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Wango Tango!

One of the COOLEST things I get to do is shoot concerts.  I’ve always loved music and gettig to shoot bands or acts that I grew up listening to is an awesome experience.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot the “Motor City Madman” himself, Ted Nugent, along with STYX and REO Speedwagon.  I was 14 the last time I saw “Uncle Ted.”  He, along with Derek St. John, opened up for Kiss at the old Omni arena in Altanta.  I remember that night like it was yesterday.  My cousin’s husband knew Ted from his earlier days back in Detroit.  We went over to the Omni hotel hoping to hang out with the band, but we didn’t get to go up to the suite.
However, I did get a guitar pick from a roadie as he was going up the elevator.  Such is Rock-N-Roll…

It was a fun show to shoot and I have thank The Backstage Beat for asking me to shoot the show for them.  I already had tickets and was going to the show, so shooting the show was a no-brainer.  Like usual, the photographer gets to shoot the first three songs and then gets led away to a special holding room like the pond scum we are. Well, it’s not quite that bad…   I was able to check my gear with Guest Services and sit with my pals for the remainder of the set(s).  It was a tedious process to run around the amphitheater all night, in the rain, checking gear, but I love shooting bands so much… It was worth it.

Here are a few of the pics that from the show.  Enojy…

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The Motor City Madman

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REO Speedwagon took the stage second.  The guys put on a great show, but Cronin let the crowd sing a lot of the high notes.


Still pretty awesome to see the guys playing on the road. I’d always wanted to see them live but never had the chance. So, having the opportunity to get as close as we were and shooting them was really cool.

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Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon

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STYX closed the show at Verizon Ampitheater.  It’s truly amazing how many hit songs they have had over the years.  They put on a great show and were fun to shoot.

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Tommy Shaw… Letting it all out!

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