Despite the band’s two-year absence from Boise, the crowd received Bobaflex very enthusiastically. The audience sang along, pumped its fists in the air, and moshed in front of the stage. During Ill Niño’s set, the band hung out with fans.
I don’t often get to photograph concerts in daylight so the day’s shoot was rewarding. The large, partly enclosed stage was the ideal backdrop, though a bit more fog and some stage lights could have made everything that much closer to perfect.
The band added a few more fan favorites to their headline set list, including “Low Life”, “Vampire”, and “Bad Man”. At the point in their set when they usually slow things down a bit, Marty picked up a guitar and joined Tipple on vocals for the band’s rendition of “Sound of Silence”, which predates Disturbed’s recent take on the Simon & Garfunkel classic. The Bobaflex cover of the song is heavier, with both acoustic and electric guitars, but the vocals equal the original in both intensity and expression.
My highlight of the weekend was being granted all-access to shoot from pretty much anywhere my little heart desired. The opportunity to capture shots that are different from the typical images taken from the photo pit is priceless. But the endeavor is also stressful. I easily get lost in the excitement of trying to capture the perfect moment, rushing from the pit to the sides of the stage, back to the pit, and out into the crowd. I have to be aware of my surroundings and keep out-of-the-way of the band and their crew. The last thing I want to do is trip over an instrument cable or guitar stand. Yet even with the risks, all-access is worth every exhilarating minute.