LIVE RECAP: BABYMETAL at Rock on the Range – 05/20/18

Review and photos by Greg Maki ----- I’m a lifelong fan of hard rock and metal, and I’ve been one of two people running Live Metal since early 2006. So I’ve seen and heard a lot when it comes to heavy music, and it’s become increasingly rare to see something truly unique. That’s where BABYMETAL... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: Myles Kennedy – 05/16/18 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, Maryland

Review by Greg Maki ----- It takes some serious guts to take the stage alone when you’re used to having guitar gods like Slash or Mark Tremonti out there with you. But that’s exactly what Myles Kennedy is doing on his tour supporting his debut solo release, “Year of the Tiger,” including a stop at... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: Kamelot with Delain and Battlebeast – 04/18/18 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, Maryland

LIVE PHOTOS: Kamelot, Delain, Battlebeast ----- Review by Jeff Maki ----- During March and April of 2018, we have provided in-depth coverage of symphonic metallers Kamelot. From an early review of its new album, "The Shadow Theory" (read here), to our exclusive interview with frontman, Tommy Karevik (read that here), to videos, tour dates and more, we've been... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: Judas Priest – 03/18/18 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.

LIVE PHOTOS: Judas Priest, Saxon, Black Star Riders ----- Review by Greg Maki ----- First, in 2011, guitarist K.K. Downing retired, and in response, Judas Priest didn’t just continue; the venerable metal act flourished with the addition of new axe-slinger Richie Faulkner. Then in early 2018, the band’s other longtime guitarist, Glenn Tipton, announced he... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: Foo Fighters – 10/12/17 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.

LIVE PHOTOS: Foo Fighters, The Struts ----- Review by Greg Maki ----- The Anthem, a gorgeous new waterfront music venue in Washington, D.C., is officially open for business, and owner Seth Hurwitz could not have picked a more appropriate act for its inaugural show than Foo Fighters—led, of course, by Northern Virginia native Dave Grohl.... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: Sevendust (20th anniversary tour) – 06/21/17 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, Maryland

LIVE PHOTOS: Sevendust, He is Legend, Never Your Zero ----- Review by Greg Maki ----- In spring 1997, I was 17 years old and finishing my senior year of high school. Though I had been raised on loud guitars and thunderous drums, I had become disillusioned with a lot of rock music in the mid-’90s,... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat – 05/10/17 – M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Maryland

LIVE PHOTOS: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat ----- Review by Greg Maki ----- There have been some rough patches here and there, but make no mistake—Metallica still is the best metal band that ever was or will be. On Wednesday, May 10, at the home of the Baltimore Ravens, the most successful band in the history... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: John 5 and the Creatures – 04/09/17 – State Theatre – Falls Church, Virginia

Review by Greg Maki-----Instrumental rock music can be a tough sell, even for someone who loves music as much as me. Too often, it comes across as self-indulgent, with endless noodling and shredding. It’s as if the musicians forget the song is what matters most. Over his eight solo albums, John 5 has avoided that... Continue Reading →

LIVE RECAP: Steel Panther – 04/07/17 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, Maryland

LIVE PHOTOS: Steel Panther ----- Review by Greg Maki ----- It’s nothing short of amazing that Steel Panther, a band originating from—and still based on—a joke, still is going strong today. The ‘80s hair metal parody act just released its fourth studio album, "Lower the Bar," and is out on a headlining tour across the United... Continue Reading →

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