Helmet performed at Union Stage in Washington, DC on October 27, 2019 and I was there to catch some of the action. The band is currently out on their 30th anniversary tour and fans everywhere are losing their shit. I loved Helmet as a teenager in the 90’s, and the band still kicks ass today. They are a constant in my “metal” playlists. Yep, for this “Photo Flashback” we’re taking a trip down memory lane with Helmet. Continue reading below for more photos from the show. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.
Helmet have embarked on a tour of the U.S. this fall celebrating the 30th anniversary of their formation. The 30-city trek features the band performing a 30-song set each night with no openers to be seen or heard. Fuck yeah! Literally music to my ears.
For those of you who don’t know, Helmet is an American “alternative metal” band from New York City, formed in 1989. Founded by vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member. Helmet has released eight studio albums and two compilation albums to date.
Here’s what Helmet’s singer/guitarist and founding member had to say about the band’s 30th anniversary and the tour. “The day John, Peter, and I auditioned Henry is the day I consider to be the beginning of Helmet. The year was 1989 and I think the month was May. I love playing this music more than ever with my current band mates Kyle, Dan, and Dave. To celebrate 30 years of recording and touring we decided to play 30 songs a night in 30 cities in Europe and 30 more cities in the USA. We hope to see you all there.” – Page Hamilton
I would highly suggest seeing Helmet in concert if possible. They were fucking great! Still heavy…still relevant. No cheesiness or fat here folks — just straightforward innovative heavy music. Page Hamilton is an extremely underrated guitar player and singer/songwriter. Helmet released a couple of the best metal albums of the 90’s in my opinion. Be sure to check out Helmet’s Official Website for all remaining tour dates and other info about the band.
Here are some more photos of Helmet performing at Union Stage in Washington, DC on October 27, 2019. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson/Hazy Eye Music Media.
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