Generation Axe ticket give away

Generation Axe at the Warner Theatre

Generation Axe is a truly unique band with a total of five of the world’s best guitarists and they’re playing at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC this Sunday, April 24th! Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi will perform in different combinations culminating with them all on stage playing together! There has never been a concert like this before and one of you lucky DCHM readers is going to get to go to this very concert for free! To enter: just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite guitarist of all time! At 5pm EST on Friday, April 22nd, 2016, the contest will end I’ll pick a winner at random (using from all valid entries to win the tickets. Be sure to use a valid email you check regularly so I can contact you if you win. Don’t worry, I won’t add you to any spam lists or sell your info or anything sleazy like that. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 24 hours another winner will be chosen at random. If you know you can’t go please don’t enter as there isn’t a lot of time between the end of the contest and the show and contacting another winner in time will be difficult. If you can’t wait to see if you win or the contest is already over when you read this, then you can get tickets from Live Nation for $43 – $83 (depending on section) here.

Instead of each of these incredible guitarists performing solo sets Generation Axe will perform together in different combinations letting us witness some very interesting stylistic combinations. They’ll play some songs from each member’s back catalog as well as some covers and even some new material that was written just for this tour. I’m not sure these guys will all have the time in their schedule to do a tour like this together again so you really don’t want to miss this show. It will also be something of a homecoming for Tosin Abasi, the Animals As Leaders guitarist that grew up in the Maryland suburbs of DC. Now tell me who your favorite guitarist is (and it better not be Nick Jonas!) and check out these videos of Generation Axe in action below.

Generation Axe – Malmsteen/Vai – Black Star

Generation Axe – Vai/Wylde/Bettencourt

Photos of Black Label Society at the Fillmore Silver Spring

So after a miscommunication about my photo pass on Sunday, May 4th, 2014, I finally got to photograph the final band of the Revolver Golden Gods Tour’s stop at the Fillmore Silver Spring. I’m not going to do a whole review of the show here, though it was pretty fun. Guitar solos and pinch harmonics (those high pitch squeals you hear) were in high abundance but the band slowed it down some for a few songs as well. “In This River,” a tribute to Dimebag Darrell that had Zakk Wylde putting down his guitar and playing a piano that was brought on stage, was a nice lull in the energy that most of the other songs had. I’ve always been a much bigger fan of Zakk’s work with Ozzy Osbourne, but regardless of who he’s playing with the man can shred live, as evidenced by the extended guitar solo that lasted so long you could have chugged a beer between its start and finish. And did I mention the excellent lighting? What a fun band to not only photograph but just see lit up so well on stage. In all it was a really fun show, I just wish I had gotten into the venue early enough to catch Down, but that was beyond my control, unfortunately. You can check out some of my favorite photos that I shot at the show below, click on them to see them larger if you’d like, or just click here to view the entire set.

Black Label Society at the Fillmore Silver Spring

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

John DeServio of Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

May 4, 2014 Black Label Society set list

The set list that Black Label Society played was:

My Dying Time
Godspeed Hell Bound
Destruction Overdrive
The Rose Petalled Garden
Heart Of Darkness
Damn The Flood
Parade Of The Dead
Fields Of Unforgiveness
Angel Of Mercy
In This River
The Blessed Hellride
Suicide Messiah
Concrete Jungle