10 years ago, August 9, 2006, I shot my very first concert. I have met a ton of awesome photographers, security guards, promoters, bands and fans. I have gotten to see a ton of great shows and photograph some of my favorite bands, including, but not limited to: Breaking Benjamin, Incubus, Deftones, Sevendust, Taproot, Story of the Year, Cage The Elephant, Soundgarden, Shinedown and Halestorm.
The Carnival of Madness concert series stopped by The Pageant in St. Louis, MO on May 20, 2015 with two of my favorite bands, Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless. Both bands feature one of the best front women in the music industry, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless.
Blue October are currently on tour supporting their latest album, Any Man In America. The photos were taken at my favorite concert venue, The Pageant, on October 1st, 2011. This was my first time getting a chance to photograph them and I must say that the lighting was pretty good. Also, the front of the stage was clear, which made things pretty easy to shoot. Another plus was there were no security guards or other photographers behind the barricade with me, so I had the place to myself. All in all this was a fun show to shoot.Continue reading
Nice article celebrating the 10th anniversary of my favorite concert venue, The Pageant. The Pageant is where I just photographed the Story of the Year concert. Some of the many bands that I have seen there are: The Urge, Breaking Benjamin, Sevendust, Story of the Year, Flyleaf, Chevelle, Taproot, Blindside, Linkin Park, KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Audioslave, Greenwheel, Default, Dropping Daylight and Ill Nino.
Holy Hell! Now that was one kick ass show at The Pageant. It was the first time I had seen any of the three bands live.
We got there about 30 minutes before the show was to begin. The doors had just opened but there was already a pretty long line that we had to wait in. I figured it would be hard to find a spot on the floor, but I was wrong. We made it down there and went towards the other side of the floor and were able to get right up near the barrier. There was only 1 person in front of me.
The first band was one that I had never heard of before, Element Eighty. They were actually pretty good and the crowd got into them as well. They played for 30 minutes. And when they were heading off stage they were tossing some water out to people and some guy must have said something because the guitar player started to yell and him and threw his towel at him, but I have no idea what happened.
Then Ill Nino came out and played for about 45 minutes. I have known of them for awhile, but only knew one song from them, the newest single. They were freaking awesome.
While we were waiting for Sevendust to come on stage the person in front of me move away from in front of the barricade, so I jumped in and was now right on the barricade about 3-4 feet from the stage. I could almost touch the stage.
Sevendust came out and tore the roof off the place and played for about 1 hour 15 minutes. They were unbelievable. They put a ton of energy into their shows. I was right infront of where one of the guitar players, Clint Lowery, was. When they broke out with “Black” to start off the show I went nuts. The bass players was funny as hell. He was making some weird ass faces and just messing around the entire show. Both him and Clint were tosses pics all night. Clint threw a few my way, but I missed them all. After they finished up with the last song Clint took a few pics and started handing them to people and I was one of them. Image. When they left the stage the crew came out and they tossed Clint’s playlist my way and it bounced off some hands and landed on one of the security guys. I immediately pounced on it and grabbed it and so did the guy next to me, but I was not going to let go and I came away with it. Image.
Then after the show I went outside to hand out about 50 Sevendust stickers because I am on their street team.
This was one of the best shows that I have even gone to and if you have the chance to go to the show in your area, GO.