John Swider

Senior Photojournalist --- Portfolio

Cale Dodds

Detroit, Michigan (February 14, 2018) – Splice Magazine was on hand today when Warner Music Nashville recording artist, Cale Dodds, stopped by the MusicTown studios in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Out on a nationwide promotional tour for his first country single, “Take You Back”, Dodds was ready to talk country music and play a few acoustic […]

Halestorm

Ypsilanti, Michigan (February 10, 2018) – When Halestorm was tabbed as the co-headliner along with Stone Sour for the Winter 2018 Tour, hard rock fans rejoiced. It was a chance to see each of the budding rock icons perform a full set of their own music on the same stage. With this heavy in their […]

Stone Sour

Ypsilanti, Michigan (February 10, 2018) – – Before we begin, let’s set the record straight right from the start – Stone Sour is NOT Corey Taylors ‘second’ band project; Stone Sour was already a solid entity before Taylors ‘second’ project donned the rubber masks and began their meteor-like ascent in the metal world. Any mortal […]

Year of the Locust

Detroit, Michigan (February 9, 2018) – Opening the night for the Starset – Immersion Part 1 show at Saint Andrew’s Hall tonight was New York-based Year Of The Locust (YOTL). The lil band from the Northeast is a hard-rock based quartet featuring Scott McGiveron (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Fred Serrell (Bass/Vocals), Peter Hellers (Vocals/Guitar) and Raeshwan Greene […]

Starset

Detroit, Michigan (February 9, 2018) – The snowiest day of the year was taking place right as Starset was arriving with their Immersion: Part One Tour in Detroit, MI. Also scheduled to appear at the fabled Saint Andrew’s Hall tonight are rockers, Year of the Locust, and the ever-popular EDM, wizard, Grabbitz. Would the onslaught of […]

Lanco

Grand Rapids, Michigan (January 19, 2018) – Five years ago this week, Brandon Lancaster, (vocals), Chandler Baldwin, (bass guitar), Jared Hampton, (keyboards), Tripp Howell, (drums) and Eric Steedly (guitar) played their first show as the country group LANco in front of 15 family members. Today, with a Billboard top-ten hit, “Greatest Love Story”, and the […]

Kane Brown

Grand Rapids, Michigan (January 19, 2018) – Chris Young, with the support of Kane Brown and Lanco, brought his Losing Sleep World  Tour to the sold-out Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan tonight. Eager country music-loving fans packed into the arena for the undeniably talented, high-energy, and emotional-intensive performances that were sure to be […]

Chris Young

Grand Rapids, Michigan (January 19, 2018) – When Chris Young brought his 2018 Losing Sleep World Tour to the Van Andel Arena, in Grand Rapids, MI, his music was at the top of the country charts. What started out as a typical Thursday evening was shaping up to be a wild night of hot country […]

Breaking Benjamin

Grand Rapids, Michigan (January 14, 2018) – On a  cold winter night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Van Andel Arena was the setting for one of the most anticipated tours of early 2018. Metal fans came out in force as Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin and Bullet for My Valentine took to the stage for the second […]