It's pretty rare for me to get nervous in the pit. If I'm shooting a band I love, I'm usually smiling ear to ear, but I can count the times I actually felt nervous and giddy on one hand. One of the best examples of that is The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon, who celebrates his 36th birthday today.
I had the pleasure of shooting the band at Marquee Theatre a few years ago. This was at the height of my Gaslight Anthem adoration- who would have known that I would end up with a '59 Sound tattoo on my forearm a couple years later. I suppose that's the benefit of having a mom born in 1959.
Here's a shot from the band's co-headling tour with Rise Against in 2012. It's not my best work, but it's great to look back and see how I've grown over the last four years.
I suppose The Gaslight Anthem is as good a band as any for waxing nostalgic. They are the first band I saw live after turning 21, shortly after Sink or Swim was released.
I don't expect TGA to get back together any time soon, so sometimes it is nice to get lost in the nostalgia of their music. If anything else, it will definitely put you in the mood for some Bruce Springsteen.
See you in the photo pit.