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Well, another stellar year is in the books here at Pixel Perfect Images… Another year of checking off some major music acts from the Bucket List in 2013 with more to come in 2014! The biggest news by far is my signing with the Getty Images family which includes Film Magic and Wire Image, one of the world’s largest photo agencies. This immediately led to having photos published in People, Us Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, and my personal milestone…. Rolling Stone.

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Rolling Stone is the Holy Grail for every music photographer, and to have your first photo to be of KISS, well that’s just gravy! Click here to see the article. I was fortunate enough to photograph them (sans makeup and pyro) at Alice Cooper’s 13th Annual Christmas Pudding charity show at Comerica Theater in Phoenix AZ this past December.

Next on the bucket list was The Who. Without a doubt one of the most influential of the British Invasion bands, along side The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Who were decidedly more hard core of the three, which made them my favorite. Appearing at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego for their Quadrophenia & More Tour, this was one of the few shows where my geek factor almost took over making it difficult to focus on actually taking pictures instead of rocking out. I had seen The Who in 1977 when this building was simply called the San Diego Sports Arena, the original lineup was still intact with Keith Moon on drums, John Entwhistle on bass, Pete Townsend on guitar, and Roger Daltrey on vocals, and they played the entire Tommy album along with most of Quadrophenia.

Another “First” was having a photo on the cover of a magazine. When my friend Chelsea Schwartz, editor of Los Angeles based High Voltage magazine approached me about photographing Scottish rockers Travis for the Winter edition cover, I felt I had to do it. She set up the gig at the San Diego House of Blues, where Travis was scheduled to perform October 6th, and though the original plan was to get an hour or so with the band, it turned into just 10 minutes but I was able to pull it off and deliver the goods. Splendid bunch of fellows and a rockin’ band. Give them a listen if you haven’t already.

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On December 3rd, B.B. King gave me a very special gift. 30 seconds into his first song he broke his E string. Not breaking news, except that I got one of my all time favorite photos that I’ve ever taken. B.B. King changing the string on his beloved Lucille. He was also generous enough to allow me (for the second time!) to come aboard his tour bus for a photo after the show! On August 25th I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I actually loved Courtney Love’s show at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. In January at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim I caught Stevie Wonder playing drums in a soundbooth. All year long it was one huge moment after another, Heart, Kenny Rogers, Bad Company, Pearl Jam, Jason Mraz, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Yes, Charlie Daniels, teen heartthrob Selena Gomez, and Oscar winner Jeff Bridges. Yes, there were many more such as the weirdest show I've ever shot, The Residents... but in order to keep this article a reasonable length I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

For the full set of photos, head over to my Facebook page and give it a Like.

All photos and text are ©2013 Daniel Knighton/Pixel Perfect Images, all rights reserved. Please do not use without express written permission. For permission and licensing please email dan@pixelperfectimages.net

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