Black Friday at the iconic Barrymore’s Music Hall in the nation’s capital was anything but bleak with the Headstones headlining a rocking show with a little help from local sensations In Heat.

The lineup for the sold out show stretched down the block and the energy grew as the Headstones loyal fans were anxious to be let in to the newly renovated venue which has been a local institution, on and off, since 1978. I hung out and chatted with a few of them about our favorite Headstones concerts over the years. Mine was a show in 1993 or 1994 in a small dive in Moncton New-Brunswick. I remember the crowd pulsating, elbowing our way to the front, and being rewarded by Hugh Dillon, the Headstones front man, spitting on me. It was love at first spit and I was thrilled to get a chance to see them again last night, this time with camera in hand.
In Heat perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores - Photo: Renee Doiron

In Heat perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores – Photo: Renee Doiron

In Heat perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores - Photo: Renee Doiron

In Heat perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores – Photo: Renee Doiron

In Heat took to the stage first and treated everyone to a wild ride. I had heard before the show that they were outrageous, sounding like a mix between AC/DC and the Cult, oh and by the way the lead singer is a 6 foot cross dresser named Lexxi Splitlip. The crowd at first seemed a bit unsure but they didn’t take long to warm up to this hedonistic crew and were soon pumping their fists to the beat and screaming for more.
The Headstones perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa - Photo: Renee Doiron

The Headstones perform at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa – Photo: Renee Doiron

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The Headstones perform at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa – Photo: Renee Doiron

Once In Heat left the stage, my camera caught the eye of the lighting tech who grinned and told me that I was going to need some luck shooting tonight as “the Headstones like it dark, almost black”. Black Friday jokes aside, he wasn’t kidding. Those first three songs were certainly one of the toughest challenges I have yet faced as a photographer, with heavy backlighting and very low light. That being said, the¬†Headstones are certainly back in fine form after having reformed in 2011 with solid tracks such as Binthisway and Shitouttaluck. Dillon has not lost his ability to intensely engage with his audience. From the moment he stepped on stage, Headstones fans were enraptured.

The Headstones are off to Toronto on December 15th at the Phoenix then down to Niagara Falls, NY on December 16th at Rapids Theatre and then will wrap up 2016 in Waterloo, Ontario at what has become the place to play in the K/W area.
Renée Doiron / @reneedoiron

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The Headstones perform at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa – Photo: Renee Doiron

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The Headstones perform at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa - Photo: Renee Doiron

The Headstones perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa – Photo: Renee Doiron

The Headstones perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa - Photo: Renee Doiron

The Headstones perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa – Photo: Renee Doiron

The Headstones perform at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa - Photo: Renee Doiron

The Headstones perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa – Photo: Renee Doiron

In Heat perform at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa - Photo: Renee Doiron

In Heat perform at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa – Photo: Renee Doiron

The Headstones perform at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa - Photo: Renee Doiron

The Headstones perform for the capacity crowd at Barrymores Music Hall in Ottawa – Photo: Renee Doiron

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