Hello Atlanta

We arrived in Atlanta, GA with no issues. Smooth fight with Delta.

Atlanta is home to the headquarters of CNN and Coca-Cola. And what do you do on a rainy day? Right! You take the tour at CNN and Coca-Cola World.

At CNN we goofed around, posing as news anchors. They wouldn’t have us though. We lacked relevant experience apparently.

Selfie at the CNN Newsroom in Atlanta, GA

CNN Worldwide Headquarters in Atlanta, GA

Visiting Coca-Cola World is just a lot of fun: trying to unravel the secret recipe of Coca-Cola. And I think I know what it is. When you see all the promo materials Coke produced over time, I think the true secret to their success is being a famous household name.

The Original Coca-Cola Bottle

Coca-Cola World

Atlanta is our 1st stop on the music part of the trip: we got to see Faith Hill & Tim McGraw on their Soul2Soul tour at the Philips Arena. Really awesome show.

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw Soul2Soul Tour in Atlanta, GA

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Travel Soundtrack

As I pack my bags to leave for a trip to Tennessee for nothing but good food, a lot of booze, country music and time to shoot some photos, I have made a little Spotify playlist that will make them long drives over country roads a party.

There’s so much great music originating from Tennessee: blues, rock’n’roll, a bit of folk and a whole lot of country. I know for sure I will have a blast while I’m out there. YES! I will go visit the Grand Ole Opry!

But before heading to Tennessee, I go to Atlanta, GA to see Faith Hill & Tim McGraw in concert.

Light of Day Belgium 2016

It’s turning into a tradition: early December means it’s time for a Light of Day concert in Belgium. My buddy Jeffrey De Roeck brought LoD to Belgium again. LoD tries to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease.

For the 5th consecutive time local heros Jesse Ashfield were opening the show.

Jesse Ashfield opens Light of Day 2016 in Belgium

Later Vini ‘Mad Dog’ Lopez, Rob Dye and Erwin Nyhoff took the stage. Later joined by Joe d’Urso, Eddie Manion, Jeffrey Gaines and Ben Arnold for a show that ran for about 3 hours.

When Jeffrey Gaines asked what we wanted to hear, someone in the audience yelled “Something Bruce”. The band gracefully obliged with Born to Run; a truly memorable moment. I think that pretty much everyone in the audience, there were around 250 in attendance, joined in and sang along.

Vini 'Mad Dog' Lopez, Rob Dye and Erwin Nyhoff at Light of Day 2016

Light of Day 2016 in Club 27, Edegem (Antwerp), Belgium

I would like to thank Jeffrey for all his hard work getting LoD to Belgium year after year. And for allowing my to take pictures at the show every year. Looking forward to next year’s show.

Erwin Nyhoff at LoD Belgium

Jeffrey Gaines at LoD Belgium

Joe d'Urso at LoD Belgium

Steel Mill & former E Street Band drummer Vini 'Mad Dog' Lopez at Light of Day Belgium

Eddie Manion, former sax player with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, joins LoD for the 2nd year

The full photo album of the show is on the Frontview Magazine website. And I am happy to see that my pictures were used in an article of HLN, a Belgian national paper, covering the concert.

Norwegian Singer Aurora Impresses Me

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Aurora Performing at Le Botanique Brussels

Aurora is a young Norwegian singer-songwriter that has just released her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend and is touring Europe to promote the album. She has released a couple of singles and EP’s since 2012. I picked up on her music a couple of years ago.

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Aurora Performing at Le Botanique Brussels

Last night she was performing at Le Botanique in Brussels and I was fortunate enough to be at that sold out show enjoying her music while working for Frontview Magazine. She totally impressed me with her mix of electropop and more intimate songs that show her singer-songwriter talent.

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Aurora Performing at Le Botanique Brussels

Norwegian Singer-Songwriter Aurora Performing at Le Botanique Brussels

See the full album on the Frontview Magazine website.

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A Springsteen Fan in Numbers

I became a Springsteen fan at the age of 14 with the release of the Born in the U.S.A. album back in 1984. So I’ve been a fan for 32 years now.

I attended my 1st Springsteen concert on April 23, 1993. I was too young to go to one of the Born in the U.S.A. shows. And I have always regretted not seeing any of the Tunnel of Love concerts in 1988.

Since that 1st concert in 1993, I’ve attended 41 more concerts in 22 cities and 10 countries including the US. I’ve heard Bruce perform 211 different songs. And since Springsteen almost always plays Born To Run, that is the song I’ve heard the most; 31 times in total. I have heard 49 of his 50 most played songs all-time.

I’ve seen Bruce perform with many guest artists, including Elliott Murphy, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, R.E.M., John Fogerty and Paul McCartney at the infamous Hard Rock Calling 2012 show.

I have heard all songs on the albums Born In The U.S.A., Born To Run, In Concert MTV Plugged and Devils & Dust. But I still have not heard all songs on Tunnel Of Love and The Rising–my 2 favorite albums–live so I have to go to a few more shows I guess.

Bruce Springsteen The River Tour 2016

On the 2016 The River Tour, I saw 4 concerts and 61 different songs: Madrid, The Hague, Copenhagen and Rome. And much to my surprise on those 4 shows I heard 8 songs for the 1st time ever: Jersey Girl in The Hague and New York City Serenade in Rome are my most memorable moments on this tour.

(statistics courtesy of bosstime.nl)

Copenhagen Cityscapes

I always use a Bruce Springsteen concert as a good excuse to travel. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate holiday. And I don’t follow him around on his tour. Just a couple of days off to go see a Springsteen concert and explore the city he’s playing, is all it takes to get me excited.

Nyhaven

Last week, Springsteen rocked the roof of of the Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. So me and a couple of friends bunched up in the car, drove to Denmark, saw Springsteen and wondered around the city with our camera. And I came home with good memories and these cityscape photos.

Copenhagen Opera House

Gefion Fountain in Copenhagen, Denmark

Frederiks Kirke & Amalienborg in Copenhagen, Denmark

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes at Het Depot Leuven

Wow! What a show it was last night at Het Depot in Leuven. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes are known for their very energetic shows. And he didn’t let down yesterday. They played a two and a half hour set with songs from their new album Soultime! and well known classics. I especially loved Walk Away Renée into Talk To Me, two personal favorites of mine.

Their mix of soul, blues and rock is well worth checking out. They are playing a few more shows in The Netherlands this weekend before they return home to the Jersey Shore to tour the U.S. this summer.

I was at the concert on assignment for Frontview Magazine. More photos on their website.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes at Het Depot Leuven

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes at Het Depot Leuven

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes at Het Depot Leuven

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes at Het Depot Leuven

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes at Het Depot Leuven

Dixie Chicks MMVXI Tour Opener in Antwerp

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

Last night, the Dixie Chicks opened their MMXVI world tour in Antwerp, Belgium. I had the opportunity to take pictures at the show for Frontview Magazine.

Almost 10 years after releasing their album Taking the Long Way, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison take their award winning crossover country back on the road. The band faced controversy after publicly opposing the Iraqi War in 2003 and decided to take a brake from the action somewhere in 2008. But they are back with a bang: their new show is rock solid!

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

Dixie Chicks MMXVI Tour Antwerp

More photos are available on Frontview Magazine’s website.

Light of Day Belgium

Light of Day Foundation is an organization founded in 1998 in Red Bank, NJ to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease and fund research for a cure. Many artists and bands, including Bruce Springsteen, have played concert to raise money for Light of Day. At 1st, these Light of Day concerts were staged in New Jersey, but for a few years now, they tour Europe too.

My buddy Jeffrey De Roeck brought the Light of Day concert to Trix in Antwerp for the 5th year. And I always have the privilege to shoot pictures from the 1st row at the shows.

Light of Day Concert in Trix, Antwerp, Belgium

This year’s line up for the show included Joe D’Urso, Eric Bazilian (from the band The Hooters), Rob Dye, Vini Lopez (fromer E Street Band drummer), Erwin Nyhoff, Eddie Manion (who toured with Bruce Springsteen last year and plays with The Asbury Jukes) and our own Jesse Ashfield.

Rob Dye and Vinnie Lopez

Here’s a couple of shots of last night. A full album with photos from the show is available on Frontview Magazine.

Drummer Vinnie Lopez played with Bruce Springsteen

Eddie Manion played with Springsteen in 2014

Joe D'Urso for Light of Day

Eric Bazilian of The Hooters

New York State of Mind

I love going to New York City. It is one of my favorite cities to be in. Just for a couple of days, a week or so. I like to wander around the city. Enjoying the sights, the lights, the sounds of the city. And with it goes songs about the city. And these are my favorite songs for New York City. I’ll always make sure I have’em on my iPhone when I’m in the city.

It’s so much fun to take a NJtransit bus from my regular hotel in New Jersey into Manhattan and having Springsteen’s Meeting Across The River playing on my headphones, and then taking the Underground to Yankees Stadium with Bobby Womack’s Across 110th Street. Or how about when Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem wispers ‘If you’re anywhere in Manhattan in the next eight days or so, let me know.’ at the end of Stay Lucky?

This playlist always puts me in a New York state of mind, and my bags are pretty much packed already.