I shot the Barenaked Ladies ringing in the new year at the Fox Theater in Detroit for TourPhotographer.com. The guys dressed up for the occasion, so I’ve now photographed them in just about everything from a tuxedo to, well, nothing.
Right before the band went on stage, I made my favorite image of the night. Steven Page was fixing his bow tie in the mirror when Ed Robertson came over to give him a hand. It was a nice moment that most people never get to see.
During the show, I had a remote camera mounted on a lighting rig at the back of the stage so I could get a shot of the sold-out venue. When the house lights came up during “If I Had A Million Dollars,” I knew I had my shot. On a large print, you can see almost every face in the crowd.
I also arranged for a security guard to bring me a chair to stand on right before midnight so I could shoot over the crowd during the balloon drop. It worked out well, except for the fact that the same security guard decided to stand right in front of me at the last second. It’s kind of odd to see one guy facing the wrong direction right in front of the stage.
These photos and about a dozen others are available as prints at TourPhotographer.com. Click on any of the images to go directly to the gallery.
Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!