Photo set: Hellride at the Standing Room, Hermosa Beach 1/14/2017

Mike Watt, Stephen Perkins and Peter DiStefano: HELLRIDE! The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach, CA on 1/14/2017

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Temple of the Dog, West Coast 2016

As the year is coming to a close, I’m reflecting back thinking about all of those shows I went to, trying to pick the best one.  My top pick was not one, but a whole leg of a tour.  By far, my favorite concert experience of the year was Temple of the Dog’s West Coast tour!  I attended all five shows- two in San Francisco, one in Los Angeles and two in Seattle.  Temple had never toured and I wasn’t taking any chances that they’d tour in the future, so I went to all of them!  Sometimes it was on a hope and a prayer, especially for the Paramount shows in Seattle as tickets were very hard to get.

Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog are all very important to me and have been for decades.  Since first hearing Pearl Jam and Soundgarden in the 90s, to later discovering MLB (as a result of TOTD), I don’t think a week of my life has gone by without listening to one of their albums.  Fantastic Negrito opened each show and I thoroughly enjoyed his set too.  Check him out if you haven’t heard of him.  After seeing him for the first time in SF night one, I made a point to be in the venue at doors so as not to miss him.

I was lucky enough to get the setlist night one in Seattle:

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Sevendust, Belasco Theater, 10/26/2016

October 26, 2016 Los Angeles, CA

One of my favorite bands, Sevendust, played the Belsaco Theater earlier this week.  The stop was part of the tour supporting their latest release, Kill the Flaw. They always put on a kick ass, high energy show, and Wednesday was no different!

Photoset:

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Festival of Disruption, Oct 8 & 9, Los Angeles

Festival of Disruption, October 8-9, 2016 at the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Photo set from the inaugural Festival of Disruption- an film, music and art extravaganza curated by David Lynch. Proceeds went to the David Lynch Foundation to help bring Transcendental Meditation to those who need it. Highlights included talks with Mel Brooks, Kyle MacLachlan & Laura Dern, John Malkovich, music by Robert Plant and Angelo Badalamenti, plus much more, including an appearance by David Lynch before the final musical segment.  Rebekah del Rio closed out the event with a stunning version of Llorando!

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Photo set: Ohana Festival, Eddie Vedder, Elvis Costello, X, Mudhoney and more! 8/27/2016

August 27, 2016 Day 1 of the Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA.

Yesterday was one of the best festival concert experiences I’ve had.  From the stellar line-up, (which seemed to be handpicked/curated by the headliner, Eddie Vedder) to the venue, to the crowd, it was a great day!

Photos from the Main Stage: White Reaper, Mudhoney, X, Band of Horses, Elvis Costello and Eddie Vedder.

*not pictured, Jack Irons and Lily Meola*   I caught Jack’s first set on my way back from merch but had left my bag/camera with my friend back at the main stage.  Eddie joined him during his second set for Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

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