The first time I met Donovan was on a SURFING Magazine trip almost 20 years ago. We had a great time and I got some incredible images of him. I found him to be a great visionary. Last March I was in Byron Bay, Australia recording some music with Sal Masekela at the Corona house that Taylor Steele had set up. Donovan was there to record and hear the percussions I played with Sal. He immediately asked me if I wanted to play with them on some dates near my home in San Diego. I ended up playing at the Belly Up and the Fiesta Del Sol gigs. After the first show, Donovan asked me if I was interested in maybe joining him on his European tour for three weeks. I would play percussion, make a short film and produce images for a book about the tour. What an opportunity! At the moment, I’m in Germany, getting ready for the gig. Here’s a few images I shot over the last week.
Moments after finishing their first show in Portugal, Donovan leaves the stage. Playing percussion alongside gives me a really unique perspective. I switch between my conga or bongo drums to my still camera and video camera for the documentary.
During certain shows, Donovan will bring up one of his boys (this time Ozzy) to play drums with him during the encore. The audience always goes crazy.
The cool thing about this tour is that Dono has brought the whole family along with him. There is never a dull moment with Hendrix and Ozzy. Here we have the whole family striking a very Beatles-esque pose in the streets of Milan Italy.
In Turin, Italy, the concert didn't have the biggest turnout. So, mid-set Dono invited the audience to come up on stage for a bit more intimate performance. It turned it into a really special moment.