Concert, Photography

REO Speedwagon: Midwest Rock n’ Roll Express

REO Speedwagon

On Saturday, February 5th 1983 I attended my first live concert at the Omni in Atlanta Georgia. In many ways that concert set in motion a lifelong love of live music performance that in the last 10 years would join a passion for photography.

That first concert was REO Speedwagon w/ special guest Red Rider. 29 years later REO Speedwagon are performing just as well (if not better) than they did then.

Kevin Cronin

Bruce Hall

Bryan Hitt

Dave Amato

Kevin Cronin

Bruce Hall

Kevin Cronin

Bryan Hitt

Kevin Cronin

Dave Amato

Neal Doughty

Kevin Cronin

Bruce Hall

Kevin Cronin

Dave Amato

Kevin Cronin

Dave Amato

Bryan Hitt

Bruce Hall

Neal Doughty

Dave Amato

Bryan Hitt

Kevin Cronin

Photography Notes:

A great set with the classic rock legends. Shooting was allowed for the first 4 songs with glorious production and plenty of great moments to cpature. We remained in a small tight pit stage front for the shooting interval though I did deviate from the plan a bit and follow guitarist Dave Amato on a trip to house right and Kevin Cronin to house left. Lighting could not have been more ideal nicely – nicely balanced and contrasty coming in at around 1/400 F3.2 ISO1250. Shooting duties fell to the Nikon D700 pair with the 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 and a few appearances by the 14-24 2.8.

The 4 song limit also allowed some luxury to cover drummer Bryan Hitt properly.

PG
Allen Ross Thomas is an Atlanta, Ga based music industry photographer available for concert, promotional, portrait, and editorial coverage for local bands, national tours, multi-day festivals, and international music events.

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