2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the first appearance of Batman in “Detective Comics” #27 and with that momentous occasion DC Entertainment has declared that today is officially to be known as “Batman Day”. Yep, you’ll find yourself heading to the batpoles in order to enjoy this day properly.
Today I say goodbye to “PiercingMetal Musings” which has served our readers well as The Official Blog for PiercingMetal.com for just over seven years at the time of this writing. You look a little sad at that announcement but let me tell you why you should only be smiling at that little bit of news.
I’m about a month into the redevelopment of my PiercingMetal.com site and since I am now using WordPress to deliver all of the content that you have come to this dotcom to enjoy, there was no longer a need for a side presence to the brand name that used this same software. When I first installed WordPress and created “PiercingMetal Musings” it was to expand my creative voice outside of the context of objective review. It worked very well but as we steadily approach the websites tenth year online it was time to make a change. Over the last few weeks I have been importing all of the posts that you’ve enjoyed for the past seven years and have appended their categories to fit nicely into the new framework. Some of the changes come via my “When The Music Died” and “Movie and TV Mania” topics which have been renamed to “In Memoriam” and “On Screen” respectively. I dropped my “Heavy Metal Holy S**t” and “Around The Metal Republic” topics and put all those stories into my “Heavy Metal Happenings” for the time being but even that needs a dig through to see what category might work better for certain stories that were written.
I think that it’s great to have it all in one place now and find it a little easier to direct you to the Contests or the Reviews or any of our number of Special Feature focuses. As I’ve already mentioned, all of the legacy site content can be read via its menu option and while this is a no frills means, this is only for the time being as those articles are imported piece by piece into the new format. Thanks for the patronage and visits here as always, I look forward to keeping you entertained. Onward and upward we climb.
He struck waves of fear into you with The Misfits; He sent bolts of lightning charged terror through your spine with Danzig and now with a month long run of solo dates, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will make fear freeze your face!!!!! (queue super dramatic and yet still oddly terrifying music now…..) Yes Horror Punks own Monster Man has mapped out a series of shows that are guaranteed to make you look twice over your shoulder as you wander down those dark streets and you can learn more via the provided press release but first a word from our sponsor and the official tour poster.
I had initially planned on putting up a broadcast per interesting news item but the stuff that came flying at my mailbox from the Marvel Comics side this week was just too fast for that and as many readers have seen, there had been several tour announcements to dish out. That said I lumped all three of these interesting and somewhat major happenings in the Marvel Universe into one post. I hope you will forgive me for taking the easy way out this time around Let’s get down to business.
1. Thor Gets In Touch With His Feminine Side & Becomes A Woman: On the Tuesday episode of “The View” Marvel made the announcement that Thor would become a female in a move to attract more people to the franchise. Writer Jason Aaron was quoted as saying “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
I woke up this morning to a heavy dose of the Blues as word that the legendary guitarist Johnny Winter had passed away in his Zurich, Switzerland hotel room. He was 70 years old and had only celebrated this milestone year back in February 2014 where the photo I present below was taken.
According to reports, Mr. Winter had been in declining health over the last few years but that never stopped him from gigging it seemed. Fans from the NYC region could always count on several “Winter In Winter” residencies at the venerated B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square and in addition to these shows he would tour extensively and on occasion do meet and greets with the fans who wanted to shake his hand and thank him for the mastery that he put out there. I was happy to have been able to catch a few of his live performances at B.B. King’s as they were incredible displays of technique that resonated with influence. With his passing, the great band in the sky has added a guitar slinger like no other to their lineup. This sad news follows the only recently broadcast report about Tamas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone, the original drummer for The Ramones) passing away only last week. Two legends gone in too short a time frame.
Johnny is survived by his wife, his younger brother Edgar, his band mates and more fans than can easily be counted. Thank you Johnny Winter for all of the wonderful and kick ass music that you gave us. You will never be replaced but you shall always be remembered and your sounds shall continue to live on and influence anyone who chooses to pick up a guitar. Rest in Peace Bluesman.
Now this should be exciting news for a lot of people because it appears as though Glen Danzig will be bringing his band Samhain to tour for a few select dates and one of these exclusive appearances will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on November 1st. Pretty cool huh? I think so.
For those readers not in the know, Samhain was the band that Glen formed immediately after his tenure in The Misfits back in 1983 and they released a number of albums before he transformed this Death Rock project into his long running solo effort – the eponymously named “DANZIG”. Now I should admit that I never followed Danzig during this time but a few of the friends I had back during then did and loved it. I was okay with The Misfits back then but was leaning more towards things like KISS and Van Halen at this time and Punk outside of The Ramones was not really up my alley. That being said, I am very interested in seeing what this is all about because if I read this announcement correctly it is not a full on tour but instead only a select handful of dates in the East and West Coast markets. At the point of this writing I do not know who will be in the band with Glen and I mean will this be Doyle and Johnny Kelly or feature some of the legacy members of Samhain (Steve Zing, John Christ, Eerie Von etc.). If I find out more I will append the post.
These tickets will also go on sale on Friday July 18th at Noon so click HERE at that time so you get yourself into the show. I am guessing that this kind of appearance will sell out rather quickly.
There are a number of release to sink your fangs into by Samhain and I’ve embedded some links to Amazon.com for you to be able to check them out.
Fans of the band Life Of Agony will likely be spinning in place with excitement as the news about the bands sole US appearance for 2014 taking place at the Starland Ballroom this coming September.
This will mark what amounts to the second reunion of Life Of Agony who seemed to be all about finished as a touring group over the last couple of years. Drummer Sal has his A Pale Horse Named Death group while Alan Robert has been working on comic book releases. Singer Mina has been doing solo gigs while Joey remains active in his studio working on numerous projects. That being said it’s definitely special when a band that is not currently touring decides to make a special one-off appearance and the Starland Ballroom will be the perfect place for this particular show. Personally speaking I’ve never been more than the casual listener to this particular band but I do know plenty of fans out there who felt that this band spoke to them on numerous levels across their lives with their debut “River Runs Red” and its follow-up “Ugly”. I’ve caught them on various tours a couple of times over the years and can attest to their being able to deliver a solid show. This will clearly be one that their fans remember for a long, long time.
Tickets for this special event of a show will go on sale on July 18th at noon and you can purchase one by clicking HERE
Below you can find several of their bodies of musical work. If you are curious, you can always investigate via these links.
It was only a matter of time before the revelation of a Las Vegas residency for a band like KISS came to be and I am happy to report that one will be taking place this coming November at a space known as The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. The KISS residency might be following the successful jaunts of this kind by bands such as Motley Crue, Guns N Roses and Def Leppard but now the big guns are taking control and going to give us what we have been waiting for. You can check out the Official Press Copy that I received just moments ago after the super cool poster.
Artist: Grim Reaper
Title: “See You In Hell” @ Thirty Years
Label: Ebony Records
Release Date: 7/13/1984
Genre: Heavy Metal
“Can I Make You An Offer….You Can’t Refuuuuuuuuuussse!!!!!!” was the first resounding line that Steve Grimmett hit your ears with like a shrieking banshee after the thunderous drums intro that propelled the riff of guitarist Nick Bowcott. This was many Metal fans introduction into the world of the NWOBHM band Grim Reaper who celebrate the thirty year milestone of their debut album “See You In Hell” today. My own first go at the band came care of what I recalled as being via a promotional flexi disc that was in one of the Metal magazines that I read back in 1984. Yep, I remember when it was new to the ears of most fans I must admit and while this was the only track on the disc I played it to death. I even did my best at learning the tune on the drums since I was heavily into exploring my own musicianship at the time as well. It surely was an exciting track and a great way to snare an audience that was now heavily into Judas Priest and Iron Maiden at the time and keeping an open ear for new and thrilling bands.
Some sad news to wake up to on a Saturday morning, but it appears that the great Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of The Ramones has passed away. He was 65 years of age and was suffering from bile duct cancer.
Born Erdelyi Tamas which was changed to Thomas Erdelyi, he came to Forest Hills Queens by way of Hungary and would meet John Cummings (who you all know as Johnny Ramone) in High School and they played together in your typical garage band before forming The Ramones with Joey and Dee Dee. Fans might find it interesting to learn that Tommy was not initially supposed to be the drummer but he kept better time than Joey and clearly Joey would be the better front man for the seminal Punk Rock group.