Alex Skolnick Trio The Iridium 10/2/17

I must be getting old!  There was a time when I didnt care about the price of a concert ticket, as long as I got to “bang my head”.  Thats how I became a fan of Alex Skolnick back when he was in Testament.  They played in a small Heavy Metal venue in Buffalo thats no longer there promoting “The Ritual” CD.  What an amazing talent!  After he left Testament, he then joined my favorite band at the time, Savatage and from there, my new favorite band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, where I saw them perform at the new HSBC Arena in Buffalo.  When I saw he was going to be joining Stu Hamm at the Iridium a few months back, I had to check it out.  Alex has certainly come a long way and his talent cant be overlooked.  From the days of Testament up to and including his Jazz Trio, his playing has matured and has come to a whole new level.  He has a knack of showcasing such classics as Aerosmith’s “Dream On”, Deep Purple’s “Lazy” and The Scorpion’s “Still Loving You” and making them his own.  He also paid tribute to Tom Petty; a huge loss in today’s music industry.  He was joined by saxophonist, Ofer Assaf, for a couple of songs who is coming into his own right and has collaborated on a song or two with Alex in the studio.  Here is a small gallery highlighting The Alex Skolnick Trio at The Iridium where the volume couldve been a little louder!

Equipment used-Canon 6D MKII, 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm f/4,  Post production-DPP 4, Photoshop Elements 11.

Joe Bonamassa-Beacon Theater 9/21/17

The first time I took notice of Joe Bonamassa was when I saw Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Fest.  Since then Ive had a handful of chances to see him live unfortunately I didnt take advantage.  Having seeing him for the first time this past Thursday night quickly revealed my regrets.  Joe put in a great show filled with amazing backup musicians including Anton Fig from Late Night with David Letterman and Reese Wynans from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble.  I will certainly take pleasure of seeing him again the next time I get the chance.  To see full size images, click on the thumbnail; in the next window, click on the image again.  When done viewing, hit the back button to return to main page.  Post processing and effects were done in Photoshop.  Camera for this gallery was a Canon Powershot SX40 HD.