The ‘59 Sound Redux

The Gaslight Anthem 59 SoundThe Gaslight Anthem is currently touring to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of their sophomore album The ’59 Sound. Like their lead singer Brian Fallon, the band hails from New Brunswick, NJ. The band appeared on my radar when Bruce Springsteen did a couple of notable guest appearances with them. I remembering loving the album at first listen. Their garage rock sounded very familiar to me, and yet fresh at the same time. Many of the songs were set in my beloved New York City and gave me similar vibes as I get them from listing to Springsteen’s Born to Run album: when I close my eyes, I see flashes of NYC in a film-noire kinda style.

I Saw them live for the 1st time at the Hard Rock Calling festival where they were on the bill together with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Guest appearances did happen that day. And I saw them pretty much on every tour that brought them to Belgium or the Netherlands after that. After the band went on hiatus and Brian Fallon released 2 solo albums, I went to see him live a couple of times too.

This album and the band opened the door to a whole new generation of young Jersey Shore artists for me. Once I got to know The Gaslight Anthem and I started looking for what-else-is-new on the Jersey Shore, I discovered bands like The Brigantines, Dentist, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son and Taylor Tote. So, tonight as I head down to 013 in Tilburg to go see The Gaslight Anthem, it is more than just about that album. It is about a ton of great bands that helped me write the soundtrack of my life.

C2C Festival London

I’ve spent the weekend in London for the C2C Festival. C2C is a country festival at the O2 Arena. It had a fantastic line up this year: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBryde, Sugarland, Ashley Campbell, Kacey Musgraves, Danielle Bradbery, Emmylou Harris, Little Big Town and my 1st ever chance to see Lindsay Ell live. Tons of good music. I came back with a big smile on my face and a bunch of signed CD’s.

Lindsay Ell Live at C2C Festival 2018

My iPhone was pretty much the only camera I had on me all weekend. And it still surprises me that–in the right conditions–it is an amazing camera. I shot this view from the platform of the West India Quai DLR station on our way to the festival.

London City View and Marriott Hotel from West India Quia

Concert: Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather

Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather

Brian Fallon, a native of New Brunswick, NJ hit the music scene as front man of the punk rock band The Gaslight Anthem in 2006. They attracted the attention of myself, Bruce Springsteen and the world with the release of their album The ’59 Sound. After the band went on indefinite hiatus, Brian Fallon started a solo carreer, releasing his 1st solo album Painkillers in 2016 and his sophomore album Sleepwalkers early 2018. Be sure to also check out Brian Fallon’s latest album Sleepwalkers.

He is currently touring the US and Europe with his band The Howling Weather and he played De Roma in Antwerp last night.

More photos of yesterday’s show on Frontview Magazine.

Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather

Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather

Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather

Light of Day Belgium 2017

A little photographic impression of the 2018 Light of Day concert in Belgium. The Light of Day Foundation, raises awareness and funds to support research to defeat Parkinson’s disease. It started in 1998 as a birthday party for music veteran Bob Benjamin who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease himself. For 20 years, Light of Day benefit concerts are held in the US and Europe. My friend and fellow Springsteen fan Jeffrey De Roeck organizes a Light of Day show in Belgium for quite some years. I cover the show as photographer every year.

More photo on the website of  Frontview Magazine.

Light of Day

Light of Day

Light of Day

Light of Day

Light of Day

Light of Day

The Legendary Opry

The Grand Ole Opry truly a legend in the Music City. It started as a 1 hour long radio show on WSM on November 25, 1925. Back in 1925, it ran as a weekly show, Today, it runs several times a week, either from the Rynam Auditorium in downtown Nashville or from the Grand Ole Opry House on the banks of the Cumberland River.

Artists become member of the Orpy by invitation. Over the years, artists like Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and The Gatlin Brothers have been invited to the Opry. And more recently, amazing young country artists like Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town had the honor of joining. Membership in the Opry remains one of country music’s crowning achievements.

You can listen to the shows at the Opry live online via 650 AM WSM.

The Ryman Auditorium is a 2300 seat theater in the heart of Nashville. It is considered the birthplace of Bluegrass music. Over the years it hosted many famous country artists and even Bruce Springsteen has played there on his Devils & Dust solo acoustic tour.

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

The Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium

The Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974. The grand Ole Opry House has 4400 seats and a circle at center stage is actually a part of the original Ryman Auditorium stage.

Seeing a show at the Opry was a dream come true and their backstage tour after the show was the icing on the cake.

Selfie in Front of the Grand Ole Opry House

Artists Taking the Stage at the Grand Ole Opry House

Behind the Scenes at the Grand Ole Opry House

Behind the Scenes at the Grand Ole Opry House

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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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.