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Danzig @ The Wellmont Theatre (9/9/2017)

Despite his rough exterior and angry bad boy attitude, Glenn Danzig put smiles on hundreds of faces at the Wellmont this past September. It goes without saying, but Danzig’s following gave the local hero a warm Jersey welcome as they anxiously stood wrapped around the block totaling enough metal studs and apparel to conquer a small city.

Touring in support of his newest release, “Black Laden Crown,” Glenn no doubt kept to his notorious high standards regarding opening acts. Another superstar tour paraded young(er) guns: Mutoid Man and Corrosion of Conformity. There was not a dull moment as both bands did their job by exciting the crowd and maxing out the enthusiasm.

Danzig made it to the venue just in time for his set, which he killed. Starting on the right foot with “SkinCarver,” the audience was captivated from the first growl and continued to display their moshing zeal right into the classic, “Twist of Cain”. “How the Gods Kill,” “Dirty Black Summer,” and “Last Ride” were all highlights of the show. There was no stopping the vehement shock of an innocent bystander each time a wild mosher piled into them. But with that being said, is there such a thing as an innocent Danzig fan? Doubtful. Rightfully so, the show went on just as expected, loud, energetic, and violent.
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Ace Frehley @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/16/2017)

Artist: Ace Frehley
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Date: 9/16/2017
Label: e1 Entertainment

The man is electric and his electricity is contagious. Despite the nearby Megadeth and Scorpions show taking place just down the street at Madison Square Garden, Ace Frehley had the entirety of New York under his thumb right here at the Times Square staple B.B. King Blues Club. After all, this is his city. With a line of painted faces and a mix of KISS and solo Ace shirts forming outside at 3pm while the doors only open at 615pm, you could only expect that the Space Ace drew an international crowd of the most loyal fans fully ready to rock and roll all night. Sure enough, it was hard to even move in the club (unless, of course, the legend threw a guitar pick into the crowd, because everyone and their mother jumped and pushed for that square inch of magical plastic).

The Spaceman came in hot from Jendell between the hours of 8pm and 9pm and, without missing a beat, turned out a beautiful recreation of “Parasite,” a classic KISS fan favorite off of Hotter than Hell. The energy only intensified from then on out. His Space Invader hit, “Toys” was up next. Afterwards, the rock icon paused to appreciate 11 years of sobriety, but pointed out the fact that we were all still expected to drink just as long as we didn’t crash our cars on the way home, as he knows all too well how that feels. The night continued with Ace’s very own, “Rip It Out” off of his self-titled album, Ace Frehley followed by a version of Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald”. Each member of the Ace Fehley band had their night behind the mic, but first in rotation was Mr. Scot Coogan on drums who took lead on another KISS cover, “Love Gun”. After Ace sent a shout out to his former bandmate, Paul Stanley, Coogan performed doing the song a great justice and, no doubt, the crowd went wild for every reinvention of KISS. Ace grabbed back the lead with yet another KISS masterpiece, “Rocket Ride” and then took the energy right into his Anomaly release, “Sister”. Unlike most traditional rock bands (well, I guess KISS does it too), Ace gave way to a bass solo by Mr. Chris Wyse who proclaimed the integrity and significance of the bass guitar in rock music. Full of energy, Wyse took the lead on ANOTHER KISS favorite, “Strange Ways” again off of their 1974 release, Hotter than Hell.
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Metal Church @ Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany (6/12/2017)

Artist: Metal Church in Germany
Venue: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Opener: n/a
Date: 6/12/2017
Label: Rat Pak Records

Three subways, a regional train from Hessen to Bavaria, one taxi, and ½ mile of walking, and I finally made it to Aschaffenburg, Bavaria. An intimidating trip to take alone as a stranger in a strange land, but well worth the trek.

Backwoods Germany is a strange place to see the very American Thrash legends Metal Church, but it was probably one of the most packed shows. Another group with the energy of fully functional teenagers. Mike Howe is back on lead vocals and has the same range that made his early albums with Metal Church classics. The other change in lineups since the last album/tour cycle didn’t slow the guys down as Stet Howland killed on drums and will, hopefully, be a permanent addition. Those only now following the bands activity should know that Howeland replaced Jeff Plate (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) a few short months ago.

“Fake Healer” was an easy choice to get the crowd going and despite the remote location, this was a fair size audience for Church to hold Metal services. I was honestly shocked at how many enthusiastic fans came out to see them. At the end note of every song, the audience was screaming for “Metal Church” until the band relented and played their next hit. Seismic activity could probably be read as far away as London.
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Scorpions @ Hessentagsarena; Rüsselsheim, Germany (6/11/2017)

The Kat was continuing her Metal prowl across Germany and tossing back some views on truly great artists and sharing the skinny with us back home at the Metal Command HQ in NYC. As these came in I also made notes on where I will need to go should I ever get there and now we hear a quick summary of her Scorpions experience.

Artist: Scorpions
Venue: (Germany)
Opener: n/a
Date: 6/11/2017
Label: Universal Music

Written By: Katherine Wilson (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com

After ditching me to see the historic Deep Purple, my dad thought we was going to enjoy a night of rest at home sans concert. Wrong. I’ve only seen Scorpions as a clueless and young kid with a lack of familiarity as to who the people with funny accents were talking with my father, so I was going to attend a show I would remember.

Germany has produced its fair share of hard rock and heavy metal, but no act has had the stay that the Scorpions continue to enjoy 50 years on! Every single member of this legendary outfit was running around the festival stage as if they were 18 again. I met 2 pre-teens who had never been to a concert before and all they could say was, “When is the next show?”. It was great to share this amazing experience with them.
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KISS @ Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany (5/23/2017)

Unsere abenteuerliche Reporter Kat Electric wurde weiterhin Ihr live Konzert Beutezüge (oh I’m sorry, let me start that again)….so our adventurous reporter Kat Electric was continuing her live concert forays and brings us along with an overview of the KISS show at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany. Here we go.

Artist: KISS
Venue: (Germany)
Opener: n/a
Date: 5/23/2017
Label: Universal Music

Written By: Katherine Wilson (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com

So I’ve mentioned only recently that I am in Germany supposedly visiting family, but little do they know they just paid the fare for a one-way ticket to an endless summer of German-style rock ‘n’ roll festivities. I’ve recovered from the legendary Cactus – now…

There was no chance of passing up the opportunity to put my little brother in KISS makeup. Ever since I started liking them, he loathed KISS, but there we were jumping on the subway headed to see the hottest band in the world at the German equivalent of MSG. What can I say? They’re my favorite band, and with good cause. On top of that, they absolutely kill every set without fail.

As usual, they had a grand entrance to “Deuce”. As soon as Paul Stanley was done dancing around, he gave a minute of silence for the victims of the Manchester attack and then the show went on. Every number was high energy rock & roll and individually worth the cost of admission. They ran out “Flaming Youth” from Destroyer which was a bit unusual, but a pleasant surprise. Paul sported a German flag guitar and even asked, “what’s up” in his patented KISS-ish German, “Wie geht’s, people?”. Connecting with his people, he explained that his mother is from Berlin, so being in Germany is like a homecoming for him. As per usual, he did his flying over the crowd routine and put the back of the Festhalle right up first row and in front of the stage for “Psycho Circus,” and “Black Diamond”.

Paul is KISS’s grandest showman for sure, but the competition with Gene Simmons for crowd memories is as intense as ever. Gene raised his demon wings and flew across the stage spitting blood and breathing fire to ecstatic response. Tommy Thayer sang “Shock Me” and shot up the stage with his flaming guitar as if it were ‘79 all over again. Eric Singer did his best Peter Criss by taking lead vocals on “Black Diamond”. There was confetti, more acrobatic playing while hovering over the stage, and it all ended with a great big bang. Pure and perfect KISS.

I’m not too sure what the future has in store for me, but outdoing the crowd for KISS will take a true native. Follow me to the annual Hessen Fest as I experience the Scorpions front row with the two coolest teenage kids.

KISS Set List:
1. Deuce
2. Shout It Out Loud
3. Lick It Up
4. I Love It Loud
5. Firehouse
6. Shock Me
7. Guitar Solo
8. Flaming Youth
9. Bass Solo
10. God of Thunder
11. Crazy Crazy Nights
12. War Machine
13. Say Yeah
14. Psycho Circus
15. Black Diamond
16. Rock and Roll All Nite
17. I Was Made for Lovin’ You
18. Detroit Rock City
19. God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You II @Tape

Official Website: http://www.kissonline.com