I had been curious about Tinted Windows for a while, since it is such a star-filled group. The band is made of up Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, Smashing Pumpkin’s James Iha, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos. Since I missed the band at SXSW, I made sure to check them out when I heard that they were coming to Double Door.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when legendary rockers mixed with the pure pop of Taylor Hanson. It turned out to be more pop than rock, which was surprising. Everyone seemed to be in their own world, rarely interacting with each other, and only occasionally interacting with the audience (Taylor was the best about interaction, it seemed). However, they were upbeat, and you could tell that there was a ton of talent on a small stage.
So, ultimately, the show was entertaining, but nothing revolutionary. However, it’s worth the ticket price at least once, just to see everyone on stage, up close and personal.
The setlist was long and included:
Take Me Back
Can’t Get A Read On You
Messing With My Head
Back With You
We Got Something
Kind of Girl
Nothing To Me
I Don’t Mind
This was a pretty straightforward shoot. Great white light center stage for Taylor, and occasional bursts of bright light for the sides of the stage. As normal, the hardest part of shooting was the packed crowd and lack of photo pit.
I shot the majority of the set with two Canon 5D Mark IIs, and the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/2.8, with the 135mm f/2 coming out for a few shots, mainly to capture drummer Bun E. Carlos. Since I was front row, I relied most heavily on the 16-35mm to get full-body shots.