Concert Photos & Commentary: The Wallflowers @ The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC)

Concert: The Wallflowers

Date: May 7, 2013

Venue: The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

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The Wallflowers

The Wallflowers
7 May 2013
Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
© Copyright David J. Simchock

I really enjoyed the Wallflowers gig in Asheville, as we were treated to some good ole rock and roll. They had some fairly strict rules for the media photographers, though. We had to shoot from the sound booth, and only got the first two songs, and then had to (allegedly) store our gear. The Orange Peel isn’t a huge place, so the 1.7x tele-converter on the 70-200 f/2.8 (which turns into an f/4.8 with the tele) seemed to do the trick from the back of the club, though losing a stop-and-a-half of aperture made things a little more challenging. Fortunately the ISO on the D700 is superb, and I managed.

Strangely, in the third or fourth song, Jakob Dylan broke from his lyrics and it appeared that he was singling out someone taking photos, and he was summoning security. To my (pleasant) surprise, it was actually just the opposite taking place. Security was apparently reprimanding a fan in the middle of the crowd for having a camera, and Dylan was calling off the wolves “ordering” them to let the guy be! He then invited everyone to photograph the show, but asked that they refrain from using flash (which is more than a fair request).

This was quite a contrast to the “photog” rules that were handed to me at Will Call when I picked up my credentials (came down from the tour manager). Once Dylan gave everyone the okay to take photos (most with their iPhones, of course, which was upsetting and will certainly be a future blog post), security gave me the green light to shoot a bit more, but I still had to stay in the back of the club — until the encore, of course, he he he.


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