Rock photographer Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss will unveil a collection of 20 photographs of Mötley Crüe, along with a display of personal memorabilia drawn from his extensive history working with the band and other legendary rockers.
The photographs of Mötley Crüe span the band’s heyday from 1982 to 1989 and are just a small part of Mark’s world-renowned portfolio, created over a career spanning 35 years. The display includes Mark’s infamous gangster photo shoot (shown above) featured in the tour book and poster set for the band’s iconic 1985 “Theatre of Pain” tour.
Twenty-eight years ago to the day – September 19, 1985 – the infamous PMRC Senate hearings raised the controversial issues of profanity and morality in popular music. Mark became a part of rock history when he accompanied Twister Sister’s Dee Snider to Washington, D.C. to document the singer’s testimony on behalf of fellow musicians’ First Amendment rights. Mark’s never before seen photographs captured that day will be on display, and prints will be offered as thank-you’s to guests who participate in Mark’s informal 80s music trivia quiz.
The event includes appearances by band members from “Raiding the Rock Vault,” called “the ultimate Classic Rock Concert Experience,” and there will be ticket giveaways to the upcoming shows with performances by Jon Anderson, founding member and former lead vocalist of YES.
There will also be a surprise appearance of the 400-pound manhole cover, direct from the Grammy Museum in LA where it was in residence for over a year. This famous manhole cover was used on the album cover shoot for Twisted Sister’s “Come Out and Play” in 1986, which Mark shot and art directed. This release was the follow-up album to the multi-platinum “Stay Hungry” by Twisted Sister, which was the first album cover Weiss photographed.
Mark will also be available for interviews to share his many experiences working withMötley Crüe and other 80s greats, including Twisted Sister, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses and Bon Jovi, whose infamous “Slippery When Wet” album cover Mark photographed.
This all-day event is a prelude to the THEATRE OF PAINT presentation at the Rock Paper Photo Gallery on Wednesday, September 25, featuring the photography of Mark Weiss and a “live” painting performance by noted artist David Banegas. THEATRE OF PAINT is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m.