Johnny Marr slings his guitar at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 17, 2018. Jason Nicholson chose a picture from this show (but not this one) as one of his Top 10 of 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
While sitting back in my chair and listening to a vinyl record is a favorite pastime of mine, there is nothing like going out and experiencing a performance live. For me as a concert photographer, the challenge is trying to capture the image of an artist you have spent a lifetime getting to know or at least your representation of what they mean to you. Here’s my Top 10 favorite photos of 2018 I had the pleasure of shooting for Parklife DC this year with a little commentary. Hope you enjoy seeing them again and best wishes for a great 2019!
Tanya Donelly fronts Belly at 9:30 Club on Sept. 29, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
Belly are back! In May, the Boston band released Dove, their first new album in more than 20 years. On Saturday, Belly played those new songs at 9:30 Club.
Belly (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
In May, Boston jangle poppers Belly released Dove, their first new album in more than 20 years! Belly will perform at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Sept. 29, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Tanya Donelly sings in Belly at the 9:30 Club on Saturday.
Soon into their set at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, jangle pop quartet Belly played… a new song!
Tentatively titled “Punish,” the song was introduced by vocalist Tanya Donelly, who invited the audience to submit better names for the tune. Then Belly performed the song, a number seemingly about dealing with the consequences of your actions. It’s a little bit heavier than a traditional Belly song and it “rocks” more than it “rolls” — but it’s pretty darn good.
Belly working on King in Nassau, Bahamas, circa 1994 (Photo by Stephen DiRado, http://stephendirado.com)
There was something in the air in Boston in the early to mid ’90s, when great female artists and woman-fronted bands were popping up all over the scene! Women like Juliana Hatfield, Aimee Mann, Kay Hanley, and of course Tanya Donelly were making their voices heard all over alternative radio and indie rock stages.
Well, one of those bands are roaring back in a big way as Tanya Donelly has reunited with her bandmates in Belly with new music and a first tour since 1995.
In their first run together, Belly released two much-adored albums — Star in 1993 and King in 1995. The first album singles “Gepetto” and “Feed the Tree” were particularly popular and continued to receive airplay after the band disbanded. Tanya’s sweet yet full voice was a hallmark of Belly’s songs.
Watch the official music video for “Feed the Tree” by Belly on YouTube:
Vocalist Tanya is joined by guitarist Tom Gorman, drummer Chris Gorman, and bassist Gail Greenwood. Their reunion tour is underway with a stop scheduled locally at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, August 13. Make plans to catch this exciting band as they return with what is sure to be an engaging show.
Tickets are available online.
Saturday, August 13