Snapshots: Alter Bridge @ Fillmore Silver Spring — 2/10/17

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Alter Bridge perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Heavy metal band Alter Bridge released their fifth full-length album The Last Hero via Napalm Records last fall, and they stopped at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday on a tour to promote the album.

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Snapshots: Nonpoint @ Fillmore Silver Spring, 2/10/17

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Elias Soriano of Nonpoint sings at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Drummer Robb Rivera and vocalist Elias Soriano formed their heavy metal band Nonpoint in Fort Lauderdale 20 years ago, and they’ve hit the road with their bandmates to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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Don’t Miss: Nonpoint @ Fillmore Silver Spring, 2/10/17

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Nonpoint (Photo by Eric Richter)

Fort Lauderdale heavy metal band Nonpoint published their ninth studio album, The Poison Red, last summer via Spinefarm Records. The album was the first featuring new lead guitarist BC Kochmit from the prolific band. These guys like to stay busy, and they are hitting The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, Feb. 10, to open for Alter Bridge on The Last Hero Tour.

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Music Park: Styx @ Strathmore Music Center — 11/10/15

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Lawrence Gowan (left), Todd Sucherman, and Tommy Shaw of Styx and Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, chat at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., on July 1, 2015. (Photo courtesy NASA)

Styx lead singer Lawrence Gowan reflected on the band’s previous visit to the DC-metro area in July during a quiet moment at a Styx concert at the Strathmore Music Center last week.

Someone at NASA invited Styx to witness the reconnaissance flyby of Pluto and its moons by the probe New Horizons, which documented a previously unknown fifth moon around the dwarf planet. Researchers at NASA of course dubbed the new moon Styx after the visiting progressive rock band.

This inspired the start of a solo medley Lawrence played while the rest of the band took a brief break during the very full show in Bethesda on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and Lawrence took the opportunity to tip his hat to Elton John with a cover of “Rocket Man.”

The talented keyboardist is a natural showman, and he and Styx founder Tommy Shaw already got the audience to their feet and singing along to many classic Styx songs. Now Lawrence led us through a singalong of “Rocket Man,” followed by a verse of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and “Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding.

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Don’t Miss: The Darkness @ The Fillmore, 10/25/15

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Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Rufus Tiger Taylor, and Frankie Poullain are The Darkness. (Photo courtesy Publicity Please)

Glam metal band The Darkness are back with a new album, Last of Our Kind, produced by the band’s guitarist Dan Hawkins and released earlier this year!

If the UK glam rockers didn’t already remind us of Queen, mostly thanks to the impressive vocals of frontman Justin Hawkins (Dan’s brother), who surely could front a killer Freddie Mercury tribute, The Darkness have recruited an actual scion of Queen as their new drummer! In 2015, The Darkness have introduced Rufus Tiger Taylor, the son of legendary Queen drummer Roger Taylor, as their new drummer, debuting him on tour in support of the new album.

That tour comes to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 25, where The Darkness headline a show certain to feature terrific new songs alongside old favorites. The title track to Last of Our Kind will remind you of why everyone loved The Darkness so much in the first place, as it starts out with a catchy melody and builds into a soaring glam chorus before you can blink. Justin is in great form as a true showman in the song’s official video, and you also can see Rufus Tiger join the revelries (with Indian headdress nonetheless). Everyone is just plain having fun, which is the way it should be when you listen to The Darkness.

Watch the official music video for “Last of Our Kind” by The Darkness on YouTube:

Rolling Stone said of the new album: “Their sound remains perfectly suited for the biggest stages in the world.” Clearly, The Darkness are fully back in the saddle since reuniting for their 2012 album, Hot Cakes. You’ll want to bring wear your dancing shoes and your party pants to The Fillmore on Sunday!

Tickets are available online for the cleverly named “Blast of Our Kind Tour!”

The Darkness
w/ These Raven Skies
The Fillmore (Silver Spring, Md.)
Sunday, Oct. 25
Show @8pm
$28.50
All ages

Music Park: Jessie’s Girl @ Howard Theatre — 10/16/15

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Jenna O’Gara leads the girls on stage for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” at the Howard on Oct. 16, 2015.

“Jessie is a band/
Yeah, I know it’s been a good 80s cover band.”

Usually closely held by denizens of New York City, Jessie’s Girl brought its brightly lit guitar solos to the Howard Theatre on Friday night to an ardent audience happy to dance their hearts out.

The seven-person ensemble rocks out with a wide variety of tunes from the ’80s, ranging from artists like Prince, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, A-ha, Loverboy, and more. Friday, they bound onto the stage with intro music borrowed from “The Final Countdown” by Europe and then proceeded to dive headlong into kinetic tributes to musicians who defined a decade.

Early in the show, the band jumps into “Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy, encouraging the crowd to hop around the room, hands raised in celebration. Singers Jenna O’Gara and Mark Rinzel trade off vocal duties for the song, pumping up the shamelessly lyrical fun of the song’s mission statement: Take a few days off to party!

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