Helmet band for Red

Helmet, the heavy metal band behind albums such as 'Meantime' and 'Betty,' will perform in Baton Rouge at the tail end of spring. 

The fury of ’90s heavy metal will be alive in Baton Rouge. 

Helmet will perform with Prong on Saturday, May 5, at the Varsity Theatre (3353 Highland Road). Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. The concert is for ages 18 and up.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at ticketweb.com

Since 1989, Helmet has rocked across the globe. In 1992, the band released its absolutely essential, "Meantime," which includes fuzzed-out songs such as "Unsung" and "In the Meantime." The album has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide (because it's awesome). 

After "Meantime," the band released "Betty" (which features jams such as "Wilma's Rainbow" and "I Know") and "Aftertaste" (which features jams such as "Exactly What You Wanted").

(Yes, I am super-excited for this show. Yes, I do have a shirt with the album art of "Meantime" on it. And yes, here are more details about Helmet, because Helmet rules.) 

By 1998, however, the band broke up. While former members such as drummer John Stanier went on to play in bands such as Battles (also very awesome), singer/guitarist Page Hamilton contributed to movie soundtracks ("Heat," the greatest action film ever made) and performed with David Bowie during the singer's Hours Tour before reforming Helmet in 2004. 

(Those concerts must have blown minds because on one hand, there's Hamilton, then on the other, there's Bowie. My mind is blown just thinking about that.) 

Helmet has released new material since reforming including 2016's return-to-form "Dead to the World," which is seriously and surprisingly awesome.  

Prong also hit high marks in the 1990s, with albums such as "Beg to Differ," "Prove You Wrong" and "Cleansing." The band is known for its thrash metal sound on songs such as "Lost and Found."

Though Prong disbanded in 1997, a reformed version of the group with singer/guitarist Tommy Victor emerged by 2002. To date, the band has also continued to tour and release new music. 

For more information on the Baton Rouge show, visit varsitytheatre.com

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