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Marshalltown, Iowa (July 29, 2013)  In the midst of their successful tour multi platinum band Saliva had no idea they were going to be ripped off when they made a stop in Marshalltown. Saliva is touring in advance of their new record “In It To Win It”.  After supporting band Boneriver ‘s set the Impala Ballroom’s stage was prepared for Saliva. Lights were readied and the smoke machine was operational.  The crowd was milling around the front of the stage as classic rock was played over the house sound system as Saliva’s roadie made the usual sound checks.

After 30 minutes Saliva’s tour manager appeared on stage and announced that Saliva would not be performing. He stated that a promoter named Scott had not delivered the band’s money as promised.  Saliva’s Bobby Amaru told Iamnotjerry, “He (Scott/promoter) didn’t meet any (of the band’s) requirements and we settle before every show. He said he was going to get the money and he never came back.” Saliva stayed around so fans could get personal photos, autographs and allowed me to get photos of the band outside their tour bus. Saliva was in good spirits considering they did not get paid.

I am not aware of the promoter known as Scott. The promoters I do know are outstanding representatives of the music profession and advocate for artists as well as the venues where they perform. They work tirelessly to ensure that artists get what they need to be able to perform each and every night so concert goers experience the best show the artist can give. When something like what happened to Saliva occurs it is disheartening.  I am sure Saliva has moved on as there are many more scheduled shows ahead of them on this current tour. On September 3rd I will be purchasing “In It To Win It” and play that mother as loud as I can in support of live music.

What a Saliva stage and fans looks like

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.