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Concerts

Photo Pit Gladiators

2014 – At Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Riverport) in St. Louis, MO., I shoot around 25 shows a year, over one hundred bands. At any given show, I will share the photo pit with 2 to 12 other photographers. At every show, I also share the pit with 6 to 10 security personnel, my photo pit brothers, the real gladiators inside the rail. This is often a lot of bodies, in a very tight place. Each of us have a job to do, and it doesn’t matter how good of a photographer you are, when entering a photo pit at a large venue, if pit etiquette and respect are not part of your tool kit attributes, chances are you will not come home with home run images, and you will forever be labeled “the dick” upon ever returning to shoot at that venue again. I’ve come to know all of the security team at the venue, earning their respect by playing by the rules, and in turn respecting their space, knowing they are there to protect the artist, and control the crowd. Knowing that any one of them will politely lean to the left, or right, 6 to 8 inches, can make the difference between a good shot, and a great shot. Once you get beyond their ‘game face’ during a performance, these are all good dudes. Like myself, by day they all have careers, families, and other interests. They are there because they enjoy the concert experience, don’t complain (too much) about long hours, and over the years have become family with each other, working together as a unit, and performing their job like well oiled machines. I was happy to be able to put together these portraits over the course of this past season, as well as post some unpublished images I’ve captured of these guys in action. Like it or not, I’ve accepted that often they become part of the subject and composition, at virtually every show I’ve shot. More times than not, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Photos below. (more…)

Pearl Jam

10/03/2014 Pearl Jam never disappoints. Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO. Photos Go! (more…)

Bastille, Switchfoot, Capital Cities, & More

9/21/2014 – The 2014 concert season at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO. came to a close with The Big Summer Show, brought to you by alternative rock radio station 105.7 The Point. Bastille, Capital Cities, Swithchfoot, J Roddy Walston, OK GO, Bear Hands, Royal Blood, and Meg Myers. Photos Go! (more…)

Zac Brown Band

9/12/2014 – Zac Brown Band with Ryan Kinder at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. Photos Go! (more…)

KISS

8/28/2014 – There are 4 living, breathing band members in the Rock and Roll HOF Band KISS, & then there is a silent 5th member, known simply as ‘Ms. Killer Light Show‘ (so beautiful & sexy, it must be female inspired) that is everything over the top that a music photographer like me loves. On tour with Def Leppard & The Dead Daisies, in celebration of the bands 40 year history, this show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO. did not disappoint myself, or the thousands of KISS Army fanatics. (more…)

The Dead Daisies

8/28/2014 – The Dead Daisies are currently touring with KISS and Def Leppard. Solid, impressive, in your face rock & roll, marking the homecoming of St. Louis native Richard Fortus on guitar. (more…)

ZZ Top, Jeff Beck

8/24/2014 – ZZ Top along with Jeff Beck & Tyler Bryant at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line

8/22/2014 – Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line, 1st of two sold out shows at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis, MO. (more…)

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 (Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding), we were placed 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…)


Rock

Photo Pit Gladiators
Photo Pit Gladiators

2014 – At Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Riverport) in St. Louis, MO., I shoot around 25 shows

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