For this post, we go back almost 4 years to a set of photos featuring the Dollyrots at the NYCB Theater in Westbury, N.Y. on June 7th, 2011.The Dollyrots opened for the Go-Go’s on the east coast leg of their Ladies Gone Wild tour with Chris Black in the drummer’s chair. The NYCB Theater was originally known as the Westbury Music Fair and has a revolving stage, but for this show, the stage remained stationary. Included are a couple of shots of the Dollyrots joining the Go-Go’s on stage dancing to “We Got the Beat” at the close of the evening (note Belinda’s bare feet!). Shot on a Nikon D3 with the 70-200mm f2.8.
A small set of Jane Lee Hooker performing at the Bowery Electric on April 30th, 2015 in NYC. It happened to be lead singer Dana Danger’s birthday and I later learned she received a gold microphone as a gift; it shows up particularly well in the blue photos. Shot on the Nikon D4s with both the 14-24mm f2.8 and 24-70 f2.8 with minor adjustment in LR and the crops straight out of the camera.
Sometimes while perusing my files, I come across a couple of interesting (at least to me) alternate shots which have never been circulated. Here, presented on Jane Wiedlin’s birthday, are two shots of the Go-Go’s at the Lumiere in St. Louis in 2008. The silhouette of Jane Wiedlin is the companion to another shot which has already been released and is one of my favorites. The fisheye was taken with the Nikon DX fisheye (using the in-camera format crop); the lens has since been replaced by the full frame fisheye. The silhouette was shot on the 70-200mm F2.8. Both were taken with the Nikon D3 and shot in RAW with minor cleanup in PS.
During the summer of 2014, the original line up of Veruca Salt performed a small set of east and west coast dates. These photos were taken at The Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia on July 22nd, 2014 with a Lumix DMC-ZS40 point and shoot. I was a bit disappointed with the camera’s handling and low-light performance and left the set alone back then. After looking through them again, I liked the motion blur and some of the effects produced by the sensor in the difficult low-light conditions and decided to put together this set. Shot in Panasonic RAW at 1600; the only post-processing was a bit of noise reduction.
For today’s TBT we go back to 1997 and 2001 for some shots on film. The Susanna Hoffs photos with the striped dress are from a free mid-day concert series at the World Trade Center in July of 1997 in support of her eponymous album. The low-light red shot is from a concert at Fez the following evening. The photo of Vicki Peterson is from a show with the Continental Drifters in support of Better Day at the same location at the WTC in July of 2001. Photos shot with a Nikon F4 and a 80-200mm F2.8 Nikkor, scanned with a Nikon Coolscan IV (back in 2001).