Snapshots: The Lantern Tour @ Warner Theater — 10/25/18

TheLanternTour_WarnerTheatre Jackson Browne performs at the Warner Theatre for The Lantern Tour on Oct. 25, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Several singer-songwriters gathered at the Warner Theatre recently for a common cause, the belief that all human beings have basic human rights, no matter who they are or where they are in the world.

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Music Park: Lindsey Buckingham @ Warner Theatre — 10/19/18

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Lindsey Buckingham performs at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon, on Oct. 7, 2018. (Photo by Raph_PH)

Upon the stage of the gorgeous Warner Theatre, singer and guitar virtuoso Lindsey Buckingham performed songs spanning a career dating back to the 1970s. Touring in support of his new multi-disc greatest hits record, Solo Anthology: The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham, Lindsey played a two-hour set to a crowd of feverish baby boomers.

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Don’t Miss: Lindsey Buckingham @ Warner Theatre, 10/19/18

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Lindsey Buckingham (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media)

Lindsey Buckingham released Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham, which includes album, live, and alternate versions of some of Lindsey’s celebrated solo albums, on Oct. 5 via Rhino Records. Lindsey will perform at Warner Theatre on Friday, Oct. 19.

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Music Park: Lost ’80s Live @ Warner Theatre — 9/21/18

3-FarringtonMann01 Farrington + Mann impressed as a standout act during Lost ’80s Live at Warner Theatre on Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

If a theater full of people singing their hearts out to “I Ran (So Far Away)” by A Flock of Seagulls doesn’t move you, I don’t know what else to say! If it sounds pretty exciting, read on for a recap of Lost ’80s Live, the hit-a-minute machine that brought Gene Loves Jezebel, Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow, Farrington+Mann of When in Rome, Animotion, Naked Eyes, Wang Chung, and A Flock of Seagulls to the Warner Theatre on Friday.

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Don’t Miss: Lost ‘80s Live @ Warner Theatre, 9/21/18

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Annabella Lwin with Bow Wow Wow at Dreamland in San Francisco on Sept. 28, 1981. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Lost ‘80s Live, the long-running traveling retro music festival, celebrates 15 years in 2018. Lost ‘80s Live is coming to DC on Friday, Sept. 21, with a show at Warner Theatre that includes A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow, Farrington and Mann (the original vocalists of When in Rome), Naked Eyes, Animotion, and Gene Loves Jezebel.

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Music Park: Yes @ Warner Theatre — 7/23/18

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Steve Howe performs with Yes at the Warner Theatre on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The 1970s are widely regarded as the golden age of prog rock. Many bands to emerge during that era had tremendous commercial and critical success. Emerson, Lake and Palmer! Genesis! King Crimson! These bands represented the most innovative edge of the genre, pushing musical and lyrical boundaries by combining standard blues-based song structures with sweeping compositions featuring musical arrangements most often found in classical pieces.

But no prog-rock band has had the longevity or breadth of experience as Yes, which celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Warner Theatre on Monday.

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Don’t Miss: Yes (50th Anniversary Tour) @ Warner Theatre, 7/23/18

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Yes (Photo by Glenn Gottlieb)

Yes will embark on a 35-date 50th anniversary tour this summer with a date at the Warner Theatre on Monday, July 23. And in a special appearance, founding keyboardist Tony Kaye will join the band during an extended encore for signature songs such as “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Roundabout,” and “Starship Trooper.” Mark your calendars for this epic show!

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Music Park: Ghost @ Warner Theatre — 5/20/18

Ghost @ Warner Theatre, Washington DC, 05/20/2018 Tobias Forge fronts Ghost at the Warner Theatre on May 20, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

At one point in the show, Tobias Forge, vocalist for Swedish heavy metal band Ghost, conducted one of many costume changes into a tuxedo and returned to rapturous applause. Well, he initially returned a bit unnoticed with the din of doom metal upon the stage, but he cheekily demanded and received a re-entrance, where the audience gave him his due.

“You caught me completely off-guard!” Tobias exclaimed in mock surprise during the sold-out show at Warner Theatre on Sunday.

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Music Park: Brian Setzer Orchestra @ Warner Theatre — 11/25/17

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Brian Setzer Orchestra performs on their Christmas Rocks! Tour at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andrzej Liguz)

I vividly remember the friend who put me on to the music of the Stray Cats 30+ years ago, as he was living the zeitgeist of the ’80s rockabilly revival. I was in Rochester, New York, attending RIT, and he’d come up from Jersey to attend school there as well. He had the greaser haircut, the leather jacket, rolled up cuffs on his jeans, cigarettes under his T-shirt sleeve, and designs on marrying his still virginal high school sweetheart once he got his degree.

The Stray Cats were in constant rotation in his dorm room, and he said to me once, “Y’know, even if this whole rockabilly scene fades away tomorrow, this guy Setzer’s still got a job for life.” He was referring to Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer’s formidable talent as a guitarist. It was clearly evident back then, even if Setzer’s stylistic trappings were a little different from rock hero contemporaries like Eddie Van Halen or Yngwie Malmsteen.

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