In 2019 we saw a lot of great tours come through the Detroit area. After sifting through all of my photos from last year I wanted to share some of my favorite shots and moments of 2019. It wasn’t easy to narrow this down since I photographed over 50 shows and countless bands so hopefully some of your favorites made my list. Below are my top 20 shots. Let us know what shows were your favorite and who you are looking forward to seeing in 2020.
I really didn't think I was going to get another chance to photograph Tool in my lifetime. When they played DTE a couple summers ago we were told photo pit but it was changed to the isle last minute and needless to say I was not prepared for it. I think I redeemed myself with this gallery. Phew!!!
This was from the first of six shows as part of what is said to be Bob Seger's final tour. So how could I not include him? We all know how "Final Tours" have gone lately so we can only hope we can get at least one more show out of Bob since his last show was not in Detroit....
It was a hot day but we had fun at our 2nd Riff Fest featuring Shinedown, Seether, Pop Evil and more.
I still cant believe Slayer has called it quits. It was a band a couple of buddy's and I never missed over the last 10+ years. We thought 2018 was going to be the final run but we got lucky and they came through with another leg of their final tour. I'd be ok with them tricking us with another tour but I really don't see that happening.
The Black Keys have only come around a few times in the last 10 years. This was their first time at LCA and what a show it was!
At Ozzfest 99 I saw Slipknot in the middle of the wooded area between the East and West gates at DTE (then Pine Knob). Who would have thought 20 years later they would be ruling the metal scene. This wasn't the first time seeing them on the main stage at DTE but my first to photograph them there.
One of the few bucket list bands left I've ever wanted to shoot was AIC. I even scored a Jerry Cantrell guitar pick when Meltdown and I went back to do an interview. Thanks Jerry!
A couple years ago I missed the opportunity to photograph Disturbed because I had to have ear surgery just a few days prior. I think it all worked out for the better being able to shoot them at LCA.
Even though Slash didn't come through Detroit, I was able to experience shooting in Canada the for the first time. Nothing was any different than shooting shows here but it was Slash. Why would anyone pass up this opportunity. It was another huge bucket list artist for me!
So many great artist came through with the Experience Hendrix tour like Joe Satriani, Buddy Guy, Dave Mustaine and Jonny Lang just to name a few but I couldn't pass up to share this shot of Zakk Wylde!
We got to see the Rival Sons twice in 2019 but this shot is from the Fillmore show earlier in the year. When I look at this photo I can hear Jay Buchanan's voice. One of my favorites in the current rock scene right now and their live shows are amazing. Definitely a band you don't want to miss, EVER!
You can say a lot of great things about Gavin Rossdale. He still sounds just as good now as he did in the 90's and he can still move around and work the crowd just as well. On a side note Gavin made me break my rule of no drinking at shows when he offered me and Meltdown a beer when we went back to conduct an interview. How could we say no!?
After the passing of the late great Vinnie Paul I didn't think we'd ever see Hellyeah again. It was a very emotional show as they honored him. RIP VP!!
This show was supposed to happen on the same day as Tool but was postponed due to Jonny being extremely sick. Glad it all worked out for me to attend and photograph. It was an amazing set as Highly Suspect more than made up for the earlier cancelation playing a two hour set at Royal Oak Music Theatre.
This was a total nostalgia show for me. I remember seeing all the videos on TV and my parents jamming him when I was younger. I couldn't pass up this opportunity to photograph this show. I just wish I could have got a shot of him with the famous red flying V guitar but I was supper happy with the shots I got.
Growing up a Janes Addiction fan I couldn't pass on this show. Plus it was at St. Andrews Hall so it made this show 10x better!
It's not often you get a chance to be in a band for 50+ years let alone photograph a band thats been around that long as well. When I got approved for this show my goal was to get a shot of Pete Townshend doing his famous windmill and I was stoked I got it.
I love watching bands go from the small stages to the big ones and I Prevail is one of them. It's been great watching them grow as a band and to see another Michigan band get nominated for a Grammy is unbelievable. I cant wait to see them at LCA with Five Finger Death Punch!
This was one of my favorite stage productions I saw in 2019. Plus to see him perform some of my favorite songs during the first three was amazing.
I've heard a lot of great things about the production for live Muse shows. I didn't expect it to be that mind blowing though. This was one of the best shows in my opinion in 2019.