House Of Blues, Anaheim, California
April 08, 2017
The Damned were playing their celebratory 40th anniversary tour at the sold out HOB Anaheim this evening and they tore the paint off the walls in the process. The Damned have always held a special place in my heart. I loved them from the get go and I loved them through all the musical changes they embarked on over the last 40 years.
Really they're like The Beatles of punk (seriously-I mean it) the way they followed their muse and adapted and expanded their musical palette these many years. Starting as a punk band evolving into a rock band, expanding to a psychedelic rock group and then having a fling with Gothic rock. There is nothing this band was ever afraid to try and more often than not they did it really well.
40 years on and Dave Vanian stills stalks the stage like a caged tiger and Captain Sensible is still anything but sensible (thank God) and for close to two hours they played a bit of everything from their 40 year career.
Big Smile on my face - Long live The Damned
House of Blues- Anaheim
25 February, 2017
This was the grand opening of the new HOB in Anaheim & Vintage Trouble was the perfect band to open this incredible new club. VT brought their A-Game to their blistering 65 minute headlining set. If you haven't seen them imagine a cross between Otis Redding, & James Brown backed by a powerhouse 1960's British RnB combo. The newly painted walls of the club were in danger of peeling from all the heat VT was flame throwing from the stage. Just an awesome evening, and a BIG thank you to the HOB staff who made it possible. Here is wishing them every success.
February 7, 2017
The Grove Of Anaheim
What can I say about this group? They look fantastic, they sound great and they put on a hell of a fun rock n' roll concert. This was the bands first US tour in almost 8 years. They were hungry to play for their fans and they really brought a lot of energy to their set. And as expected the punters ate it up and rocked out. HORNS UP!!
As a photographer you really can't go wrong when the band looks this good now can you?
I wish all concerts were this much fun!
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
The Coach House | February 2, 2017
WOW!!! KWS put on a guitar hero clinic to a sold out crowd this evening. It was pretty much all a blues loving, guitar wailing fan could ask for. Among the many highlights for me were his surprise cover of The Stooges Search & Destroy!!! Earl Kings "Come On" (done ala Jimi Hendix) and an absolutely stunning version of Voodoo Child that would have put a smile on Jimi's face. And don't get me wrong KWS can write his own material too - His originals stood shoulder to shoulder with the covers in the set. All in all a night to remember.
These are all crowd shots, there is no pit at the Coach House venue. As I mentioned it was a sold out show so moving around was tough, but I'm pretty happy with the vibe of these photos. I think they captured the energy the band was putting out pretty nicely.
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