Duff attending the CBGB Music Festival in the Lower East Side, but before that, he walked over to check out the Banksy. Lookin’ good!
9OCT13. Lower East Side, NYC.
Gaga in concert: The Monster Ball at Madison Square Garden. New York City. FEB2011. (Canon 550D, Canon EF Lens 70-300mm)
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine at the Lady Gaga concert at Madison Square Garden in February 2011. She was a total fan, up and dancing, taking pictures of the show with her iPhone…New York City. (Canon 550D, Canon EF Lens 70-300mm)
I had been abroad never touching foot on U.S. soil from August 2003 until February 2011. And from 2006 until 2011, I was in Vietnam and Africa, so concerts weren’t common occurrences. Except for Paul Oakenfold in Tokyo and Coldplay in Hong Kong, I hadn’t really seen anything live. And Gaga wasn’t that big in Vietnam, but as I was leaving, Just Dance, Paparazzi, Bad Romance, and Alejandro were just starting to play a lot in bars and clubs. I wasn’t much of a fan at all, but I did like Alejandro. A lot. So, off to Africa for 4 months and then finally, I returned to the States in February. I was working in Manhattan and just in awe of Big City Life again. And it hit me that there’s probably a concert there every night. And naively I walked up the steps to Madison Square Garden and saw posters and posters of everyone famous in the world it seemed, and they were all going to be there that month! Then I saw Gaga. And I was like, ‘No way.’ Again, still not really a fan at that point, but committed to having all kinds of experiences… I walked up to the window and asked for two tickets to her show in mid-February. The man stifled a chuckle, but humored me by, I think, pretending to touch the keys on his computer keyboard. He then looked up and said, “No. Sorry. It’s sold out. Let me try looking for just one.” And smiled again. And back to his ‘air tapping’ of a keyboard. “Nope. All sold out.” I wasn’t dejected, though, I was just like, Ok, I’m going to have to bolt over straight from work and scalp away. Longer story shorter…that Monday night of her show, I got a ticket in…but mostly saw her ass for most of the show. Not that I’m complaining, but the show was so fantastic…phenomenal, that I knew halfway through, that I’d have to come back the next night. And I did. And this time I knew the layout of the Garden better, so I got a great ticket, just two rows behind Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. And this picture above was from that second night’s seat. All I can say, is that you don’t have to be a Gaga fan at all to appreciate her talent, her passion, and to embrace the feeling that you couldn’t escape even if you wanted to: the feeling of freedom and letting go and just believing that it is 100% ok to be exactly who you are. Madison Square Garden. NYC. FEB2011. (Canon 550D, Canon EF Lens 70-300mm)
Ok, I’m the first to admit, I’m not a very good stalker. I don’t push my way in too close and I certainly don’t care if Gaga ever sees me. For me, it’s about just ‘trying to get that shot’ just for your pure aesthetic joy. Here she is entering the underground parking garage at the Rockefeller Center to get ready for her appearance on the SNL Season Finale. Don’t blink or you’ll miss her. New York City. Summer/Fall 2011. (Canon 550D, Canon EF Lens 70-300mm)
One Sunday afternoon, I was sitting on a bench outside a coffeehouse on 4th Street in the East Village.That’s Carey Mulligan in the flower-printed skirt heading for the entrance of the theatre. She was in New York to do a two-month stint in the play “Through a Glass Darkly.” Summer 2011. (Canon 550D, Canon EF Lens 70-300mm)
The official website reads: “…a non-stop collision of dynamic music, visceral emotion, and kinetic aerial imagery.” The show ends its spectacular run in NYC on November 11th, 2012. Daryl Roth Theatre, New York City. Summer 2011. (Canon 550D, Canon EFS Lens 18-135mm)
Owl City performing at the Big Cat in Osaka, Japan. OCT11. (Canon 550D, Canon EF Lens 70-300mm)
Fun Owl City show in Osaka in October 2011. Osaka, Japan. (Canon 550D, Canon EF Lens 70-300mm)
Marc Bianchi, the brainchild behind the musical project of Her Space Holiday. This was Her Space Holiday’s farewell tour through Japan and I was so fortunate to be up front and center in a packed little club in Kyoto, Japan. I posted pics from the show on his facebook page and he replied with a thanks and a “Didn’t I hear you say…?” haha. That’s how close I was. OCT11. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EFS 18-135mm)