This gallery includes my picks for Top 10 Concert Photos of 2014. Thank you for all the support and here’s to 2015!!!!
10) Paramore at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – July 16th, 2014: This show had two things going for it, high energy and great lighting which is a concert photogs Graceland!
9) Spoon at The Pageant – September 20th, 2014: I had the most fun playing with the the simple lighting setup at this show, which casted some awesome larger than life shadows of the band members in the background. It completely offered an artistic aspect that I found unique compared to the many shows I’ve covered in the past. Also it was a kick ass, sold out, indie rock show!
8) Ha Ha Tonka at Off Broadway – November 28th, 2014: This show was a personal accomplishment for me as I miss this band every time they are in town. They were on fire, it was the drummers last show, it was in an intimate venue, and a live recording will be released in April…enough said!
7) LeAnn Rimes at The Pageant – August 2nd, 2014: This image turned out so well that it almost looks like it was taken in a studio, not to mention it was awesome to photograph someone I had a teenage crush on!
6) Pearl Jam at The FedEx Forum in Memphis – October 16th, 2014: I was seeing PJ on the road, getting to photograph them, drinking on Beale Street, and hanging with my good buddy Rick Sanborn… ooh and I guess the band was pretty awesome as well!
5) Cage The Elephant at Pops – December 20th, 2014: These guys almost make it in by default because an outline of Matthew Shultz is in fact the Indie Image STL watermark, they are always awesome live, and I had to post an obligatory rocking hair pic in my Top 10.
4) Die Antwoord at The Pageant – September 16th, 2014: Notably the weirdest show I’ve ever seen that literally scared the shit out of me, and by the first song the vocalist, Watkin Tudor Jones, was in the crowd.
3) The Used at The Pageant – October 6th, 2014: Bert McCracken is many things, one thing is for sure, he is one hell of a frontman. This night they were shooting for a DVD and he was determined to get a reaction from the crowd.
2) El Monstero at The Pageant – December 19th, 2014: So if you have never seen El Monstero live you have to make plans to catch at least one of their gigs during their next string of dates. Not only is it a complete homage to Pink Floyd, there is also so much more of a “performance” aspect going on as illustrated in this shot.
1) Between The Buried and Me at Pops – March 18th, 2014: This was a metal show and it completely melted the crowds face, this shot was also responsible for reshaping my style of concert photography. I had realized last year when going through my images that I took a lot of tight shots of band members but didn’t have much from a crowd perspective or many shots that showcased the entire stage. I love how in this image everyone is fist pumping in unison with the vocalist and I’m lucky to have caught a shot that taught me such an important lesson about documenting the live concert experience!
BRING IT, 2015!