This was the show I had been waiting for. The Heavy Metal throwback, revisited!

Ever since I saw Def Leppard play the Bowl a half-dozen or more years ago, I've been waiting for them to return as they promised they would during their encore. And here it was, with a big fat stage extension, running three-quarters the way out the floor. What a magnificent playground.

Opening the show was Poison, all with their big hair still blowing in the wind. (Yes, I'm jealous.) So, Brett Michaels came right up to me and gave me the heavy metal bull horns while he belted out a lyric. It happened quite fast, but I was lucky enough to have just the right camera/lens combo in my hand when it happened, and I caught it perfectly.

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Okay, this was officially the most fun show of the Bowl season so far. Well, maybe tied with Def Leppard and Poison. But the Keys rocked the house to a partying crowd. This show sold out months ago, right after it went on sale, so there was no doubt it was going to be good.

Sisters, Tegan and Sara opened the show, playing the Bowl for their second time in just over a year. With their new material, they drew in the young girls, who were all singing along.

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As expected, Peter Gabriel knocked the socks off of Santa Barbara last night. The man was just so ahead of his time when he hit the big time back in the late 70's and throughout the 80's. His performance is still a spectacle to observe as he still proves he's only gone from great to better.

I was told that the stage design was a mimic of the original designed used during the 1980s tour. The shooting conditions were difficult which such dramatic lighting and a photo pit area lined with wires and cinematographers. Nonetheless, I think I still pulled it off.

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Wow!

From a photographer's point-of-view, this was probably the best show of the 2012 season.

I already love shooting Jane's Addiction because lead guitarist, Dave Navarro, is so damn photogenic and interesting. Add to that the fact that he works well with photographers, and you can't help but get great shots. In this case, I think I might have acquired my best concert photos ever. Be sure to take a look at the photo gallery on the Santa Barbara Bowl's gallery.

The Airborne Toxic Event opened up the show, and they too are so interesting to watch as they perform their mesmerizing brand of indie pop. There's not too many bands of that genre that can integrate a violinist so well.

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Another great show at the Santa Barbara Bowl!

Ben came out solo, playing his lap, slide guitar. His violinist accompanied him for half a song. Then, after two songs, he switched to an acoustic guitar. The shooting conditions were meager because he was seated pretty far back, and he had two mic stands in front of him (one for vocals and the other for his guitar). There really was only one location from which to get "the shot." This is why the variety in this gallery is small.

Fitz and the Tantrums opened the show, and they are a very dynamic act. The lighting was limited to some direct sunlight with no stage or spot lighting. This is a challenging way to shoot, but I still got some photos I'm really happy with. Noelle is a tall slender black woman, and for this show, she donned a bright red dress and bleached blonde hair. She's a fantastic performer and lots of fun to photograph!


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Wow! This was an amazing show for lovers of hard rock 'n' roll.

Samy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony (Bass for Van Halen) and Kenny Aronoff played a powerhouse show at the Santa Barbara Bowl. There was lots of good action, amazing sounds and pleny of crowd interaction. These guys are all pros, and they know how to get down and jam without missing a note.


I got so many great shots, that I had to limit what I put on the Bowl's gallery website. I think I limited it to less than 80 images. Needless to say, I had a great time shooting the show.

Opening for Chickenfoot was Black Stone Cherry, another powerful hard rock band with great stage presence and hard core rock 'n' roll sound.

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I look forward to the KJEE Summer Round-up each year because it's a full day of enjoying fun music. This year there were five bands playing, one after the next. That gives me an opportunity to shoot fifteen songs! I'm in heaven :)

Headlining the show was Silversun Pickups, but I think it was really a double headline because the acclaimed alternative music band, Garbage, was on right before them. Both were great performances. Rounding out the show were local favorites, Gardens & Villa and Grouplove. Somewhere in between, we heard from The Naked and Famous. Like I said, the whole six hour show was a blast.

I shot over two thousand photos. All the best can be seen at gallery.sbbowl.com here.

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Wow. What an amazing show Sugarland puts on!

I'd heard it uttered several times, but this was my first time seeing them live. I admit, I'm not a big country fan, although I do like pretty much any live music if the musicians are talented. And now I'm a Sugarland fan!

Opening acts were much more "country" than the headliner, but they were both quality performances, too. Since I didn't realize I was going to be shooting from the soundboard, I jetted home right after Canaan Smith's first song to get a bigger lens. I made it back, just in time for Laura Alaina, who was an American Idol winner.

My favorite highlight of the show was when David Stewart of the Eurithymics came out to play some songs with Sugarland. They started with Here Comes the Rain, and ended with one of my all-time favorites, Would I Lie To You?

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Devendra Banhart opened the show the other night for Beck at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Shooting opportunities were very, very limited as they were also filming a video during the Beck show. Because of this, the photo pit was laden with dolly tracks and cables as big as my wrist. The photographers were restricted to shooting from the front, but only way off on the sides, where huge dollies, jibs and cameras were blocking most of the shots.

When I tried to get very close to the stage, mic stands and sound equipment were in the way. Away from the stage was camera gear. It was a no-win situation. Regardless, I was able to grab one or two decent shots of Beck, and I used the opportunity to get plenty of wide shots which showed off all the video recording going on. It was quite an expensive diddy.

I was told that the whole recording shebang was being directed by Giovanni Ribsi, who was at the venue a couple weeks earlier with some rudimentary DSLR video gear, filming All Tiny Creatures, who opened for Bon Iver.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros played the Santa Barbara Bowl last week during a Supermoon. This rare event is when the moon is not only full, it's at it's closet point to the Earth on it's elliptical orbit. Check out the gallery from the show here on gallery.sbbowl.com.

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