Promark Drumsticks has had me on a shooting spree this month. Shoots with Dave Matthews Band's Carter Beauford, Incubus' Jose Pasillas, Killswitch Engage's Justin Foley, Marilyn Manson's Ginger Fish, and Slayer's Dave Lombardo have all been on the other side of my lens in the past two weeks. Several more shoots are in the works right now...!
Slayer had a formidable presence at Mayhem Fest here in Tampa. Thousands of fans chanting, dozens of Marshall amp stacks whose tops spew fire, a huge metal Slayer eagle that becomes engulfed in flames, and a ferocious rhythm driving the fans into madness!
The man driving that rhythm is Dave Lombardo. Dave is the original drummer, who spent a handful of years away from the band in the 90's, then returned again in 2002.
Dave has performed with Mike Patton's Fanômas, Testament, and even a couple songs with Metallica. Countless well-known drummers list Dave Lombardo as an influence, and some credit him for being the reason they began playing drums.
This was my second time working with Dave. We did a shoot back in 2004 that was far reaching, hitting 3 magazine covers, about 5 magazine articles, a series of ads, and numerous websites.
Here are some photos from our shoot (I'll throw a couple of wider shots in so you can see the pyro!):
More photos of Slayer and Dave Lombardo after the break! Click here! http://blog.willhawkinsphotography.com/2009/08/slayers-dave-lombardo-shooting-spree.html
For the full set of photos, go here: http://images.willhawkinsphotography.com/Slayer_11AUG09/
Working with Dave was great fun! Dave, his tech Norm Costa, and the entire Slayer band & crew were great hosts! The show was insane, the crowd was wild, and we all had a great time.