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Concerts

Elton John – 2014 Show Book

In November 2013, I had the opportunity to photograph Sir Elton John at Chaifetz Arena, in St. Louis, MO. This was the first time I had seen Elton John in concert, and as a music fan first (photographer second), I was excited to see this iconic performer, and creator of a large catalog of music from my generation. Photographers for this performance, which was ‘an evening with’, no opening act, were permitted to shoot the first two songs. Song # 1 (Love Lies Bleeding/Funeral for a Friend), we were place at the front of the stage, directly in front of EJ’s piano, which was relatively forward of the band,  stage right. Song # 2 (Benny and the Jets), we were moved to the stage right aisle approximately 12 rows back. If you are familiar with the first song, you know it is lengthy, clocking in at over 10 minutes, which for concert photographers, seems like an eternity. This allowed me to utilize my entire camera bag, which included 2 camera bodies (Canon 5D MKII, Canon 7D), & 4 lenses (Canon 24-70, 70-200, 15mm fisheye, & a wide angle Tokina 11-16). This was one of those nights, when everything you hope for falls into place, from a photographer perspective – Great performance, Great position, and Great lighting. I was happy with the images I captured, and at best, I knew there would be at least one new print hanging in my basement, alongside other favorite photos of music moments I’ve experienced, and photographed. Out of the blue, two months later, I received an email from Elton’s management, inquiring about licensing images from this show, to include in a concert tour program, that would be sold with other merchandise beginning with his summer 2014 tour. By the end of our discussion, 8 of my images were agreed upon, for use in the book, as well as other promotional marketing associated with Elton John’s live shows. I was thrilled to finally see the finished production of the show book, and was super geek thrilled to see that Elton had personally autographed the cover (this was jokingly part of my ‘negotiation’, that I really wasn’t expecting to happen). It’s always exciting, for any photographer, writer, or artist, to see their work published. It rarely happens to me, primarily because this is not my full time career, and I don’t actively pursue publications, or other media outlets. This entire experience is a bonus on top of an already fulfilling, and non monetary driven passion. The show book looks amazing, creatively put together, well written, and features photography during the course of Elton’s 40 year career. I am proud, and honored to have a small part within the book, and I appreciate that they took the time to recognize all the people who contributed the content, in print, within it’s design. Photos below from the show, & book. (more…)

REO Speedwagon, Chicago

8/8/2014 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, St. Louis, MO. – REO Speedwagon & Chicago performed separate headline sets, then came together for a memorable 6 song encore that was simply genius. From Kevin Cronin‘s blog at www.speedwagon.com:

August 3, 2014
Hi friends,

Hi friends, okay, so the past four days have been an amazing example of hard work, mutual respect, musical collaboration, anxious moments (mostly on my part), and Big Fun! REO and Chicago have become a force of nature…a perfect storm of hit songs, diverse musical influences, and that indescribable Midwest work ethic. It keeps getting better every night. My goal of making it through the tour without getting clotheslined by a trombone is still within reach, although I did almost get run over by an electric bus twice along 16th Street in Denver tonight. Our new song, “Whippin’ Boy”, has been going over really well, which feels very good to us. There is just one thing… Now, it may appear at first glance that I am sneaking a peek at a lyric cheat sheet during the encore jams, but I assure you that is not the case. I am merely reading my own palms, which are telling me that you should not miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear the unique and powerful musical combination of Chicago and REO see you all down the road…kc Photos (more…)

One Republic

8/2/2014 The “Native Summer Tour” with One Republic, & guests The Script and American Authors, played Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO, produced by Live Nation. (more…)

Keith Urban

8/1/2014 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. – The “Raise Em Up TourKeith Urban delivers. (more…)

Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, Kongos

7/31/2014 Kings of Leon kicked off their ‘Mechanical Bull Tour‘ at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO. with guests Young the Giant, & Kongos. Brought to you by Live Nation. and 105.7 The Point. (more…)

Panic! At The Disco, Fitz & The Tantrums, Twenty One Pilots

7/26/2014 – 105.7 The Point Big Summer Show, featuring Panic! At The Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Fitz & The Tantrums, Walk the Moon, and Magic Man. This was a fun day of music, and shooting, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Dierks Bentley

7/20/2014 Dierks Bentley returned to St. Louis, MO., this time headlining his own ‘Riser Tour‘, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. (more…)

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

7/16/2014 – The 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, main stage performances featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, and Trivium perform at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Avenged Sevenfold – Mayhem Festival

7/16/2014 – Avenged Sevenfold closing the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Journey

7/11/2014 – Journey, with Steve Miller Band, & Tower of Power at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Alice Cooper

7/9/2014 – Opening for Motley Crue‘s Final Tour, Alice Cooper and his stellar band (with newest member Ms. Nita Strauss) brought a headline rock show to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Fall Out Boy

7/6/2014 – The MONUMENTOUR featuring Fall Out Boy, with Paramore & New Politics performed at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Paramore

7/6/2014 – Joining with Fall Out Boy on their MOMENTOUR, Paramore secured their place among the summer’s hottest shows, (musically & visually), placing Hayley Williams at the top of the list of dynamic, and engaging vocalists. I enjoyed the hell out of shooting this one. (more…)

311

7/5/2014 – 311 & The Urge, with the Wailers, was the perfect 4th of July weekend party soundtrack. (more…)

The Urge

7/5/2014 – St. Louis favorite sons, The Urge, throw down a memorable performance in front of a packed home town crowd at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, (co headline show with 311, with The Wailers). (more…)


Rock

Elton John - 2014 Show Book
Elton John – 2014 Show Book

In November 2013, I had the opportunity to photograph Sir Elton John at Chaifetz Arena, in St. Louis

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Country

Keith Urban
Keith Urban

8/1/2014 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. – The “Raise Em Up Tour” Kei

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