The Counting Crows put on a dynamic show to a sold out crowd the other night at the Santa Barbara Bowl. I actually had a ticket to see them several years back, but they had to cancel due to an illness. So, I was not only happy to finally get my raincheck, but I got to photograph them, to boot. The show was opened by two great acts, Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown, both of whom I had to shoot from the soundboard.
I got to shoot Counting Crows from a kneeling position on the floor, right up against the stage, which was difficult considering all the subwoofers on the floor and the sound monitors on the edge of the stage. I really got a good workout going up and down to the soundboard for each of the openers, then squatting and hobbling for the headliner, all while wearing all my gear. The lighting was great, and the first three songs seemed plenty long to work with.
See the gallery on sbbowl.com/gallery.