A few weeks back, when I was four days out from heading to Shanghai/Hong Kong for a round of ad agency meetings, I get a call from my buddy at Rolling Stone asking if I was around the following Monday. The call went something like this..
Me: “No, unfortunately, i’ll already be on a plane, but just out of curiosity, who were you going to ask me to shoot?”
RS: “Roger Waters rehearsing for an upcoming show in New York.”
Me: “Wow, well thanks for thinking of me anyway.”
…and I hang up.
…5 minutes pass…I realize I’m an idiot…I call them back..
Me: So you haven’t found anyone yet, have you?”
Long story short, I was able to change my flight without too much of an issue, and had the opportunity to spend almost an hour and a half in a NYC rehearsal studio, with Roger Waters, GE Smith, and about thirty injured military personnel- who were all great musicians in their own right.
The project was for a benefit show at Madison Square Garden, called Stand Up for Heroes- a fundraiser to help support veterans who have returned home battling physical injuries, depression, unemployment, substance abuse, etc. A very good cause, to say the least.
Whenever shooting editorially, it’s rare that more than a single frame or two are used, so wanted to share a few more of my favorites here…