LiveLoudPhotos.com is your 1st choice for quality live music photographs from photographer Mike Padgett. From his humble beginnings in the Chicago music scene of the 1980’s, Mike photographed both the local bands that could be found at the smaller local club venues like the:

Thirsty Whale, the Metro, or Cabaret Metro, Embassy Ballroom, Eagles Club, as well as the national acts playing at the Aragon Ballroom, Rosemont Horizon, Poplar Creek or Alpine Valley. Some of his rock music photo portfolio include bands like Accept, AC/DC,Ace Frehley, Bangles, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper,a> Dio, Dokken, Lita Ford, Sammy Hagar, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen, Metallica, Gary Moore, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Queensryche, Ratt, Rising Force, Michael Schenker, Scorpions, Vandenburg, Van Halen, WASP, Whitesnake, or Y&T.

Metallica Metro show Chicago 1983

Metallica Metro show Chicago 1983

What can you say?..this band was the hottest and hungriest traveling arsenal of metal in the 80’s. I was fortunate enough to see the original band and meet up with them at this record instore as well as get several pics from 3 early shows. Look for more as they become... read more
Lita Ford Metro Chicago 1984

Lita Ford Metro Chicago 1984

Lita is such an attractive and talented hard-edged rocker who started playing music at a very young age while a member of the LA based Runaways with fellow singer/guitarist Joan Jett. She was scheduled for a photo shoot before the show with local Chicago music... read more

Uli Jon Roth – Cabaret Metro – 1985 – Chicago, IL.

Most guitarists know Uli Jon Roth’s work. He was in the Scorpions in the 70’s and then went solo in the 80’s with Electric Sun. It was an amazing show at the intimate Metro venue. It took him 21 years to get back to Chicago playing the House of Blues in 2006. Uli’s...

Dio – UIC Pavilion – Chicago,IL. – Oct. 12,1985

Ronnie James Dio has always been one of the signature “voices” of the Hard Rock genre. This show was no exception. He belted out some of his classic Black Sabbath songs as well as his newer solo material. This tour I believe was his “Last In Line” tour. I had 2nd row...
Rare classic rock and roll concert photography

Rare classic rock and roll concert photography

An amazing band and show. The energy that Angus Young has on stage is something to watch. I had a tough time focusing some of the time because of all his movements. I had to time the shutter in time with his head bops. Very loud band and one of the most entertaining shows ever.

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Rare classic rock and roll concert photography

Rare classic rock and roll concert photography

Bangles – Poplar Creek – Hoffman Estates, IL. June 26, 1987

This was a fun show. I was in the 3rd row and had a great time listening and photographing. Not only did they look good, but they knew how to rock, jam, or groove, depending on the song. Sisters Debbie and Vicki Peterson, Michael Steele, and Susanna Hoffs took the stage and they owned it for the night. Their big hit “Walk like an Egyptian” was a fan favorite, but they had plenty of depth in their songs, even doing a remake of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade of Winter”. The Bangles version exceeded the popularity of the original, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Due to pressure from their record label, The Bangles removed the verse from the original song that contained the line “drinking my vodka and lime.” Rock historians view the Bangles as one of the greatest all-female bands ever.

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Rare classic rock and roll concert photography

Rare classic rock and roll concert photography

Most guitarists know Uli Jon Roth’s work. He was in the Scorpions in the 70’s and then went solo in the 80’s with Electric Sun. It was an amazing show at the intimate Metro venue. It took him 21 years to get back to Chicago playing the House of Blues in 2006. Uli’s solo works at the time of the Metro show was from his albums Electric Sun, Fire Wind, and Beyond the Astral Skies which are all highly recommended listening. Definitely check him out when he tours through your area.

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