Some of the most fun I've had was doing live performance reportage. I always gave pictures to the bands, having them on your side is the only way to go. After one or two shows I'd ask to be onstage with them for a couple of songs- makes for much better images, and ones they or their management want to use a lot.
I have permanent tinnitus after getting hit from behind when crossing to the other side of the stage to climb back up on the wing, on the floor in front of the stage at Danceteria in NY- 1985 or 6 I guess. I ducked to avoid hitting my face on the edge of the stage and went into a large bass cabinet the stage was perched on- hit my head on the driver. What appeared to be a cloth covered wall below the stage was open speaker cabinets about 5' tall. Even with earplugs in I was completely disoriented for 5 mintes and temporarily deaf in the right ear. Being up front was always somewhat risky with cameras- not just for the cameras, but for the folks who slammed into me and then got mad that I was carrying some big metal objects.
I'd go back in a minute to one of those shows.
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