These have never been published or seen,
outside of probably giving a few prints to friends not long
after the show back then.
Hmm, let's see, back in the
time machine. Almost 19 years to the day (yeeesh). It was my
spring term, freshman year. The Student Union put on the
show. Alternative music was the norm on campus, grunge was
just about to pop (believe it or not, White Zombie and GG
Allin played on campus the year before). Having Lush come
through was a huge coup, being the Lush/Ride tour was a HUGE
buzz and the band being from the UK. Little SUNY Purchase
was out of the way in many aspects.
Since I was friends with many
of the folks on the union and radio station, they knew I was
a photo major, so it was great to get a chance to shoot.
Funny thing was, that was my 2nd concert I ever shot.
The Goo Goo Dolls played on campus the week before-which was #1! Anyhoo, this being back in the film camera days, I was still
green, some trial and error. The concert stuff was on TMAX
3200, just to be safe. The soundcheck stuff was I think
Tri-X 400. Shot on a regular Pentax K1000 (every beginner's
first camera back in the day).
I probably had some quick
'hello' chats with the band and crew, but nothing more. The
band could not have been more down to earth and nice. The
crew and manager were a bit cranky, but to be expected.
venue was a black box theater, capacity maybe 200+ seated?
on three sides. Some of the backstage shots you see were
with people from the campus radio station. Sonically and
visually, it was a superb show. The photos you see, that's
all of it. No, no color. I wasn't up to that part in my
studies at the time!
Backstage and Sound Check
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