Archive for January, 2009

By Overwhelming Demand…Photos Available For Sale

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2009 by Kevin Estrada

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I have received dozens of emails and requests from my loyal readers asking how they can purchase some of the photos I have shared so far on my blog as well as many other photographs from my huge archives.  I have decided to make a limited amount of these prints available for sale.  8X10 and 11X14 enlargements, framed or unframed – personally signed and numbered.  Purchase details will be coming in the next few weeks, but if there is a print that you are interested in now, please email me (IamKevin@fairwarning.com) or contact me through the comments section on my blog.

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The Many Faces Of Metallica : 1989 James Hetfield

Posted in music, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 13, 2009 by Kevin Estrada

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Metallica
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Laguna Hills, CA
September 22, 1989

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(This photo and many others now available for sale.  Email: IamKevin@fairwarning.com)

Not too much had changed visually with the band from 1988 to 1989.  Sure there was a little more facial hair but the band was still outfitted in jeans and t-shirts.  The big difference, however, was that by the time Metallica rolled through town on the second leg of The Damaged Justice Tour, they were the biggest band in the world.

Metallica was now accepted by the main stream and were becoming a household name.  Music videos and televised awards performances became the norm.  Our little band was all grown up.  The Justice LP was an epic creation, as was the stage show.

This gig holds a very special moment in my heart.  It was the first time I shared the photo pit with fellow rock photographer Ross Halfin.  I had admired his work throughout my teen years and to be snapping next to him was something that I never thought would happen.  Unfortunately, Ross was a complete prick to me that night.  I later came to realize that Ross is a complete prick to everyone.

…And Photos For All

Photographed in the photo pit with my old Canon F1 and a cheap, no name 80-200mm f5.6 lens.  Shot on Kodak transparency film.

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The Many Faces Of Metallica : 1988 James Hetfield

Posted in music, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2009 by Kevin Estrada

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Metallica
Monsters Of Rock Festival
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
July 24, 1988

Van Halen, The Scorpions, Dokken…in 1988 these were some of the biggest names in Rock.  But it was a little band named Metallica that stole the show…night after night.  Armed only with denim jeans, worn out t-shirts and wrist bands, Metallica proved to be the next big thing.

At the time, Metallica and its fans had a connection that none of the other bands on the bill had.  At the show I attended in Los Angeles, before and after Metallica hit the stage, you could hear the chants – Metallica, Metallica.  And during their set it was pure mayhem as all of us tore out our seats and tossed them in the air toward the stage.  This interaction with the fans fueled Metallica…and the Monster was created.

This photo shows what Metallica was made of – no frills, no glitz, no b.s.   This is the band that took Metal to the next level.

Photographed with my smuggled in Canon AE1 Program and a no name 80-200mm lens with a 2X teleconverter