Wikipedia tells us that the latest Queens Of The Stone Age album, Era Vulgaris refers to the Latin term for Common Era.Â The entry continues by saying that the title was chosen by Josh Homme because he thought “it sounds like ‘the Vulgar Era’, which I like, because that sounds like something that I would like to be part ofâ€¦”.
After last Thursday experiences I can confirm that Mr Homme is definitely part of ‘the Vulgar Era’ he so wants to belong to…
Â My Thursday went as follows:
In part I felt empowered doing it, but at the same time I was very seething, although I think was mainly to do with how this guy treated me and spoke down to me.
The only other photographer there,Â a woman photographing for a music website, didn’t even read the contract,Â signed away and told me it was just a standard contract. I told her it wasn’t as you were giving them copyright. She shrugged her shoulders and walked in…Â it’s kind of sad that photographers are willing to sign contracts without reading them and without caring for the rights that they have signed away.
I emailed my Editor first thing Friday morning to explain what had happened and why I wasn’t sending though any photos.Â Not only did she agree with me 100%, but she sent an email ofÂ complaint to theÂ promoter;Â a big deal considering it’s a major promoter.Â
I don’t feel it’s a missed opportunity as the guy had already told us the pit was too small and we’d have to shoot from the staircase towards the back of the room…Â but no photos, not even rubbish ones from miles from the stage to show you.Â But, most importantly, no regrets whatsoever.Â
Remember kids, just say no…