Check Out This Rare Photo of John Lennon Chillin' at Busch Stadium

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Photo by Bob Bonis/Courtesy of eBay/Edelman Public Relations
A too-cool John Lennon, chillin' backstage at Busch Stadium in 1966.
This rare photo of John Lennon, shot in the bowels of Busch Stadium during the Beatles' August 21, 1966 stop in St. Louis, was recently unearthed and made available for purchase on eBay on Monday. The photo is from a larger collection of the work of the late Bob Bonis, who served as tour manager for both the Fab Four and the Rolling Stones in the mid-sixties.

Bonis passed away in 1992, and now his collection of candid photographs is controlled by a hedge-fund investor named Kurt Benjamin, who is selling prints on eBay with a starting price of $175 for an 11" x 14" photo.

See also: Here Is the Setlist from the Beatles' 1966 Concert at Busch Stadium

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Farewell to Bad Dog and Plush: Photos

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Bryan Sutter
Dave Grelle of the Feed puts a bow on the final show at Plush. See more photos here.

Dr. Seuss once wrote, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." No offense to the Cat in the Hat author, but we're going to cry about Bad Dog Bar & Grill and Plush closing anyway. There are plenty of wonderful things happening on the St. Louis music scene right now, but losing these two venues is like a kick in the face.

Bad Dog and Plush both are dear to us here at RFT Music. Bad Dog has welcomed guests of every ilk, hosted some of the most locally and nationally recognized fetish contests and performances, and was one of our featured venues for punk music during the 2014 RFT Music Showcase. Likewise, Plush has brought in amazing touring artists, gave St. Louis musicians and comedians a great stage to showcase their talents, and featured one of the best sound engineers in the city (RIP, Mikey Teesdale).

Both bars ended their runs in style -- with memorable, booze-filled blowouts, of course. Plush called it quits on January 3, while Bad Dog's ownership ceased operations once its New Year's Eve celebration was in the books. But something is afoot that may help the Bad Dog bark in the future, so stay tuned! For now, check out a few of our favorite photos from the (presumably) final nights at each bar, and see more Bad Dog photos here and Plush photos here.

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The Best Costumed Fans at Kristian Nairn's Rave of Thrones Party at Old Rock House

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Kristian Nairn with an adoring fan -- and a costumed photo-bomber.
This week, actor Kristian Nairn came to the Old Rock House to DJ a Game of Thrones-inspired party aptly named the "Rave of Thrones." The hulking Nairn, who plays the lovable Hodor on the HBO show, kept the music going while fans -- many dressed in costumes inspired by GOT -- danced and smiled and partied.

Here are some of our favorite costumed fans we saw at the show. Be sure to check out our full slideshow of the event as well as our interview with Nairn from earlier this month.

See also: HBO Star Kristian Nairn to Bring Rave of Thrones to Old Rock House

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The Best Music Photos from November 2014

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Theo Welling
Primus drummer Tim Alexander channels "Mike Teevee" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. See more photos here.

Plenty of concerts and music-related events happen in St. Louis every night, and we try to photograph as many of them as we can. Each month, we'll look back at photos from the previous month's batch of concert photography and hook you up with a bunch of shots you may have missed. Below, check out our favorite music moments from October 2014, in no particular order.

Note: Though we'd like to, we're unable to send a photographer to every show in any given month.

See also:
- The Best Music Photos from October 2014
- The Best Music Photos from September 2014

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The Schwag Helps the Shanti Close on a High Note: Photos

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Steve Truesdell
The Schwag performs during the Shanti's final night on November 29, 2014. See more photos here.

One of St. Louis' beloved institutions closed its doors over the weekend, with staff members surrounded by familiar faces, tunes and scents.

The Shanti, a self-proclaimed "hippie bar" that opened in Soulard in 1999, marked the end of an era on November 29, 2014, with a blow-out jam dedicated to its loyal customers. "We have been blessed with all the musicians that walk through our door," owner Teresa Parker told RFT Music in May. "We're a hippie bar, so we've mostly featured jam bands -- a lot of Grateful Dead bands -- but we also have blues and a lot of bluegrass."

With the scent of patchouli hanging in the air, Grateful Dead cover band the Schwag reminded Shanti fans what a long, strange trip it's been as the bartenders served brew after brew and fires blazed out in the courtyard. Earlier in the day, bluegrass/classic rock outfit Pik'nLik'n performed, the band's own farewell after thirteen years.

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Kentucky Knife Fight Says Goodbye at Off Broadway: Photos

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Theo Welling
Kentucky Knife Fight waves farewell to its fans at Off Broadway. See more photos here.

It's the end of an era for one of St. Louis' most respected yet most underrated bands.

Kentucky Knife Fight played its final show November 22 at Off Broadway. After nearly a decade of blending folk, Americana, blues, rock, garage and a smorgasbord of other musical genres, the band decided to end its run with a farewell show full of longtime hits as well as tunes from its 2013 album Hush Hush.

Maybe the theft of its touring van proved too vexing for the group to overcome. Or maybe KKF had too varied of a sound to fit into one easily marketable genre. Either way, St. Louis has lost one of its beloved musical totems.

See also:
- Photos: Kentucky Knife Fight's Farewell Show at Off Broadway
- St. Louis' Kentucky Knife Fight to Call It Quits With a Farewell Show November 22

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The Best Body Art at the Old School Tattoo Expo

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Theo Welling
We saw this in a dream once. See more photos here.

One of the most colorful events in the city, the St. Louis Old School Tattoo Expo gathers thousands of ink lovers annually for a celebration of body art and the latest techniques. From a tiny star near the ankle to a sleeve of thorny vines to museum-quality color on the back, tattoos of all types are proudly displayed -- and created -- during the Expo.

Quite a few works of art caught our eye during this year's three-day affair, held November 14 to 16 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel downtown. Below, check out our eleven (twelve, counting the one above!) favorite tattoos from the convention, and then tell us in the comments the best tats you've seen!

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Candy-Coated Fans at Primus' "Willy Wonka" Concert: Photos

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Theo Welling
Oompa Loompa doopety-doo: The stuff of our nightmares is the stuff of Les Claypool's dreams. See more photos here.

Surely Les Claypool of Primus has had dreams about jumping into the chocolate river seen in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Or finding the golden ticket. Or getting a golden egg-laying goose nooooow, Daddy.

Claypool's obsession with Willy Wonka is on display in Primus & the Chocolate Factory, the group's newest and eighth studio album that reworks the film's songs, and was the foundation for an imaginative stage show November 5 at Peabody Opera House. With psychedelic lighting, Wonka-esque costumes and candy as far as the eye could see, Primus' production was "pure imagination."

See also:
- Slideshow: Primus Opens a Chocolate Factory in Peabody Opera House
- Les Claypool Talks Primus & the Chocolate Factory: "Expect Lots of Chocolate"


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The Best Music Photos from October 2014

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Steve Truesdell
Rivers Cuomo performs with Weezer at Plush. See more photos here.

Plenty of concerts and music-related events happen in St. Louis every night, and we try to photograph as many of them as we can. Each month, we'll look back at photos from the previous month's batch of concert photography and hook you up with a bunch of shots you may have missed. Below, check out our favorite music moments from October 2014, in no particular order.

Note: Though we'd like to, we're unable to send a photographer to every show in any given month.

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Here's How St. Louis Band We Bite Becomes the Misfits: Photos

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Theo Welling
We Bite as the Misfits.

True tribute bands have it rough. In their quest to bring an authentic experience to die-hard fans, they attempt to recreate everything perfectly, from the music to the costumes to the makeup. It's not an easy thing to pull off, especially if you're celebrating one of the most influential artists in recent decades.

But that's exactly what We Bite has been doing as its members share their love for horror-punk pioneers the Misfits. Billing itself as "the Midwest's premier Misfits tribute," the band already has earned a reputation for authenticity after just a few months of playing the local music scene.

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