There was a big fuzz about Rodrigo and Gabriela touring promoting their new album 9 Dead Alive which was just released on April 28th via Ato Redords. I couldn’t make it to The Belasco the previous day but fortunately got to shoot for Grimy Goods at the Hollywood Palladium on 05’07. I will not share the personal ordeal that it was to get there however know that the effort was worth it. When reaching this venue the line went all the way around the block and I was glad to have taken a long minute to find parking and reached the entrance right away.
Since Rodrigo y Gabriela set a foot on stage they went wild with those accosting guitars. The pit did not have as many photographers but all were fierce trying to get their shots. After being smacked in the face by one of the warriors (photographers) and having received a sympathetic smirk by Rodrigo who witnessed the scene from stage, I felt that the pain was worth it. Rod y Gab how some like to call them, have been together for over 15 years. They met in Mexico and went to test their luck in Europe playing guitar in the streets… the rest is history and it manifests in sold out shows, album releases and excellent performances. They play extremely fast and intricate pieces that range from rumbas to heavy metal classics such as Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”, “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots and they even got the crowd to sing-along to Radiohead’s “Creep”. This show was perfection beginning til end and photos can barely show its energy. For even more photos please visit FARAHSTOP, the music photography archive.