MONTREAL VIDEO PRODUCTION - HELICOPTER U2 VIDEO
My dear friend Derek called me up and asked me if I wanted to see the U2 concert. U2, the Irish rock band, was performing live at the Hippodrome in Montreal. I asked him if he had the tickets. His answer surprised me. He said that we didn’t need any. I wasn’t sure if Derek was pulling my leg or was really serious. I was puzzled and asked him how he intended watching the concert without the tickets? He asked me to come to an address in 20 minutes and added that we would be changing our location pretty often. For a guy who is innovative to the core, I was sure he had some solid plan for this concert.
I don’t really fancy huge crowds, but Derek had said ‘it would be fun’, which means it would be fun. Being a professional photographer and videographer, I found this opportunity too tempting to pass. Equipped with my camera and lenses, I arrived at the address given by my friend only to reach an airport! While I stared at the vast openness, still puzzled whether I had misheard the address, an usher came along and escorted me to Derek’s ‘machine’, a state of the art Bell 206B3 Jet Ranger helicopter.
I really cannot express the sheer joy of riding in it. Being in the video production business, I have taken rides over the Yanomami Indian Tribes of Amazons to the Golf courses of Arizona to shoot aerial video. However, this one was different. It was the smoothest and the by far the coolest helicopter ride of my life. Aboard the copter we had with us the super talented celebrity photographer, Nico Dupéré the official photographer for U2’s Montreal concert.
This was truly a thrill of a lifetime, now I know whom to call when I want the best seat in the house for an open air concert!!