The stories behind classic shots of Matt Pike, Tony Iommi and Idles. With Photographer, Tim Bugbee
Matt Pike, Sleep – Backstage at Roadburn, Tilburg NL, April 14, 2012
In 2012 I had a chance to shoot my first overseas music festival. Roadburn focuses mainly on metal, with some elements of psychedelic rock but is rightly revered as one of the premier festivals in any genre. Sleep toured Europe for the first time since 1993 and their headline set at Roadburn was highly anticipated by the legions of fans (nay, pilgrims) who head to Tilburg year in and year out. In a weird twist of fate, I got to know the band via post-reunion recruited drummer Jason Roeder (also of Neurosis) or an online community revolving around mountain biking. Yeah, sometimes life is strange. Anyway, this was my first time to really hang out with the band and the entire experience ranks as one of my favorites ever. I took a few shots backstage after their set and this one of Pike always resonates with me. It is also one of the few photos I’ve got printed and framed for myself; I ran a fundraiser to help Matt with medical costs and he personalized a copy of this for me. I’ll be photographing his wedding this weekend, at Psycho Las Vegas. What was that I said about life and strange twists?