I’ve been working with old mate Mike Rosenberg, perhaps better known as Passenger, for close to five years now. In the early days we’d be on the road sleeping in sketchy backpacker lodges, he’d sometimes play shows to a dozen people in country pubs, and between each show he’d be out busking on the streets, doing everything he could to get his music out there.
How the times have changed. Well, he still takes to the streets for the love of it, but the venues have certainly got a little bigger, the hotels a little nicer, and the momentum is as strong as it’s ever been. It’s been amazing to experience and document the journey along the way. This run with the boys culminated with the biggest headline Passenger show to date – 15,000 Passenger fans crammed into the Ziggodome in Amsterdam (featuring a surprise Ed Sheeran cameo). Who would have thought!
The latest evolution in the Passenger journey has seen Mike take to the stage with a full band – an amazingly talented bunch of guys from around the world. Not only has the sound become richer and fuller, it also doesn’t hurt to have more than one rude head to photograph each night. I also had the pleasure of hanging out with one Gregory Alan Isakov on this run – my unofficial dressing room buddy, fellow town explorer and all round good guy.
Here’s a snapshot of life on the road from the first three weeks of the European tour, including all the adventure in between shows. The great thing about touring is that I get the chance to meet all my favourite photographers in different cities – scroll down to see cameos from @JuusoHD and @misterflopatrick.
Until next time…