Written by Cory Lorentz on December 29, 2016 under Live
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.
Written by Cory Lorentz on March 11, 2015 under Live
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on February 27, 2015
For Part Two, we’re going to explore the musical side of mic technique. Let’s start with the easy target: the rapper and his hype man or men, depending on ego size.
Written by Cory Lorentz on November 12, 2014
Good mic techniques are intuitive enough that even small children can execute them with no prompting. Somewhere along the path to adulthood, however, that intuition fades. This post series will help you get that intuition back.
Written by Cory Lorentz on September 18, 2014 under Microphones
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.
Written by Cory Lorentz on July 8, 2014 under LiveNews
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on June 25, 2014 under LiveNews
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on June 6, 2014 under LiveNews
I always have some fun when I am around the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I first met them when they played a small club in Chicago. They were kind of young, and quiet back then. Later, when I was on tour with The Rolling Stones in New York City in 1989, I went to visit […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on May 28, 2014 under LiveNews
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on May 22, 2014 under LiveNews
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.” […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on May 14, 2014 under LiveNews
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on May 9, 2014 under LiveNews
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on May 6, 2014 under LiveNews
In December of 1987, I set up a photo shoot with one of my favorite artists, Alice Cooper. It’s always great to photograph one of his shows. He’s one of the greatest live performers on the planet. His manager asked me to do a photo shoot with him that night, but unlike most artists, he […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on April 18, 2014 under LiveNews
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! […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on April 10, 2014 under LiveNews
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on April 1, 2014 under LiveNews
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on March 20, 2014 under LiveNews
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 […]
Written by Cory Lorentz on March 14, 2014 under LiveNews
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, […]
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