I don’t even know where to begin with this one.
I busted ass and left early from Sacramento to get to Cornerstone right when the doors open at 7pm, and I was one of the first 10 people in the venue. I start asking around for permission to film, since I have permission from MDC. The PM tells me that my facebook message conversation with Barry isn’t good enough, he needs to talk to him in person. MDC is not at the venue yet, so I wait… and wait. In the meantime, I ask the soundman for a board feed and I will only plug in once permission is secured which gets me a vague “OK…”. Barry gets there at about 7:40 and gets me permission for MDC and offers to help with GBH- thanks Barry! I run into Ross from GBH at the bar and he gives me the “thumbs up” for video, but I knew that would not be enough unless I got to the PM and GBH’s manager… which was impossible.
The show is sold out and the venue is pretty small with a balcony that goes across all 3 non-stage sides of the venue. I mention this because when a punk show sells out there, just about everyone goes down to the floor and a big pit starts, smashing the rest of the crowd against the sides and making it impossible to move through the place. This is what I get to deal with in setting up 6 cameras (5 mounted plus the one I am using) across the entire venue- front and back, stage left and right. I got them set up just in time and bolt back to the soundboard to see if I can plug in the recorder- soundman is busy and unavailable so I hit record, leave my XLR cables clearly visible (needing them to be plugged in), and go to my spot to video. I sure hope he plugs it in!
I film in front of a pole that is in between the 3 merch tables on the left hand side of the venue. I figured I’d be OK there since it is all the way on one side of the venue… nope. I am in the middle of a walkway that appears when MDC starts and I have no place to go,. People bump into me constantly through the set. My position for audio is shitty, since the sweet spot in the venue is in the middle of the pit. I make the best of it anyway.
Set ends and I go to the stage to pull the gopros off, and I see GBH’s manager(who I never got to talk to) and the PM waving at me, asking me to get the gopros off the stage urgently. I’m going as fast as I can. I fight through people and pull the cameras off the stage and poles and lay my camera backback right into a puddle of beer while pulling down the last one. The very last thing I do is go to the soundboard to get my recorder. There my recorder sits, with an XLR pair of soundboard plugs sitting about 3 inches from my plugs… not plugged in. I wanted to take a picture because I couldn’t believe it, but I couldn’t get the phone out of my pocket because it was TOO FUCKING PACKED to even do so.
So despite all of this, this is probably the best MDC video I have done. Dave has an in ear monitor and it has made all the difference- he can hear and he is on point. Crowd is wild and the band is on fire.
I did not film GBH. In fact, I left during the first song or 2. I’m too old for this shit. As a bonus, I’ll post me walking out of the venue during GBH. If you want to see a GBH video, search the website or channel- there are 2 multicamera videos done with permission.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy\
Equipment used: Canon HFG60, Canon HFG50 x2, Gopro Hero 7 black x3.
Audio equipment: Schoeps CCM4/Tinybox/Sony A10
Edit by tromster
Shoutout to Wayne Triggs for watching stuff and for the help.