I was lucky enough to have a jam with them which was totally amazing except my guitar playing was not up to their playing. Listening to Cass singing “On and On” with Dave and Ned was mesmerising.
My assistant set up the lights and I wanted it lit in such a way that his head and hands where the only thing that was illuminated with the rest of his body in darkness. Once we’d set up the lights I noticed he had very shiny patent shoes which I also lit from the side to add some dynamic light to the pictures. The idea was to get the maestro and his piano to merge as one.
As a painter their faces really affected me, I thought if they were in 15th century costumes the images would have had a Renaissance perspective, due to them all having such incredible faces. Sadly I couldn’t imagine them agreeing to cod pieces and tights, so I kept my vision to myself.
I then asked him what he thought was the weirdest thing about the current music industry? He screwed his face up for a moment in silent contemplation and opened his eyes, looked up at me and shaking his head slowly said, “That U2 ever had a hit”.
He had the most extraordinary way of playing the guitar using open tuning with his thumb over the top of the fretboard. The guitar almost became a part of him
In 1976 my art director friend Fabio Nicoli (who sadly is no longer with us) called me and told me … More
It reminds me of Marlon Brando’s remark from On The Waterfront, when a character says “Are you looking for trouble” and Brando replies “What have you got?”. Mick looked like a streetwise New Yorker, who was ahead of the game. He certainly didn’t look like a quiet working class lad from Hull (in the North of England).
I then nervously poured a large bottle of Perrier all over her head. Through the spluttering cascade of Perrier water she said ‘You bastard”, I said ‘No, wait, trust me, don’t get angry”
As we were leaving David asked me if I would like to go with him to the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Scotland. He said “It’s only £2.50 for the weekend”
When I photographed Ashanti for the Next Big Thing for The Sunday Times in 2003 I was trying to create … More