If you find this post boring, please just skip it, but its the story of the accumulation of the ones that I have collected (thus far). This has been fun! I don't post often, but thought I'd put out there why I have so enjoyed the lithographs and tour art.
I got my first limited lithograph from a Phish show a few years ago. Since then, if a show has a limited poster/litho/artwork that I attend, I'll usually buy it. Got a couple of cool smaller show limited runs that are signed (Drive By Truckers, Gregg Allman, etc.). My overwhelming love of GnR left me extremely excited when I saw that they were doing these for the NiTL tour.
My first show on the tour was Nashville. We chose the closest drivable location (5 and half hours) to be the earliest in the tour as possible (just in case, ya know, there were disagreements with the band that may change the tour). I had asked a friend of mine to get me a litho, if they did one, at the shows in Vegas. He brought me a shirt and said that they only poster was a typical poster with the dates (I have since gotten him into Lithos and we are both mad he didn't pick them up from the two shows he went to in April 2016). So back to Nashville, i glanced the merch stand and didn't see anything, then the couple in the seats next to me had one and I ran back and got in line. Litho #1! I would later have that lithograph with me on a work trip to Nashville, take it to Hatch Show Print and get the artist to sign it. Made for a cool pic on my instagram.
Then I got on ebay. I should have bought the first Cincinnati one that I saw, it's still my fave, but I passed thinking $200 was too much and I'd find one cheaper. Idiot.
So below are my list of lithos and how I got them:
Detroit: Ebay. I love Corvettes and thought it was a cool one. Got it for like $118. As the Lithorati site points out, weird they picked a Chevy (that particular model was built in St. Louis) for the lithograph for the show at FORD Field.
Atlanta: I went to the show, it was awesome again. I bought four lithos (they weren't selling well) to sell/trade for other lithos. I'm not a Walking Dead person and it's actually one of my least favorite, but I don't sell trade ones from the shows that I actually attended. So it's a keeper.
Orlando: I work in Alumni Relations for Clemson University. A fellow Clemson Alum friend of mine in Orlando was going to the show. I asked him to get me litho if he could. Boom, Got it!
New Orleans: Again, a friend that went to Clemson with me, and President of the New Orleans Clemson Club, is a lawyer in NO. He wasn't going, but a partner in his firm was going. I told her that I'd love one or two (for trading) and she got the last two at the merch stand she went to. Score!
East Rutherford 1 and 2: Traded one of my New Orleans lithos with Uzi on this site for these two lithos. East Rutherford 1 is greatly underated unless you see it in person. Still disappointed tht East Rutherford 2 isn't numbered.
Glendale: Again, friend from College and former Major League Baseball player told me his Girlfriend was going. She didn't understand the importance of a "Poster," but picked one up for me! Awesome
San Diego Surfer: Ebay
San Diego Sara Ray: Ebay
Note: Had friends or friends of friends at Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, and LA shows and they couldnt secure a litho purchase. I think the LA shows were when folks buying them up was at its worse.
WInston Salem: Was tailgating about a quarter mile from the outside merch trailer. I went down there twice and they were sold out both times, but more were coming. I really wanted to get it before the show because rain was coming in. Third time I went down there, I said look, I'll wait till the guy brings some more. They radioed him and I got it. Gave one to a friend and traded the other for a Cleveland with Mcs953 here. I was not crazy at all about the art, but have warmed to it based on them finding something locally connected. Krispy Kreme donuts was founded there, thought it may have had a connection to that! Or, with them playing at the home of the Demon Deacons, that could have been a cool tie in. Missed seeing UZi from this site who was at the show.
DC 2017: I ended up with 2 from two different friends that went and got me one. It seems to be one of the less loved ones, and I'm not super crazy about it (seems something with the capital building would have been better than this) but I don't mind it. Still looking to trade one of these.....(hint hint, I wouldn't be picky, just looking for one I don't have).
Cleveland: traded the other for a Cleveland with Mcs953 here. Like everyone else on here, this one is a bit of a disappointment based on how dark it is, and how it could have been so much greater with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame based there, but it added to my collection.
Louisville: The head of the University of Louisville Alumni Association is a close friend of mine. I called him. He called someone with the Yum center and was able to get me one. I still think this one could have been the greatest with Churchhill Downs/Kentucky Derby, but I also believe that there could have been some licensing reasons why not (and that licensing could be the reason some of the obvious aren't used in the lithos.
Troubador: Only got this in the last couple of months from ebay. I found one with a couple of creases on it and a low price and I pulled the trigger. I can't help but hope those creases came from someone rocking out at that show with less than 500 in attendance and the first show with Axl, Slash, and Duff in 20 years. It's kinda plain, but I love it for what it is!
Now I need a really cool Rock and Roll room to display these, and other lithographs that I have from other bands. I also have a tour poster from 2006 (first time seeing Axl), a promotional poster for Axl/GnR when they played the show in Greenville, SC I went to on Halloween. It's actually a really killer poster and I have Frank Ferrer drumstick to go iwth it (still hoping to catch a microphone one day!). My rule of thumb on this artwork, I'll acquire GnR anything, but any other band stuff, I have to have attended the show. I will typically only buy if its a limited litho, but some posters I will purchase (Roger Waters, Springsteen, etc).
Sorry for the long story, but it was fun for me going over two years of acquiring these. I always love to think that each one of the lithos was THERE at the show!