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Top 10 Concert Photos From 2011

 Boys Noize concert fans @ Music Box Hollywood (Justin Gill)

Top 10 Lists come out of the woodwork every year’s end, and I’m making no exception.  Here’s a list of some of my most memorable concert photos I’ve shot this year, either for aesthetic or iconic reasons.

I’m kicking off this list with the above photo, shot during Boys Noize set at The Music Box in Hollywood.  I’m including it here as it not only makes a good “lead” for a blog article about concert photos, but also because it showcases the raw energy emanating from the packed house that evening, and the fan wearing the Boys Noize shirt adds just a little bit of context :)

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Descendents + FLAG @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Descendents Milo Aukerman and Black Flag Live Concert Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Los Angeles (Justin Gill)

The anticipation was high waiting for headliners The Descendents to hit the stage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium this weekend, as the audience chanted for nerd-punk icon Milo [Auckerman] to take the stage.

But arguably of more note were the rumors flying around that legendary Los Angeles hardcore band Black Flag was to make a guest appearance.  The next-best thing occurred instead, as former Black Flag bassist and founder Chuck Dukowski took the stage with singer Keith Morris, backed by former drummer Bill Stephenson and Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton, to blast through Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown EP!!

After the short four-song set, Morris waved goodbye to the crowd who then began to convey utter disappointment, to which he took the mic to explain they only had time to rehearse during sound check.  Shortly thereafter however, Milo Auckerman took his place on microphone and the crowd’s disappointment was soon thoroughly placated as he and The Descendents plowed through a 28-song set.

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Preview: Descendents @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Descendents Concert Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Los Angeles (Justin Gill)

Excited is an extreme understatement to describe my feelings toward having the opportunity to shoot The Descendents last night in Santa Monica.

Liveage! was my first live album I’ve listened to many years ago, and has since built in me a love for  hardcore/punk culture and live music concerts in general.

The Descendents headlined a weekend-long festival celebrating 30 years of GoldenVoice, a concert promotions company that put on shows for the burgeoning SoCal hardcore movement, including bands like Descendents, Circle Jerks, The Ramones, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, X, and Black Flag.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the previous nights’ shows, but I’m glad I caught the grande finale.

Speaking of Black Flag, former member Chuck Dukowski filled in on bass, with a special precursor performance with former singer Keith Morris, playing the Nervous Breakdown EP in its entirety!!