Due to the sold out show and anticipated problems getting through the crowd to the stage area, I was advised to arrive at the America concert 3 hours ahead of time. Fortunately I did so and even that far ahead of the show, I found myself pushing my way through crowds that had gathered in front of the gates. I thought I would be bored waiting for the show, but had forgotten how much fun it can be back stage, seeing old friends, meeting new people and watching as all the work unfolds.
I have collected together a few of the backstage photos to give you a flavor of what it is like to be backstage at an outdoor concert while the show is being set up. I will be posting photos of the America concert itself soon.
America Concert Dressing Room 40th Anniversary Tour - Copyright Mark Stout
Left: Crowd gathers at America Concert, Right Wil Leacox, Drummer and Michael Beckley, Gerry Beckley's brother - Copyright Mark Stout
Left: Dewey Bunnell with Daughter Loren, Right: Michael Beckley with his wife - Copyright Mark Stout
Gerry Beckley with friends backstage at the Hudson Gardens concert during their 40th Anniversary Tour - Copyright Mark Stout
Left: Dewey Bunnell, Jeff Worrell (front of house sound engineer) and Gerry Beckley, Right : Dewey and Gerry posing for pictures with a friend - Copyright Mark Stout
Left: Guitar tech Bill Worrell tunes a guitar, Right: Hudson Gardens Staff hold an umbrella over Dewey Bunnell and the band as they climb to the stage - copyright Mark Stout
Left: A roadie adjusts the lights on stage, Right: Fireworks being shot off at Hudson Gardens on Independence Day - Copyright Mark Stout