Sonisphere: Slayer

Slayer's Kerry King at Soinsphere festival Switzerland in Yverdon-les-Bains, 2012. Concert photo by professional music photographer Katrin Bretscher from Zurich, Switzerland

Kerry King of Slayer live at Sonisphere 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

Slayer in daylight, my last band for this Sonisphere. Thankfully, they had removed Britney Spears’s mom (or whoever it was that caused those horrible sound problems during Mastodon‘s set) by now, so my deprived ears could finally enjoy a good dose of Kerry King.

Slayer's Tom Araya live at Sonisphere in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland (concert photo by professional music photographer Katrin Bretscher)

Slayer's Tom Araya on stage at Sonisphere festival in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

To me, Slayer’s set was something of a conciliatory statement for the not-so-good start Sonisphere festival had once again had. As I didn’t get to shoot Motörhead or Metallica, I hopped on the next train home wondering if this might have been the last time we’ve seen Sonisphere in Switzerland.

Slayer's Tom Araya on vocals/bass at Sonisphere Switzerland. Live concert photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher from Zurich, Switzerland

Tom Araya of Slayer live at Sonisphere festival in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

The first of the promoters, Free&Virgin, went bankrupt over the first two editions of the festival, and now all three big promoters (Zurich-based GoodNews, Free&Virgin heir/successor Starclick, and French-speaking-part specialist Opus One) collaboratively couldn’t make it a better experience, despite having organized tons of mega events like this one before. If I were them, I’d just wave Sonisphere goodbye. We can do better than that – and do the artists, who all gave a great performance, better justice.

Kerry King of Slayer at Sonisphere festival in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. Concert photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher from Zurich, Switzerland

"Who's scarier, me or my shirt?" Kerry King of Slayer live at Sonisphere festival Switzerland, 2012

About katrin

i'm a professional photographer specialising in live concert, band, portrait, and other music and stage related photography. i'm based in zurich, switzerland, and available to go on tour, for one-off shows, or taking photos for you on location and in the studio.
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