live music: TOP 50 CONCERT SHOTS OF 2012 [music festivals]

2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.
Flea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

2012 Year End Top 50 Music Festival Photos – I always look foward to doing a “Best Of” or “Recap” of some sort at the end of each year. It gives me a chance to look back on the body of work I’ve produced throughout the year and share some gems with you all. With that being said…this is a collection of some of my live music festival shots from 2012.

Here’s my top 50, in no particular order…

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Run DMC reunited at the Made In America Music Festival.

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Jack White performs at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Michael Franti performs at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Snoop Dogg performs at the Catalpa Music Festival.

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Bon Jovi performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival.

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Kirk Hammett and Metallica perform at the Orion and More Music Festival.

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Fiona Apple performs at the Governors Ball.

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Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips perform at the Firefly Music Festival.

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J Bowman of Spearhead performs with Michael Franti at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Lupe Fiasco performs at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Jay Z performs at the Made In America Music Festival.

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Sarah Barthel and Phantogram perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Michael Kiwanuka performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Alice Cooper performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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D’Angelo resurfaced at the Made In America Music Festival.

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Ludacris performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Skrillex performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Matisyahu portrait.

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Samir Gadhia and Young The Giant perform at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Josh Todd and Buckcherry perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

I haven’t covered [or even attended] music festivals in many years. This year I decided to jump right in. I covered 7 of them.

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Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups perform at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters perform at the Bamboozle Music Festival.

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Robert Randolph and The Word perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Mark Foster and Foster the People perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Brain Fallon and the Gaslight Anthem perform at the Orion Music and More Festival.

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John Legend performs at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Billy Zoom and X perform at the Made In America Music Festival.

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Anti Flag performs at the Bamboozle Music Festival.

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Matthew Schultz and Cage The Elephant perform at the Orion Music and More Festival.

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Mike Muir and Suicidal Tendencies perform at the Orion Music and More Festival.

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Jimmy Gestapo and Murphy’s Law perform at the Bamboozle Music Festival.

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TV on the Radio perform at the Catalpa Music Festival.

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Lars Ulrich introducing Gaslight Anthem at the Orion Music and More Festival.

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Christian Zucconi and Grouplove perform at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Ryan Gullen and The Sheepdogs perform at the Catalpa Music Festival.

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Aaron Bruno and AWOL Nation perform at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Mike Love and the Beach Boys perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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HR [Human Rights] and Bad Brains perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Rita Ora performs at the Made In America Music Festival.

I covered both large and smaller festivals. Oddly enough the larger ones ran more smooth then some of the smaller ones.

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Gary Clark Jr. performs at the Made In America Music Festival.

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The Hives perform at the Made In America Music Festival.

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Drake performs at the Made In America Music Festival.

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Michael Fitzpatrick and Fitz and the Tantrums performs at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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J Roddy Walston and the Business performs at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Kevin Ray of Walk The Moon perform at the Firefly Music Festival.

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Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers looks on as Bad Brains perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Impromptu jam session with Moon Taxi breaks out at/in a porta-potty at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Allen Stone sending out good vibes at the Firefly Music Festival.

All in all, I had a lot of fun considering what I accomplished this summer with all the bands, crowds, PR, tour mgr’s, travel, traffic, etc. Looking foward to new experiences and opportunities this year. Change is already on the horizon.

Bonus pics:
2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.

2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.
“That Metal Show” co-hosts Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine chillin’ at the Orion Music and More Festival.

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“Workaholics” co-stars Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson chillin’ at the Made In America Music Festival.

2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.

2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.

2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.

2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.

2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.

2012 Best Of Music Festival Photography by Joe Russo and Joe Russo Photo. © All Rights reserved. May not use without photographer's consent.
Live graffiti art by Ces, Samp, Kaves, Med and KR.One.

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Me in Philly at the Made In America Music Festival. Photo by Joe Papeo.

Met some great people along the way and made some new friends and contacts. This was a BIG year for me and the amount of work I produced. HUGE thanks goes out to all the bands, tour mgr’s, PR companies, friends and family. Thank you all for the love and support.

You can see full photo galleries from all these artists on my site.

Stay tuned for my “Best Of 2012 Drummer Photos”. A shout out to those tucked away in the back under next to no lighting.

If you like what you see, you can support the site by purchasing photos here.

I’m available for hire to shoot your next concert, event, etc. Feel free to contact me for a quote and availablity.

One Response to “live music: TOP 50 CONCERT SHOTS OF 2012 [music festivals]”

  1. Eric Kovach says:

    Hi Joe,

    I finally found the image i have been looking for and have you to thank for it. The image you have of Jack White performing at the Firefly Music Festival is exactly what i have been seeking. My brother recently opened a restaurant in downtown Nashville and has adorned the place with really cool images of the local culture. He is also a Blues musician and will offer live music in his place. I really think he needs to pay homage to Jack in some fashion and your photo in my mind is perfect. I am looking to present this fantastic image framed in a large format to my brother at his birthday party on June 5th at the new restaurant, Nashville Street Tacos(they have a cool Facebook page with images of the space) I am hoping you can help with this task. I guess what i am looking for is a good sized print that i can have framed to hang on the wall. If you offer framing for your photos all the better. Please get in touch with me if this is something you can help me with. Your work is amazing!! Thanks, Eric
    602/432/4005

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