Cory Lorentz

Cory Lorentz

Cory Lorentz is the Artist Relations Manager at Shure. He enjoys weekends, tacos and has a soft spot for the kind of lite rock music you’d hear in a dentist’s office.
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Whole Lotta Love: Artists and the SM58

Few pieces of gear inspire so much passion and loyalty as Shure’s SM58. From Led Zeppelin to Henry Rollins, admiring musicians have helped turn this microphone into an icon over the past 50 years.
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Backstage With Paul: Dolly Parton

In 1977, a local country music magazine asked me to do a photo shoot with a country star by the name of Dolly Parton. They gave me her hotel information and room number. It was a much calmer time in those days! I showed up at the appointed time and knocked on her door. She […]
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The Roots – Mics of the Tonight Show

One of Jimmy Fallon’s biggest loves is the musical portion of the show, which is why he chose to bring along his friends from The Roots to continue as the house band on this new version of The Tonight Show.
Backstage With Paul - All Access
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Backstage With Paul: All Access

In 1976, I was breaking into the business, but I didn’t know how to get access to shows. One night, I went to the Ivanhoe Theater in Chicago to try to talk my way in. I figured a small place would be easier. I went to the backstage door and started talking to the guy […]
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Backstage With Paul: Location, Location, Location!

Like in real estate, location is what it is all about in photography. Often I am given about two minutes when I walk into a venue or hotel to find a location to shoot a portrait. Sometimes it just comes to me. Walking around on stage during a television taping with Count Basie, I looked […]
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Backstage With Paul: The US Festival

In 1983, I decided that it would probably be a good idea if I started branching out from just shooting in Chicago. My first destination was the US Festival in Ontario, California, on May 28th, 29th and 30th of 1983. I called a publicist that I knew was working with the festival, which was organized […]
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Backstage With Paul: On Tour With The Stones

Early in 1989, I read an article in Rolling Stone that said that the Stones were going out on tour later in the year. I sent the same letter to Keith’s manager that I had sent the year before, “Heard you guys are going out on the road. Call me if you need a photographer.” […]
Backstage With Paul: On The Bus With Keith Richards
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Backstage With Paul: On The Bus With Keith Richards

In August of 1988, my next door neighbor, Don McLeese (who was the music critic for the Chicago Sun Times), asked me if I would like to go to New York with him the next day to shoot pictures while he interviewed Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. As Keith was one of my only […]
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Backstage With Paul: Chicago Blues

When I was a kid, I started listening to Blues music and grew to be a big fan. I always wanted to meet the guys making the music, and getting in this business made that come true. In 1977, I went to a concert at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago and photographed Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter. The next […]
Michael Jackson at press conference at the opening of the Victory Tour
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Backstage With Paul: The Jacksons & Kansas City BBQ

In early July, Rolling Stone called and asked me to go to the Jacksons’ Victory Tour opening in Kansas City. Turns out, they liked the Springsteen and Prince photos, too. I flew down the night before the first show and went to the press conference at the Hyatt in downtown Kansas City. What a circus! […]
Bruce Springsteen and Courtney Cox at the filming of the video for Dancing in the Dark
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Backstage With Paul: Dancing In The Dark

At this point in time, one thing lead to another and another and another for Paul. People began to take notice of his work behind the lens and they wanted a piece of what Paul was capturing for their artists, too… “When I got back from Minneapolis for Prince’s birthday party, I sent some of […]
Prince performs at his birthday party at First Avenue on June 7, 1984
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Backstage With Paul: Prince’s Birthday Party

By now Paul Natkin’s work was speaking for itself. Gone were the days of calling EVERY magazine on the planet to get an assignment. Getting into a local Chicago concert as a photographer for the evening was no longer in doubt. What Paul captured through his lens was in high demand and there were times […]
Backstage With Paul: The Beginning Of Farm Aid
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Backstage With Paul: The Beginning Of Farm Aid

During the MTV Live Aid broadcast, Bob Dylan made a comment. He said, “We need to do this for the American Farmers!” Willie Nelson was watching the show, and he agreed. So he called his friend Jim Thompson, the Governor of Illinois at the time, and also called his friend John Mellencamp and said, “Give […]
Live Aid… No One Knew What To Expect
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Backstage With Paul: Live Aid… No One Knew What To Expect

Now while it may be true that you need talent and timing to make it in this business of rock n’ roll, it also helps to have some friends in high places. Today, Paul Natkin has friends of all types of status all over the world… I’ve witnessed greetings from rock stars, management, club owners, […]
Backstage With Paul: The Shot Seen Around The World
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Backstage With Paul: The Shot Seen Around The World

Now, I’ll bet money that you’ve seen this image before. Even if you’re not a fan of Ozzy or metal music, you have seen this image before. It has appeared in many sizes on all types of collectible material. The cover art for the Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads Tribute album, posters, t-shirts, even those cheap […]
Those 80s Bands That Had A Lot Of Hair
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Backstage With Paul: Those 80s Bands That Had A Lot Of Hair

“At this point in his career, Paul Natkin was starting to make a name for himself as a rock photographer… enough experience to shoot with the best out there, but still young and crazy enough to actually tour with these bands as their official camera man…” In the early 1980s, metal bands realized that by […]
Creem Covers with Paul Natkin
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Backstage With Paul: CREEM Magazine & Monetary Reality

Paul was on the fast track to fame and fortune after that fateful night with Bonnie Raitt… or so he thought. Turns out that a picture may be worth a thousand words, but not necessarily thousands of dollars… “After my photography career started, I had to figure out how to make money at it. One […]
Backstage With Paul - It All Started With Bonnie Raitt
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Backstage With Paul: It All Started With Bonnie Raitt

As promised, here is the first installment of our new Backstage With Paul series. For those of you paying attention, the Artist Relations team has been a little busy… Grammys, NAMM, local shows. Well, the smoke has cleared and we’ve got things under control… kind of. Anyway, to refresh your memory, Paul is our legendary […]
2014 GRAMMY Awards
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The Grammys: Day 2, Day 3 And The Element Of Surprise

Okay, so I know I owe you a couple of blogs since we last spoke. Honestly, it’s been tough to find a quiet moment and the proper location to blog it up for you, the faithful Shure Mic Check Blog audience. The Staples Center is not the most conducive place to conduct any extensive computing […]
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Shure at the Grammys: Day One

For those of you watching from the comfort of your living rooms this coming Sunday evening, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards is a one night only event. I’ve been here since Tuesday, and I can tell you that there’s a lot that goes into making your Sunday evening entertainment… and preparations are still being made […]
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Backstage With Paul – A Weekly Blog Series… Coming Soon!

I’ve been doing this gig with Shure for quite a while now, but no one has worked for Shure ‘s Artist Relations Department longer than legendary photographer Paul Natkin. Surely you’ve heard us mention him from time to time in these blog posts, and I know for certain that you’ve seen his work on our […]
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Henry Rollins Reviews The SE846 Earphones

Late one Saturday evening, I received an email from my friend Henry Rollins. Apparently he found his way to the Shure webpage and noticed the latest addition to our earphone line, the SE846. After gazing upon a few slick images and poring over the description and specs for the product, he NEEDED to hear these […]
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From The Weird World Of Artist Relations…

We bring you, “What Is That Mic Application?” In this installment of unique encounters from the road, we stumbled upon a homemade, handheld device involving some toggle switches, heavy duty cabling and an SM58 gently wedged in the center. This creation takes center stage every night and is a big part of this endorsers live […]
Backstage. It's not what you think.
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Backstage… it’s not what you think

Ever see that scene in the movie Rock Of Ages where we first meet the character Stacee Jaxx, lying in bed, draped in half naked women somewhere in a room backstage that’s been converted to look like a jungle, complete with a swimming oasis? In the scene, our jukebox hero is summoned by his fast […]
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Ladies & Gentlemen… The National

It was 4 am on October 11, 2013 as I brushed my teeth, thinking about how this was all going to go down. In just a few hours I would be in Kansas City filming a day in the life of one of the biggest bands in the world. Less than a week ago, I […]
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Why Do We Do This?

The past few weeks have been an absolute blur. Looking back on it now, I wonder if I may have missed anything and did I do it all the right way? When the dust settled, I had been to about eight shows and collected loads of interviews and still images along the way. I added […]
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A Day In The Life… The New Endorser Visit

More often than not, we here at team Shure Artist Relations get asked about the favorite part or parts of our job (there are a few, actually). Yes, yes, there’s the creation of spreadsheets and conference room meetings, what could be more fun you ask? Well, one of those moments is heading out to meet […]
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The Intern Interviews Imagine Dragons

So those of you that tuned in during the epic summer of Brooke Giddens, the fearless Shure Artist Relations Intern, are probably already familiar with her musical and social media crusades. In this look back, we present Brooke’s interview with quite possibly the biggest band of the year, Shure endorsers Imagine Dragons. It was an […]
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There’s A First For Everything

Okay, so I’ve been doing this gig for a while now and I’ve enjoyed ALL kinds of music for as long as my memory serves. I’ve been to all kinds of shows in all types of venues, but I have never seen the likes of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and I figured I […]
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Industry Experts take Center Stage at GRAMMY Camp

Our friend, Meghan Brown, wrote this guest blog for Mic Check…   Earlier this month I had a chance to play “student” for a day when I stopped by GRAMMY Camp L.A. to hang out with some of the crazy-talented attendees as we were enlightened by some of the biggest names in the music business. Hosted […]
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Meet My Friend Wes Delk…

We’ve been compiling these engineer videos here at Shure for years now, and at this point we’ve got quite a “who’s who” of these men behind the board. Whether in a studio or live venue, these men have become legend for the sounds they hear and their technical prowess when it comes to making those […]
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Two Weeks of Artist Relations Randomness

I was taking a look at some photos on my iPhone… Here’s a look into what my brain processed in the course of two weeks: Any questions? Pretty random stuff, another cool part of this AR gig. Rock Out – Cory
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Applause For the GRAMMYs…

…That’s what you hear as the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards go live to air in the packed to capacity Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. However, before all of the applause and packed seats of onlookers, the GRAMMYs go through a rigorous schedule of rehearsal and timed perfection. What you at home see on TV […]
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The best SWAG/merch item from an artist was…

…the Diabolical Biz Markie doll sent by Biz Markie himself! It resides in my office to this day, and it is the one thing EVERYONE asks me about when they visit; I can see their eyes focusing on it during our conversation. Of course there’s a story behind it, so here goes… The day started […]
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Random thing of the week…

Anytime someone asks what a typical day is like for us in Artist Relations here at Shure, I can’t help but laugh a little at the word “typical.” Try as we might to carefully plan and stick to our agendas for the day, something random comes our way and the focus quickly shifts. Entire weeks have […]
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Cults: A Sold Out Evening At Metro

A cold and windy evening in Chicago is always a great reason to take shelter and spend time on an indoor activity. One of our favorite indoor pastimes, as you may already know, is to take in a good show at one of Chicago’s 341 music venues. It’s honestly quite an array of musical genres on […]
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Meet Our Friend Ben Sollee…

Ditch the van and get on your bike! That’s one way to tour in this green-minded world we live in… and it’s the Ben Sollee way. Our friend Ben Sollee came to us via an email message we received about a musician who was on tour, heading to intimate venues with a cello strapped to […]
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Shure mics + Guitar Center podcast = All Good

Some of you may have already seen this…or one of the many other videos from the “At: Guitar Center” podcast, hosted by Nic Harcourt, but here’s the latest one featuring blues rock singer/guitarist, Joe Bonamassa, performing his song “Dustbowl.” According to Jason Powell, Guitar Center “Audio Guy” who recorded this session: “Joe has such a […]
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Shure’s Week At The GRAMMYs

There are so many elements that contribute to putting on an awards show like the GRAMMYs.  To list every aspect would take too long so we’re going to focus on our side of this trip.   As everything usually comes together at the last minute for this show, we sent out a nice compliment of […]
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A Day In The Life With Drive-By Truckers & Dawes

 Joining a band for load-in at a venue on a Saturday morning is not the typical duty associated with this gig in Artist Relations at Shure. Occasionally, you’re asked to go above-and-beyond and help out a band or bands coming to town and in need of a few microphones. In this instance, I arrived equipped […]
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I’d Like To Introduce You To Dawes

Maybe you aren’t familiar with this Los Angeles based four-piece, but I’ve got a feeling you may find them to be quite infectious. With an intriguingly vintage folk rock sound and the musical chops reminiscent of their veteran folk rock predecessors, this group of twenty-somethings is, as told to me several times throughout the evening, […]
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GRAMMY Camp, Take Two: East Coast Edition

Our friend, Audrey Sahl, wrote this guest blog for Mic Check: I checked out the first ever East Coast GRAMMY Camp last week, and was happy to see just as much talent represented in the East as out West. Converse Rubber Tracks hosted the evening’s open mic festivities, so I got a glimpse into the newly opened, […]
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Students Rock It at GRAMMY Camp

Our friend, Melody Demel, wrote this guest blog for Mic Check:   I was in L.A. last week catching up with students at a summer camp put on by The Recording Academy called GRAMMY Camp. It was a pretty cool experience, as it gave me the chance to hang out with high school students who take […]
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SM58 Give It Voice Finalists Are Up! Vote Now!

We had a flurry of travel and great musicianship immediately following NAMM as our SM58® Give It Voice regional showcases got underway. Ryan Smith started in LA at The Roxy. Cory, Nelson, and I went to The Metro for the Chicago stop. Nelson jetted up to Toronto to hang at the Mod Club. Ryan was […]
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Give It Voice Regional Showcase::Chicago::Metro::01/20/11

Shure is right outside Chicago, and so we were out in force for the second showcase of regional finalists in the SM58® Give It Voice Tour.  All three bands were from the City of Chicago, each representing a very different genre from each other.  Opening the show, St. Bagu was a hip-hop act with two […]
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Matt & Kim: Mad Chaos @ Metro Chicago

Matt & Kim were coming to Chicago again, and this time I had no prior plans or obligations to stand in the way of finally meeting the dynamic duo from Brooklyn and partaking in the madness that is their live show. When I arrived to the Metro via the Shure mobile (of course), the line […]
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Pavement in the Park

So, I’m going to come clean and state for the record that I was vaguely familiar with the rock band Pavement when I received a care package from the band’s manager, Peter Arsenault last winter asking if Shure might be interested in supporting a reunion tour slated for 2010. Of course I’d heard the name […]
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Cage The Elephant Rock The Island

After leaving the Charter One Pavilion At Northerly Island (formerly Chicago’s Meigs Field for you history buffs out there), I only had one thought left… I haven’t seen a rock show like that in a LONG time! So, here’s what led to this singular thought as I jockeyed for position in the over-crowded over-sold parking […]
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Owl City::Aragon Ballroom

To the Shure-Mobile! Today I was off to catch the tremendously talented Adam Young aka Owl City at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. I also had a special guest helper along for the ride… my niece Lizzi Stack was pretty excited about getting to see the immensely popular Owl City, too! This was my first time at the Aragon Ballroom and Lizzi’s […]
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Yeasayer::Metro

  Ah yes, driving into the city right at the start of a Cubs game is right at the top of a long list of things I’d rather not do ever, but today was the exception, new Shure endorsers Yeasayer were in town for a sold-out Metro show. I was notified ahead of time that I […]
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A Visit With Henry Rollins…

Still one of my favorite Shure endorsers to visit when he comes to town is Henry Rollins. Performing with Rollins Band, Black Flag or conducting one of his speaking shows, Henry impacts the crowd while on stage at any venue around the world. On this rainy spring day in Chicago at the Vic Theater, Rollins was […]
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Passion Pit :: Congress Theater :: 4/2/2010

As I approached the back stage door of Chicago’s Congress Theater on a bright and sunny Friday afternoon, Passion Pit was well into their sound check as I could already hear the bending synths from their hit “The Reeling” escaping into the alley behind the venue. Once on stage, it was like watching a group of mad […]
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Matt & Kim & Vocal Tracking

When I last spoke with Matt, we were going over the Matt & Kim live gear needs, and at the end of the conversation he mentioned that they were going to start working on the vocals for the next album. He mentioned that the headphones at the studio were okay, but he really likes to […]
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More Studio Hi-Jinks From Matt & Kim

In our last episode, Brooklyn-based Matt & Kim were hunkered down in a studio in Atlanta to begin work on the follow-up to 2009’s Grand. Looking for a change in the weather and chaos of NYC, Matt & Kim figured Atlanta would be the perfect fit for normalcy and a little winter warm-up… So far, it […]
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Imelda May & Jamie Cullum Rock Chicago’s Park West

After seeing her perform with Jeff Beck at this year’s GRAMMYs, Irish rockabilly siren Imelda May has certainly got everyone buzzing… especially us! Imelda and her band came to town on Monday, March 15th to play a set at Martyr’s in Chicago, and according to the chosen few there to see her set, she tore […]
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Robin Thicke Brings His Therapy Session Back To Chicago

I headed out to our beloved All State Arena, home to the Chicago Wolves hockey team and DePaul Blue Demons… and they do mix some concerts in there when the timing is right. On this particular evening, All State played host to R&B superwoman Alicia Keys and Shure endorser Robin Thicke. Down below in the depths […]
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Matt & Kim: New Album, New Shure Mics

New to the Shure roster of endorsers, Matt & Kim were literally on their way to a studio in Atlanta to meet producer Ben Allen and begin work on the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Grand. I spoke to Matt over the telephone as Kim minded her speed, navigating the band van down the interstate […]
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The Red Mic That Travels With Mos Def

Making good on his promise to return to Chicago after a scheduling conflict kept him from getting here in January, Mos Def showed up at the Congress Theater on February 13th, to rock a sold-out crowd. I caught Mos backstage during soundcheck while the masses started a line outside that stretched for blocks and blocks. Before I could even […]