Venue: House of Blues
City: San Diego, CA
Set length: About 25 minutes
Igor Spectre 7:15 to 7:40 PM
The Invisible Humans 7:55 to 8:20 PM
Agent Orange 8:35-9:10 PM
The Adicts 9:30-11:00 PM
The Invisible Humans asked if I would be interested in going down to San Diego to photograph the band at The House Of Blues with a few other bands. The “few other bands” happened to be The Adicts and Agent Orange with Igor Spectre opening the show – Hell yeah! Left my house at 2PM as the band load-in was at 5:30. I got there at 5PM, signed my waivers, got my pass and was allowed in by 5:30 – easy!
I was armed with my Canon 1Ds and three lenses; Canon’s 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon’s 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, and the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8. Here we go…
My first time at this venue and wasn’t sure what to expect. The crew, security and staff were all friendly, helpful and outgoing – no issues at all. Out of the four HOB locations I’ve been to (LA, Anaheim, Vegas, and now SD) I like the layout of this one the best as it just seemed easier to navigate. They don’t have parking but there is a garage across the street that is open 24 hours so, again, it was pretty easy to figure out once I had my bearings on all the One-Way streets. The best part was that the venue allowed photo-pass holders to shoot from the pit (in front of the barricade) for the first three songs of the set for each band. After that I was able to capture from other areas of the venue, including the balcony. Overall I give this venue a 2 thumbs up.
Reviews, comments, and possible putdowns for Igor Spectre…
I managed to meet a few of the guys in the band prior to the show and asked if it would be okay to photograph them. They were really cool, down to earth, and said it would be okay. How would I classify these guys? Well, if I had the ability to put a show together I would coordinate a Halloween gig together with Igor Spectre and The Damned at Bar Sinister. I think that gives you an idea of the crowd they might attract. If you want to hear and see the band, they have some cool videos on their website. They are from the LA area so if you get a chance go support them. Check them out at…