X + Rollerball @ The Ding Dong Lounge

X - Cathy Green

Work has taken me down to Victoria for a few weeks, but there’s always time to fit in a gig or two, especially when I had a couple of nights in Melbourne. First up was X supported by Rollerball at The Ding Dong Lounge. After a few years of only knowing Richard Sharman of Black Shadow Photography via various music and music photography forums and through emails we finally got to meet up and go for a few drinks and he got me into the gig as his +1.

I had checked with Richard about the camera friendliness of the venues in the city and he had let me know that the Ding Dong Lounge and Roxanne’s Parlour, our next port of call were fine with cameras but the lighting was pretty crappy. The lighting at the Ding Dong Lounge was similar to an average to good night at The Zoo. So that’s better than pretty much all the smaller venues in Brisbane…  A lot of red light, but you can’t have everything…

Rollerball were a blast from the past, having not heard anything from them in a long while. I photographed them at The Rev in Brisbane back in October 2005, when they were supporting The Original Angels Band. It was the last gig I photographed solely on film, a week before buying a digital camera, the same digital camera I still use and really should think about upgrading… I would post a link to the photos but I did them for a low quality music website that has stuffed up all their old galleries somehow, so they don’t actually contain the photos they should, having both different sets of photos and photos from completely different photographers.

After hearing so much about X over the last few years, especially on much-missed high quality Australian music forums, it was good to finally get to check them out. Really enjoyed their set, although we ducked out just before the end, just after their intense cover of John Lennon’s ‘Mother’. Although they’re a very old school Oz Rock sounding band, they reminded me, in parts, of a more punk version of Slade, mostly due to Steve Lucas’s vocals.

A few more photos on flickr, with maybe a few more to come when I have a bit more time.

X
X - Steve Lucas

X- Kim Volkman

X - Cathy Green

Rollerball
Rollerball

Rollerball

Rollerball

7 Responses to “X + Rollerball @ The Ding Dong Lounge”

  1. Nice shots mate. I also have that someone else’s photos in my old gallery thing going on…

  2. Justin says:

    Cheers Adam. Happy birthday for yesterday.

    It’s a real pain as I had to go through each gallery when I was moving my blog over to WordPress to update allthe hotlinked photos and links to galleries for the last time they chaged their naming system. But the fact that the old galleries are all over the place and don’t even have the correct photos in them and have photos from other photographers means that I can’t update. My guess is they’ve deemed it to much work to rectify, and as it’s older stuff that it doesn’t justify the effort for the amount of page hits.

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  4. Richard says:

    Great to meet you when you were down Justin and nice job on the photos. I haven’t put my X + Rollerball pics up yet but they should be up in a couple of days.

    Cheers, Richard

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