Much like years past, the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner covered a slew of concerts in 2015. This time, however, there were no out-of-state festivals or heavy metal cruise extravaganzas. The past 12 months were strictly Lone Star State-styled excursions into credentialed photo pits, in the thick of the crowds, on or behind the stage and anywhere else the SAMME could find his way to bring you the best photographs possible.
Thousands of shots were taken. Hundreds were discarded, and hundreds more were kept. When they were all whittled down, these 50 made the SAMME’s personal-favorites list.
Perhaps you were at one or some of these shows and remember them well. If not, or whether you’re simply a fan of these particular artists or of concert photography in general, the SAMME presents the fourth of five installments of the Top 50 concert photos of the year. Enjoy, and join the countdown to No. 1.
For Nos. 41-50, 31-40 and 21-30, click the “Suggested” links below.
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P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval was the only musician playing the 99th annual Fiesta Oyster Bake to make his way into, and on top of, the audience. Although there weren’t as many thousands of fans April 18 at St. Mary’s University as in recent Oyster Bakes past, at least not until headliners Sevendust hit the stage, those who were there — particularly these folks — appreciated Sandoval’s efforts (more here).
RUSH vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee did his thing May 16 at the Austin 360 Amphitheater as his band celebrated 40 years in unique fashion. Rush went backwards in time, opening with songs from most recent album “Clockwork Angels” and retreating down the setlist until it arrived at its self-titled 1974 debut effort. As the tunes became more classic, the stage set and number of amplifiers progressively dwindled (without affecting the quality of sound emanating from the soundboard, of course) as an ode to the band’s humble Canadian beginnings (coverage here).
The first of only two artists that will ultimately appear at least three times in the Top 50, ALICE COOPER and his band hit the Majestic Theatre stage Feb. 11 in explosive fashion. Several costume changes, theatrical props and classic tunes later, Cooper demonstrated that he hasn’t lost a beat despite making metal music for more than 40 years as well (more here).
Stage divers made their presence felt at the AGNOSTIC FRONT concert Nov. 14 inside the friendly confines of Jack’s Patio Bar. Perhaps no one, however, braced himself or regretted his decision until it was too late more than this fan as the New York hardcore/punk veterans played a bevy of songs that clocked in at less than two minutes apiece (coverage here).
A front-of-the-stage fan is pleasantly mesmerized by the guitar playing of ONE-EYED DOLL vocalist Kimberly Freeman on March 11 at Fitzgerald’s Bar. Freeman and her drummer Junior showed that two band members can rock without a live bassist as the duo out of Austin toured in support of their first concept album “Witches” (more here).
Colorado thrashers HAVOK headlined The Korova on Nov. 28 — and still were considered second fiddle. Not by the approximately 140 dedicated moshers, however, who showed up in the venue’s basement to go crazy while a birthday party for Alamo City Comic Con founder Apple De La Fuente was being held in the main-stage area upstairs (coverage here).
KING DIAMOND also played second fiddle, of sorts, when he set the stage for Slayer during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on July 31. But the King and Grandma had headline status bestowed upon them Friday the 13th in November when they appeared at Phil Anselmo’s third annual Housecore Horror Film Festival at the Aztec Theatre. King helped Grandma out of her “silly wheelchair” as they rocked to opening tune “Welcome Home.” Soon thereafter, King played his most popular album, 1987’s “Abigail,” in its entirety (more here).
Vocalist/guitarist Gavin Rossdale and BUSH concluded their U.S. tour with Theory of a Deadman on March 14 at the Majestic Theatre. Rossdale, as is his custom, traversed throughout the crowd in every level of the theater during “Little Things.” But well before that, he got up close and personal with the SAMME’s lens as part of a riveting headline performance (coverage here).
COAL CHAMBER recently reunited after a 13-year absence from the music scene, and the 1990s goth band made its return to town at Alamo City Music Hall. That was enough of an occasion for drummer Mikey Cox to take time out between songs to express his jovial mood. For show coverage, click here. To listen to an exclusive interview with vocalist Dez Fafara, click here.
Even after a brutally heavy hour-and-a-half performance of thrash and punk metal, DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES bassist Harald Oimoen found time and energy to provide an everlasting memory for a young fan Dec. 2 at Jack’s Patio Bar. Soon after that, at 1:30 in the morning, Oimoen and D.R.I. founder/guitarist Spike Cassidy provided this exclusive interview (watch here). For coverage of the show, click here.