A Picture I Wish I Had…
People ask me all the time what picture is my favorite out of all the pictures I have ever taken. With tens of thousands (who knows what the actual number is) of images to choose from, I can’t think of just one to choose. It makes me think, though about a picture that I wish I had made. A few years before I started shooting and even before I ever picked up a camera, I went to a concert. In 1969. In Tuscaloosa. I believe it to be the first real concert I ever attended. The group? The Band. All members were present and to this day it is still the best concert I have ever seen. Music for what seemed to a seventeen year old kid to last for hours is still burned in my memory. I really wish I had a picture from that night. I’ve included their first and best album here. Unfortunately, I did not shoot it.
So I decided to look for some shows that I have shot and put them here and remind me of “The night they drove old dixie down”.
I also remember seeing a show probably in the mid seventies at Rickwood Field that featured Kiss, Bob Seger and Kansas on two different stages. I shot that show but I have no idea what happened to those negatives. The picture of Gene Simmons here came from a later show.
In order are Elvis Presley from 1976 in Tuscaloosa. Just a year before his death. And then Jimmy Buffett, Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, Chuck Mangione, Mick Jagger and Kiss.
I’ll keep looking for old concert negatives and slides. I’m guessing I photographed dozens of shows along the way.
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