The first time I came to Superpages.com Center was back when it was known as the Smirnoff, and I had never had a sip of vodka. I was ten years-old, and seeing the Spice Girls in concert before they created “girl power” and harnessed the fan following (and platform shoes) to produce a reunion tour. A middle school, high school, and college experience later, I am back, taking in the full experience of a venue that is partially outdoors. And this time I have a Canon 7D and a photo pass.
I’m in the pit photographing Maroon 5 during high-energy “Harder to Breathe” close enough to see the color of Adam’s eyes and his new tattoos. He is the definition of a performer, alive and vibrant onstage, feeding off the crowd. John Mayer, Keith Urban, and Dave Grohl receive accolades for their masterful guitar skills, and Adam deserves ranking right up there with them. “It’s a good night, it’s a beautiful night, and we love sharing it with you,” he introduces the next song, “this next tune is by one of our favorite people,” he says before the band plays ‘If I Ain’t Got You”, by Alicia Keys. (more…)