Sunday, July 31, 2011

Guns N Roses Dec 19 & 20, 2006 Another blast from the past!

A few days ago, I posted some photos of Velvet Revolver that I took in 2007. Today, I continued my project of going through film and saving images to my hard drive. I found a plastic bag with a ton of red confetti, film and more photos that I'd forgotten about! Guns N Roses, Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA. December 19 & 20, 2006.


Sebastian Bach

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Velvet Revolver- 7-5-07 Blast from the past!

I was just going through some boxes and came across old discs with images from an old film camera I used to have. Low and behold, I found some images that I forgot taking! First up, is Velvet Revolver from their show at the Whisky on July 5, 2007. I shot most from the balcony and the images are very grainy...but some of you may enjoy. :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Eddie Vedder Wiltern 7/8/11

Eddie Vedder brought his ukulele, and some friends (Glen Hansard, John Densmore and at times, a string quartet) to a packed Wiltern Theater last night. He played a lengthy set pulling from his two solo albums, Pearl Jam's catalog and a handful of covers. In between songs he entertained us with stories about everything from nooses to an unusual wedding ceremony that he attended when he was living in a tiny apartment in San Diego. The sound quality was amazing and Ed's voice gave me chills!

I must say I was very happy with the crowd. Aside from a few comments yelled out in between songs, everyone was there to hear the music. Which isn't always the case in this city that I love! Towards the end of the show, Ed and Glen stepped away from the mics, came to the edge of the stage and used the vocal chords that their mamas gave them to project into the theater. The song was Sleepless Nights by the Everly Brothers and you could hear a pin drop the crowd was so quiet!

I couldn't have been happier with the setlist. He played my personal favorite songs off of Ten (Porch), Vitalogy (Immortality), Into the Wild soundtrack (Guaranteed).

John Densmore came out for Long Road, Wishlist and later during a second encore, Rockin' In The Free World!

Here is the setlist from the message board that I found on

Set List
01. Waving Palms
02. Can't Keep
03. Sleeping By Myself
04. Without You
05. Light Today
06. Goodbye
07. Longing To Belong w/Rudy Stein playing cello
08. Soon Forget
09. Trouble-(Yusuf Islam)
10. Sometimes
11. I Am Mine
12. Betterman
13. Long Nights w/Glen Hansard
14. Far Behind
15. Guaranteed
16. Lukin w/string quartet (fast version)
17. Just Breathe w/string quartet
18. The End w/string quartet
19. Unthought Known
20. Immortality
21. Arc

Encore Break 1
22. Long Road w/John Densmore playing djembe & Tibetan bells
23. Wishlist w/John Densmore playing djembe & Tibetan bells
24. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
25. Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard (no mics no amplification)
26. Society w/Glen Hansard-(Jerry Hannan)
27. Falling Slowly w/string quartet {Glen singing and playing acoustic, Eddie duet vocal}-(Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová)
28. Open All Night-(Bruce Springsteen)
29. Porch

Encore Break 2
30. Rockin' In The Free World w/Glen Hansard & John Densmore-(Neil Young)
31. Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard-(Peterson)

Suzie Katayama: String contractor & quartet music consultant
String quartet members
Charlie Bisharat-Violin 1
Sara Parkins-Violin 2
Alma Fernandez-Viola
Rudy Stein-Cello

The show was seated, so photographers shot from the back bar area. Photos HERE.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hootenanny 2011

For the second year, I headed to Orange County for the Hootenanny festival. And, for the second year, I cursed the long drive (due to traffic only) and got lost! But, I was very glad that I went and had a great time! How could I not? The line-up was great, the people were gorgeous and the sun was blazing! I got there barely in enough time to get a few shots of John Doe...but was locked and loaded for the rest of the day.

John Doe

Three Bad Jacks

Royal Crowne Review

Swinging Utters


Murder City Devils

Reverend Horton Heat

Dropkick Murphys

Miss Hootenanny contest

Miss Hootenanny contest

More photos HERE

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Black Veil Brides 6-18-11

The Black Veil Brides took over Hollywood and Highland yesterday! First a signing at Hot Topic, then a free concert in the courtyard of the complex. It was jam packed and they put on an awesome high energy show...even after Andy jumped from a balcony and broke three ribs! What a showman!

The event was in support of the band’s major label debut, "Set the World On Fire", which came out this week. If you are in LA and missed them yesterday, you can catch them in August at the Sunset Strip Music Festival.

To view more photos, go HERE.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tom Waits Esotouric 5/28/11

If you live in Los Angeles, or are planning to visit, I highly recommend checking out Esotouric Tours. They have a number of different tours that showcase this awesome city in a unique and interesting way. I recently went on the Tom Waits inspired tour (Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' LA) and had a great time! David Smay, author of Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones, was our host for the day, along with Esotouric's co-founders Kim Cooper and Richard Schave.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day:

Double exposed photo- Former Zoetrope Studio on the left, Sunset Sound on the right.


St.Moritz Hotel and former Ski Room (from Red Shoes "Santa Claus is drunk in the Ski Room") It's now just called "The Bar".

This is a restaurant that Tom used to called Tribal Cafe. Then, it was Traveler's Cafe.

At one point during our adventure, we found ourselves in the alley where "In The Neighborhood" was shot.

There were several other locations, but seems as though my lomography camera had a mind of its own!

David Smay's book on Amazon: HERE