•March 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment
- Bruce Springsteen plays a Fender Telecaster guitar at the Spectrum while promoting his “The Darkness on the Edge of Town” album in Philadelphia with the E-Street Band. Photo: © ROGER BARONE /PHOTOS FROM PHILLY 1978
The original transparency of this photo was sent to a newspaper in Lakeland, Florida with 19 other of my best/favorite images while applying for an internship. The slides were never returned, and I wound up losing some nice pictures. Recently, I’ve been organizing my negatives and slides and came across a color copy negative of this photo. While, the sharpness and contrast is not as good as the original I was lucky enough to have a copy.
It was a difficult lesson to learn, but I never lent any original slides and negatives to anyone after this. Oddly enough, I also lent a page of BW Springsteen negatives from this shoot to another friend, and never got them back.
•February 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Stephen Stills signed my photo of him–wearing a Philadelphia Flyers #16 Bobby Clark jersey from a concert at the Villanova Field House in 1975–when he arrived at the Spectrum with Neil Young for the Stills/Young show on June 29, 1976. . The Flyers won the Stanley Cup in ’74 and ’75 and Stills wore the same jersey a year earlier at the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young show at the Atlantic City Raceway on August 9th–the same day President Nixon resigned the presidency. photo:© roger barone 2015
STEPHEN STILLS: VILLANOVA FIELD HOUSE (November 6,1975)
The above print, signed by Stephen Stills with a brown Sharpie marker in 1976, was damaged when a cup of orange juice spilled and seeped inside the frame. Over time, the photo adhered to the glass and it couldn’t be separated without damaging the print’s surface.
Several scientific friends from the hospital– using specialized chemicals and solvents–also tried to rescue the print but were unsuccessful. Eventually, I threw caution to the wind and gently lifted the edges of one side. I was gaining confidence, too much, apparently. As I began lifting the opposite side, the surface of the print (emulsion) tore away from the base. I’ve since scanned the photo and after some photoshop work on stains and tear marks, published it here.
There’s a lesson for everyone here: Always use a mat board over a special photo when it’s framed, so the photo doesn’t touch the surface of the glass and ruin a treasured memento.
•February 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Ian Anderson and bass guitarist, Tony Williams, foreground, perform with Jethro Tull at the Spectrum during their 1978 tour. A performance at Madison Square Garden was broadcast on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test. photo: © Roger Barone 2015
JETHRO TULL: THE SPECTRUM ARENA (October 3, 1978)
•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment
A helicopter with Graham Nash on board makes it way into South Philadelphia, headed for the Spectrum Arena parking lot. Nash is wearing a white jump suit; he’s visible near the left window. I and a few other Spectrum Changeover crew members were asked to meet and escort him to the dressing rooms. When we approached him, he said, “I beat the fuckers [Crosby and Stills], they didn’t want to fly. Nash was extraordinarily friendly, posed for photos and signed items for us. The group arrived early for a sound check, sans David Crosby. © Roger Barone 2015.
GRAHAM NASH/ CSN: SPECTRUM ARENA (June 23, 1977)
•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment
David Crosby, left, and Graham Nash, jamming during Crosby, Stills and Nash encore at the Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia. This was the opening night of their two shows in Philly, promoting their recently releases second CSN album. © Roger Barone 2015
DAVID CROSBY & GRAHAM NASH (SPECTRUM ARENA (June 23, 1977)