Rock of Ages “Images of the Era”
Weiss has a long-standing history with the iconic bands whose songs inspired the musical, ROCK OF AGES. Featured throughout the show are the rock anthems I WANNA ROCK and WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT, from TWISTED SISTER’S 1984 album STAY HUNGRY, which was Mark’s first album cover. In 1986 he photographed the cover of BON JOVI’S SLIPPERY WHEN WET, the monumental album that gave us WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE. Mark has been working with POISON, (EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN) since the release of their first album in 1986, through their current tour. He first shot JOURNEY in 1978 and then a few years later in 1981, he shot them clowning around backstage when they opened up for the Rolling Stones — the same year DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ was released.
Mark continues his collaboration with the recent grand opening of ROCK OF AGES at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Mark’s iconic body of work from the decade welcomes theatergoers throughout the walls of the 1,100 seat theater. To see the 80s in all it’s decadent glory through the lens of Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss adds to the experience, as he almost single-handedly captured the images of the music that “Rocked the Ages!”
“FANS – – DON’T STOP BELIEVIN!”
Helen Hayes Theatre, January 14th, 2013: “Fan Appreciation Day” winner, Stephanie Albarracin, with photographer Mark Weiss, pose in front of a 1981 photo Weiss shot of Journey. Super Fan Stephanie was chosen as the raffle winner by a cast member at the end of the show and was announced on stage. Fan Appreciation Day was originally scheduled for ROCKtober 29th, 2012 but rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.
The photos of Mark “WEISSGUY” Weiss have been displayed throughout the Helen Hayes Theatre since the Broadway Musical ROCK OF AGES began its run there In March 2010. It all started after Mark’s pal, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, invited Mark to see him in his 11 week guest-starring run as Dennis Dupree. domain list Mark photographed the Twisted Sister frontman for the infamous album cover “STAY HUNGRY,” which featured the rock anthems performed in ROCK OF AGES, “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gunna Take It.” Weiss also photographed the “SLIPPERY WHEN WET” album cover which gave us, “Wanted Dead of Alive” by BON JOVI.
Mark catches Rock of Ages with Kevin Cronin from REO SPEEDWAGON and Tommy Shaw from STYX. Afterwards they posed with the cast at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in NYC. April 27, 2009
“It’s great to get insight into the era of 80s rock-n-roll via a treasure trove of photographs skillfully captured in front of Mark Weiss’ camera lens. THE DECADE THAT ROCKED!! is the perfect time capsule for Mark’s work finally being released upon the masses in 2012.”
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