Three photos I snapped are showcased in the new autobiography of legendary rocker Gary U.S. Bonds.
Bonds is amazing in many ways, including this: During his headlining 1963 European tour, his opening act was The Beatles. Yes, John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Many years later, when Bruce Springsteen became a mega-star, Bonds and Springsteen teamed up to write, produce and perform such Bonds hits as “This Little Girl Is Mine,” “Out of Work,” “Jole Blon” and “Daddy’s Come Home.”
Last year, I photographed Bonds making guest appearances at Springsteen’s epic three-night stand at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. After I posted several of those photos on Facebook, the New Jersey Star-Ledger asked for my permission to publish some of the pictures. Bonds saw those photos in the Star-Ledger and asked to use one in his forthcoming autobiography. When I said yes, publish as many as you like, he ended up including three of my photos, one of which you see here.
Being published as a photographer – a big honor and thrill for me, especially when the subjects are two of my favorite rock stars.