Neil Young at SB Bowl

Neil Young and his new band, Promise of the Real, played the Santa Barbara Bowl to a sold out crowd. The show was excellent, save for the significant amount of political preaching, which was even considerable for a Neil Young concert. I got to shoot the first three songs from the sides of the photo pit, and had to share a tiny space with lots of other photographers. Only Neil was on stage for my duration, playing one song on a beat-up piano, and two on an acoustic guitar. There were lots of camera stands on stage and four mic stands, all creating a difficult obstacle course.

While the photography might not have been my best opportunity, the camera production was fantastic, projected on two large screens for the whole venue to see. "Down by the River" was mind-blowing and was followed by a few more late songs, pushing the boundaries of Santa Barbara noise curfew: the show went until 10:38pm. Neil was begging for martyrdom in this rebel tour, also handing out illegally transported sprouted seeds to the crowd. He actually dared the police to come arrest him.

Since the photos are restricted from use on this website, you'll have to shoot on over to the Bowl's website to see the gallery here.

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A. Arthur Fisher

Mr. Fisher is a photographer and graphic designer who lives in Santa Barbara, California. He has run his company, In Color, since 1989.