Norwegian singer Aurora presented her 2nd album Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) to her audience in Belgium last weekend. I had the pleasure and the honor to cover her gig at Trix in Antwerp for FrontView Magazine. Here’s a couple of photos from Saturday’s concert. The full album is on FrontView Magazine’s website.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
We arrived in Atlanta, GA with no issues. Smooth fight with Delta.
At CNN we goofed around, posing as news anchors. They wouldn’t have us though. We lacked relevant experience apparently.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
This site is the personal website of Kris Saelen: music lover that likes Springsteen, photographer with a latex fetish, foodie who loves to travel and ICT specialist from Turnhout, Belgium.