Journey - Hollywood Bowl - June 2015
December 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment
During a vacation in the US a few months ago, we got tickets to see Journey play a special one-off show with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. This venue is a very prestigious one, with many world famous artists playing as guests of the LAPO. Usually, these guests get to play two or three songs. In this case, the opening night of the summer season, the LAPO allowed Journey to play a full set with them - I believe that's the first time that has happened there. It was also the first time in Journey's career that they have played with a full orchestra.
Because of my previous work with Journey I was able to get a photo pass for the event, but all photographers were severely restricted in that all photos had to be taken from level with the mixing desk, which was probably some 50 metres from the stage. This was a restriction imposed by the venue and Journey had no control over it.
Because I was on vacation I only had my tiny travel camera and lenses with me. It was a struggle from that distance but given the circumstances I don't think these came out too badly. And actually, during the fireworks, being that far back turned out to be a benefit as I could get the whole Bowl and fireworks in shot.
The show itself was amazing. Journey's music translates very well to orchestral arrangements, and the LAPO is one of the best orchestras in the world. The band looked to be having fun, and the event also raised huge amounts for charity.
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