Last weekend I had the great pleasure to go shoot the Mexican band MANA at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The band has a huge following but is less well known out of Spanish speaking circles. That is a shame! These guys bring an amazing energy to their live shows that everyone can enjoy.
My main subject was Alex Gonzalez, the charismatic drummer of the band. Paiste wanted to get some new shots of him and I was happy to oblige.
Even though I didn’t understand a word they said, the energy was infectious and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. About halfway through the set, the band made their way to a stage in the center of the arena to perform closer to the fans in the back.
If MANA comes to your town, it is worth the money to catch their show. If you are a drummer you will be blown away by Alex’s high energy performance and interesting approach to arena rock. The sound was some of the best I’ve heard at any show. Each drum and cymbal (and the rest of the band) could be clearly heard even as Alex played some fast, complicated parts.
For tour dates and more information about MANA go to: http://www.mana.com.mx/en
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