The magic partly comes from these little gadgets. Top photo are Jono MOFO's pedals for the bass. Bottom picture are Oliver's pedals for the guitar.
And then the magic...we were up fairly close to the stage, and I wasn't sure how long we would be able to stay. We hadn't had a chance to buy ear plugs(and for the record, they must not have been as loud normal as I stayed up front for the whole show sans earplugs). The music starts out soft, and then suddenly, and you if you've heard them before you know it's coming, that sonic blast that just slams through you. It's not really the loudness that off centers you. It's the way that the sound becomes twisted through the amplifiers, shaking you, knocking you off balance, moving through you. They started with a new song (fucking awesome). And after birthday wishes to Matt, they went right into "To Fix the Gash In Your Head." The crowd was pretty stoic although there were some guys at the front that were swept away. It was hard not to be swept away.
At this point, I managed to squeeze into a small space in the front of the stage. This gave me a great vantage point to snap shots of JonMOFO (bassist). In fact, I even got down on my knees, leaning against the stage for a few pictures(I felt quite the professional).