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Rob Halford (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Judas Priest and the Metal God himself Rob Halford fired up fans with a set of classic heavy metal songs in Oxon Hill, Maryland this past week. The “50 Years of Metal” North American tour was postponed in 2021, but the band are back on the road and showing no signs of age. Top notch musicians playing unapologetic heavy metal music. Truly amazing.

Anyway, be sure to check out the Official Judas Priest Website for music, news, merch, and tickets for all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for my full review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Rob Halford (Photo by Andy Jillson)
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Lauren Monroe (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Lauren Monroe, along with legendary Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, played a heartfelt set of songs in an intimate setting at The Loft (City Winery DC) this past week. What an honor to have been granted access to cover this performance. Monroe’s music and lyrics are deeply moving and have a healing quality. The subjects and themes within the songs are intense yet the music is somewhat sedative. Bluesy Novocaine for the soul. Bravo.

If you are unfamiliar with Lauren Monore’s music I strongly encourage you to explore. She has an abundance of great material. If you are unfamiliar with Rick Allen and/or Def Leppard…you must not be from this planet. Anyway, be sure to check out the Official Lauren Monroe Website for music, news, merch, and tickets for all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for my full review. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Rick Allen (Photo by Andy Jillson)
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Maynard James Keenan (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Fortunately for me I was able to photograph Tool at Capital One Arena in DC recently. Whoa. What an amazing show! Both musically and visually stunning. Psychedelic, progressive hard rock at its finest. A bit challenging for a photographer, but so much nervous excitement. I had not seen Tool since the late 90s. Completely blew my mind.

Tool are still touring the US in support of their fifth studio album, Fear Inoculum. Check the Official Tool Website for remaining tour dates and tickets. Continue reading below for more photos of their performance in DC. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter, and frontman of The Revivalists, David Shaw played his first ever solo show in DC on 12/18/21. Union Stage was the perfect set and setting for Shaw to showcase the raw poetry and storytelling within his debut solo work. This was a rare treat in an intimate musical setting.

Anyway, be sure to check the Official David Shaw Website for music, videos, merchandise, news, and all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for live photos from the performance. All images copyright and courtesy of Zach Brien.

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METZ (Photo by Norman Wong)

Canadian post-punkish noise-rockers METZ will be performing at Union Stage in DC on December 13, 2021. The band is on the road in support of their newest album, Atlas Vending. This is a must see band and must hear album. Not to mention their entire catalog is fucking amazing! I, along with several other METZ fans, have been anticipating this tour since 2020.

Anyway, tickets for their show at Union Stage can be purchased HERE. Also be sure to check the Official METZ Website for music, videos, merchandise, and tickets for all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for more information. All images copyright and courtesy of Norman Wong.

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All Things Go Music Festival will be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion this year on Saturday October, 16. The festival is highly-anticipated, and the excitement has been building for months. Music fans from all around will be heading to Columbia, MD to be apart of this musical extravaganza. The lineup is top-tier. Don’t miss out! Tickets are selling fast. Click HERE to purchase tickets while they are still available.

In addition to the festival, All Things Go is hosting their Creator Summit on Friday October, 15 at the Eaton Hotel in Washington, DC. Continue reading below for more details about both events.

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Green Day (Photo by Andy Jillson)

The Hella Mega Tour featuring Green Day and Weezer made a stop in DC on 8/8/2021. I was fortunate enough to be in the photo pit for this one. This is my biggest show to date. Wow…just wow. Surreal is an understatement. I was only allowed in the photo pit for a couple songs, but I made the most of my time. I had a freakin’ blast!

Anyway, tickets for the Hella Mega Tour can be purchased at hellamegatour.com. Also be sure to check out the Official Green Day Website & Official Weezer Website for music, videos, merch, and all upcoming tour dates. Continue reading below for more information and photos from the show. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

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Weezer (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Eric Scott (Photo by Andy Jillson)

The Eric Scott Band played a sold out show at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD on February 25, 2021 and I was there doing my best to photograph the band behind a plexiglass barrier. Eric Scott is a Washington, DC singer-songwriter and bassist. He has toured internationally and is a 15-time Wammie winner, as awarded by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). He’s also a 2021 Wammie Finalist. Amazing.

Anyway, in this photo flashback, we’re taking a trip down memory lane with the Eric Scott Band. This was my first show of the year, and Eric’s too! Continue reading below for more shots of Eric Scott and his band performing for a sold out (socially-distanced) crowd at Rams Head On Stage. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

Eric Scott (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Dead Kennedys (Photo by Andy Jillson)

On March 3, 2020 I photographed pioneering punk rockers the Dead Kennedys and D.O.A. at DC’s historic 9:30 Club. I had only vaguely heard about the coronavirus at that time and certainly had no idea this was going to be the last concert I would attend for the next seven months. In between band sets a staff member informed me that the 9:30 Club and all other DC venues were going to be “temporarily shutdown” beginning the following day. Well…here we are almost nine months later. Ugh.

Anyway, in this Photo Flashback I am remembering my time with the Dead Kennedys and D.O.A.. Continue reading below for more images of both bands performing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on 3/11/2020. All images copyright and courtesy of Andy Jillson.

D.O.A. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
Refused (Photo by Shane Gardner)

Refused, Youth Code, and Racetraitor played at the 9:30 Club in DC on February 21, 2020 and photographer Shane Gardner was there in the photo pit “pressing buttons” as he would say. Check out Shane’s official website, ROCK N ROLL SOCIALITE, for more examples of his work and information on how to obtain his services. Anyway, in this Photo Flashback were taking a trip down memory lane with Refused, Youth Code, and Racetraitor. Continue reading below for more shots from their performances at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on February 21, 2020. All images copyright and courtesy of Shane Gardner.

Youth Code (Photo by Shane Gardner)