Posts Tagged ‘concert

14
Jul
15

Taylor Swift/Foo Fighters Photo Contracts

There’s been quite a bit in the photo news lately about the contracts required by Taylor Swift and the Foo Fighters to be able to photograph their concerts, and how some papers have boycotted the shows while several used creative means (crowd-sourced photos from attendees, and one sent a cartoonist to draw the show) to get around them. But where is all this coming from? I posted the following comment at an article on Poynter, which I think defines the problem fairly accurately.

This is a chicken-and-egg story, and I’m going to use MTV to illustrate it.

Before MTV the channel began, and before the internet was what we see today, bands would make short promo films of their new singles to try and get publicity for their new albums and singles. This was something they did at their own expense (or the label’s) because they needed to do everything they could to get their songs onto rotation at radio stations. Then someone thought “let’s build a cable channel around all these videos.” And this was win-win because the new channel had all this great material and the artists and labels loved it because their videos were being delivered directly to the record-buying public, bypassing the radio moguls.

Until the artists and labels decided that MTV was making money off of them, and they should start charging MTV for using their videos. And they had a new alternative stream for their videos – YouTube and websites – and that’s why there are virtually no music videos on MTV today.

Once upon a time, artists wanted photographers at their concerts, they wanted as much exposure as they could get, and concert photography with slower films was not an easy thing. How many rock and roll stars owe a big piece of their careers to Rolling Stone, Circus, Creem and other rock mags, and to famous rock photographers like Jim Marshall? Think about those iconic images of Hendrix, Jagger, the Dead, and even stars that didn’t need the help, like Lennon and Dylan. What would have happened if access had been so restricted? What would have happened if Johnny Cash refused to allow Jim Marshall to use that photo of him flipping the bird at the camera?

But now these mega-stars think photographers are living off their fame, and they’re worried about “bad” photos of them showing up in the media. They totally forget that nobody buys a bad photo of an artist, that’s the kind of stuff that goes from cellphone to Instagram. The Post wants good photos of the artist looking good, because bad photos of someone looking bad won’t sell papers and will ruin their working relationship with other artists and with the venue. These artists totally forget how badly they needed media coverage when they were on the rise, except that maybe people like Swift and Beyonce were never “struggling artists,” they were always in the care of a label manufacturing their look and sound. So they and their management think that everyone is just living off them, when without the media, they would still be at home singing into a Mister Microphone.

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20
Jun
15

Zip Code Tour

Saw the Rolling Stones at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on May 30, 2015. Had to borrow a compact camera since they weren’t permitting DSLRs. Other than sitting in the nosebleed seats, it was a pretty great show.

Rolling Stones stage

Opening video show led to Columbus.

Keith Richards

Keith was on fire

Sympathy for the Devil

…as was MIck at the beginning of Sympathy for the Devil

Mick Jagger

It was a helluva show!

Setlist:

Jumping Jack Flash
It’s Only Rock and Roll
Let’s Spend the Night Together
Tumbling Dice
Doom and Gloom
Bitch
Wild Horses
Hang on Sloopy (the Ohio state rock song, and a song from their early concerts. Look it up)
Paint It Black (Columbus fan pick)
Honky Tonk Woman
Band intros
Before They Make Me Run (Keith sang)
Happy (Keith sang)
Midnight Rambler
Miss You
Gimme Shelter
Start Me Up
Sympathy for the Devil
Brown Sugar
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Satisfaction

 

26
Nov
14

Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull

Got to see Ian Anderson perform at the Clay Center in Charleston a few weeks back. Ian, the leader of the band more popularly known as Jethro Tull, has been touring in recent years under his own name. He puts on a great show, has some great new material, but also gave us a tour through the most popular Tull material of the past. And you can see that he can still play the flute on one leg!

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

The Best of Jethro Tull performed by Ian Anderson

I was a good boy and shot all these from my seat in the 14th row. D600 with 24-120/F4 Nikkor.

07
Dec
08

WVYS Winter Concert

Troublesome cellist

Troublesome cellist

Some big brass

Some big brass

Young violinist

Young violinist

05
Oct
08

Sharp-dressed men

My daughter Hilary and I went to see ZZ Top at the Keith Albee theater last night. Great show. We were both shooting with her little Lumix from the balcony, so I honestly don’t know who shot which pics.

Dusty, Billy and Frank

Dusty, Billy and Frank

Reverend Billy with his Gold Top Les Paul

Reverend Billy with his Gold Top Les Paul

In Your Face was an apt description

"In Your Face" was an apt description

Fuzzy guitars for "Sharp Dressed Man"

Fuzzy guitars for"Sharp Dressed Man"

Came back for "La Grange"

"La Grange" and others in the encore

Our section was the only one in the balcony with people on their feet. It may have also been the only section that was liquored up. (the Keith Albee has a real bar)

01
Sep
08

Blues Traveler

From the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta final concert, Blues Traveler.

Blues Traveler guitarist Chandler Kinchla

Blues Traveler guitarist Chandler Kinchla

Keyboardist Ben Wilson

Keyboardist Ben Wilson

John Popper

John Popper

John Popper

John Popper

Bassist Tad Kinchla

Bassist Tad Kinchla

More photos at my Picasa album




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