November 30, 2001: George Harrison's New York Memorial

George Harrison Memorial.  Photo by RD Mathers

George Harrison Memorial.  Photo by RD Mathers

The back half of 2001 was real rough.  Just a few months after the 9/11 attacks, we lost a Beatle.  My favorite Beatle, actually.

George passed on November 29 and the following day, hordes of fans gathered in Central Park, at John Lennon's Strawberry Fields to share grief in a communal way.

These images were taken on a Nikon E950.

George Harrison Memorial.  Photo by RD Mathers

George Harrison Memorial.  Photo by RD Mathers

October 30, 2001: The Black Crowes

Chris Robinson.  Photo by RD Mathers

Chris Robinson.  Photo by RD Mathers

Shot on what was their "farewell" tour at the time, at The Beacon Theater in New York City.

All photographs we taken on 35mm Film with a Nikon.

Rich Robinson.  Photo by RD Mathers

Rich Robinson.  Photo by RD Mathers

Steve Gorman.  Photo by RD Mathers

Steve Gorman.  Photo by RD Mathers

Eddie Harsch.  Photo by RD Mathers

Eddie Harsch.  Photo by RD Mathers

Audley Freed.  Photo by RD Mathers

Audley Freed.  Photo by RD Mathers

October 19, 2001: 9/11 Memorial Concert in Red Bank

Bruce Springsteen with Maria Milito.  

Bruce Springsteen with Maria Milito.  

On October 19, 2001, at the Count Basie Theater a fundraiser/concert was held for Monmouth County Families that lost members in the attacks on 9/11.

The Emcee was Kevin Smith and Q104.3 was the radio partner for the concert, which meant we broadcast from the event and I pulled double duty: line producing and shooting for Q1043.com.

Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, The Smithereens and Bruce Springsteen played.

Richie Sambora.  Photo by RD Mathers

Richie Sambora.  Photo by RD Mathers

Maria and the late Pat Dinuzzio.

Maria and the late Pat Dinuzzio.

Max Weinberg with Maria Milito.  Photo by RD Mathers

Max Weinberg with Maria Milito.  Photo by RD Mathers

Maria Milito and Joan Jett.  Photo by RD Mathers

Maria Milito and Joan Jett.  Photo by RD Mathers

Kevin Smith and Maria Milito.  Photo by RD Mathers

Kevin Smith and Maria Milito.  Photo by RD Mathers

During a break, I stepped outside to have a cigarette, when all of a sudden, I felt a tap on my shoulder and heard a familiar voice ask, “Hey man… can I borrow your lighter? I can’t find mine at the moment.”  I turned to see that it was Kevin Smith, and summoning all the “keep your shit together in front of the famous person” I could muster, I handed Kevin my lighter and we shared a smoke.  It turned out that we ended up on the same “go out to the alley to smoke” schedule and we had several short chats about life, growing up catholic (I mentioned that Dogma was in my top 5 films of all time) and falling in love.

At one point, I asked Kevin for advice in dealing with people who could negatively affect one’s career.  He told me, “… if you know you’re doing good things, if you know you’re going to create or make something you love and you encounter assholes who want to keep you down, they can’t help you… so fuck ‘em.  Go with what you know is right and push ahead.  Sure, you may get hit with the stick, but you get up and skate on.”  

It turns out I got “hit with the stick” a lot over the last 16 years, but whenever I am down on the proverbial ice of life, it’s Kevin’s words that are among the reflections I use to go on. 

Everything here was shot on 35mm film.

 

Kevin Smith.  Photo by RD Mathers

Kevin Smith.  Photo by RD Mathers

Late September 2001: Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne.  Photo by RD Mathers

Ozzy Osbourne.  Photo by RD Mathers

Sometimes in the wake of a tragedy, one must seek solace in the absurd.

Ozzy Osbourne was in NYC a few weeks after the attacks, filming a "documentary" for MTV and Bob Buchman and I went to his hotel in the 50s. 

During the interview, Bob suggested that Ozzy go down to Ground Zero and entertain the crews looking for any possible survivors and searching for remains, like Billy Joel had just done.  At the moment of this shot, Ozzy is calling Bob an "asshole."

Ozzy went on to explain that "...those guys with shovels don't me in the way."

MTV used footage of an interview Ozzy did with WDHA-FM instead, when they premiered their Osbournes reality show a few months later.

Shot with 35mm Film.

Ozzy Osbourne and Bob Buchmann.  Photo by RD Mathers

Ozzy Osbourne and Bob Buchmann.  Photo by RD Mathers

August 22, 2001: The Allman Brothers Band, Susan Tedeschi

Gregg Allman.  Photo by RD Mathers

Gregg Allman.  Photo by RD Mathers

I loved shooting this show.  From the opening of soon to be ABB Family member Susan Tedeschi's opening chord, to Gregg's powerful down notes.  

Everything here was shot on 35mm film.

Oteil Burbridge. Photo by RD Mathers

Oteil Burbridge. Photo by RD Mathers

Butch Trucks and Warren Haynes.  Photo by RD Mathers

Butch Trucks and Warren Haynes.  Photo by RD Mathers

Derek Trucks.  Photo by RD Mathers

Derek Trucks.  Photo by RD Mathers

August 9, 2001: The Q104.3 Golf Tournament - "I was born in a Greyhound Bus"

Dickey Betts performs.  Photo by RD Mathers

Dickey Betts performs.  Photo by RD Mathers

Dickey Betts, late of the Allman Brothers Band, was our headliner.  I stayed over the night before the tournament, since it was an all day event and was fortunate enough to have the room next to Betts.

He did practice until early in the morning and when I walked out at 5am, his room service discards contained two empty bottles of Jack Daniels and the remnants of a steak.

Here are the best of the Dickey Betts shots from that day.  Everything here was shot on film.

Bob Buchmann trying to act calm around Dickey Betts.  Photo by RD Mathers

Bob Buchmann trying to act calm around Dickey Betts.  Photo by RD Mathers

Dickey Betts looking for his lost ball. Photo By RD Mathers

Dickey Betts looking for his lost ball. Photo By RD Mathers

Dickey Betts looking cool.  Photo by RD Mathers

Dickey Betts looking cool.  Photo by RD Mathers

August 9, 2001: The Q104.3 Golf Tournament - Part I "Sopranoland"

"Never bullshit a bullshitter." Joe Pantoliano. Photo by RD Mathers

"Never bullshit a bullshitter." Joe Pantoliano. Photo by RD Mathers

On August 9, 2001 the Q104.3 staff gathered at a golf club in Western New Jersey (no, not that one) and held a charity celebrity golf tournament.  Over the next few posts, I'll group the stars that were there.  This installment features members of the television series "The Sopranos." 

We start with a shot of Joe Pantoliano, taken right after I told him he was my favorite character in Eddie & The Cruisers. "Oh, you're the one kid that saw that movie."  

I told him my mother had made her own bumpersticker on our '78 Volaire that said, "Eddie Lives." 

"Well, that explains it... but thanks for saying that, it was a fun project.  Not everyone pulls that deep from my career."

Joe Pantoliano, (unknown) and Michael Rispoli

Joe Pantoliano, (unknown) and Michael Rispoli

Below, Little Steven on a mission to find his ball.

Steven Van Zant.  Photo by RD Mathers

Steven Van Zant.  Photo by RD Mathers

All shot on film.

August 7, 2001: Crosby, Stills & Nash

Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Graham Nash.  Photo by RD Mathers

Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Graham Nash.  Photo by RD Mathers

If I get hit by the bus tomorrow, I want it noted that, "he never photographed the Grateful Dead with a good camera, but he did a shot of CSN that Graham Nash really liked."

Years after these shots were taken, from the photo pit at the PNC Bank Arts Center, I was able to interview Graham Nash and I have him a copy of the lead photo in this post.  He studied it for a long time and asked if he could keep it as a reminder when things between the old friends is, "not as happy."  

I don't know for how long he kept it, or if he remembers the interview, but I will always keep those days close to my heart.

Shot on 35mm Film.

CSN @ the PNC Bank Arts Center 8.7.11.  Photo by RD Mathers

CSN @ the PNC Bank Arts Center 8.7.11.  Photo by RD Mathers

"My one of a kind compadre..." Steven Stills and David Crosby.  Photo By RD Mathers

"My one of a kind compadre..." Steven Stills and David Crosby.  Photo By RD Mathers

Locked in.  CSN @PNC Bank Arts Center 8.7.11.  Photo by RD Mathers

Locked in.  CSN @PNC Bank Arts Center 8.7.11.  Photo by RD Mathers

July 27, 2001: Blues Traveler

John Popper and Ben Wilson of Blues Traveler.  Photo by RD Mathers

John Popper and Ben Wilson of Blues Traveler.  Photo by RD Mathers

Blues Traveler crammed themselves into the Q104.3 Studios in late July of 2001 to play and be interviewed.

I'd followed this Jersey band since they started playing local shows when I was in High School, so to be in the same room with them was a real treat.

In sign of the times and how we didn't mind when certain artists did certain things, John Popper smoked in the studio, when he wasn't singing.  After the interview, I asked John to sign my own pack of Parliaments.  He also gave me and signed one of the harmonicas he'd played that day.

Shot with a Nikon E950

July 19, 2001: Greg Proops

Photo by RD Mathers

Photo by RD Mathers

Master comedian, seer of truth and 15 years later, author Greg Proops came by the Bob Buchman morning show to plug his gig at Caroline's on Broadway.

I was a big fan of Greg's from his days on the UK and US versions of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"  He'd also had a few lines in Episode I of Star Wars and I asked him what it was like to be part if the Star Wars Cannon.  He said, "Oh sweet Jesus, you're one of those people, right? I bet you can recite all the lines from the movie." 

"Just yours and I knew you were doing a combo of all your favorite baseball announcers." 

"Touche, kid. Tou-fuckin'-che"

I stopped talking after that.

Oh, one should notice that he is not wearing a tie or jacket to the interview.  It was July for bloody sake!

Shot on the Nikon E950

July 12, 2001: Mickey Dolenz

Mickey Dolenz. Photo by RD Mathers

Mickey Dolenz. Photo by RD Mathers

There are a few times you remember and treasure.  One is when you photograph a Beatle (coming soon) and when you meet and photograph a Monkee.  This is one of those times.

Later in the day, after Mickey Dolenz visited the Q104.3 morning show, Mickey Dolenz came by to talk with Ken Dashow.  It was not long after this session, that he started talks with our competition to do a very brief stint hosting the morning show on CBS-FM.

At this meeting, Dolenz was a true gentlemen and was kind enough to sign my copy of Pieces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.

Shot with the Nikon E950.