Donielle Flynn

Steve Galli has been around the world and attended THOUSANDS of concerts.  He’s been the one behind the lens capturing iconic moments in rock and roll history for decades.  Steve was the house photographer for The Palace, Pine Knob, and Meadowbrook for more than 25 years.  He’s also captured countless moments in the history of WCSX and our sister station, WRIF.  You can find Steve Galli at the WCSX display at Autorama March 4th-6th.  Steve doesn’t just hang out behind the lens… Here’s Steve hanging out behind the mic a few years back. #vintage

Steve Galli WRIF

  • Where did you grow up?

    I grew up in Harper Woods.  My family moved to Utica when I was 15…  Utica has been home ever since.

    Ted SRV.2.21.86

    Ted Nugent and Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • When did you start taking concert photos? Do you remember the first show you shot?

    I brought an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera to pretty much every concert I went to beginning with my first concert, Aerosmith in ‘74 at Cobo Arena. 

    The first decent camera with interchangeable lenses was in the early ’80s which is when my photos started to become worthy enough to print 8×10’s.
    WRIF/WCSX – staff photog 1988 – 2015
    Palace, Pine Knob/DTE, Meadowbrook -house photog 1990 – 2015

    Steven Tyler Palace

  • What is one of your all-time favorite concerts in Detroit and why?

    # 1 – Pink Floyd – 1975 Olympia Stadium 
    Wish You Were Here tour.
    Being only my second concert, I was blown away not by just the music but the visual stage effects.
    #2 – any of the many Stevie Ray Vaughan shows.
    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • What’s one of the strangest concerts you ever photographed?

    Electric Forest Festival.  The picture says a thousand words.  The Electric Forest Festival has been taking place in Rothbury, Michigan since 2011.

    Electric Forest Steve Galli

    At the Electric Forest with Steve Galli.


  • What are your favorite concert venues to shoot in?

    #1 Pine Knob– best sightlines. Low stage.
    #2 Meadowbrook – same reasons but more intimate.
    #3 Fox Theatre – the venue exuded history
    #4 State Theatre (Fillmore) – same reason but more intimate.
    Kid Rock.7.20.08

    Kid Rock 7.20.08

  • Steve Galli Gallery

    For larger images go to the Steve Galli Photo Gallery

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