The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform in San Diego for another sold out performance at The Valley View Casino Center. The band was up to their usual antics of jumping around the stage and getting great crowd interaction. I got to interview Flea pre-show and I must say his brand of sarcasm is right up my alley. It turns out we were both surfing the same beach before the show. This show was re-scheduled from several months ago as Anthony Kiedis broke his leg. The setlist was great as they played a little bit off every one of their albums including the songs "Otherside, Under the Bridge, Around the World, Sir Psycho Sexy, By the Way." The sound quality was very good for an arena show and their stage setup was impeccable with several large monitors playing real time band videos.
My Morning Jacket played three nights in a row in Los Angeles, CA at The Wiltern Theater. They played no repeats and rocked almost every song in their catalog plus covers such as "Rocket Man" and "Rock the Casbah." After photographing over 300 bands this year (mostly at Festivals), MMJ is one of my top 5 live bands. They only seem to be getting better and more dynamic with their live performances. I met people from all over the country who came to this three night run for some live MMJ. Good times were had by all.
The 27th annual Farm Aid took place in Hershey Pa. this year. A full day of music that started around 2:30 pm and went till close to midnight. Scaled back some from the first Farm Aid that had 54 bands and 78,000 fans. The Hershey show had 12 bands, 30,000 fans (sold out). Still they have brought in just over 40 million dollars over the years to help the small farmer.