I was anxiously awaiting for Pierce The Veil at Welcome To Rockville, ever since the line up was announced, for the sheer fact of how much fun they are to photograph. I have been a fan of their music for a handful of years now, which always makes shooting a band more enjoyable.
The production Pierce The Veil has is constantly changing with each tour, but the new stage setup they brought with them for this run of festival dates, was mind blowing ( literally ). Mike’s drum set sat atop a bundle of dynamite with the wires all connected to his bass drum which was decorated as the timer to detonate it all. CO2 cannons, colorful lights, and sparks were all a great visual aid to bring the explosive stage theme together.
As the music started to build, Jamie immediately set the tone for the entire set by flying off his riser with a huge jump kick.
The crowd was massive and mostly filled with females who screamed insanely loud the second Vic turned towards the fans. I am pretty sure my ears are still ringing from the ear piercing cries of a few thousand ladies who were so overwhelmed and excited.
As I had mentioned earlier, the lights were incredible. The blacked out back and side stages made them pop even during the middle of the day.
I truly soaked in every second of getting to photograph Mike from side stage. I was able to notice a lot more about his playing style from this perspective, which gives me a much bigger appreciation for him than I previously had.
Not quite sure how many Monster Energy drinks Jamie had drank before their set, but it must have been at least 6.
In previous times shooting PTV, I have always seemed to neglect Tony, but something was different this go round. He was more expressive and interactive than I had ever seen before and I loved it. This is probably my favorite shot from the set just because of the sheer emotion you can see on his face. Not to mention the amazing colors behind him.
Vic decided to get up close and personal with the crowd and have a few friends help him sing the beginning part of Dive In.
Caraphernelia was my personal highlight of the set and is always a crowd favorite that everyone seems to know every word to.
I swear, these dudes do not ever stand still for more than 5 seconds at a time. Or for that matter, stop jumping from the risers. Another reason why I love getting to cover them and snag epic shots like this.
Nothing but high energy from start to finish.
Tony was feeling generous enough to share his last few guitar picks with some lucky fans.
Pierce The Veil had some of the rowdiest fans of the day and it was an amazing sight to witness.
Texas Is Forever
Bulls in the Bronx
A Match Into Water
King for a Day