The Smithsonian is putting together a book project compiling a compendium of crowdsourced rock n’ roll photography. This has given me a wonderful incentive to do something I’ve been procrastinating about for quite a while. Namely, going back through my many concert pictures, with fresh eyes, and picking out some of my work that might merit publication in a book planned for publication in 2017. I have submitted the above concert work this morning and am currently waiting for confirmation of approval. The concert shots are of British electronic band Depeche Mode in Antwerp in early 2014. To be honest, their Ultra album released in 1997, remains the only body of work from Depeche Mode that I have ever bought and listened to. Some great raw tracks on that album – more raucous rock than the gentler synth pop that usually defines them. If you are interested in seeing more of my R’n’R photography that has meet the criteria for approval by the Smithsonian, please visit : http://rockandroll.si.edu/photocontest/user/sean-hayes-1/
Just uploaded a series of shots from the concert to my music photography tumblr site. If you’re a fan, I suggest a visit: http://seanhayesmusicphotography.tumblr.com
I remember seeing Simple Minds straight off the boat from Scotland at the SFX theatre in Dublin circa 1979. Kerr seemed shy and retiring. Still hadn’t found his ebullient stage persona. Then followed them into superstardom with an amazing concert at the Phoenix Park Racecourse Dublin in ’83. Blew me away – best band of the day. And they had competition; U2, Eurythmics, Big Country, Steel Pulse. The concert sound mixers did a great job in retaining the musicality of the nascent stadium anthems off their New Gold Dream album. Sound was pure and nuanced. Caught them again at various venues in Paris and Brussels during the late 80s and 90s. They were awful supporting the Stones at Wechter Belgium 1998 (Nobody’s perfect:). Then back to Brussels in 2010 and again last Sunday night in Antwerp. Simple Minds are very much alive and kicking after more than 30 years of writing, recording and performing some of the best music in Rock ‘n’ Roll. You probably guessing I’m a huge fan. And you’d be right:)
Just recently put a portfolio of my music photography online. Please take a a look.
Link: Sean On Stage Photography.