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Concerts

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

3/6/2016 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, brought their A game to St. Louis, MO. Performing the 1980 record “The River” in it’s entirety (plus some). The sold out experience was quite incredible, due in part to the Chaifetz Arena is a 10,000 capacity venue. It felt very intimate. * All photos were shot from my seat, using my Canon point & shoot, G1X MKII. (more…)

AC/DC

2/20/2016 Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO. AC/DC brought the ‘Rock or Bust‘ Tour to town. Big rock show turned up to Volume 11. Special guest Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown. (more…)

The Madison Letter

1/30/2016 The Madison Letter performed to a packed house at The Duck Room, in St. Louis, MO. (more…)

Rknphoto Best of 2015

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2015 – As always, I never take for granted the privilege of capturing moments during music performances. Looking back at 2015, I think I’ve had my most diverse year. Beginning with 10,000 + snaps, over 800 final edits, I’ve narrowed those to 50, which I feel is the best summary of what I do. The majority of the images I’ve selected, were shot during the first 2 or 3 songs of the artist performance, this is typical with granting permission to press & venue photographers from virtually every major tour, regarding use of pro gear, interchangeable lenses, etc. Although camera brand has nothing to do with the bottom line of good photography, I am proud to be a Canon user, with the excellent 5D MK III as my go to body. When I attend a concert as a fan, buying a ticket, taking a seat, I’ve begun bringing along a point and shoot camera, the excellent Canon G1X MK II. Five images in my top 50 were shot with this camera, including 1-3.  Notables: Having unlimited access as the official photographer for the Windy City LakeShake Festival in Chicago, allowed me freedom to look for angles and situations outside of my normal shooting environment, exhausting 3 days, but worth every second. Spending a day with the Smashing Pumpkins on assignment through Yamaha guitars, was a real treat, and special memory of the year. Seeing personal musician friends play on the big stage, having their moments of a lifetime, watching them mesmerize the audience with their talent, always brings me joy. The people I work with, and other photographers I work alongside in the pit, are fantastic, special folks, and is at the top of the list of reasons I love what I do. Thank you to Live Nation, and the crew at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre for having me, it’s truly an honor to be part of your Voo-Doo that you Do. Thank you to all who check in occasionally, leave feedback, or click ‘like’ on my Facebook page, I really appreciate your support. So, here we go. My favorite 50 shots from 2015. (more…)

Greek Fire @ The Pageant

12/7/2015 – St. Louis homegrown talent, Greek Fire, plays their first headline show, which sold out, at The Pageant as part of alternative radio station 105.7 The Point series of Holiday Scheduled ‘Ho Ho Shows‘. Prior to the show, I arrived early to capture images from their fan V.I.P. experience package, which took place in an intimate setting within the venue about an hour before doors opening to the public. (more…)

Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett – ‘Suits & Boots Tour’

11/20/2015 – Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett, together with their co-headline ‘Suits & Boots‘ Tour, with special guest Danielle Bradbery. Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO. Presented by Live Nation, production by Premier Global Productions, lighting design Ahlstrand Productions. (more…)

Photo Pit Gladiators v2

2015 – This is my second consecutive year of compiling portraits & images of friends I share the photo pit with all summer long, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, in St. Louis, MO. I’ve come to know and respect this group, that I refer to as the “Pit Gladiators“. This team is among the best in the business, always on alert to protect fans in attendance, the artists on stage, and always providing a level of confidence that I’ll be able to get the shot by working in concert with the photographers they share the space with. Another great season is in the books, the ‘Gladiators’ always make the year special, now the count down begins to 2016! If there are any Hollywood producers reading this.. look no further for a cast of characters to star in your next reality TV series. These guys are more entertaining than many of the acts I photographed on stage. (more…)

Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Frankie Ballard

9/26/2015 – The final show of the 2015 season at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO., ended on a high (octane) note, with Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, & Frankie Ballard, the ‘Anything Goes Tour(more…)

105.7 The Point Big Summer Show/ Alt-J, Matt & Kim, Walk the Moon

9/18/2015 – Alternative rock radio 105.7 The Point brought together a fine line up for the final Big Summer Show series at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO. Featuring Alt-J, Walk the Moon, Matt & Kim, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. (more…)

Kid Rock with Foreigner, Packway Handle Band

9/11/2015 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO. – The ‘make up’ show from Kid Rock was worth the wait, & did not disappoint! Foreigner was on point to open the show, preceded by the fantastic Packway Handle Band.. then it was party on. (more…)

STYX, TESLA, with def leppard

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9/4/2015 Def Leppard, STYX, and TESLA at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO.

Def Leppard is one of the most fun, & exciting bands live, that’s just one of the reasons they are the actual headliner on this tour. Unfortunately, I am unable to post photos from their performance due to the strict photo release policy they have in place, (excerpt below). However, I did want to give you a sense of how awesome they were, so enjoy the cover shot of the excellent fan cell phone pictures that can be found by the thousands on social media. A huge Thank You to the management, band, & PR of STYX, and TESLA for not enforcing restrictions, and embracing positive free publicity. As always, my objective is to bring you images that allow you to remember a great evening of music, or encourage you to purchase tickets to get out and enjoy the excitement concerts will provide. See photos of STYX and TESLA after the jump.

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2 I have represented and warranted to you that the Photographs may be published in a publication titled [insert publication title] only;

3 that I am not entitled to reproduce, publish or distribute or otherwise exploit the Photographs for any purpose, or in any other manner, other than that described in paragraph 2;

4 [that I shall not be entitled to use the Photographs in my portfolio and otherwise for the purposes of promoting my photographic services;]  (more…)

Jason Aldean

8/22/2015 – Jason AldeanBurn it Down Tour’, with guests Cole Swindell & Tyler Farr. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO. (more…)

SlipKnot

8/16/2015 – St. Louis, MO.- SlipKnot & friends, Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine, & Motionless in White, brought to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, a 105.7 The Point Big Summer (spooky) Show. (more…)

Foo Fighters

8/19/2015 St. Louis, MO., Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. It’s no secret, the Foo Fighters are my favorite rock band in the whole wide world. Pure joy to shoot, then take my place among the masses and simply enjoy. This was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, broken leg and all. (more…)

Steve Pecaro Band

8/15/2015 – Imagine you’re a local boy from St. Louis (actually Troy, MO.), who plays blues clubs around town, been doing it a long time, lots of fans & followers, respected by all who know the local scene. Then you get a call.. ‘Steve, would you & your band like to open the show for Sammy Hagar at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre?’ My buddy Steve Pecaro received that call, grasped the opportunity, and played one hell of a set alongside his bandmates during one great night of music in StL. AttaBoy Steve! (more…)


Rock

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

3/6/2016 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, brought their A game to St. Louis, MO. Performing

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Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett - 'Suits & Boots Tour'
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