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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Live Review: Kali Uchis x Jorja Smith @ The Anthem — 4/28/19

Jorja x KaliJorja Smith and Kali Uchis perform at The Anthem on April 28, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

I had the great honor of covering Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith last year in 2018 (check those posts out by clicking on the artists’ names). When it was announced that they would tour jointly together, I thought ” What a perfect pair!” Luckily, the tour started in Kali’s hometown recently, and we were in for a treat from both ladies in a sold-out show at The Anthem.

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Live Review: Snow Patrol @ The Anthem — 4/26/19

Snowpatrol1 Snow Patrol brings hope to The Anthem on April 26, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Five, six, seven, even 20 years seems like a long time between albums — but over the past few years, bands have been making albums that defy what the industry would say are the prime years to make follow up records. And some of my favorite records lately have been from bands who haven’t put out a record in stretches of time and then deliver some of their best. Case in point: the Northern Ireland band Snow Patrol, who appeared at The Anthem on Friday. 

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