I have to admit, before last night I was a casual Springsteen fan. I have Born in the USA, Nebraska and Born to Run, and I love those records, but I don't have all the lyrics memorized by any stretch. I haven't kept up with his more recent releases. My college friend Dan was a huge fan, and while I appreciated the music, I never quite got the obsession some people have. A couple songs into his show at the Rose Garden in Portland, however, something clicked in my head and I just thought, "Oh". I am 100% converted. The man puts everything into his performance, knows exactly what his fans want, and best of all, has an absolute blast on stage despite the fact he's been doing this for 40 years.
This was the first arena show I've photographed, and I was a little skeptical I'd get anything good since we had to shoot from the dreaded soundboard position way the hell in the back. There were 6 of us, crammed on a little 4x8 platform next to the soundboard, and my doubts only increased once I saw what we had to work with. Fortunately, The Boss decided to crowdsurf during the 3rd song (Hungry Heart) and this happened:
I'm not being falsely modest when I say I have to give some credit to luck and the $4,000 lens I rented for the evening, but still, this is probably the best concert photo I've ever taken and I'm pumped about it. More photos and a great write-up by Ned Lannamann can be seen on the Mercury's blog, so have a look.