New adventures on the horizon, folks. After two years of not posting, I will be starting a blog in association with my new website. Please visit www.alliharvey.com within the coming weeks for the latest stories and images. Thank you to anyone and everyone who read and/or was a part of this chapter once upon a time.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. - Ayn Rand
Sunday, December 23, 2012
You know... one of those photos you'd rather be in than to have taken - even if you hadn't really slept for three and a half days.
Rolling Stones 2012 tour photo set-up/Prudential Center/Newark, NJ/2.13.12
Needless to say, this was a big week.
I know, I know, it's essentially just a wide shot of a stage. A shot you've taken 100s of times... but yet, there's something different about taking this wide shot than any other wide shot on the planet.
You know what that difference is?
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are looking directly at you. Nay, they HAVE to look directly at you. You who is propped up on a seven-foot platform in the middle of the tongue pit, with not only the Stones staring at you, but some of the biggest guys in the business - people with whom you'd like to work more closely with one day. You're on radio with select crew gents on stage to move people as you wish them to be moved. It's a production that, you really never realized was going to be a production.
And the first time you do this is with the fucking Rolling Stones.
Meanwhile, as I'm chatting with the lighting director, one of the Stones' guests that evening, John Mayer, was sound-checking, stage right.
John Mayer/Soundcheck/Prudential Center/Newark, NJ/12.13.12
Friday, December 21, 2012
"Dec 8 13 15. Stones. Need you."
Didn't matter what the gig was, didn't matter what the pay was. It was Savas and it was the Stones.
One of the Rolling Stones merch stands/Barclays Center/Brooklyn, NY/12.8.12
Monday, December 17, 2012
Aside from finally hearing Clapton live, my two other highlights were, first and foremost:
Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder on "Comfortably Numb"
Followed by: Chris Martin and Michael Stipe reviving "Losing My Religion"
Of the seventy-two hours dedicated to this show, a max of ten hours were spent sleeping. Leaving the Garden at 5:30AM on the morning of December 13th, I got back to Brooklyn at 7:00AM, only to shower, cat nap and head on out to New Jersey for the second of three US dates for the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour.
Life could be worse. Necessary eight hours of sleep, my butt.
In the words of Thom Yorke (or what I can only assume to be Thom Yorke as I pulled this quote from the Radiohead site years ago):
Zip up, belt up, keep up.
121212 Show Run-Down/Production Office/Madison Square Garden/12.12.12
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tragedies have a way of bringing people together as a result of mind-blowing perspective change. In all reality, a strong motivating factor is the realization that horrible things could happen to you and your loved ones, just as you see them happening to other people on the news. And from there, compassion arises. Sympathy. Empathy.
As a reference point, I wrote about a related concept back in 2009 when walking by the 9/11 memorial one bitterly cold New York night. Truth be told, I still feel the exact same way. People need that perspective change, but why the catalyst's face is rarely a beautiful one, I will never totally understand. But that being said, you also have to remember that no matter how you spin it, the ugly catalyst creates a gorgeous end result, which then inspires further.
Take Harvey Weinstein and Jim Dolan for example. What do you get when you add Weinstein, Dolan and a major disaster? An epically billed six-hour concert at Madison Square Garden on a Wednesday night.
Gajllions of dollars are raised and 18,000+ patrons experience a night they will never forget in the name of a great cause. Ticket prices ranged from $25,000 to $150 a head and hey! if you are going to donate, might as well donate to get once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch Clapton, the Stones, the Who, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Dave Grohl, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and an unimaginable number of celebrities get up on stage to do what they do best. In Kanye's case... to delay the show, be annoying and wear a leather kilt. He was great!
As you can imagine, when this Weinstein/Dolan scenario occurs, there often isn't much time to create the actual event. Enter all the hardworking folks at Madison Square Garden and Diversified Production Services. Making the impossible possible. What they created in 3.5 weeks? Incredible.
Monday was the first moment I said, "Thank goodness for the lockout."
Every feasible space in that building was used. Rock gods had dressing rooms in hallways made of pipe and drape. Chris Martin and Michael Stipe SHARED the ice crew room (a room that has never been cleared in the history of the Garden). The weight room turned into a radio studio. The Knicks and Rangers locker rooms were turned into party spaces. Mick Jagger closed down the dressing room hallway (which also held McCartney, Joel, Clapton, Waters and Bon Jovi) mid-show to do his pre-stage wind sprints. Keith Richards took over the MSG production office for his smoking room. Our office became the Rangers' head coach's room. And wait, back up. Smoking?! In the Garden? Surely someone has gone mad. It truly was an "all-skate," as TP aptly put it. All in the name of Sandy. The destructive, natural energy of a tragedy transforming into an inspirational, man-made energy. The root of a great moment in rock history.
Energy. Neither created nor destroyed.
121212 pre-production - Road case nap (Top), Stage Left (Bottom)/Madison Square Garden/12.11.12
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 09, 2012
We really couldn't have planned our activities better on this impromptu trip of ours. No rain on our beach days. Without this Puerto Rican beach, very important life decisions may not have been made... as promptly.
Friday, December 07, 2012
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Think about it...
Castillo San Cristobal/San Juan National Historic Site/San Juan, PR/10.19.12
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
On Wednesday, October 17th:
Justin: Wanna go to Puerto Rico this weekend? Fiiiine. Hawaii.
Justin: K! Thurs-Sun?
Justin: Ever been?
Me: Nope! Not to either! What's the occasion?
Justin: Who says we need an occasion? I just want to go somewhere new, and I don't have anywhere I need to be until Monday.
Me: Touche! Hawaii is a bit far, no? For such a short escapade?
Justin: Yes, I think PR is the better bet. Trying to decide if I should bring my 7D or not...
Me: I'm going to bring mine. I'm also considering packing in my purse. Swimsuit and camera.
Justin: Like, that's all you're bringing?
Me: I don't know, it seemed cinematic. I could also be drunk when I show up at the airport.
Justin: Hahaha. Love it. Want me to check you in and print your boarding pass?
Me: Sure dude.
Justin: "Would you like to standby for an upgrade to business elite on the following flight?"
Me: Ummm yes
Justin: I clicked "Never ask me this again"... I don't know why they'd offer that choice...
Me: If you clicked "Never ask me again," I will punch you in the dick as soon as I see you.
Justin: ...wait, promise? THAT'S NOT A REAL OPTION.
Justin: I said yes!
And so we went to Puerto Rico the morning of October 18th... one of us was upgraded to first class. Normally, I would have offered it to my travel companion, but as predicted I was DOA - Drunk on Arrival. (Thanks, Jeff Snider).
Hotel Room/Da House/Old San Juan, PR/10.18.12
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
San Francisco, CA/10.7.12