The Airborne Toxic Event: A Tour in 5 Images

Posted: November 21, 2014 in 5's
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By Glen

The Airborne Toxic Event’s fall tour was a visual spectacle, providing a superabundance of sublime photo opps for photographers both amateur and professional alike. We’ve spilled more than enough words (and numbers) in our attempts to reflect on paper screen what we witnessed with our eyes and ears; today we give in and admit that pictures say it better than we ever could.

Below, in no particular order, are five images that capture the heart of a tour to remember. If you’ve got a favorite image you’d like to share, link to it in the comments and we’ll share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Steven Chen of The Airborne Toxic Event, Fillmore Residency

On the second night of the Fillmore residency, Jessica Sandoval captured Steven Chen in full flight: bathed in red, framed by the now iconic bird, green lights shooting from each shoulder as if he’s a puppet on a pair of strings.

Angelic Anna Bulbrook. Photo by Stan Silverman, Sept. 20, 2014, The Fillmore San Francisco.

“Pin the Bird on the Band Member” became a popular game amongst TATE fans this fall. Our favorite example comes from Stan Silverman, who captured the angelic Anna Bulbrook on night three of the Fillmore residency.

Adrian Rodriguez, Mikel Jollett and Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event

It was a familiar sight almost every night: Adrian Rodriguez, Mikel Jollett and Daren Taylor kicking the encore into overdrive with a 3-man drum solo (is that an oxymoron?). In-the-crowd hijinks usually ensued. This image was captured by Jennifer McInnis (Creative Copper Images) in Vancouver.

Anna Bulbrook leans on Airborne Toxic Event bandmate Adrian Rodriguez in Burlington, VT. Photo by Ayaz Asif, Oct. 9, 2014 (

My jaw dropped the first time I saw this photo by Ayaz Asif, captured in Burlington, and it continues to do so each time I look at it. The sheer joy radiating from Anna is mesmerizing.

Mikel Jollett and Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event

Elva captured this perfect moment in time as the Vancouver show wound to a close. Daren Taylor’s god shot: “Let there be light,” says the Lord of the Drums, and it dutifully streams from above. In front of him, Mikel Jollett basks in the glow of yet another triumph.

Glen, Fan of The Airborne Toxic EventGlen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.

  1. Ralph Royster says:

    Hi. Your post today with some favorite pics from the recent TATE tour reminded me that I was surprised not to have seen you link to one post that I think was at least as good as any of the recent tour, and which also included two terrific pics that I think could have made your top 5 (one of Steven at the piano; and one of Steven and Mikel at the piano). The post is on a blog with which you are familiar, as it is listed #2 on your list of blogs you follow — see

    I’m not much for linking by Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, so will not be doing that. Thanks for all of your great work.

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  2. A-Train says:

    Taken by me at the New York show at Terminal 5. Love these guys (and gal)!


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