John Swider

Senior Photojournalist --- Portfolio

Queensrÿche + Dokken + Lita Ford

Detroit, Michigan (April 21, 2018) – As the sun was setting and the night air was growing chilly, the atmosphere in the historic The Detroit Masonic Temple, in Detroit, MI was beginning to heat up. With hard rockers Queensrÿche headlining the “Motor City Rock Out!” with Dokken and Lita Ford along for opening support, Saturday […]

Judas Priest

Detroit, Michigan (March 31, 2018) – When Judas Priest announced the Firepower 2018 Tour, fans in Detroit, MI naturally assumed the new, massive Little Caesars Arena would be chosen for a tour stop. What a shock it must have been to the masses when Detroit’s quaint, 4,600-seat, Masonic Temple was chosen instead! Soon after, 03/31/18 […]

Little Big Town

Grand Rapids, Michigan (March 22, 2018) – Often times making one small change in a routine will give a whole new perspective on the eventual outcome. When fans entered Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI, tonight for Little Big Town‘s (LBT) The Breakers Tour that small change was readily apparent. Nestled at the back […]

REO Speedwagon

Grand Rapids, Michigan (March 19, 2018) – When REO Speedwagon checked into the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI tonight, no one knew what to expect. With lead singer Kevin Cronin just recently returning from a two-month hiatus for a medical procedure, everyone wondered if he would be able to perform as he was […]

Don Felder

Grand Rapids, Michigan (March 19, 2018) – Don Felder, Styx and REO Speedwagon at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. Don Felder:      Van Andel Arena:     Don’t forget to check out the coverage of Styx and REO Speedwagon!  Senior Photographer: John Swider Don Felder is renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, […]

Styx

Grand Rapids, Michigan (March 19, 2018)  – When Styx opened the show at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI tonight with “Gone Gone Gone” off their 2017 release, Mission, most of the crowd just stood and stared. It wasn’t because they didn’t like what they were hearing, it was that very few had ever […]

P!nk

Grand Rapids, Michigan (March 18, 2018) – When Pink announced her Beautiful Trauma World Tour in 2017 her fans bought up the tickets as soon as they were available. With that in mind Grand Rapids, MI was ready for Pink’s traveling extravaganza tonight at Van Andel Arena. If you had a ticket and you thought […]

The Eagles

Grand Rapids, Michigan (March 15, 2018) – When the Eagles announced their 53-date 2018 An Evening with the Eagles Tour in late 2017, longtime fans of the iconic band didn’t really know what to expect. Was it going to be a ‘watered down’ show, with tempo and pitch changes to make the songs sound like […]

Loverboy

Windsor, Ontario, Canada (March 9, 2018) – To anyone in attendance at Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino tonight, it might have appeared that an 80’s theme night was in order. With some questionable fashion choices, ‘big hair’ and a little ‘extra baggage’, Loverboy fans were in the house ready for a little nostalgia and a […]