We can argue about the music, but Gogol Bordello has to be one of the most interesting bands for picture taking. They are incredibly dynamic and emotional. They put "live" in "live music" for sure.
Although formed in Manhattan, the core of the band is of Russian/Ukranian descent: Eugene Hutz, Sergey Ryabtsev and Yuri Lemeshev.
They play what they call "Gypsy Punk". My first experience was rather painful. I made my way to the front row to take some pictures. As soon as they began playing, a group of heavily intoxicated youngsters started ramming into the crowd from behind, creating the "pressure waves". I was knocked off my feet and was "floating" in the compressed crowd helplessly. The camera lens fogged over in a matter of seconds and I couldn't even wipe it off. First 100 pictures were a complete waste of bytes. Only when I pushed away from the stage and regained my footing, I was able to take some decent shots.
In the middle of the performance a young fellow climbed up the stage, lit up a joint and went around the playing band members, offering each one a whiff.
Security didn't even bother. Maybe with all the crazy stuff going on around the stage they assumed this was a planned act and a part of the show. It very well may have been.
Drinking wine on stage wasn't off-limits either
Alcohol or not, Eugene really rocks his socks off and the rest of the band plays along (pun intended).
When the show was over I went to the back entrance to meet with fellow comrades.
Look at my jeans around the waist line. You can see they are soaked in sweat.
If you go to the Gogol Bordello concert, be prepared for intense physical interaction with complete strangers around you.
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