Saturday, December 26, 2009

Metallica Photos - James Hetfield - Lars Ulrich - Kirk Hammett - Robert Trujillo at Bonnaroo - Photos

Metallica at Bonnaroo - The crowd at Bonnaroo packed What Stage to see Metallica on the start of their 2008 World Tour.  This was one of the biggest events to take main stage at Bonnaroo or anywhere else in the U.S. for that matter.  A perfect evening, Metallica rocked out the Tennessee farm where the music festival is held.  Metallica's current band members are James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo.

More Best Concert Photography of the Decade - Metallica at Bonnaroo Music Festival 2008

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 Lars Ulrich with Metallica at Bonnaroo

Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo with Metallica at Bonnaroo

Robert Trujillo with Metallica at Bonnaroo Music Festival

James Hetfield with Metallica at Bonnaroo

James Hetfield with Metallica at Bonnaroo

More Metallica Photos from Bonnaroo 2008 at Performance Impressions 

Metallica setlist from their June 13, 2008 performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival:

01. Creeping Death
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Ride The Lightning
04. Harvester Of Sorrow
05. The Unforgiven
06. …And Justice For All
07. No Remorse
08. The Memory Remains
09. Fade To Black
10. Master Of Puppets
11. Whiplash
12. Nothing Else Matters
13. Sad But True
14. One
15. Enter Sandman
- - - - -
16. Last Caress
17. So What
18. Seek and Destroy

Best Concert Photos of the Decade - Concert Photography - Metallica at Bonnaroo

While it may be hard to imagine some of what the next 10 years in live music will have to offer it is not hard to look back at the last decade of music at Performance Impressions.  Approaching 200 concert and festivals archived at Performance Impressions' live music photography archive, there is no shortage of memories looking back at the past decade of my music photography galleries.  In the next few days as we approach the end of 2009, I will share some of my most memorable experiences and some of my favorite concert photos.

Bonnaroo 2008 - Bonnaroo is never dull but Metallica brought things to another level of excitement.  Just before heading to Europe on their 2008 world tour, I had the honor of working onstage with Metallica in front of a soldout 100,000 people in the Tennessee night.  Metallica's performance at Bonnaroo was historic.

Kirk Hammett with Metallica at Bonnaroo

Kirk Hammett Metallica
Kirk Hammett with Metallica

James Hetfield with Metallica

James Hetfield - Metallica
James Hetfield Metallica Bonnaroo 2008

James Hetfield Onstage at Bonnaroo

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Furthur Tour Photos - Phil Lesh - Bob Weir - Jeff Chimenti - John Kadlecik - Jay Lane - Joe Russo - December 8, 2009 Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City

Just got the first of the two Furthur shows from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC up at Performance Impressions.  The December 8 show was good but most people seem to agree that the next night's performance raised the bar a few notches.  After 9/11 Phil befriended many of New York City Firefighters.  About a dozen NYC firefighters came to the Tuesday night performance at Phil's invitation I assume.  Tickets are still on sale for the 2010 Furthur Tour but are selling out.  See below for direct links to purchase Furthur tickets.
up at Performance Impressions

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New York City Hammerstein Ballroom New York City December 8, 2009

Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane, Joe Russo

Jay Lane Furthur
Jay Lane Furthur

Bob Weir Furthur Tour

Phil Lesh in New York City on Furthur Tour 2009 Hammerstein Ballroom

Joe Russo with Furthur

John Kadlecik Furthur

Phil Lesh Furthur Tour New York City

City Lights of Times Square - New York City 
City Lights of Times Square - Late Night on Furthur Tour in New York City

Setlist for the Tuesday night show:

Set 1: Truckin'>
Dire Wolf
Doin' That Rag
Ramble On Rose
Reuben & Cerise>
Looks Like Rain
Cosmic Charlie

Set 2: Drums>
King Solomon's Marbles>
He's Gone> New Potato Caboose>
The Other One> Days Between>
Scarlet Begonias>
Fire On The Mountain
Cold Rain and Snow

E: Touch of Grey

Furthur will be performing two night for New Year's Eve in San Francisco and then starting a Winter 2010 tour in early February.  Tickets are still available for many show but are selling out.  Get your 2010 Futhur ticktets direct:

Wed, 12.30
San Francisco, CA
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Thu, 12.31
San Francisco, CA
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Fri, 2.05
Miami, FL
5:30 / 7 PM
Sat, 2.06
Orlando, FL
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Mon, 2.08
Atlanta, GA
6 PM / 7 PM
Tue, 2.09
Asheville, NC
6:30 / 7:30 PM
Wed, 2.10
Charlotte, NC
6 PM / 7 PM
Fri, 2.12
Hampton, VA
6 PM / 7 PM
Sat, 2.13
Faifax, VA
6:30 / 8 PM
Sun, 2.14
Ithaca, NY
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Mon, 2.15
Bethlehem, PA
6 PM / 7 PM
Wed, 2.17
Buffalo, NY
6:30 / 7:30 PM
Thu, 2.18
Manchester, NH
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Fri, 2.19
Amherst, MA
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Sat, 2.20
Utica, NY
5:30 / 7 PM
Mon, 2.22
Newark, DE
6:30 / 7:30 PM
Tue, 2.23
New York, NY
6:30 / 7:30 PM
Wed, 2.24
New York, NY
6:30 / 7:30 PM
Fri, 2.26
Uncasville, CT
6:30 / 7:30 PM
Sat, 2.27
Atlantic City, NJ
7 PM / 8 PM
Tue, 3.02
Chicago, IL
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Wed, 3.03
Chicago, IL
6 PM / 7:30 PM
Fri, 3.05
Broomfield, CO
6:30 / 8 PM
Sat, 3.06
Broomfield, CO
6:30 / 8 PM
Mon, 3.08
Portland, OR
6 PM / 7:30 PM

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Furthur Tour Photos from Hammerstein Ballroom December 8, 2009

Performance Impressions Live Music Concert Photography

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Warren Haynes Xmas Jam - 21st Annual Christmas Jam Photos 2009

Once again, as expected, the 2009 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam was a rockin and memorable event full of all star performances.  Warren came out with most of the performers during the music filled evening.  Stax Records legend William Bell shared the stage with Aerosmith's Brad Whitford during Born Under a Bad Sign.  This year's event included Ani DiFranco, George Porter Jr., Jimmy Herring, and many of the Xmas Jam staples: Ron Holloway, Audley Freed and Mike Barnes

More Warren Haynes Xmas Jams Photos - 21st annual Christmas Jam at Performance Impressions

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Warren Haynes at the 21st annual Xmas Jam

William Bell
William Bell at the 2009 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

Ani DiFranco at the 2009 Warren Haynes Xmas Jam

Danny Louis w. Gov't Mule - 2009 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

Jackie Greene at the 2009 Warren Haynes Xmas Jam

Matt Abts with Gov't Mule at the 2009 Xmas Jam

Jorgen Carlsson w. Gov't Mule at the 2009 Warren Haynes Xmas Jam

 More concert photos of the Warren Haynes Xmas Jam 2009 at Performance Impressions

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Phish at Madison Square Garden - New Concert Photos Added

Performance Impressions was at Madison Square Garden on December 3 and December 4 to cover the Phish shows in New York City.

New photos have been added to the live music concert photography galleries at Performance Impressions.

Phish Photos from Madison Square Garden - MSG -  December 3, 2009

Phish Photos from Madison Square Garden - MSG - December 4, 2009

Here are a few shots from the new Phish photo galleries:

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Furthur Tour New York City w. Phil Lesh and Bob Weir at Hammerstein Ballroom - Tickets Available for 2010 Tour

Furthur is the Grateful Dead's newest offspring.  With original Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir - the new lineup now also includes Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane, Joe Russo.  Furthur tickets for the two night run at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City quickly sold out.  Tuesday night's show was more mellow compaired to Wednesday night where the band seemed to really let loose and tear it up.  Lots more photos from the Furthur tour coming up soon at Perfomrance Impressions. 
Photos - © 2009 David Oppenheimer - All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Phish at Madison Square Garden

Photos from Phish's third night of their three night run at Madison Square Garden are now online at Performance Impressions.

Phish at Madison Square Garden 12/4 2009 New York City Concert Photos

Monday, December 7, 2009

Phish Photos from Madison Square Garden in New York City

New gallery from Phish's epic 2009 run at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

New live music concert photography gallery from the NYC MSG concert are up at Performance Impressions.

Phish photos Madison Square Garden New York City MSG NYC

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Phish at MSG - New York City - Madison Square Garden

Had a great time photographing the last two nights of Phish's tour at Madison Square Garden.  Phish sold out all three shows at MSG in NYC in less than two minutes.  Despite some offering $200 for tickets, others still managed to find miracles.  Phish live music concert photography galleries w. streaming audio up at Performance Impressions.  Lot more coming soon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Leonid Meteor Shower Photograph Over Asheville

Spent a few hours last night up on a mountainside watching the Leonid Meteor Shower. One spectacular meteor streaked by before I set my camera up. Despite seeing many, most were short and brief and after many 30 second exposures, I still had yet to capture one. Then, on the last photo, where I had the city of Asheville lit up in the photo, a Leonid meteor was captured during the exposure over the city.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Trinumeral Festival Photos - Deerfields - NC

Trinumeral photos Asheville Deerfields
The Trinumeral photos from the 999 Trinumeral Festival has just been added to Performance Impressions.

An awesome time!

Enter the 999 Trinumeral Festival Photo Gallery
More live music photography galleries at Performance Impressions.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Trinumeral Festival Photos - DJ Bowie

Trinumeral Festival
Trinumeral Festival photos
The 2009 Trinumeral Festival was an incredible musical experience for many. The awesome array of electronic music performers coupled with several live bands managed to keep the music pumping until daybreak each night of the three day festival. The 999 Trinumeral festival celebrating the rare phenomenon of the date September 9, 2009 - 09/09/09 was three times for many. I had the incredible opportunity of working with the Sun Ra Arkestra and DJ Bowie as their photographer and also caputured several other performances, sites and people at the Deerfields held festival in Horseshoe, NC.

Lots of live music concert photography from the Trinumeral Festivals are at Performance Impressions

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Code Prevented Website from Indexing in Google

After examining a website for a client at the beginning of SEO analysis, I found they were completely absent from indexing in Google—even for their business name.

After looking at their code, I noticed they had code that told the search engine spiders to ignore their website.

I spoke with the owner of the business and he is not sure if his old webmaster left that in by mistake after development or if he put it in after the fact when they had a falling out.

Another possibility is that a competitor had someone hack into their website to add this code. Here is the code and the explanations for the three items in their robots meta tag.

all three are designed to prevent any access to your site - David
Using meta tags to block access to your site
To entirely prevent a page's contents from being listed in the Google web index even if other sites link to it, use a noindex meta tag. As long as Googlebot fetches the page, it will see the noindex meta tag and prevent that page from showing up in the web index.

The noindex meta standard is described at This method is useful if you don't have root access to your server, as it allows you to control access to your site on a page-by-page basis.

To prevent all robots from indexing a page on your site, place the following meta tag into the section of your page:

meta name="robots" content="noindex"

next to the noindex in your 4th line of code is the code "noodp" see what this does:

Prevent search engines from displaying DMOZ data in search results for your site

To prevent all search engines (that support the meta tag) from using this information for the page's description, use the following:

meta name="robots" content="NOODP"

To specifically prevent Google from using this information for a page's description, use the following:

meta name="googlebot" content="NOODP"

If you use the robots meta tag for other directives, you can combine those. For instance:

meta name="googlebot" content="NOODP, nofollow"

Sometimes, if you are listed in DMOZ (ODP), the search engines will display snippets of text about your site taken from them instead of your description meta tag.

You can force the search engine to ignore the ODP information by including a robots meta tag like this meta name="robots" content="noodp"

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Friday, August 21, 2009

New York Basement Waterproofing and Mold Removal

We just finished the new search engine optimized website for Statewide DryBasement Systems.

My marketing company, Surpass Marketing, LLC - targeted search engine marketing - is now working to achieve first page indexing in the major search engines for their new website.

CT & NY Basement Waterproofing and Mold Removal

Professional NY State certified mold removal and basement waterproofing.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

My Bonnaroo Photos and Review in All Access Magazine

This was my first assignment working with All Access Magazine. I was also working directly with a half dozen bands at Bonnaroo so there was no shortage of excitement. The 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival was an incredible success.

See the article in All Access Magazine here: Bonnaroo photos and review

and lots more 2009 Bonnaroo photos with streaming audio will be up at Performance Impressions.

Live music photography galleries and services.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Girl Talk Photos from Bonnaroo

Girl Talk put on one of the best performances at the 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival. The amazing mixes borrowed from several genres of music. The crowd kept That Tent packed till the early hours of the morning. Girl Talk performer Gregg Gillis shared the stage with dozens of dancing fans. Their was no clear line where the stage ended and the crowd began.

More Bonnaroo photos

Friday, June 19, 2009

Phish with Bruce Springsteen at Bonnaroo

What will definitely be remembered as one of the top musical moments of the summer if not the decade, Bruce Springsteen stood in should to shoulder with Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon as he performed Mustang Sally and Glory Days with Phish. It was absolutely insane, it had all the elements of a summer blowout performance, an awesome choice of tunes, perfect weather, a huge crowd a rare performance with a rarer guest star performer following four days of amazing performances. Bonnaroo once again spared no expense making the 10 staged festival a seemless party that is certain to be the "time of their life" for many.

See Bonnaroo photos from all eight Bonnaroo Music Festivals at Performance Impressions.
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