Blog: My Stories, News, Concerts, and Uses
Neil Young is touring Europe at the moment and will be coming to Amsterdam on Wednesday, July 10th. The man is 73 years old! I don’t know how he does it. I’ve always loved his music, and think he’s a great artist. He was such a great addition to Crosby, Stills and Nash. I thinkDetails
The Dire Straits had their first hit “Sultans of Swing” right in the middle of the disco era. During a tour, they were to visit Amsterdam and I got an assignment from Veronica Magazine. I went to the Sonesta hotel at the designated time…but they weren’t there. Apparently, they were all over the city onDetails
On June 10, Fleetwood Mac will perform at Pinkpop, the biggest and best-known festival in the Netherlands. It is Pinkpop’s 50th anniversary, so they’re bringing out the big guns. Fleetwood Mac will be the closing act on the last day of the festival. Different dynamics I’ve seen them live in concert several times and rememberDetails
She’s so cool. Patti Smith, the Godmother of Punk. This woman is incredibly diverse and talented! Coming from a strict, religious background, she struggled with poverty and had relationships with interesting men such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard. She worked many jobs and met interesting, influential people. She’s a writer, a songwriter, a singer,Details
This is the way I remember it… One day, when I was working in Los Angeles, I was asked to shoot a group. They promised a big surprise. I was told to be at the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd the next day. Very mysterious! A couple of other photographers were waiting there too, whenDetails
On November 30th, 2018, Bryan Ferry will be releasing a new solo album. We all know him well from Roxy Music. I remember going to see BryanDetails
Back in 1981, I was looking for speakers at the RAF in Hilversum. I worked in Hilversum a lot, since the Dutch studios were mostly there back then, and the tv program TopPop was taped there. So I walk into this beautiful store, with stereo equipment everywhere, and different departments for different music, and aDetails
Joe Jackson, what a nice guy. And he’s still rocking! Back in 1979,Details
In 1975 Dutch journalist Constant Meijers slept on my couch in LA for six weeks. He used me as his photographer for his magazine OOR. We did interviews, sound-checks, concerts, parties, and more in those intense six weeks. The Dutch had a knack for finding great American acts before they made it big on theirDetails
In April 1977 on a sunny spring day, some music journalists and myself were invited to join Fleetwood Mac on a boat touring the harbor in Rotterdam. The press tour was to promote their latest album, Rumors. Warner Brothers and the band expected it to do better than their previous release, Fleetwood Mac. Little didDetails
A couple of years after I had moved to Holland, I heard through the grapevine that The Police were going to be in Amsterdam for a performance on Rock Planet. I’d heard greatDetails
While sifting through my slides and negatives to scan for my website, I stumbled upon my negatives of a Pink Floyd concert taken some forty years ago. I was amazed to see them and rather happy with some of the pictures. I don’t recall much of the concert, except for the colossal cloud of smoke expelled fromDetails
In 1975, I was at The Roxy in Los Angeles seeing the Tubes. They had an unusual stage show and a lot of celebrities were in the crowd to see it. Amongst them were Ringo Starr and his drinking buddy Harry Nilsson. After the show, the crowd shuffled through the exit while the VIPs were whiskedDetails
Elton John is starting his 300 date farewell tour in September. However, farewell tours have always had a dubious quality to them. Or as Neil Young putsDetails
March 29th marks the 50th anniversary of a staple in the Amsterdam music scene. After 50 years and over 26,000 events, the Paradiso in Amsterdam has a storied history and countless classic rock photography tales to tell. This is one of mine. It was January of 1978. A Dutch record company had reserved a space atDetails
The fascination with David Bowie seems unending as the Morrison Gallery has decided to extend its exhibition of the artist’s portraits and trappings. The exhibit, simply titled Bowie, is a decades-long compilation of the renowned artist’s many phases and faces. Variety recently wrote an article about the extension and used my photo as their opener for the announcement.Details
This picture of David Bowie that I shot in 1974 has now become an icon and an internet meme. Many people around the globe have seen it in magazines, newspapers, books, on television, and on their computer. But it almost never got made… After I moved from L.A. to Holland, my very first shoot ofDetails
AL JARREAU I first saw Al Jarreau singing in a little club around the corner from my house called The Bla Bla Cafe’ In 1970-1971 I went with a bunch of friends to see Al do amazing things with his vocal cords. The place was packed as Al sang accompanied by his electric piano playerDetails
My David Bowie T-Shirt worn by Noel Gallagher’s son, as he, his sister and mom attend “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” UK Premiere in London November 15, 2016. (For more on the Bowie T-shirt, See Post of August 30, 2013)Details
ABBA TO REUNITE When I moved to Holland and started photographing pop groups, I would call the Avro Toppop studios every week to ask who was coming to the show. The first time they told me Abba was coming into the studio, I thought that I would pass as I was not a fan. ButDetails
GLENN FREY OF THE EAGLES R.I.P. I was fortunate to meet Glenn on several occasions – He came to my home 40 years ago before a show. I took photos of him at his home and in a truck tuning guitars before a concert. I have always loved the music of The Eagles and play themDetails
David Bowie R.I.P.
Like so many others today, I was quite shocked to hear the news of
DAVID BOWIE’s passing away.
I had the good fortune of being able to photograph David Bowie on
I took photos of him while he posed for my camera exclusively in a hotel room;
I photographed him in concert; saw him do a video playback to his hit single
Rebel Rebel in 1974 in the TopPop television studios; at a press conference
and thesigning of a mega-major record contract.
When I met him I was impressed by his friendly nature even at the time of his
being a major rock star in the ’70s.
Film Director Spike Lee selected this photo of Michael Jackson to be used in his upcoming film, “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall”. Lee’s last documentary film on Michael, “BAD”, was extremely well done and very well liked even by non Jackson fans. “Off the Wall” will premiere at The Sundance FilmDetails
I met the great late Percy Sledge in Amsterdam back in 1979 and shot a roll of Black and White film. The singer and writer of When A Man Loves A Woman was extremely fun and friendly! See the whole set of photos of Percy Sledge on my List of Artists…….Details
KENNEDY CENTER HONORS STING. I felt very honored when asked to provide one of my photos of The Police for the 2014 John F. Kennedy Center Honor Program. An executive producer said that they really wanted to use a photo I made of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart (Stu) Copeland of The Police nearly 40 yearsDetails
ELVIS COSTELLO CD COVER 2013 I was driving around in Hilversum, Holland (The Netherlands) one day in 1977 and heard Elvis Costello performing live on the local radio. When they mentioned where this live program was taking place, I drove over to the studio, which was actually a barn with a small audience. I waitedDetails
This photo of David Bowie wearing an eyepatch was made at Hilversum, Holland’s TOP POP television studios in 1974, during a playback taping of the song Rebel Rebel in 1974.
This photo of David Bowie was recently used on a t-shirt by a major US clothing company. The choice of this photo was made by David Bowie’s management.
The Dire Straits were really big after the release of their first LP. They hated to pose for photos as a group. And so I taped a small piece of blue paper on the wall of their hotel lobby, next to a window for available light portraits, and waited all day for them to trickle in from their separate trips into Amsterdam. As you can see, the light was fading. The record company was looking for photos of them for their new Communique LP shortly after this session was made. These pictures were spotted in a Dutch magazine, and so the record company decided to use these photos, instead of bother the boys for a new photo-session. Just by coincidence, my background paper fit the Communique Blue of the album.
Released in June 1979 – Sold 7 million world-wide
I was recently contacted by a film company that was making a documentary produced by Dave Grohl on
the infamous Sound City Recording Studio. This photo of REO Speedwagon, made in the streets of Amsterdam in the late 70’s, was used in the rockumentary.
This photo I made of The Police, before their big breakthrough, was rejected by management back then, because this did not fit in with their very serious (no smiling, & no clowning-around allowed) image.
But in 2009, Sting chose this photo, to be just one of a handful to be used in his book Lyrics.
I was the only photographer to show up at the Rock Planet TV Studios to shoot them. I read in Crawdaddy Magazine that they were going to be the next biggest thing. After doing some crazy playback in the tv studios, we went outside, in the cold Dutch winter weather, to shoot just one roll of 36 exposure black and white film. Soon after that, I was on a bus, with a bunch of members of the Dutch press, to go on a junket to see them in Paris. I photographed them again in Cologne, Germany and at PinkPop.
This photo of George Clinton was made in his hotel room while he was in Amsterdam for a concert with Funkadelic and The Brides of Funkenstein.
It was a completely outrageous show with flying saucers, strobe lights and great music.
Years later this photo was used on a CD cover.
My photo of The Rolling Stones used on the cover of Dutch Photographer Magazine with my interview. This is my favorite photo of the many I have done over the years of The Stones. I went to one of their concert in 1971 in Hollywood with Steve Wonder as the opening act. The next yearDetails
It was a great experience and pleasure to work together with Dutch pop journalist Jip Golsteijn.
He was unique – generous – incredibly knowledgeable- and a genuine rock & roller.
He is being missed very much by all who knew and loved him.
“And all the stories we could tell…” rest in peace Jip
Music journalist Constant Meijers is responsible for my first photo being published in dutch
pop magazine Muziekkrant OOR in 1973.
He was sitting at the bar in Amsterdam, when I showed a contact-sheet of photos I made,
while on tour with the Rolling Stones, to my future wife.
He invited me to his office so that he could use a photo to say that the Stones were
on their way to Holland.
I made a print from what looked great from the negative. I didn’t like the print and threw it away
and showed him another one I had printed.
He didn’t like my print and asked to look at the negatives and, of course, chose the one that I threw
in the garbage.
I said, ‘ I’ll be right back!”
In 1975 Constant spent 6 weeks sleeping on our living-room couch in LA while we went out and
interviewed and photographed many
great music artists whom many I never heard of, like Tom Waits.
I am very grateful to him for opening my eyes and ears to some great music.
Here we are with Don Henley and Glenn Frey of The Eagles:
AL JARREAU AT THE BLA BLA CAFE
This is the first photo I made of a performing artist.
Every Saturday night, back in 1971 I went with my friends to
see the AL JARREAU play at the Bla Bla Cafe.
What a show! What a guy! He was amazing!
He is still is. He’s a world treasure.
Al inspired me to go on and become a music photographer.
Glenn Frey and Don Henley of The Eagles. This photo was made during an interview with Constant Meijers for Dutch music magazine Muziekkrant Oor at Don’s rented home in Los Angeles in 1975. I have withheld this photo from publication for many years. Recently it was used in the 2013 released documentary HISTORY OF THEDetails