It’s not often you get to witness so many beautiful, bright colors on a stage that also radiates from the performers you are seeing. Lead singer, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, left a memorable mark in my mind when I photographed them at Central Park Summer Stage.
They opened with “Lessons of Love” as he came down stairs in a fuzzy neon yellow coat and every song they played after that, Glenn had a message to share with the audience. What struck me was how he said that they’re a band that’s not afraid of the word pop or to be a pop band, because pop lasts forever.
He told everyone to self-accept themselves and explained how he’s a 30 year old man without a driver’s license, still but he wanted to act his age and be an adult by finally coming out of the closet as a gay man. I got to hear some of my favorite Neon Trees tunes like “Sleeping With A Friend” where Glenn got into how awkward it was to introduce his mom to the song and be talking to her about his sex life. He explained how he’s a happier person despite everything with the friend he slept with and that we should all flirt a little and just take risks.
For their encore, Glenn approached the stage with an announcement how he learned of some bad news behind stage that would ruin the rest of the show and maybe the rest of the summer for the audience and the news was that “everybody talks” which was a fantastic way to open the song and close the night with one of their hit songs “Everybody Talks”. With the luminous lights, catchy tunes, meaningful messages, and Michael Jackson inspired dance moves, I’m happy to say I got the chance to photograph Neon Trees and see the absolutely amazing pop show they put on.
All photos by Catharina Christiana at C3 Photography