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This weekend was “Hard Rock Calling”; one of a series of live music events that take place on Hyde Park over the summer.

The event started off on the wet Friday afternoon but the crowd were not going to let that dampen their sprits. The main acts were James, Kaiser Chiefs and Killers.

A wet crowd enjoy Kaiser Chiefs

Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs

The main act on the second stage were The Kills. Many of the reviews the next day described Alison as the sexiest front woman of the moment or the band as the sexiest at the moment. I have to agree with them. The back lighting made them very difficult to photograph but i think this image captures the moment.

Alison Mosshart ("VV") of The Kills

Saturday was dryer and started far earlier.I started with Vintage Trouble on the main stage. Walking up a number of other photographers were saying that this band had appeared on BBC’s Jools Holland show a while before and they were really good. I have to agree, they are really worth checking out.

Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble

Later in the press tent (which apart from being too hot on the Sunday, was really excellent with great hospitality for the press) we were treated to an acoustic performance by the band after they did an interview. One of the hi-lights of the weekend, working, editing pictures with a great live acoustic set going on..

Another new band for me were in the second tent; Evaline whose frontman Richard Perry almost took my head off at one point as he jumped from the stage to the audience.

Richard Perry of Evaline

The main stars of the show were of course Bon Jovi, By this time the sun was out, the skys were blue and the audience and sky were reflected perfectly in Jon Bon Jovi’s mirrored shades.

Jon Bon Jovi

On Sunday the sun really shone and the press tent warmed up! (well thats my excuse for a beer or two along with copious amounts of water as I worked). As a photographer, sometimes you have to work hard to get interesting images, sometimes you get performers that work so hard on stage that the images are there, its just a case of timing, reading and positioning. Adam Ant was one such performer, sticking all his old poses and putting everything in.

Adam Ant

Adam was followed by Stevie Nicks who was a little harder work (but sounded amazing). The real issue of the day though was shooting Rod Stewart, the headline act. It had been decided that Rod was to be shot from the sound desk which with it’s limited room meant only a few would be able to shoot. The ridiculous thing was that after deciding all this, Rod appeared on stage to introduce Stevie and so of course, we all got our shot. Why he was happy to be shot close up introducing but not performing is anybodies guess. Made a mockery of the sound desk shots really, (except from the sound desk the shots can be of the whole stage / lighting ).

Rod Stewart

All in all a good 3 days. Next weekend, Hop Farm…