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

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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performs at Madison Square Garden. Probably the highlight of my year.

2012 Year End Top 50, NYC/Metro – 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.

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

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Roger Waters performs The Wall at Yankee Stadium.

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Florence and the Machine performs at Jones Beach.

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Slick Rick performs at Brooklyn Bowl.

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Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at the Prudential Center.

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Steve Vai performs at the Best Buy Theater.

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Madonna performs at Madison Square Garden.

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Slash Performs at the Wellmont Theater.

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Shinedown performs at the Best Buy Theater.

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Ronnie Wood performs a rare show at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. This photo made it into Rolling Stone’s “Hottest Live Photos for 2012”.

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Kiss performs at the PNC Arts Center.

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Rob Zombie performs at the PNC Arts Center.

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Bob Weir performs with Furthur at MCU Ballpark.

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Ninja of Die Antwoord performs at Williamsburg Waterfront Park.

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Hannah Hooper of Grouplove performs at Terminal 5.

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Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs at Madison Square Garden.

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Billy Graziadei of Biohazard performs at the Gramercy Theater.

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Wes Scantlin of Puddle of Mudd “performs” at Starland Ballroom. He had a meltdown and got into it with a fan at the show and stormed off stage after this shot was taken.

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Vintage Trouble performs at the Prudential Center. One of the biggest surprise bands of the year for me.

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Skrillex performs at Roseland Ballroom.

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Zac Brown Band performs at the IZOD Center.

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Dave Navarro of Janes Addiction performs at the Williamsburg Waterfront Park.

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Jim James of My Morning Jacket performs at the Williamsburg Waterfront Park.

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Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts performs at the IZOD Center.

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Dave Mustaine of Megadeth performs at the PNC Bank Arts Center.

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Roger Daltrey of The Who performs at the Prudential Center.

With that being said, 2012 was my busiest year photographically. Early in the year I decided I was going to hit this as hard as I could and I definitely achieved that goal. I more than doubled the amount of bands that I covered this year over last year. In total, I covered 229 bands including 7 music festivals.

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Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band performs at the PNC Bank Arts Center.

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Morrissey performs at Radio City Music Hall.

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Robin Zander of Cheap Trick performs at Madison Square Garden.

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Ted Nugent performs at the State Theater.

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Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses performs at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

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Marilyn Manson performs at the Wellmont Theater.

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Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys performs at Madison Square Garden.

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John Lydon of Public Image Limited performs at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

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Angelo Moore of Fishbone performs at Brooklyn Bowl.

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Bela Fleck performed a few songs with some special guests at the Highline Ballroom.

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Bernard Sumner of New Order performs at Roseland Ballroom.

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Scott Roberts of Biohazard performs at the Gramercy Theater.

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Brian Fallon and Ian Perkins of Gaslight Anthem performs at Terminal 5.

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Josh Todd of Buckcherry performs at the Starland Ballroom.

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Chris Broderick of Megadeth performs at the PNC Arts Center.

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Mike Ness of Social Distortion performs at Roseland Ballroom.

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Marcus mumford and “Country” Winston Marshall of Mumford and Sons performs at Pier A in Hoboken.

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HR [Human Rights] of Bad Brains performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at the Prudential Center.

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DJ Kaskade performs at the MCU Ballpark.

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Stage shot of My Morning Jacket at the Williamsburg Waterfront Park.

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Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars portrait.

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Portrait of Leroy Justice.

Bonus pics:
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Matt Pinfield at Joey Harrison’s Surf Club.

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Florence and the Machine performs at Jones Beach.

This year wasn’t easy by any means. I over-extended myself to the best of my abilities to be able to do what I truly love doing. I want to give thanks to my friends and family, all the bands that I was able to shoot, the tour managers and PR companies I worked for/with and my very understanding lady, Selena. THANK YOU!!!

I’m looking foward to 2013; building on the successes of this past year and to all the opportunities that may come my way.

Stay tuned for my “Best Of 2012 Music Festival Photos Recap” as well as some love for all the drummers out there…tucked away in the back under next to no lighting.

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

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

4 Responses to “live music: TOP 50 CONCERT SHOTS OF 2012 [venues]”

  1. Chris A says:

    Nice job man. \m/

  2. Nick S. says:

    Killer work Brother – love the Top 50 – all the best in 2013!

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