The 121212 concert straight into 12.13.12 with the Rolling Stones in Newark. That day that was also slated as band/crew photo day. A photo that was to be taken by, you guessed it, Yours Truly.
Needless to say, this was a big week.
I know, I know, it's essentially just a wide shot of a stage. A shot you've taken 100s of times... but yet, there's something different about taking this wide shot than any other wide shot on the planet.
You know what that difference is?
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are looking directly at you. Nay, they HAVE to look directly at you. You who is propped up on a seven-foot platform in the middle of the tongue pit, with not only the Stones staring at you, but some of the biggest guys in the business - people with whom you'd like to work more closely with one day. You're on radio with select crew gents on stage to move people as you wish them to be moved. It's a production that, you really never realized was going to be a production.
And the first time you do this is with the fucking Rolling Stones.
Meanwhile, as I'm chatting with the lighting director, one of the Stones' guests that evening, John Mayer, was sound-checking, stage right.
John Mayer/Soundcheck/Prudential Center/Newark, NJ/12.13.12