Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC

Brian Wilson performs at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts “Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour”

My very earliest memories are of my older brother spinning the Beachboys continually on the turntable for my entire childhood.SP-1  As a matter of fact a few years ago I visited him, trying to repair a mysteriously broken brother-ship, and he was still playing the Beachboys in his home and car.
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I have to admit, Brian Wilson’s message is burned deep into my heart. I had to see this guy, and in a way I feel I have completed some sort of cycle. Mr. Wilson and I share a few things like family dynamics, surreal vistas, and music in our hearts. It was important that I was there, and not let this opportunity to see him live get by me.
SP-3How I photographed this: For this evening’s show I used three Canon 5D Mark II bodies, and the 16 – 35 2.8, 24 – 70 2.8 and 70 -200 2.8 Canon lenses. SP-4I’m a grip tape monster, taping everything together so my cameras stay in manual, and to try to keep the lens hoods from falling off. I just had 3 songs to shoot…9 minutes or something…and you certainly don’t have time to dance around looking for lens hoods in your 9 minute shooting schedule. Fortunately only one fell off this time. SP-5I’ve got a little flashlight on my belt and found the sucker. I think I should get a cut of the door, because me thinks I might be more entertaining to watch crawling around trying to get my shit together than watching the band. SP-6Canon does not give those hoods away. -I’m not so much worried about lens flair as I am about the way I beat my equipment up. Those lens hoods really help in protecting the lenses from my destructive shooting style. ..sorta.
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