Classic Rock Bands to See Live This Year

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The rush of a concert (Photo by Boga Rín)

The ’60s and ’70s might be well behind us, but the music that those decades produced is very much alive and well. Some of the best rock bands of the era are not only still creating music, but they’re also touring and putting on incredible shows. If you have the chance, here are the classic rock bands you should check out this year.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2018 by Jason

johnny_marr_19_DSC00205_20181017Johnny Marr slings his guitar at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 17, 2018. Jason Nicholson chose a picture from this show (but not this one) as one of his Top 10 of 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 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.

While sitting back in my chair and listening to a vinyl record is a favorite pastime of mine, there is nothing like going out and experiencing a performance live. For me as a concert photographer, the challenge is trying to capture the image of an artist you have spent a lifetime getting to know or at least your representation of what they mean to you. Here’s my Top 10 favorite photos of 2018 I had the pleasure of shooting for Parklife DC this year with a little commentary. Hope you enjoy seeing them again and best wishes for a great 2019!

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Snapshots: Roger Daltrey @ Wolf Trap — 6/10/18

daltrey_DS307411_20180610Roger Daltrey performs at Wolf Trap on June 10, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

In 1969, The Who released a masterwork — the impressive rock opera Tommy. It’s a musical revue that has withstood the test of time — and now nearly 50 years after its initial release, singer Roger Daltrey has come to Wolf Trap to perform the show in its entirety.

Sir Roger stormed through 27 songs, including 24 highlights from Tommy alongside a few other tunes, on Sunday, June 10, and he’s set to do it again tonight, Tuesday, July 12. Grab a last-minute ticket and go if you’re not already heading there! As our pictures attest, you won’t regret it.

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Don’t Miss: Roger Daltrey Performs The Who’s Tommy @ Wolf Trap, 6/10/18 + 6/12/18

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Roger Daltrey (Photo courtesy Wolf Trap)

Roger Daltrey, the legendary lead singer and founding member of The Who, performs the band’s famous rock opera Tommy in full on two dates at Wolf Trap — Sunday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 12! A handful of seats remain for each performance.

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Music Park: SSHH @ The Roxy Hotel (NYC) — 10/18/16

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Sshh Liguz sings while Zak Starkey plays guitar in the background and Glen Matlock plays bass in the foreground at the Roxy Hotel in New York City on Oct. 18, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Sshh Liguz, she a blonde Australian fury, and Zak Starkey, he the famous musician son of famous musician Ringo Starr, brought their album of covers to the Roxy Hotel in New York City to party down. In doing so, SSHH made a big impression on an elegant if tiny stage in their debut US show in New York City last week, playing a performance for charity Teen Cancer America.

SSHH developed a covers album, titled Issues, with support from PledgeMusic, and it consists of 11 tracks ranging from “Problems” by The Sex Pistols to “All the Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople to “Private Life” by The Pretenders. (You can support the album or buy a copy here!)

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