Published January 12, 2014 by JB and Joe Stadele
Three music photographers provide their best (or favorite) photos of 2013
Solid Gold opened for Father John Misty in Minneapolis. The fog rising from the stage seemed to perfectly compliment SG’s Duran Duranesque sound and for a lead man Zack Coulter stepped right up to the mic. Solid Gold’s stage presence and lightshow make them a fun band to photograph.
At Soundset 2013 in Shakopee, MN, the Pre-Snoopzilla and post-Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg performed a show that blew all other acts out of the water. When it comes to the world of hip-hop, the man is a legend.
Jim James’s subtleties and animated performance make him a tremendous joy to photograph. This is only a taste of many great photos from this show but for some reason, this stands out.
Filter were an “opening act” to Everclear and Live (minus lead singer Ed Kowalczyk) on 2013’s Summerland Tour. Richard Patrick and company stole the show with a ferocious live show. The Summerland Tour was designed for nostalgia, but Filter was the only band with something fresh to offer.
Drowning Pool may have finally found their frontman in Jason Moreno. I went to cover Flyleaf and was impressed with exactly how good Drowning Pool are live.
Uli Jon Roth is a guitar legend. Roth has rarely played his old songs from his days with Scorpions (1973-78). Commemorating 40 years since joining Scorpions, Roth decided to tour exclusively on the Scorpions material and play the small Niesen’s Bar and Grill in Savage, MN. Witnessing Roth effortlessly rip through classics and “All Along The Watch Tower” on his custom Sky guitar was….fantastic.
Lucia Cifarelli and Sascha Konietzko make KMFDM’s live show…dangerous. Lucia owns the stage as she commands the very male audience’s attention. This was very darkly lit performance but a few gems presented themselves throughout the night.
There’s a lot of joy and inspiration to be felt at a Cloud Cult show. This shot of celloist Daniel Zamzow seemed to sum up the night’s energy of the evening, which happened to be the record release show for CC’s 2013 excellent LOVE.
The National went all out in 2013 with an incredible light show and emotional performance. There were a lot of favorite photos from their stop in St. Paul, MN, but this photo of Aaron Dessner felt unique.
Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman took the stage of First Avenue in Minneapolis, cracked a joke, took a swig of his whisky and blew it to the air, before ripping in to an impressive set that was as muscially engaging as it was comedically entertaining.
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
NIN – Trent Reznor is a genius. Period. His live performances are expertly executed. Being in the photo pit is challenging – Reznor likes his stage darrrrrrrrkkkkkkkk. This image was taken in August 2013, at the Outside Lands Music Festival.
YYYs – Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs rock. They ROCK! Watching them perform with such devotion to the music and to their fans was a privilege. Her winning smile and her crazy antics just took the performance to a higher level/ This image was taken in August 2013, at the Outside Lands Music Festival.
Scott Weiland – Scott Weiland hit the stage like a tornado, in a good way and in a bad way. He was full of energy and passion and joie de vivre. But he was also at times off tempo, and off key, and he rambled on and on. He loved being photographed, that’s for sure. And, for me, that is a good thing. This image was taken in June 2013, at San Diego’s House of Blues.
The National – I’m in love with the soundscapes that The National create. Yes, their work tends to be “dark” and “moody.” But it is also momentous. I love this image because Matt Berninger conveys pure emotion while singing. He does this for every note of every song. If you don’t believe me, check out some Youtube live videos of the band. This image was taken in August 2013, at the Outside Lands Music Festival.
RHCP – I’m not really a fan of the RHCP. I think I figured out why. The radio station I listened to growing up TOTALLY OVERPLAYED their hit single “Under the Bridge.” Being from Los Angeles, I remember hearing the band when they were not hugely famous and just breaking through. I liked them during their early years, but then the whole “Under the Bridge” thing happened. Nevertheless, I had a blast photographing them. They really know how to electrify the stage and the crowd! This image was taken in August 2013, at the Outside Lands Music Festival.
Paul McCartney – I’m a huge Beatles fan so seeing Paul McCartney perform life was an incredible personal moment. McCartney played over 30 songs, a mix of Beatles, Wings, and solo work. This shot was taken while he sang Blackbird, one of my favorite songs of all time. This image was taken in August 2013, at the Outside Lands Music Festival.
Pearl Jam – What can I say about this band that you don’t already know? How can I express what it is like to be 10 feet from Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and (15 feet away from) Matt Cameron? I was nervous about this photo shoot. Very nervous. Pearl Jam is one of my favorite bands of all time and I was pretty sure I was going to faint or cry or throw up when they took to the stage. Luckily neither of those things happened. This image was taken in November 2013, at Viejas Arena.
Cage The Elephant – What an incredible band to see live! Matt Shultz and gang have an incredible amount of energy on stage. I’ve learned with a wide angle lens while in the photo pit, Matt Shultz moves around a lot. The only thing I fear is having Matt crush me while stage diving into the audience. This image was taken in September 2013, at the 94.9 Independence Jam.
Shirley Manson needing no introduction really as Garbage kicks off their midwest tour at Mill City Nights in downtown Minneapolis.
Grace Potter stunning the crowd at the Adler Theater in Davenport, IA.
Sam Beam of Iron & Wine at the beautiful Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, IA.
Franz Ferdinand setting fire to the Skyway Theater in downtown Minneapolis.
Emily Haines of Metric at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. An unusual night of both acoustic songs and comedy sets.
Grace Potter at the end of a long night at the Adler Theater – Davenport, IA. July, 2013.
The sonic glory of My Bloody Valentine at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN – October 2013.