist that sounded just fine…but I do miss Per Wibergs head banging.

The new album “Heritage” is out in September. It is supposed to be very good…Well, I know it is brilliant ;)

Here is a two-minute video clip of Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson shopping records at Fords. Enjoy!
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=162147


Mingling backstage with Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth.

O’boy… how many parties have been saved by jamming some Accept through the speakers. What an utterly amazing band. I was sceptic not to have Udo Dirkschneider up there but the new guy, Mark Tornillo (ex TT Quick) really pulled it off. It’s a matter of fact he did an excellent job and kept the “aura” of Udo intact without looking or sounding like it was a “cover band” job. Does that makes sense? After photographing three songs in the photo pit. I joined the big crowed that were loving this big time. In front of me were two members from Nifelheim going crazy (see pic below).


“It is all about the smile” Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. Happiest guy in this festival.


Well protected by Hellbutcher and Sebastian Ramstedt of Nifelheim.

F.K.Ü. FREDDY KRUEGER’S UNDERWEAR

I felt like I wanted to “mosh”, I really did. I so much wanted to join into the aggressive dance that the audience so nicely got together to express their enjoyment and appreciation for this excellent and funny band. But my heels were to high, my nails to long, my camera to heavy… Naw… best just to look. I want to see these dudes again!


Mats Levén with his beautiful wife Lotta.


Beer pause… three rockin´cousins Jompa, Gustaf and Matt.



The Darkness…not my cup of tea… Never was.
But singer Justin Hawkins was energetic and had a nice “Sweden” shirt on.

Swedish band Ghost’s significant popularity is justified. Music was good and their somewhat eccentric presence made med feel like I was in a mass. Here are some of the photos I took. The lights on this concert was amazingly cool but dark and it was hard to get a clear good photo. Flash is prohibited and something you really don’t want to use because it kills the mood of a pic.

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OPETH – Twentieth annivesary

Posted in Live Shows, Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2010 by Tallee Savage

Opeth logo

Undoubtably awesomely great show, this was! OPETH – easily one of the most respected and revered groups on the metal scene. One might say that I am biased here, as the guitarist, Fredrik Åkesson, is a very close friend of mine.  But my reaction and admiration was wholehearted, and a sold out Cirkus Arena seemed to agree.

Opeth Live in Cirkus Arena, Stockholm

Photo by Christer Lorichs

Opeth @ Cirkus Arena, Stockholm

This was the first of six very exclusive shows across the globe. The band offered two sets. The first featuring their breakthrough epic album “Blackwater Park” in its entirety. No conversation or introduction between songs. Just the album straight through. Fans were lyrical and literally blown away by this. After a 10 minute break came the second set with mixed material from the band’s extensive catalogue. Opeth took the crowd on quite a journey with all their strong and dynamic songs in shift. Containing progressive influences and the finesse of folk, blues rock, jazz and acoustic instrumentation with a touch of Death Metal, that only Opeth can do. They set out in several different musical directions. Very impressive to find one self exited to see what’s in store in the next turn of a, not so unusual, ten minutes long song. Beautiful acoustic guitar interludes shifting to raw growling parts. Instrumentally top quality the whole way.

Opeth thanks audience in Cirkus Arena in Stockholm

Visually a very beautiful show. I would’ve just been content by seeing the best logo in the world (their “O” logotype”) as a backdrop. But they had a beautiful movie running with different moods of nature, the ocean, trees, wind etc. This together with the awesome lightning was icing on the cake. Cred to who ever did the lightning.

Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth at the Cirkus Arena in Stockholm

1) Fredrik Åkesson shredding away. (Photo: Christer Lorichs)
2) Giving Fredrik a little kiss for a performance well done. (Photo: Ulf Magnusson)
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Backstage after the show, it struck me that; The band members don’t seem to have big egos. Fame has not changed them or made them stuck up. Very down to earth and sometimes even a bit shy. Some of Michael’s remarks on stage. – “I am so nervous”, – “I hope it sounds Ok”? – “We are not very good looking dudes, still people come out to see us”. Like I said, very down to earth. Makes you love them even more : ) I left the arena with a smile on my face. A very fulfilling and satisfying evening and a special memory to store.

All live photography by Christer Lorichs. More of his work here >>

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Opeth band members

Opeth was formed back in 1990. With quite a few constellations. Michael has remained the driving force. But this is the line-up since 2007.

More about OPETH here>>

Opeth discography
Orchid (1995), Morningrise (1996), My Arms, Your Hearse (1998), Still Life (1999), Blackwater Park (2001), Deliverance (2002), Damnation (2003), Ghost Reveries (2005), Watershed (2008)

These are the dates and venues as follows:
March 30 – Cirkus – Stockholm, Sweden
April 1 – Lichtburg – Essen, Germany
April 3 – Bataclan – Paris, France
April 5 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
April 7 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
April 9 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Watch this video – “Burden” – It is so beautiful.

To my son Tim on his graduation day : )

Posted in Personal with tags , , , on June 11, 2009 by Tallee Savage

It was only yesterday that I held you in my arms and you were so little. And here you are today: A man, handsome, intelligent, funny, and graduating from high school.

Wasn’t it just the other day that we prepared your little backpack with the new pencil, eraser and ruler? Day of graduation seemed sooo far ahead. Yet… there is no way to slow down time… and here we are today. Fights over homework and all the difficult projects are over. And see, it was all worth it because look how you have turned out, incredibly bright. One chapter of your life has closed and another is about to begin. There will be times ahead when you will feel overwhelmed, but try not to give up. For nothing worth anything comes without hard work and sacrifices.

You have been my rock and my inspiration. And I want to say just how proud I am of you. So spread your wings and “seize the day”

Love you Tim

Mommy

Fredrik, Tim, Tallee

Freddie, Tim and I
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Mattias, Tim & Adina

Tim with Matt and little sis Adina
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Graduation Party on a trailer

Tim, Zack, hat cake

Tim with cousin Zack
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Tim, Tallee on back and little sissies Elizia & Adina

My little son with little sisters Adina & Elizia

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