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Duran Duran @ Verizon Center - 4/8/16

Duran Duran @ Verizon Center - 4/8/16

Nearly four decades into their career, Duran Duran shows no sign of slowing down. The band released their fourteenth studio album, Paper Gods, last fall, and this year have embarked on an extensive world-touring schedule. The band was last in DC back in 2011, when they played DAR Constitution Hall. On Friday, they returned to the city to play a much, much larger venue, the Verizon Center. While the venue wasn’t sold out, the fact that it felt quite packed was a tribute to the band’s staying power.


WIN STUFF: Win 2 tix to see Muse BEFORE YOU CAN BUY THEM!

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Someone should tell these people that Muse are not, in fact, banned from playing the District. Wednesday, September 11, the English trio, with the help of their RAWK LAZERS, will turn the Verizon Center into a SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE. And we have a pair of tickets to giveaway BEFORE THE SHOW GOES ON SALE! Just try to make it out of the black hole alive, okay?

Muse are returning to D.C. for the first time since their 2004 9:30 Club appearance. At that point, the band had only three releases - Showbiz, Origin of Symmetry, and Absolution - in their repitorie. Muse have since put out Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance, and most recently, The 2nd Law. Each album, regardless of release date, howcases Muse's undeniable powerful sound of which frontman Matt Bellamy's booming, ready-for-Broadway voice is a highlight. In addition to their impressive, prolific catalog, Muse have built a reputation worldwide for their energetic live performances, earning them recognition from Queen's Roger Taylor as "probably the greatest live act in the world today." All of this assures that District dwellers have a monumental show to look forward to.

Joining Muse for their Verizon Ceter date are Kentucky garage rockers Cage the Elephant. Cage the Elephant, like Muse, have earned attention for their vivacious live shows, the setlists for which comprise of hits, including "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked," from the band's two albums. With a third full-length release on the way, concertgoers can expect to hear new Cage the Elephant material at upcoming shows.

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One lucky winner will be randomly chosen THIS THURSDAY NIGHT before tickets go on sale this Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m., so make sure to enter before then! GOOD LUCK!


LIVE: Bob Dylan w/Mark Knopfler @ The Verizon Center - 11/21/12

Photo courtesy of John Buckley
There was massive outcry from Bob Dylan’s fans when during the 1965 Newport Folk Festival he enlisted Mike Bloomfield of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to play electric guitar. Dylan himself “plugged in” not long after, and even though it led to two of the greatest records of all time (Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde) fans decried Dylan’s switch from acoustic to electric, even though the writing had been on the wall for some time.

Causing less of an uproar, apparently, is Dylan’s fairly recent decision to abandon guitar altogether. Not once during his 90 minute set at Verizon Center on Tuesday did he strum a guitar, sticking primarily to piano and occasionally blowing his harmonica. His formidable harmonica playing was the closest he got to sounding like “old” Dylan, as his voice, which was the focus of so many reviews of his most recent album, Tempest, often seemed to fail him in concert as much as it does on the album.

Which isn’t to say his performance was bad – even after 50 years of performing, Dylan still seems to enjoy himself, even though he rarely acknowledges he’s performing in front of an actual audience. His band was stellar, old songs are reworked in both good and bad ways, his vocal flourishes – such as adding the occasional “how ‘bout that” and “I’ll tell ya” to lyrics everyone knows – bring a smile, and the riverboat gambler appearance he’s cultivated since the late 90s (wide-brimmed hat, bolo tie, pants with a flaming red stripe down the side) make him look like the legend he is.


LIVE MUSIC: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band @ The Verizon Center - 4/1/12

Photos courtesy of Springsteen SUPERFAN Stephanie Germeraad

At some point during every Bruce Springsteen tour, there is a breaking point; a moment in which the Boss decides to stop tirelessly promoting  his newest album, and just plays what everyone really wants to hear—classics and deep cuts.  Lucky for those at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, April 1st was that night. 

After beginning with “We Take Care of our Own,” and “Wrecking Ball,”—the single and title track from his new album, respectively—the band launched into Born to Run’s “Night,” signaling to fans that they were in for a good show.  Springsteen reinforced the promise of the evening by taking a moment to acknowledge that although the composition of the E Street band has changed, “the mission remains the same: we want to wake you up and shake you up and we want to take you to higher ground.  We want to sing you home with your hands hurting and your voice hurting!”   The band delivered on their guarantee—anyone who didn’t leave that show with arms sore from fist pumping and a voice coarse from singing along from the depths of their soul was assuredly doing something wrong.