Party on a Tuesday night? Yes, said Mr. Gillis, his signature laptop and the packed crowd at The Pageant. For those who attended his last Pageant show back in 2009, the current tour for the release of All Day felt tremendously bigger in various respects.
The monstrous video wall at the back of the stage added a much needed visual component to the performance, accented by bombastic lighting effects. During my last Girl Talk experience, I remember getting fatigued of just watching Gillis and the dancers on stage, so I definitely welcomed the new visual effects, an assortment of everything from basketballs to crowd-shots.
Then there was that monstrosity of a table (complete with light screen on the front) built to withstand the party, taking a group of workers to install at the front of the stage. The sheer height of the table sent everyone in the photographer’s pit into a state of confusion/apprehension wondering just how they were going to get any pictures. Fortunately, I had advanced warning of the table, but it was still even more intimidating than I had imagined.
– With the table too high to shoot over without the help of a monopod and dancers crowding the sides, there was only one angle on the right side of the pit where you could even seen Gillis. As a result, this was the first time I’ve abandoned the pit in favor of shooting from the balcony, which turned out to be a great place…if you had a long-range lens. Unfortunately I own neither tool, but thankfully Todd Owyoung had a monopod and Jason Stoff had the long-range lens. They got some fantastic shots of the night, so be sure to check out their pictures too.
-I recall thinking “Do your parents know you dance like that?” when shooting some of the younger dancers on stage. I’m officially old now.
-Confetti and balloons are always keys to a great show.
-I haven’t been able to spend that much time with All Day since its release. Can’t wait to relisten to it now after the show.