RockGodz Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony To Feature Presenters Gregg Bissonette, Richie Kotzen, Tim Pierce, Frazer Smith, John Good, and more at the Canyon Agoura 10/27/2019

THE 8TH ANNUAL ROCKGODZ HALL OF FAME AWARDS 2018
THE CANYON CLUB, AGOURA HILLS, CA OCTOBER 27TH 2019

Sunday October 27th at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills for the RockGodz Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony and concert, honoring rock n’roll luminaries.
The RockGodz Hall of Fame is an event that brings recognition to the musicians who built the legacy of rock music, honoring incredible artists and their work. Rock and roll legends will honor their own during a celebration of music with passion and talent at its core, spotlighting the lesser-known musicians who built the legacy of rock music.

All RockGodz Hall of Fame inductees are selected by inductee alumni and their highly respected peers in the music community.

2019 presenters include:

GREGG BISSONETTE
FRAZER SMITH
JOHN GOOD
PHIL CHEN
RICHIE KOTZEN
TIM PIERCE

2019 Inductees:

Jeff Bova (Eric Clapton, Blondie, Joe Cocker, Meatloaf), Peter Beckett (Player, Little River Band),Burleigh Drummond( Ambrosia), Greg Leisz (Eric Clapton,Jackson Browne,Joni Mitchell),Rowan Robertson(Ronnie James Dio,Bang Tango, Raiding the Rock Vault), Alex Skolnick (Testament, TSO/Savatage, Metal Allegiance), Brett Tuggle (Fleetwood Mac, Coverdale/Page,David Lee Roth), Teddy Andreadis (Alice Cooper, Guns n’ Roses,Carole King,Walter Trout), John “JR” Robinson (Steve Winwood,Michael Jackson,Quincy Jones), Rachel Bolan (Skid Row), Jim Keltner (Boz Scaggs,Eric Clapton,Jenny Lewis), Danny Kortchmar (Don Henley, Neil Young, JonBon Jovi), Bob Glaub (Jackson Browne,Stevie Nicks,John Lennon, Crosby, Stills & Nash), Rita Wilde (KLOS), Richie Zito (Elton John,Eddie Money, Scarface Soundtrack) Ross Hogarth (Van Halen,The Doobie Brothers, REM).

All RockGodz Hall of Fame inductees are selected by inductee alumni, their peers, which continues to make the organization highly respected by the music community. This year’s Awards Show will be opened with live musical performances and throughout the evening inductees will perform tributes to their biggest hits. The evening will also feature appearances from current alumni, special guests, surprise performances and a one-of-a-kind all-star jam of past and present inductees will close the event.

RockGodz Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by entrepreneur Cindy Landeen and rock journalist Steve Rosen in 2009. The board members are Cindy Landeen, Sandy Rizzo, Francis “Buster” Akrey, Kevin “Duggie” Dugan, with an elite staff of advisors: Daniel Margasa, Tony Franklin, Rory Kaplan and Marquetta Nickols.

Founder Cindy Landeen says: “Our mission is to acknowledge the contributions of a group of stunningly gifted musicians and professionals who flew under the radar while delivering to the world music that has orchestrated the soundtrack of many lives. We believe that these virtuosos, maestros and those working in the trenches behind the scenes need not wait any longer to be recognized and acknowledged for their part. In the day they may have been relatively unknown to the music world and fans at large but RockGodz Hall of Fame has purposely taken on the challenge and goal of celebrating their achievements.”

All RockGodz Hall of Fame events and initiatives are funded by ticket sales, sponsorships, volunteers and those who choose to support the mission.

Tickets are available for purchase at: https://bit.ly/2JlHTB2
The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills CA, 91301.
Sunday October 27th, 2019.

$25 / $45 / $75* + applicable fees. The $75.00 ticket includes a VIP Meet & Greet with the inductees.

Doors open at 5.30pm. Induction ceremony and live show 6.30pm.

The RockGodz Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony and concert, honoring rock n’roll luminaries.
The RockGodz Hall of Fame is an event that brings recognition to the musicians who built the legacy of rock music, honoring incredible artists and their work. Rock and roll legends will honor their own during a celebration of music with passion and talent at its core, spotlighting the lesser-known musicians who built the legacy of rock music.
All RockGodz Hall of Fame inductees are selected by inductee alumni, their peers, which continues to make the organization highly respected by the music community.
Our 2019 presenters include:
GREGG BISSONETTE
FRAZER SMITH
JOHN GOOD
PHIL CHEN
RICHIE KOTZEN
TIM PIERCE
2019 honorees (available for interviews) are:
ALEX SKOLNICK
Alex Skolnick is both an original member of Testament and a respected New
York improviser of multiple styles. Emerging as one of the original melodic
thrash guitarists, he has gone on to release several critically acclaimed
albums with the Alex Skolnick Trio. In 2005, he reunited with Testament, the impact of which has eclipsed the band’s initial run, including being featured on Slayer’s recent farewell tour. As a writer, Alex has been a contributor to UNBUILT (a biannual lifestyle and cultural magazine that included fellow “metal intellectual,” D Randall Blythe -vocalist of Lamb of God). He has also written for The Talkhouse, Guitar World, Guitar Player and other publications. Whether carefully listening and playing alongside improvising instrumentalists or loudly shredding with Testament or Metal Allegiance, it’s safe to say that Skolnick has found his own niche as a guitarist.
BOB GLAUB
Bob Glaub is a session bass player from Los Angeles who’s had
the good fortune to record and tour over the last five decades with legendary artists and bands that include; Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, Donna Summer, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger,
Neil Diamond, Bee Gees, The Doors, The Beach Boys, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Bon Jovi, Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon as well as hundreds of others. Bob currently tours with Jackson Browne and continues to be in demand on a wide variety of recording projects.
BRETT TUGGLE
An award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, Brett Tuggle is one of the most in-demand players in the music industry. He has toured and recorded with artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page, David Lee Roth, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Steven Tyler. Brett played and toured with Rick Springfield on the heels of Rick’s hit single Jesse’s Girl, and later, David Lee Roth after he had split from Van Halen. During this period, Brett was able to stretch his songwriting legs, co-writing several songs with Roth including the top 10 single Just Like Paradise in 1988. Brett lives in Los Angeles and does session work when not on tour.
BURLEIGH DRUMMOND
Burleigh Drummond, born 9-25-51, grew up as an Army brat on military bases around the world, most notably four years in Ankara, Turkey. The enchantment with drumming began here and still runs rampant through his system. Burleigh was a founding member of Ambrosia in 1970 and has also performed-recorded- produced with Alan Parsons, The Lost Dogs, Player, Bill Champlin, Mighty Mo Rodgers, Michael McDonaldetc. To date Burleigh and his wife and musical partner Mary Harris have recorded three albums of their own group Tin Drum and produced over 200 albums for other artists.
DANNY KORTCHMAR
Danny Kortchmar’s resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music industry. A renown guitarist, producer, songwriter and session musician, Kortchmar has played, produced and written for James Taylor, Don Henley, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, and many more. As a songwriter, Kortchmar has either written alone or collaborated with numerous artists and has penned such indelible tracks like Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” and “New York Minute,” as well as Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” and “Shaky Town,” to name a few. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Kortchmar was a member of The Section, best known for both their work in support of some of the top selling singer/songwriters and solo singers in the history of music. Together, Recently, Kortchmar put members of The Section back together again and they now perform regularly live around the world as The Immediate Family.
GREG LEISZ
Greg Leisz is a Southern California-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. He has worked as a touring and recording musician with many of the best known artists in the music world. He plays guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, mandolin and banjo. Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Joe Cocker, David Crosby, Bill Frisell, Bonnie Raittand Robert Plant are a few of the artists with whom he has recorded and performed.
He is currently touring and recording with Jackson Browneand is a member of the group Charles Lloyd and the Marvels. He appeared on back to back Grammy award winning albums of the year in 2014 (Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”) and in 2015 (Beck’s “Morning Phase”). The Americana Music Association awarded Leisz a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He was awarded a Grammy in 2011 for his work with Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs on the album “God Willing & The Creek Don’t Rise”
JEFF BOVA
Grammy Award-winning producer and musician, Bova won his Album of the Year Grammy as a producer on Celine Dion’s, Falling Into You. Jeff’s rock roots have always been a major part of his work. Jeff is featured as keyboardist and synthesizers on some recordings by: Meat Loaf, Robert Palmer, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop to name a few. During a career spanning over 40 years, he has contributed to hundreds of recordings by significant mainstream artists including Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and many more. Jeff has been the creative muse for legendary producer/songwriter Jim Steinman’s over-the-top operatic rock and pop songs since they began working together in the 80’s.
Jeff continues to produce, arrange and collaborate with new and exciting young artists.
JIM KELTNER
Born in Oklahoma, he grew up in Pasadena, California and started doing session work, launching a quite a career. His drumming style typically melds deceptively simple drum patterns and a casual, loose feel with extraordinary precision. Keltner is best known for his session work on solo recordings by three of The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. He and Starr were the drummers on the Concert for Bangladesh, rock music’s first charity benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York. In addition, he has also worked with Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, Harry Nilsson, Simon and Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Ziggy Marley, Bill Frisell, John Mayer, Diana Krall,, Conor Oberst, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boz Scaggs, Sara Bareilles, Jenny Lewis, and Phoebe Bridgers and many more.
JOHN ‘JR’ ROBINSON
John ‘JR’ Robinson started playing piano at age 5 and drums at age 8. He turned pro when he started his first band at the young age of 10. JR won his first Grammy with the hit record, Chaka Khan’s Rufus “Ain’t Nobody” in 1983.
JR has become the most recorded drummer in history. He has played on over 500,000,000 records! Some of the hits are, We Are The World, All Night Long and You Are by Lionel Richie, I’m Just A Gigolo and California Girls by David Lee Roth, Higher Love, The Finer Things and Back In The Highlife by Steve Winwood, Change The World by Eric Clapton, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”, and Rod Stewart’s Rhythm Of Your Heart, just to name a few. JR will continue to add his magic on many hits, movies and jingles to come with his recognized sound employing great time, great songs and a great groove.
PETER BECKETT
Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley met each other at a Hollywood Party in early 1977. Beckett was a rock musician from Liverpool & Crowley was a country singer from Texas. Within a week, they started writing songs together. A short time later, they enlisted the help of Ronn Moss on bass and John Friesen on drums and Player was born. Player enjoyed success following their number one single “Baby Come Back” which was written by Beckett and Crowley and sung by Beckett. Their second single “This Time I’m In It For Love” reached #10. Eventually J.C. Crowley & Ronn Moss. Beckett continued to write and produce several more albums as Player. Concurrently, he spent 9 years touring with Little River Band as a song-writer, vocalist & rhythm guitarist. Peter Beckett is still going strong, both as a solo artist touring with many other classic 70’s bands and with his own band.
RACHEL BOLAN
Rachel Bolan is the co-founder and songwriter for the band SKID ROW. Rachel realized that he wanted to be a performer at a very young age when he went to see Liberacewith his parents and Grandmother. “I was only 5 years old, but was taken aback by the energy that filled the venue” Rachel said. It was after that moment he began listening to all the records that his brother and sisters owned. The first record he purchased was The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. It changed his life. After that he was turned on to the likes of Alice Cooper, Kiss, Sex Pistols and Ramonesto name a few. His first gig was in 1978 at Manasquan high school in Manasquan, NJ. In 1986 Rachel met Snake and the rest is history. Outside of Skid Row, Rachel produces other bands and writes songs for other artists, sports teams and with Snake writes music for ESPN.
RICHIE ZITO
Richie Zito’s career began at 15 years old, when Gerry Wexler signed him to Atlantic Records. In 1973, Richie moved to L.A. and soon attained success as a prolific Session Musician, recording with artists including Elton John, Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, The Beach Boys, Rick James, Donna Summer, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Richie and Giorgio Moroder. In 1980 Richie became a member of Elton John’s Band. They recorded 3 albums and toured the world culminating in a Concert at Central Park for 450,000 people. Richie played guitar on the notable motion picture soundtracks for Scarface , Top Gun American Gigolo, Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, and Streets of Fire. Richie continued his career by Producing records for Eddie Money & Ronnie Spector, Joe Cocker, The Cult, Cher, Alice Cooper, Little Richard, Poison, Heart a #1 for Cheap Trick, and a # 1 for Bad English to name a few. In 1990 Richie was honored with Billboard’s Producer of the Year Award. As a songwriter, Richie Zito wrote songs for Diana Ross, Roger Daltrey, and Graham Nash.
RITA WILDE
Rita Wilde is an award-winning broadcaster and a pioneer in radio. Rita was named Program Director at KLOS, the premiere rock station in L.A., at a time when women were barely visible in rock radio. As an on-air personality and Music Director at various Southern California stations, Rita had a decades-long career in the Southland where she interviewed the most significant legends in music at the peak of their fame and had a principal seat at the table in the male-dominant PD arena. She’s been the national radio host for some of music’s greatest moments, including Woodstock’s 25th Anniversary Special and for Album Network Radio Specials. Rita garnered an international reach, having been a rock reporter on Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s rock stations, and was Tokyo Radio’s L.A. host. She’s acknowledged as one of the most prominent women in media and entertainment. Rita’s reputation and experience in music are unique among broadcasting women.
ROSS HOGARTH
Multi-Platinum and multi-Grammy winning producer / mixer / engineer Ross Hogarth has been working in the music industry for over four decades. Some of his timeless work includes Motley Crue, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Ratt, Dio, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge and REM. 2012 brought the release of “A Different Kind of Truth”, the new record from Van Halen, first with David Lee Roth since 1984 and the first in 16 years, co-produced, engineered and mixed by Ross. 2019 has been busy already with Ross producing a Johnny Wintertribute with Edgar Winter. Some of the special guests already on this timeless piece of work are Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Gregg Bissonette and Waddy Wachtel.
ROWAN ROBERTSON
After sending a cassette to Ronnie James Dio in 1989, the seventeen year old, Robertson, joined Dio, recording the 1990 release, Lock Up The Wolves. Joining with Oni Logan and Atlantic for the still cult favorite 1994 album, Dave Jerden produced Violets Demise. Electra records band, VAST in 1998, 2002 Electra Records band AM Radio. 2006 , LA Rockers DC4, Brian Tichy’s Moby Dicks also and an album with Billy Ray Cyrus. Rowan currently plays for the hit Las Vegas show, Raiding The Rock Vault, which has won number one ‘Best Of Las Vegas ‘ award five years running.
TEDDY ANDREADIS
Teddy Andreadis is a highly esteemed and accredited multi-instrumentalist and singer. His talent and versatility have earned him recognition, not only in the United States, but around the world as well. Having shared the stage with a potpourri of diversified and celebrated names like Carole King, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper, Billy Bob Thornton, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Bruce Willis and Beth Hart, Teddy Andreadis has – and continues to – successfully garner the backing and enthusiasm of his peers and audiences alike. Through the years, Teddy has gained a reputation as a rock-solid keyboardist, a wailing harmonica player, a soulful singer, B3 player and an insightful musical arranger.
Teddy is currently touring with Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters.

Godsmack Grand Sierra Resort October 11, 2019

Photography by Shanda Golden of In The Vault With Shanda Golden

Deep Purple at Grand Sierra Resort September 13, 2019

Photography by Shanda Golden of In The Vault With Shanda Golden

AL DI MEOLA and STEVE VAI The Canyon Club 9/20/2019

‘IN YOUR FACE – The Neil Zlozower Story’ Excellent Documentary on the Legendary Rock Photographer on YouTube

One of the best documentaries in a long time “focusing” on legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower, a true master of his craft. Watch on YouTube:

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Jon Anderson at The Rose Pasadena, CA 8/29/19

Jon Anderson

-pics and review by Manny Dominguez, House Photographer for The Rose, Canyon of Montclair and Saban Theater

One of the best shows I’ve seen this year! One of the most distinguished voices known in the rock world, Jon Anderson, original member and vocal singer from the classic rock band YES performed songs from an upcoming new album, along with some of the well known classics hits from YES like Owner of a Lonely Heart, I’ve Seen All Good People, and Roundabout!

Jon’s voice still hits the notes that true YES fan’s have come to know! Throughout his show, Jon was very personable and very passionate in singing his songs and getting the audience up on their feet!

Steve Miller Band at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 8/21/2019

photos by David Khorsandi

Steve Miller Band Setlist Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2019, 2019 Summer Tour

Journey Tour Photographer Steve Rose Gives An Inside Look Into Concert Photography

A few years ago, California Rock News was lucky enough to have awesome photographer Steve Rose contribute some photos for various all star jam events in and around Hollywood. Not only were his pictures wonderful, but they were delivered in an e-mail link before the sun came up after the show, which is an editor’s dream come true.

Steve’s excellent concert photos are of very unique and high quality that make them stand out. Seeing great pics of an event that just happened hours earlier is a huge bonus. The fact he’s an absolute pro really puts him over the top.

Steve’s photography and hard work paid off when he was noticed by Neal Schon, who brought him on as a tour photographer for Journey.

Steve is also the house photographer for The Shrine and Hollywood Palladium. We reached out to him to explain what in particular makes a good photographer successful. He shared a ton of information that every aspiring photographer can learn from.

Steve’s Story:

“My first 2 years as a concert photographer, I photographed 3 bands a week for 2 years. That’s over 150 shows a year – all unpaid.

When I got started, I tried to cover as many bands as I could. That meant bands or artists in all genres as well. Because shooting a rock show is a lot different than shooting a rap show. I learned this was the best way for me to prepare for all types of different shooting conditions.”

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“If you’re doing this to hang out with your favorite bands and get paid, this is the wrong industry for you. You’ll need to put in a lot of work before you start making any money.”

“I think my success is directly related to my work ethic and the expectations that I have placed on myself. Usually I’m given the three songs to shoot like anyone else and instead of staying for the show, I will go home and begin editing. I have left a number of great shows so I could start working. I will edit immediately after a show and will not go to sleep until all the photos are edited and sent off to the appropriate party. That meant that some nights I would get anywhere from 2-4 hours of sleep before having to go to work in the morning. But because of that way of working, it led to me and my work to get noticed and eventually being hired by Neal Schon of Journey.”

Career Highlights

February 2015 – Cannibal Corpse – First show with a photo pass

August 2015 – Heart – The Hollywood Bowl! My fifth show as a photographer and I made it to the Bowl

August 2016 – Adele – I didn’t have an outlet for this show and wasn’t given a photo pass, but I brought my Leica point and shoot and took a photo that was published in a book by the Smithsonian.

December 2016 – Metallica – First time shooting this legendary band

February 2017 – Method Man and Redman – First show working for Goldenvoice and the first time I got paid to photograph a show

May 2017 – Dweezil Zappa – Dweezil used one of my photos from this show for his album cover.

June 2017 – Journey – This show at Dodger Stadium led me to getting hired as their tour photographer.

January 2018 – Marilyn Manson – Manson only allows one song and usually kicks the photographers out of the pit before that song is over. I had 3 minutes to get my work done. This was my first show for Live Nation.

June – October 2018 –Journey – I was out on my first tour!

December 2018 – Nine Inch Nails – NIN played 6 nights at the Palladium. I covered the first two for the Palladium and the last two for NIN.

June 2019 – Mastodon – I’ve covered Mastodon a few times before, but this was the first time I was doing it for Orange Amps.

There are times when I want to cover a show for an outlet and those are always free. I am fortunate to get a number of paid shows, but still do a lot for free. I try and photograph as many shows as possible. That’s what got me to where I am and I’ll always have that drive.

Earlier this year, I did a show at the Palladium to benefit those that were affected by the Malibu fires. It was called the Malibu Love Sesh and freatured Beck, St. Vincent, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Memorable shows

I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great gigs in my four years as a concert photographer. Here are a few of some that stand out for me:

Metallica – Fonda Theater

Journey – Dodger Stadium, Madison Square Garden, The Forum

At the Drive-In – Shrine

Billie Eilish – Shrine

Slipknot – Glen Helen Amphitheater 

Marilyn Manson – Hollywood Palladium

Nine Inch Nails – Hollywood Palladium

Lenny Kravitz – Hollywood Palladium

Joe Bonamassa – Terrace Theater

Dave Matthews Band – Hollywood Bowl

Foo Fighters – Safeco Field

Journey

“It’s fantastic to work with a band like Journey. I’ve been able to have experiences that I wouldn’t normally be able to have and I’ve shot at a lot of great venues like Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field, and Fenway Park. It’s also a lot of work and something that not everyone would be up to taking on. You need to find different photos each night so each so doesn’t look like the last. You’ll need to deal with a lot of sleepless nights because like I mentioned, I edit after the show and editing a 2 hour show is a lot different than editing 3 songs. For example, last year in Detroit we had a show at Tiger Stadium and the show ended at 1030. I was back at the hotel by 11 and edited till 3 in the morning. I was then up at 7 to be ready in the lobby by 8 for the 4 hour drive to Chicago for the show at Wrigley Field that night. It’s a very rewarding job that I’m very fortunate to have, but you need to be dedicated and locked in on getting the job done night in and night out.”

“K-Popular Photography”

A few weeks ago, Steve tweeted some pictures he took at The Forum that were getting thousands of retweets. Steve also has a huge instagram following.

“I was recently hired to cover the K-pop band, GOT7 at the Forum. I was unfamiliar with their music, but knew that this genre is really big right now and was up to the challenge. I was expected to get great photos of the band and each of the seven members, as well as venue photos and a stage shot at the end with the band at the end of the stage. It’s a lot of pressure to capture these moments for a client who expects the photos to be perfect and there is no room to make a mistake. You have one chance to nail the stage shot and if you don’t you won’t get hired again. Luckily, I was successful at getting these and the client and band loved what I was able to get. This band has a rabid fanbase and within a few hours of posting some select photos, my Twitter account was getting thousands of retweets and likes. Following this show, I was hired for another K-pop band a few weeks later at the same venue and I was also successful during that show as well.” 

Current Plans

“I’m always working on finding new clients and new outlets to shoot for. Because I’m exclusively a concert photographer and that is my sole source of income, I am constantly reaching out to bands or their managers trying to find opportunities to cover their shows or to be taken out on tour. I’m lucky to be the house photographer at the Hollywood Palladium and The Shrine, but that alone doesn’t pay the bills. Luckily, my reputation as a photographer and my professional relationship with my clients has afforded me a lot of great opportunities.

Jam Nights

Being able to photograph a few of the Jam Nights at Lucky Strike was great in helping me hone my craft and really figure out what I can do with the camera. I’ve been able to photograph Steve Vai, Tom Morello, Nuno Bettencourt, and Dave Ellefson. If you get the opportunity, do your best to turnaround your work as quick as possible so outlets can run coverage the following day and help showcase your work. 

DJs and Festivals

I don’t enjoy photographing DJs. They just stand there and there isn’t a lot of variety. I also don’t like covering festivals. The stage is usually pretty high which means most of your photos of the band are all from the waist up and they usually allow too many photographers and that can limit the availability to get unique photos because the pit is so crowded. 

Future Plans

At some point, I hope to have a gallery show and display my work for people to come and view and not just on their phone or computer. 

In this industry, anyone with a decent digital camera can be a “photographer,” so I need to find ways to set myself apart from everyone else in the pit.

Advice for other photographers

Being a concert photographer is a fun and rewarding job, but it requires discipline, respect, and professionalism to successfully capture unique perspectives and key moments of a show that really highlight the artist. 

That doesn’t just mean taking good photos. It also means you need to conduct yourself professionally when at a venue, with publicists or managers, and how timely you turnaround your work.

Remember, you are in the pit representing yourself and that outlet that you are covering for. Any questionable behavior – like shooting beyond the 3 allowed songs, will reflect poorly on you and your outlet and could possibly sever the relationship that the editor has with the publicist or manager. Also, learn to manage expectations. If you’re just getting started, be realistic in what bands you’ll expect to cover. Stay in the clubs and pay your dues and really develop an eye. You’re not going to cover Metallica or the Rolling Stones right out of the gate, but will eventually if your hard work pays off.

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ROCK TO RECOVERY Benefit Concert for CALIFORNIA STRONG with Ray Parker, Jr. at The Canyon Club Agoura 8/4/2019

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Rock The Recovery to Benefit California Strong

Rock The Recovery took place Aug 4th, 2019 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills to raise money for California Strong.

Rock The Recovery concert event hosted an evening of music and entertainment to benefit the non-profit organization, California Strong.

“Nothing brings people together quite like music. It has that unique power that unites us in a special way. This past year with the fires that devastated communities in California as well as our own tragedies in our hometown of Thousand Oaks at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a night of music is needed. Rock The Recovery is proud to partner with California Strong and is looking forward to a very successful event to raise money for our community”Ava Flora Friedman, Founder of Rock The Recovery 

“California Strong has raised more than $2 million dollars thus far and is dedicated to continue to raise funds and support disaster relief going forward. Money raised for Rock The Recovery will support California Strong so we can continue to serve with financial assistance when future disaster or tragedy strikes. As a community, we have learned the importance of giving back and know we need to stand ready to assist the moment critical funds are needed to help our neighbors.”Danielle Stone, Executive Director California Strong

About Rock The Recovery:  

Rock The Recovery was founded in 2019 in response to the Woolsey Fire and tragedy at the Borderline Bar and Grill by Ava Flora Friedman, an incoming senior at Westlake High School. Rock The Recovery is an organization dedicated to raising and distributing funds in support of the community during times of natural disaster or tragedy.

About California Strong:

California Strong was founded by professional baseball players Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas, Rams quarterback Jared Goff, along with Mike Attanasio from the Milwaukee Brewers Ownership Group.

California Strong has raised more than $2 million dollars thus far, and is dedicated to continue to raise funds and support disaster relief going forward.

Aug 4th, 2019 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills

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DW Factory Day 2019 with Brooks Wackerman, Jim Keltner, John Good, Don Lombardi Sponsored by Guitar Center Oxnard, CA 8/3/2019

Ian Anderson Celebrates 50 years of Jethro Tull at The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Friday, July 5, 2019

Photos by Manny Dominguez

Despite having some Rock and Roll outside The Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Arena as a another earthquake was making the ground move outdoors and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) making the indoors rock to his classic rock and flute style with a very exciting live show to watch! He rocked the stage like Mick Jagger and his guitarist Florian Opahle was on fire! A 2 hour set with the room at capacity showing that there are still plenty of Tull Fans that flock to see the band! Aqualung” was a favorite!

Band

Ian Anderson Vocals,Flute,Guitar.

Florian Opahle Lead Guitar.

David Goodier Bass/Double Bass.

Scott Hammond Drums/Percussion.

John O’Hara Conductor and Keys.

Ian Anderson celebrates 50 years of Jethro Tull at The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Friday, July 5, 2019

Tour: Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary World Tour

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Judas Priest at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA, USA Firepower Tour 6/27/2019

Photography by David Khorsandi

Judas Priest Setlist Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2019, Firepower

Santana FivePoint Amphitheatre Irvine Supernatural Now Tour 6/20/2019

photos by David Khorsandi
Santana Setlist FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA, USA 2019, Supernatural Now

The Hollywood Vampires at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA 5/18/2019

The Hollywood Vampires Wrapped Up Their Current Tour in Indio, CA
Photography and Recap by Manny Dominguez

The Hollywood Vampires

Alice Cooper Johnny Depp Joe Perry Chris Wyse Tommy Henriksen Glen Sobel Buck Johnson Fantasy Springs Resort Casino photos by Manny Dominguez Concert Photography /FRP

Hollywood Vampires Setlist Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA, USA 2019, Spring 2019 Tour

The Hollywood Vampires Wrapped Up Their Current Tour in Indio, CA
Photography by Manny Dominguez

The Hollywood Vampires

Alice Cooper Johnny Depp Joe Perry Chris Wyse Tommy Henriksen Glen Sobel Buck Johnson Fantasy Springs Resort Casino photos by Manny Dominguez Concert Photography /FRP

Hollywood Vampires Setlist Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA, USA 2019, Spring 2019 Tour

Indio, CA

Photography by Manny Dominguez

Hollywood Vampires. Fantasy Springs. 5/18/19

Manny’s recap from his first time seeing The Hollywood Vampires:

The Fantasy Springs Concert Resort venue was great to see a show for the first time. The capacity crowd came in with thousands of Rock and Roll enthusiasts of all ages!

I’ve been a follower of Alice Cooper (Alice Cooper Band) and Joe Perry (Aerosmith) since the early 70’s and never having seen Johnny Depp play or perform before outside his Pirates of the Caribbean movie roles, Johnny was quite the Rock Star! The Sound and Lighting was excellent throughout the show, which started about 8:15 pm on Saturday night. Opening the 18 song set was ” I Want It Now” and followed by songs the band did justice performing, including The Doors’ “Break on Through”, The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly”, and David Bowie’s “Heros” sung by Johnny Depp was fantastic! with a huge movie screen in the background showing classic images of The Thin White Duke David Bowie! Very well done! Joe Perry performed the Aerosmith classic “Sweet Emotion” that also rocked! The band couldn’t leave out some classic tunes from Alice’s history like “18” and the finale song of “Schools Out” with a touch of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” incorporated into the song. “People Who Died: was excellent!

The Hollywood Vampires: Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Glen Sobel, Chris Wyse and Tommy Henriksen.

Easy access to areas like bathrooms and the bar area. Ushers were very polite and helpful! Easy parking that was “Free” unless you went Valet, of course..

Hollywood Vampires. Fantasy Springs. 5/18/19

Jefferson Starship The Canyon Montclair 5/3/2019

photos by Manny Dominguez

Sammy Hagar and The Circle with Michael Anthony Grand Sierra Resort Reno NV April 19th, 2019

Sammy Hagar

Photography by ‎@MrsShandaGolden of In the Vault with Shanda Golden

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Setlist Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV, USA, Space Between Tour 2019

APRIL 20, 2019

Concord Pavillion

THE CIRCLE (SAMMY HAGAR, MICHAEL ANTHONY, JASON BONHAM, & VIC JOHNSON)

Concord, CA

APR 22 2019

Warnors Theatre

THE CIRCLE (SAMMY HAGAR, MICHAEL ANTHONY, JASON BONHAM, & VIC JOHNSON)

Fresno, CA

APRIL 23, 2019

Rabobank Theatre

THE CIRCLE (SAMMY HAGAR, MICHAEL ANTHONY, JASON BONHAM, & VIC JOHNSON)

Bakersfield, CA

More Tour Dates:

http://www.redrocker.com/events

Sabroso Fest 2019 Offspring Pictures by Manny Dominguez

Shots of people being people and some concert shots from some of the artists that were on stage. The day was filled with a several 1000 Sabroso fans that came to drink,eat,and hear some great music! Beer vendors galore were sampling their brews! Taco Tents were set up to fill your appetite. Merchandise was sold to keep the memory alive for years to come. A Wrestling Ring was on the grounds, as The Lucha Libres put on a great show of flying aerobatics and grappler moves. Then you had great bands playing on the Big Stage all day until the Headliner of The Offspring came on that Sunday night! There was a Taco Eatting contest where the winner probably scarfed down about 140 Tacos! Over all a very good day! I enjoyed the Beer Tasting! The Food was great! Loved watching the Lucha Libre’s! Seeing the talented bands on stage! And most of all meeting and making new friends! The Fans were great and it was well controlled! Didn’t see any issues like fights or people being out of control. That’s very impressive! I was probably one of the oldest in attendance but felt right at home with a crowd much younger than me. Looking forward to next year!

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The Canyon of Montclair Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremonies Monday 4/8/2019

The Canyon of Montclair Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremonies Monday 4/8/2019

City officials and dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the brand new 1300 person capacity state of the art venue located at Montclair Place in the Inland Empire

Multi-level seating and tables are located throughout the main floor with a large menu and two good size bars on each side of the stage.

The Canyon Montclair joins the growing family of Canyons located in Agoura, Santa Clarita and Pasadena, as well as The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills And Libbey Bowl In Ojai.

Report and pictures by Manny Dominguez

Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe performed at the brand New Canyon Club in Montclair last night, April 5th The Canyon Montclair

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Photos by Manny Dominguez:

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Glen Sobel Curated Soundcheck Live Van Halen Diver Down Lucky Strike February 2019

ACT II – 1st Set – Curated by Glen Sobel
VAN HALEN – Diver Down – Side 1
Drums – Glen Sobel – Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires
Bass – Jörgen Carlsson – Gov’t Mule
Bass – Joe Lester – Atomic Punks
Guitar – Pete Thorn – Chris Cornell, Don Henley
Guitar – Joe Augello – Robin Thicke, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Hudson
Guitar – Emily Ruvidich – Killer Queens
Vocals – Eric Dover – Slash, Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper, Sextus
Keys – Steve Ferlazzo

AUDIOVENT REUNION SHOW #2 at THE VIPER ROOM MARCH 2, 2019

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