Queensrÿche at Sycuan Casino

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Queensrÿche at Sycuan Casino

On September 21st, Queensrÿche performed at Sycan Casino in San Diego, California for their new and long time fans at a near sold out show! Queensrÿche just came off opening on the Scorpions tour. The band never disappoints and this show was no different.

After all these years, the band is tighter than ever. Their sound and their performance is always top notch. At a few points during the show, singer Todd La Torre was belting out the high notes so hard that I saw many people putting their fingers in their ears! Lucky I always have (good) ear plugs with me when I do photography for bands.

Concert 2018I can’t write a review without talking about Queensrÿche fans. The band still has a lot of fans, some even fanatic. They scream, yell, sing-a-long with the songs and go crazy when their favorite plays. Queensrÿche knows this and does a lot to include the fans not only in the show but also give fans opportunities to meet the band with (paid) VIP passes (if you aren’t on the guest list).

I can’t wait for their new music to be released at the beginning of 2019 and hopefully another tour! To purchase photos from the show, please click here.

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Steel Panther @ House of Blues – San Diego

Tongue-in-cheek 80’s metal band performed at the House of Blues on August 10th, 2017. Part raunchy music and raunchy comedy show, this is one band to not bring the kids to! Below are photos I did for the show.

Rockstar of the Week – Michael “Whip” Wilton

Below is a photo I took of Michael Wilton of Queensryche on November 18th, 2016 at the House of Blues in San Diego. I chose this photo to be the picture of the week since it was liked and re-posted many times by fans and Queensryche. Michael even posted it on Thanksgiving when he wished all of his fans a happy holiday.

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Michael Wilton of Queensryche

 

Sevendust: Headed To The Grammys!

I first saw Sevendust open for Creed in 2002. Ever since I have been a huge fan and the band is my favorite “underrated band”. I am so glad they are nominated for a Grammy this year because I want more hard rock fans out there to love them as much as I do.

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I first meet the band in 2006 when they headlined a sold out show at the House of Blues in San Diego. Unfortunately they have not headlined a show in San Diego since. In 2011 I hung out with the band on the Shiprocked cruise. On this cruise, founding member Vince Hornsby nicked named me “San Diego”. During one of the Sevendust shows on the ship Vince gave me one of Morgan Rose’s drumsticks which I unfortunately lost later that night in the casino.

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During both times I meet the band I learned that not only are they fantastic musicians but really nice, down to earth guys. I even got to meet Lajon Witherspoon’s wife who is super nice too.  There couldn’t be a better group to win at the Grammy’s this Monday. I have my fingers crossed!

Rock Star Pic of the Week: Scott Rockenfield

Drummers get no love when it comes to great concert pics. Why? Well it’s hard to get a good shot since most of the time the drums are setup so you can barely see the drummer. The lighting is usually not great either. The only great drummer pics I’ve been able to do was on stage right next to the drummer. Most big bands, like Queensryche, won’t let photographers do that. I can only get away with that in smaller clubs.

Here is a pic of one of my favorite drummers, Scott Rockenfield, of Queensryche. He is a great guy too!

Queensryche @ Pine Mountain Amphitheater

 

 

The Next Best Thing

The Next Best ThingIt’s finally here, the first (of two) books I have been working on about tribute bands! In this book we will take a look into the phenomenon that is the rise of the tribute band. These dedicated musicians reintroduce generations to great artists of the past who have long left this world to the broken bands of yesteryear and even touring musicians of today. We will explore the bands rise, the musicians that play in them and their dedicated fans.

To purchase click here.

Author David McCarter is a musician, writer and an award-winning photographer. Not only does he do photography for bands presented in this book but also many other artists in Southern California and national artists that include the well-known bands Queensrÿche, and Buckcherry!

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