Venue: The Viper Room
City: Hollywood, CA
Set length: Around 40 minutes’ish
Willem & Dakota 7:00 PM
Tap This 8:15 PM (Tribute to Spinal Tap)
Skip Dixon 9:15 PM
The Violet Lights 10:15 PM
Luz de Luna 11:00 PM
Off to the Viper Room in Hollywood to shoot Tap This (an all-girl tribute to Spinal Tap). My gear for the night was:
- Camera: Canon 7D.
- Flash: None.
- Lenses: Canon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 and the 15mm Fisheye f/2.8. Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8.
Okay, here we go…
I got there early enough to get a parking spot behind the venue, which was nice. Usually I have to park in the lot behind The Whiskey and walk down, which is not far at all but it’s always nice to be close. The place was not very packed at all so there was room to move around a bit during the bands, but I really hate being the guy blocking the stage while taking photos so I was trying hard to stay low. From a spectator standpoint I’ve always thought it to be distracting when a photographer is constantly moving around and shooting the bands right up front so I was really making an attempt to stay clear while still getting the shots. The Viper Room is a GREAT place to see bands when the crowd-count is low but if it is packed it can be hell to even get to the bathroom; tonight was just right! Kinda sucks for the bands though… Fun place to photograph bands!
Reviews, comments, and possible putdowns for Tap This…
This was my second time shooting the band and was glad I made the trek to Hollywood to see them again. They opened with Big Bottom and tore through another 30 minutes of great Spinal Tap tunes that included Stonehenge, Hell Hole and Tonight We’re Gonna Rock You. They sounded great and left the audience wanting more. I know bands get bummed when they can only do a half hour set but I’ve always thought that bands that play in clubs should never do more than a 40 minute set. Shorter sets force the band to tear through as many songs as they can in a small window and hopefully get off on a high note, which leaves the crowd hungry. They are a fun band to see live so go support some great rock n roll!
You can check out the other Tap This post I have on this site from back in February of this year