I was able to interview Foals' bassist Walter Gervers before the band's Denver show at the Odgen Theatre last month, so I was prepped. He described their concerts to a T. In my opinion, it was one of the best I have seen all year so far... a perfect combination of music, personality, and energy. Foals lead singer Yannis Philippakis ventured out into the crowd several times, which, sure, is pretty normal, but not so much while standing up and still playing guitar. We photographers came in at the end of the show instead of our usual first three songs, and that made photographing even more fun. The whole place was basically shaking by then. Of course, the fact that it was the night before my birthday didn't hurt either. Thanks for the celebration, Foals! The band continues to tour Europe and the US through the summer so be sure to catch them!
Gavin Rossdale and his band Bush stopped in Denver last week at our Ogden Theatre to support their latest album, Man On The Run. If you haven't heard it, head over to your favorite streaming service and check it out. I've listened quite a bit since its release and I love how this album is very melodic, especially the single, "The Only Way Out." Like many of us, I have loved Bush since Sixteen Stone and in particular, "Machinehead" is one of my all-time favorite songs. You knew I would be front of the line to photograph this show - especially since I have, to my great regret, *never* seen Bush before. They did not disappoint. It was loud and raucous at the right places as well as smooth and beautiful in others (read: "Glycerine") - and the crowd was very into it. Sometimes, I admit, it's almost more fun watching the fans love on the musicians than anything else. Gavin's voice sounded a little like he was pushing it, perhaps because of our perpetual lack of humidity, but it added to that edgy sound his voice always has anyway. He was all over the stage, interacting with fans, and clearly having a blast. P.S. I took way too many photos.
Note: Tickets were provided by Neon Trees but all photos and words are mine.I saw Neon Trees live for the first time in 2011 when I was lucky enough to photograph Duran Duran and they were the opening act. I was blown away. I was beyond lucky when Neon Trees invited me back to photograph their Pop Psychology tour stop in Denver at the Ogden Theatre - not only because they have become one of my favorite bands musically - but I knew it would be crazy fun to shoot them as the headliner.
Note: I was provided tickets to this show by James Blake. All photos and words are mine. I love James Blake's song "Retrograde" and his album, "Overgrown." Much of his mellow, electronic music peppers my playlists for when I really get deep in to coding…
I'm slowly catching up on life, and diving back into photo editing. Railroad Earth had three shows at Ogden Theatre in January and I was lucky to attend the final one. The band is full of talented musicians and their fans are truly devoted. Railroad Earth continues to tour throughout the Spring and returns to Denver's Red Rocks on July 17, 2017,with Leftover Salmon and Keller & The Keels.