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September 19, 2007

Summertime, Done come and gone, My oh my

Well, the Billboard Mobile Blog for the summer of 2007 is over. It has been a wild summer with both some of the best music I have seen for a long time combined with some of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had. The summer started with Widespread Panic, then through my own contacts, I got to shoot Blues Traveler, but the one show that summed up my Billboard blog experience was Willie Nelson.

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Willie is a living icon. To be able to get up close for the show was unbelievable, on the downside, the LiveNation controlled venue made the whole show a logistic nightmare. i was not given a ticket, but instead a wristband that did not grant me access to the show unless I was escorted by a live Nation employee.

My next show was at the San Diego Houses of Blues. For those who have gone to a show at any HOB, you know that they are very strict about camera usage. They don't even want people to use their cellphone cameras in their venues. So here I was at the San Diego House of Blues to shoot Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons. The show went well, and I was never asked to stop shooting.

Up next was Dickey Betts at Humphreys. It was a good thing that i had a working history with the venue, because the even with the confirmed email from Billboard, there was no ticket and no photopass. I did manage to shoot he show. You can read about it HERE.

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After Dickey Betts, I shot two shows with Keller Williams and Bob Weir & RatDog. These shows were different from the other Billboard shows for me this summer, because I have a working relationship with RatDog. This made access and shooting much easier than previous shows, and the two shows are Here and Here

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Next up was the most interesting show of the summer for me. The Faith Hill & Tim McGraw circus. The rules to shoot these two are just insane. I had to stand by the soundboard and they were literally across the arena from me. The review and photos are HERE
Next up was Fountains of Wayne and Squeeze, but because Squeeze decided that they needed no publicity, I was denied a photo pass from them and had to fight to be able to shoot Fountains of Wayne. Fountains of Wayne take the prize as the best band I had never heard. Review is HERE

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Next up was Deep Purple, but once again, there was no pass and no ticket. So home I went with no review.
Then an old friend of mine came to town. Andrew Diamond with Prezident Brown. Read about it HERE

Next up was Macy Gray / Brand New Heavies. A great show and a good time. I did not know that at that show, it would be the last show that I would shoot that was organized by Billboard. A guess it was a milestone of my summer, but it passed with a whimper, not a bang. The review and photos are HERE

A buddy of mine had an extra ticket to Crowded House. Billboard got me a photopass. The rest is right Here.

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Now i was supposed to shoot Korn, but due to Southern California traffic and Labor Day problems, that did not happen, and I was supposed to shoot one more show at Humpheys, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, but due to not being confirmed until the last minute I had to take a paying photo gig that night. So my summer for Billboard is over.

Summertime, Done come and gone, My oh my

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Comments

Butch Worrell

Hey Alan,
It was a great summer!
I loved all the photos, but especially all of the stories that went along with them.
Thanks for sharing:)

denaz

Great shots Alan!!! Deep Purple? That was my first album I bought!!!

BINB

Excellent wrap up of the summer Alan....thansk for all the reports and pics from the Summer!

Brad Hobel

Been following your adventures all summer, thank you for sharing everything. I heard you shorn your locks and donated them. I really admire you brother, and keep up the good work. See you on the raik...

purply mike

Great shots, Alan. I really enjoyed touring this summer with you...virtually of course. You are a world class photog with a real eye. You really showed off how good a cell camera can be...i never would have attempted the shots you got. thanks again, that was a great run you had.

See you next summer,
Mikey

valerio

Hi Alan,

It is a while I read you but first time I write. You lucky got the summer, here in UK has been raining cats and dogs since May!

I wanted to let you know about my new site all on concert photography... www.liveon35mm.com
It aims to one simple thing: Inform about news in contemporary live music scene, using old-fashion B&W film as photographic medium.

come, visit and bring your comments
ciao
Valerio - www.liveon35mm.com

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