Jimi Jamison
Live in Franklin Park, Illinois
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Free Jimi Jamison Concert at "Railroad Daze" Festival
(featuring special guests Jim Peterik and Kevin Chalfant)
Franklin Park, Illinois
June 5, 2010

This was a short show, only about an hour and a half, so I didn't get a tremendous amount of pics overall, but I think there's some really good ones in the set--hopefully all of you out there reading will agree. And what I said the last time around about getting something stable to rest my camera on really did help. Turns out that a monopod is easier to maneuver in the crowded conditions at a concert than a full-blown tripod, but it's the same sort of idea, and given how much my camera STILL struggled in the dark, I was very glad I'd brought mine with me.

Edited 9-21-10 to add: And in regards to the mustache, I stand by what I said here to begin with, namely that he didn't look horrible with it, just different from what I was used to. (Hey, this is ME we're talking about; it'd take a whole lot more than a bit of extra facial hair to seriously diminish my appreciation of the man! laughing emoticon ) I do have to admit, though, that still I prefer him clean-shaven, and I'm rather glad the "new look" turned out to be a short-lived experiment, rather than a permanent fixture!

Anyway--the pics:

Jimi Jamison
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I quite liked his stage outfit for this show, although I'd swear he's worn that same pair of pants the last three times I've seen him perform. laughing emoticon
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I think this just might be my favorite shot from this show... sigh... drooling emoticon
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I swear I'm going to start referring to this as his "fishing for vampires" pose laughing emoticon
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I think y'all are quite aware by now that I think Jimi is an exceptionally handsome fellow from the front, but I daresay this shot proves the rear view is just as pleasant as ever, too. winking emoticon
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This pic (and the preceding two) were from the encore... everyone left the stage for a couple of minutes after the main set and when they came back, Jimi had donned this jersey from the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. (And yes, I had to look that up; I'm utterly clueless when it comes to sports. laughing emoticon )
The Band
(Yes, I actually managed to get a few shots of people other than Jimi this time!)
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Hal Butler, keys
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Pete Mendillo, drums
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Barry Dunaway, bass
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Jerry Riggs, guitarist extraordinaire
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Jerry again, just because I happened to get another really good shot of him
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The entire lineup, about to take a bow at the end of the show. (Apologies to those in the foreground who ended up blurred.) From left to right: Barry Dunaway, Hal Butler, Jim Peterik, Jimi Jamison, Kevin Chalfant, Pete Mendillo, Jerry Riggs.
Special Guests
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I have to say, it really did my heart good to see Jimi and Jim Peterik on stage together at last. It was a long hard road for the two of them to get back to working together again at all, but I'm so glad they did. Crossroads Moment is just pure magic, a masterpiece in the truest sense of the word--and I'm quite looking forward to seeing what project they collaborate on next, too. (Hint hint, guys. winking emoticon )
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Jimi and Kevin Chalfant in one of the VERY few even halfway decent shots I got of the latter--that light-colored outfit he had on made just about every pic I took of him come out overexposed.
   

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