One of my fondest memories of working for the Cubs in 2004-2005 was getting to hear Van Halen’s “Jump” every time the team took the field. Every home game… there it was. I’m 100% sure the guys in the photo pit never got sick of hearing me sing those opening lines from David Lee Roth. Every home game.
So what a treat it was that I got to photograph a David Lee Roth Van Halen show Sunday night for the Herald. It was signature Roth on stage, a little older and a little worse for wear, but still bringing his trademark stage presence to the TD Garden.
3/11/2012 -- BOSTON -- David Lee Roth, left, and Alex Van Halen perform on stage together during Van Halen's show at the TD Garden on Mar. 11, 2012.
3/11/2012 -- BOSTON -- Eddie Van Halen performs on stage together during Van Halen's show at the TD Garden on Mar. 11, 2012.
3/11/2012 -- BOSTON -- David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen perform on stage together during Van Halen's show at the TD Garden on Mar. 11, 2012.
I guess I wasn’t done digging through my archive, because I went through last night and dug up some old concert photos from my time in Tampa.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love music. I don’t function without music playing for a good part of the day. Live music, in particular, is what I like to spend my time and money on. Lucky for me in Tampa, I had a lot of friends in bands or otherwise intimately involved in the local scene, so I was never a stranger at most of the local venues.
And with the number of hobbyists with DSLRs at smaller club shows, it’s no wonder why — music is fun to photograph. It’s not particularly challenging. Everything is reasonably lit for you… most of the time. the performers are giving you good emotion… most of the time. Here’s a one from some friends of mine, The Beauvilles. Rock music from Tampa, Florida:
9/11/08 - TAMPA - The Beauvilles Shawn Kyle performs at Crowbar in Tampa, Fla. on Sept. 11, 2008.
Shawn, the lead singer of the band, has been a friend and a soccer teammate of mine up until I moved, but he’s never let me down with the photo ops.
Of course, an arena show every now and then is always fun! There’s no substitute for a decent band melting the faces of 10k+ people in a packed arena. Easily the best band I’ve shot in arena setting is Taking Back Sunday. Adam Lazzara does not disappoint when it comes to stage presence:
12/03/06 - TAMPA - Taking Back Sunday lead singer Adam Lazzara twirls the microphone cord for the Ford Amphitheater crowd for 97x's Next Big Thing concert on Dec. 3, 2006.
To see the whole gallery, check out my archive site.