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Red Hot Frilly Peppers

Posted in music, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 8, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Raleigh Studios : Hollywood, CA
December 18, 2006

I was hired to work with the Chili Peppers as they shot the music video for Dani California. During this two-day shoot, I was asked to be a fly on the wall and try to capture every special moment. Whether it is a video shoot, in the recording studio, or on the road – these are my favorite kinds of shoots – I love capturing those timeless images.

This video was a very elaborate undertaking. Director Tony Kaye, known for his feature film American History X, wanted to take the band through the history of music. From a 1950’s Ed Sullivan style setup, to the late 60’s drug-induced movement, to the flamboyant disco era to the glam rock era, to the1970’s Punk Rock scene, to the early 80’s post-punk Goth scene, to mid-80’s Hair-Metal, to the Grunge Movement and back to the Chile Peppers as we know them – the band wanted me to capture it all.

I must have shot at least 4000 images over those two days. I really captured more than I thought possible. In fact, the record label and RHCP management were overwhelmed at how many photos I shot and turned in. The band really had fun with this video and really got into character. I never knew what to expect from these guys when they popped on a new wig and new outfits. These guys are pros and they are the coolest and most professional people you would want to work with.

For some reason these were the outfits that the band seemed the most comfortable in and I didn’t think they were ever going to take them off. The mustaches that Flea and Chad are sporting were hilarious…Flee looks like some cheesy Phys Ed teacher from the 70’s. Check out Anthony, he looks like some suave, artsy Puerto Rican or Carlos Santana’s little brother. And take a look at John Frusciante, I would not want him hanging around any minors dressed like that.

Time was super-tight, but I knew that the band would want to have a memory of this, so I grabbed each of them and popped this shot off. Just then, it was time to switch outfits. I really like this photo alot – itt just says so much – I think it will become more and more special as time goes on.

Photographed with my Canon EOS-5D and a Canon 24mm-70mm lens.

Classic Reunions…Jane’s Addiction

Posted in music, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

Jane’s Addiction
Relapse Tour
Universal Amphitheatre
November 18, 1997

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Part three of a five-part series I am doing this week on Classic Reunions. Each day I will add a new photo of a featured artist and that band’s classic reunion.
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Jane’s Addiction had their first major break up in 1991, right after their final famous Honolulu gig in which Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins played a couple of tunes butt naked. Sadly, they were at the height of their game in terms of recognition and creative energy. Farrell formed Porno for Pyros while Dave Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, replacing John Frusciante who was let go for drug use. Neither RHCP with Navarro or Porno for Pyros were able to generate the raw energy of their original incarnations. In 1997 Jane’s Addiction announced the Relapse Tour, but bassist Eric Avery refused to join, and was replaced by the Chili Peppers’ Flea. Though Flea is a kick-ass player, there was a raw, dirty and dangerous punk rock edge to Avery and Jane’s never felt quite the same without him. They had also developed a flashier and more flamboyant style, and it seemed that wearing expensive designer clothing outweighed the importance of the music. Again, the music still rocked, but the dangerous edge that was synonymous with Jane’s Addiction – that sense that anything could happen at any minute – was gone.

Photographed with my Canon EOS-1 and a Canon 28mm-70mm Canon f5.6 lens. Shot on Fujichrome film.

On Stage With…The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , on May 15, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rock For Choice Benefit
Hollywood Palladium
April 4, 1992

(Click photo to enlarge)

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Part four of a five-part series I’m doing this week, featuring shots that I took while being on the stage with bands. Each day I will add a new band and a new photo.

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This was a very special benefit held to raise money for the Magic Johnson Aids foundation.  Beside the night’s headliners, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the bill also featured The Beastie Boys, Primus and the debut of Perry Farrell’s Porno For Pyros. I was really amped up for this show, it is not everyday you get a chance to see A-Level bands like this in a smaller venue such as The Palladium.

As the Chili Peppers kicked off, I shot the first few songs from inside the barricade, and then went to get a drink. The bar was charging crazy money for sodas and water. At this point I was both a starving artist and working my way through college. So, I decided to try to make my photo pass work for me and find something backstage. I flashed my pass to the security guard and gave him a look like I knew where I was going. I then found a water dispenser at one of the back corners of the stage, near one of the guitar amps.

As I was drinking, the stage manager saw me and barked, “Hey, what do you think you’re doing? Get outta’ there.” There goes my free water, I thought, pitifully. But then he points to a spot on stage and tells me to shoot from there, where it is safer. Wow! I wasn’t about to argue with the guy. It’s a rare and great opportunity to get on stage with bands – and it’s getting more rare every day as venues put photographers further and further from the stage.

This shot was a bit difficult to get because of the spotlight that is being shined directly at me – you can see it at the top left of the photo. I had to meter and expose for Anthony’s skin tone and adjust for the spot/backlight. Remember, I was shooting film cameras back then, digital cameras only existed in sci-fi movies. The luxury of taking a shot and looking at it immediately on the back display to see if it was exposed properly was not an option – you either got it or you didn’t. Luckily, I got it.

Photographed on stage with borrowed equipment – a Canon Elan, a 70-200mm lens and an old Canon Flash. Photographed on Fujichrome film.