Really happy to be starting to edit finally this BERNARD SHAKEY concert I shot a few years back. Just great to be working with someone that I first worked with in 1983, too. The Hammersmith show I shot was really great - classic BERNARD. A one and a half hour set of acoustic numbers, followed by a rip-roaring blast of electric guitar for the same amount of time. This is of course the show where I went on stage with my camera on a pole and scared BERNARD shitless. I'd seen the night before a young lad go on with this same camera rig and decided I could do it better. Certainly more wildly. I don't know what happened to me, I totally lost it. Found myself swinging the camera just inches across the heads of the audience, who were becoming fairly irate about my doing this. Then, after this massive physical sweep of momentum, I would stop the thing just inches from BERNARD'S face. Or it would end up just below his guitar, nearly touching the strings, looking up. During one of the songs, "Tonight's the Night", I even ended up pressing it into BERNARD'S brow as he sang, looking down at his hands on the keyboard. After I'd done this a bit, I noticed the unmistakable imprint of my camera on the skin of his forehead...

See the picture here of me with the pole cam (courtesy of audience member Pete Myers).