Green Day Rocked, and My Pictures Came Out All Right


The Dude on the Right

This is a quick blog entry, but in case you cared, and you probably don’t in the end,
Green Day kicked ass,
although I have to admit that I did feel a little awkward in the audience, well
at least for the parents of the younger kids, when things got a little, hmm,
risqué, but that explanation will wait for the review.  Anyway, sitting in
the dude-mobile after the show, I scrolled through the photos on my new camera. 
I figured I did pretty well for the first time out, although I probably should
have used my shorter lens, and as much as I forgot all of my rules of going to
the Allstate Arena, and was paranoid it would take me about an hour to get out
of the parking lot because I was parked in front of a light pole, low and behold
I forgot that teens know exactly how to get out of a parking lot, one in three
will be nice enough to let you into the exit line, and
Rosemont knows how to get
those lots cleared of the troublemakers that might be Green Day fans.

review will be coming in the next few days as Wimp finishes up his side and I
tighten up my comments, and I have to sort of figure out how to really handle
the photos I downloaded from my camera.  I did a quick shrinking of a
couple of them for this blog entry, but there are quite a few good ones I just
need to frame a little better and maybe sharpen the color balance.

It should be a busy weekend with "Deuce
Bigalow:  European Gigolo
" and other movies opening this weekend,
finishing up the Green Day review, and updating a bunch of movie previews. 
I was actually looking forward to
Kelly Clarkson
clearance but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen as I write this. 
Oh well, maybe next time.

That’s it for this one!  I’m  The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Green Day and Prayers


The Dude on the Right

I must say that I am both excited and a little nervous to cover
Green Day at the
Allstate Arena on
August 10th. I’m excited because as much as I used to enjoy Green Day and their
style of music, I am even more of a fan after seeing their performance on
Live 8. I was watching
the AOL feed of something going on somewhere else when they nicely put a note up
that Green Day was getting ready to go on stage in Germany. I quickly switched
to the feed from Germany to catch their performance, and they just totally
kicked ass. When I started a couple of weeks ago to get back into covering
concerts, I was more than pleased to see they were coming to town, and hopeful I
would get clearance. The review should be posted Friday or Saturday. But why am
I nervous? It’s my first photo shoot with my new camera. I’m all digital, baby,
and I’ve done my preliminary testing and playing with the damn thing, but
nothing is like being in the heat of a concert photo shoot to see if things work
out. The batteries are charged, the memory cards are empty and ready, I just
hope I don’t screw it up.

On a more heavy note, my prayers to the family of
Peter Jennings
who passed away from lung cancer the other day, and also to
Dana Reeve and
her family, as she announced today, after I heard on
Howard Stern that it
was going to be in The Enquirer, that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
I’ll also send a general prayer to all of those out there going through the same
type of thing because in ways I won’t give up here, I understand. The human body
is a strange being. For some people they are able to smoke all of their lives
and never have a problem, others get riddled with lung problems, and others who
may never really have smoked, they still get afflicted with the challenge of

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Neil Diamond Rocks, Ain’t No Surprise


The Dude on the Right

It was a hot August night a couple of nights ago,
August 1st for that matter, and it marked the return of this Dude to the
concert reviewing scene.  Oddly enough I picked up where I left off
back in 2001, reviewing
Neil Diamond at the United Center
here in Chicago (okay, fine,
technically I reviewed
Neil in Cleveland back in 2001
, but I took the pictures at the
United Center). 
This show was great, at least if you are a
Neil Diamond
fan.  I suppose if he’s not really your cup of tea, you would
wonder why in God’s name anyone would go and see him, but his legions of fans
span the age groups, and the fashion groups, and even though the dude is in his
60’s, Neil Diamond rocks, ain’t no surprise.

And so we are back on the concert scene.  Neil Diamond a couple of days ago,
Green Day next week,
and hopefully some Velvet Revolver, Kelly Clarkson, George Thorogood, Kenny
Chesney, and Motley Crue before month’s end.  As usual for us, we are back
trying to cover just about any genre under the sun.

But back to getting back to the concert scene.  For me, it was
exciting again.  I stopped covering concerts for a variety of
reasons.  Some of them were good, some of them were bad, some of them were
just lazy, but as I knelt there with my camera in hand, about 30 feet from the
stage, I really wondered if I could still handle concert photos.  Hell,
it’s been almost four years since I shot a show, and since that time a
photographer dude I know,
, had graduated from film to digital, complete with some giant lenses, and
there I was, with my old film driven
and my trusty Sigma 70
– 210mm f2.8 lens, looking kinda inadequate compared to my buddy and the
other newspaper photo dudes.  Yet there I was, back again, and I
have to tell you, as the lights went down and the band came on the
stage, all of the photographer instincts came back.

I will admit that it wasn’t my best concert photo
shoot, and yes, as I scanned in my negatives into the scanner I
instantly realized some digital editing would be needed (mostly a little
sharpening), but for the most part, I am pleased with my work, although
I would have liked to have gotten more pictures of
the band and
back-up singers
because if you are in any way familiar with my photo
taking at concerts, I try to include everyone in the band.

I’ll end today’s blog with a quick shout-out to Sherry
for helping with the clearance for the show, and to Kathleen for
clearing out the dude blocking the isle and just her help.  The
plus for the day was when I got home and there was an e-mail in my
inbox.  I had clearance for Green Day, and for a year in which
myself and a couple of friends would like a do-over because it hasn’t
been the best of years for us so far, I got excited again, and realized
that I just don’t like going to see a concert, what I really love is
covering a concert.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!