Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Virgin Music Festival and Pancake Mountain

Pancake Mountain goes to the Virgin Music Fest
J.R., Scott and Amy of Pancake Mountain (and Rufus) with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

And thus we say our goodbyes to Festival Season with the Virgin Music Festival yesterday in Baltimore wrapping it up.

It was a really long day - but what made it all worthwhile was getting to meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. He wins Super Cool Guy award. He subjected himself to a Pancake Mountain interview as well as doing some karaoke with us (No, I'm not kidding - we have video evidence, it will be online soon) and signing a cd for me. The guys from Wolfmother were really nice and also were interviewed (I was out shooting so I missed meeting them). Anthony Kiedis made an appearance and I got to meet him but - like so many bands that we were supposed to tape - were running late with no time for interviews.

I honestly have to say that I wouldn't attend these festivals without the benefit of the Photo Press pass. Staying on the other side of the fence away from the drunken masses out there in the sea of trash and filth (you don't even want to know about the port-o-potties situation. eww.) means I don't get a great view of the parts of the concert that I'm not shooting... but it is so completely worth it. By the time the sun set the grounds were a wall-to-wall trash heap, the smell of pot finally overpowering the smell of horses (it being on a race track) and you had to walk carefully through the crowd to avoid those passed out, the trash, the amorous oblivious to the surroundings (oh, get a room), the drunks, the rowdy people looking for a fight, and those super friendly sweaty folks who wanted - for some strange reason - to reach out and grab you.

It is hard work covering a show - but it is good work. I'm glad I got to go and see the bands - and especially meet Wayne (he was So. Cool! I've been listening to the Flaming Lips all day. What a down-to-earth guy!) and my brother is going to love The Who photos I'm sending him. All in all it was certainly worth it.

Photos are here