Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2019 by Chris

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Judas Priest made the list of Chris Smyth’s Top 10 photos of the Year (but not this particular one). (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

It is an odd feeling when you love and hate something simultaneously. The emotions don’t make sense, yet it’s fully real. That is how I feel each time I am tasked with creating this year-end list. I love looking through my old photographs and remembering each concert that I was fortunate enough to attend, and reliving each show through the images that I was able to capture along the way.

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Live Review: Judas Priest @ The Anthem — 5/12/19

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Judas Priest performs at The Anthem on May 12, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

After not being able to perform the night before due to a storm rolling through North Carolina which forced the Epicenter Festival to cancel their set, Judas Priest hit The Anthem stage ready to rock on Sunday. What was North Carolina’s loss was DC’s gain, as Judas Priest appeared to take all of that pent up energy that could not get released the night before and blasted it into an amazing show for The Anthem crowd.

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Preview: Judas Priest @ The Anthem, 5/15/19

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Judas Priest (Photo courtesy Chipster PR)

Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, landed in the Top 5 of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the US at #5). The legendary metal band performed at The Anthem last year, and that show was so successful that they have returned to do it again on Sunday, May 12.

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Snapshots: Judas Priest @ The Anthem — 3/18/18

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Judas Priest performs at The Anthem on March 18, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest blasted into The Anthem on Sunday on the heels of releasing Firepower, their well-received 18th studio album, via Epic Records. Led by frontman Rob Halford, Judas Priest entertained a sold-out crowd clamoring for their classic metal sound.

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Don’t Miss: Saxon @ The Anthem, 3/18/18

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Biff Byford fronts Saxon in Munich. (Photo by Pep Bonet)

In February, heavy metal giants Saxon released Thunderbolt, their 22nd studio album, via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). Next week, Saxon embark on a tour as openers for Judas Priest, and the big show arrives at The Anthem in DC on Sunday, March 18. (Get more details on Judas Priest: Firepower 2018!)

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