Duff McKagan performs at City Winery DC on May 31, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
Often times when people go to a concert, they want an escape from the day’s headlines and news. But at City Winery recently, that distraction was not possible. Duff McKagan showed up to the intimate venue on the night of his new solo album, Tenderness, release. With the album tackling current and relevant topics including opioid abuse, school shootings, sexual assault, and mental health and suicide, a night of mindless escapism was not on the table.
Metal fans pose during M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
The M3 Rock Festival turned it up to 11 this year for the 11th anniversary of the glam-metal festival.
Sons of Apollo performs at the Howard Theatre on May 20, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)
You hope that with any band, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But when you start with amazing individual parts, the expectations can get quite high. Fortunately, with prog-metal supergroup, Sons of Apollo, those expectations were not only met but exceeded in a thrilling show at the Howard Theatre on Sunday.
Sons of Apollo (Photo by Hristo Shindov)
Former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) formed supergroup Sons of Apollo in 2017. The band released Psychotic Symphony, their debut album, in October via Inside Out Music/Sony — and in March, they released an EP with several versions of Psychotic Symphony song “Alive.”
Now, the quintet is on tour, and they perform locally at the Howard Theatre on Sunday, May 20.