A Look Back: 30 years of iconic rock and roll in Utah
Veteran photographer Rick Egan hand-picked images from shows he’s shot since 1984
Published: June 2, 2013 02:11PM
Updated: June 7, 2013 06:25AM
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Black Flag lead singer Henry Rollins performs at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, May 22, 1985

Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents images from its archives in a special series called A Look Back. This week’s installment features photos of The Rolling Stones, Black Flag, REM and a number of other iconic bands as shot by The Salt Lake Tribune’s Rick Egan, who has been with the paper since 1984. “Concerts are hard. The lights are always changing. The people are always moving. It’s not like shooting anything else,” Egan said. “I’ve only been knocked out once.” It happened when he was punched by a fan at a Jimmy Cliff show. Egan started photographing bands in high school in the late 1970s. “That was back in the day when you could just walk in to a show with a camera and nobody cared.”

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback.

Here are some of the previous installments:

Life on the Ute Reservation in early the 1900s

Women’s fashion in the 1960s

Dogs in Utah around 1900

Utah’s early cultural diversity

Utah artists from the late 1800s to the early 1900s

Presidential visits to Utah from the 1860s

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

The centennial Days of ‘47 parade in downtown Salt Lake City from July 1947

Women’s fashion from 1949-50

Construction of the Salt Lake Temple and SLC in the 1800s

Utah college life from the 1930s to 1960s

Old newspaper advertisements

People and events in Salt Lake City from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s

Historical images of Sugar House

Aerial images of Salt Lake City in the 1960s

Historic photos of Temple Square

Historic scenes from Salt Lake City


The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

Salt Lake City in the 1900s

Key moments in Utah Jazz history

Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park from 1935 to 1951

Kennecott Utah Copper Mine in the 1930s and 1940s

Salt Lake City and other Utah cities in the 1800s

Geneva Steel

Historical buildings in Salt Lake City