There are a ton of Van Halen tribute bands out there… some good some not so good. The best one that I have seen and have done photographer for is Fan Halen from Southern California. The band has been around for 16 years and continue to rock Van Halen fans around the United States.
I have been a Van Halen fan since the 70’s and have seen them many times. I even saw them on their first reunion tour. Since I am fan, I believe the hardest person to “tribute” in the band is David Lee Roth. Not only does Ernie Berru (featured in photo to the right) sound like David, he nails his attitude and swagger which is very important (to me)!
Derek Fuller also nails the portrayal of Eddie Van Halen! Plays like him and even smiles a lot like Eddie does.
If you haven’t seen Fan Halen they are performing at the House of Blues this Friday at 7pm. I will be doing photography for the band and I hope to see you there.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
On the 16th – 18th of September, the second annual KAABOO festival was held at the fair grounds in Del Mar, California. I did photography for the festival. Click here or the image below to see the photos and videos I took.
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.
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.
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!
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!