Music Photography Blog

by Adam Elmakias

The Reckless and Relentless tour

I have never really gone on a tour with a band that I had not met at least once prior. This was a first. I hopped off the road with A Day To Remember, jumped on a plane, and went straight on to another bus with Asking Alexandria. I had told a few people that I was going to be going out on tour with them, however I knew nothing about them as people. The majority of the people I spoke with looked me in the eyes and just said “good luck”. I have never really had a problem with a band on the roads I am pretty easy going. I figure as long as they didn’t harm me or break my gear, I was good to go. The tour ended up being a great time and all the guys were awesome. A little wild, but still awesome.

I will have a blog up regarding the editing process I used on these images within the next few days, so check back.

Tour with Asking Alexandria
03/14 – St. Louis, MO
03/15 – Dallas, Texas
03/16 – McAllen, TX
03/17 – Austin, TX
03/18 – Tulsa, Oklahoma
03/19 – Dallas, TX
03/20 – Stanton, Texas
03/21 – El Paso, TX
03/22 – Phoenix, AZ
03/23 – Los Angeles, CA
03/24 – Sacramento, CA
03/25 – Pomona, CA
03/26 – Las Vegas, NV
03/27 – Reno, NV
03/28 – Boise, ID
03/29 – Seattle, WA
03/30 – Vancouver, BC
03/31 – Drive day
04/01 – Calgary, AB
04/02 – Edmonton, AB
04/03 – Day Off
04/04 – Salt Lake City, UT => San Diego, CA


March 15th, 2011 (day 2)
Dallas, Texas

March 16th, 2011 (day 3)
McAllen, Texas

Ian Planet, All Time Low’s Guitar Tech
Levi of Miss May I

Circle pit!
Meet Tanner, I think I photographed him the most on this tour. We are good friends from San Diego, he plays drums for Chiodos.

Jack of All Time Low

I hadn’t seen these guys in forever, nice to be able to photograph them for a set, although I almost missed my bus as I was shooting them. I looked over my shoulder while I was under the drums and saw it’s lights on as it was backing out of the venue. I grabbed my stuff and ran- close one.


Rian of All Time Low

March 17th, 2011 (day 4)
Austin, Texas

Thousands of kids in line for Asking Alexandria’s free show at South By Southwest

March 18th, 2011 (day 5)
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Danny Worsnop

March 19th, 2011 (day 6)
Dallas, Texas

Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men

Look at that siiiick light

I climbed up on their stage ramps and shot this after their set was over.
Jonny Craig got a Dalmatian puppy, it was awesome.

March 20th, 2011 (day 7)
Stanton, Texas

Woke up to a broken bus parked on the side of the highway, had to get our stuff and stay at a hotel for the day.

We basically partied in the pool all day.

James and his girlfriend Brandi
I thought her name was Randy for the first week of tour, I am not sure why I even considered that a possible name for her.
Steve, ya know, the man


Hotel lot cook out

Too windy

Nathan, the hotel worker’s kid

Snack break

I’m not quite sure if I took this image, but whoever did, it’s sick.

March 21th, 2011 (day 8)
El Paso, Texas

4:00am breakfast
Switching over to a new bus

Wal-mart man

Magic trick guy

March 22nd, 2011 (day 9)
Phoenix, Arizona

Soundcheck for the fans

Steve and I, obviously I didn’t snap this one.

This lady was really nice, plus her smile rules.

Miss May I

Stage dive

Who wants a MacBook?

March 23rd, 2011 (day 10)
Los Angeles, California

March 24th, 2011 (day 11)
Sacramento, California

Innocent fun

March 25th, 2011 (day 12)
Pomona, California

Miss May I
Miss May I
Passed out early, I had no idea who this girl was, but she was sleeping in our dressing room.

Greg the sound man

March 26th, 2011 (day 13)
Las Vegas, Nevada

Extreme thing festival

March 27th, 2011 (day 14)
Reno, Nevada

It would be nice to say this was an accident, but it wasn’t.

Crazy night, so I chilled in the corner eating some good stuff and snapping photos.

March 28th, 2011 (day 15)
Boise, Idaho


March 29th, 2011 (day 16)
Seattle, Washington

Lunch with Tanner

Stage rush
I met up with my long time Internet friend Darien Chin, he was awesome. Can’t wait to kick it with him again.

March 30th, 2011 (day 17)
Vancouver, British Columbia

March 31st, 2011 (day 18)
Vancouver, British Columbia => Calgary, Alberta

My feet on the front of the bus. I was hanging out with our drive while she had to wait in line for them to clear an avalanche. So wild.

And this is our driver.

April 1st, 2011 (day 19)
Calgary, Alberta

Me with Prince

Hanging out

April 2nd, 2011 (day 20)
Edmonton, Alberta

Sometimes I set up a 580ex and an umbrella back stage to grab portraits.

All the guys right right after getting off stage

They took this on their own

April 3rd, 2011 (day 21)
Day off somewhere desolate

Hotel takeover

April 4th, 2011 (day 22)
Salt Lake City, Utah

This is Kyle, he needed a picture for his Warped Tour Laminate.