Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Photos: Chris Cornell at The Count Basie Theatre 11.22.11

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ 11.22.11 -I’ve shot Chris Cornell 5 times at this point.  4 times on his solo tour and once with Soundgarden.  Oh wait, I mean 5 times this year.  And 3 times it rained.  Hard.  For a guy whose roots lie in Seattle.  On this night it was a 3 hour journey to Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre.  Even Chris was late.  I then walked about a mile in the pouring rain to get to the theater.  But wow was it worth it.  Touring in support of his just released live solo album from the same tour this Spring, Cornell made everyone forgot just how bad the weather was outside.  This night marked the first night Chris and his brother appeared on stage together.  This tour is in support of his new live solo release, Songbook, which also happen to feature some of my photos.

I loved shooting at the Count Basie for the first time.  When you haven’t shot an event somewhere before, you don’t know what to expect in terms of stage height, angles and security.  Security was loose, but I am always respectful so I think that plays a part in it.  We had no photo pit and were asked to not spend time in front of the stage, so I ninja-ed my way through aisles on on the side of the stage.  Lighting is terrible.  Boring to say the least and the mood they are trying to set doesn’t give you a lot of light to work with.  So I end up shooting between 3200-6400 iso most of the night.

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS

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