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Ken Pierce is an NYC based Music Journalist and the Editor In Chief of PiercingMetal.com; He's been documenting the live Metal and Rock scene of the Big Apple since 2003 and believes that there is always something exciting happening in this Metropolis.

Marvel Comics Delivers “Venom” 30th Anniversary Variant Covers In March

As you might have noticed, there are a LOT of variant cover programs coming from the House Of Ideas this March and the latest batch are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Venom. Can you believe that its been thirty years since we first met this incredible character? Check out the covers below and who worked on them. I’ll return at the close with some additional thoughts.

The Press Release:
In preparation for Venom’s 30th anniversary, get ready for 20 key moments showcasing the symbiote’s epic history. These anniversary covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mark Bagley, Mike Perkins, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Lim, Inhyuk Lee and more! The first wave of VENOM VARIANT COVERS will hit comic shops on March 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this March.

1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #33 by DUSTIN WEAVER

2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798 by TERRY and RACHEL DODSON

3. AVENGERS #687 by JAMAL CAMPBELL
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Toy Fair 2018 Reveals: Eaglemoss Collections “Batman: The Animated Series”, “Justice League Animated” and More

As you read this, I am exploring the American International Toy Fair, a convention that I have been attending as press since 2011. While a whole lot of posts will be on my creative table once its finished, I am sharing some of the reveals that companies we’ve focused on over the years have shared. Let’s begin with the fine folks at Eaglemoss Collections.

During NY Comic Con, I learned about the latest Eaglemoss Collections series that was featuring “Batman: The Animated Series”. Wave 1 was impressive and featured Batman, Robin, Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy and now they are unveiling “Wave 2”. Check it out.

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Win A Ticket To See Y&T @ B.B. Kings On 2/21/2018

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The Details: According to my records, this latest contest will mark the fifth time that I have done a giveaway for Y&T tickets and that is fantastic. So much so, I am repeating the scoop from a past contest to get this one online fast and furious. Here we go. I’ve said this before and I will say it again. Y&T are one of the best Hard Rock bands in history if you ask me. I mentioned once that I got into the band very late but have done what I can with the site to support their efforts. If you have not seen them yet you might want to get up on that since I can honestly say that there has never been a show done by them that I didn’t feel pulled out all the stops and left the audience screaming for more. Thought the lineup has changed since the beginning the group is still commanded by the great Dave Meniketti who has those powerful pipes and plays that guitar like it’s nobody’s business. All of this makes me happy to announce that the band will once again be returning to the stage of the B.B. King Blues Club and thanks to the venue some of the PiercingMetal readers are going to get to enjoy the show for free. Cool right? Read more below on how this works.

When and Where: Wednesday, February 21st B.B. King Blues Club 7:00pm (237 West 42nd Street NYC)
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Opening: “Black Panther” in Theaters Everywhere (2/16/2018)

Sure a few thousand lucky fans got to see “Black Panther” last night and during the exclusive industry previews but for the rest of the world the film opens TODAY in theaters everywhere and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Those watching the continuing and building adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe first saw the Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War” and since those scenes they have been clamoring for his solo feature. Let’s remind of the casting and light premise after the Official Theatrical Poster below.

Premise: After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda but soon finds his sovereignty challenged by factions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje—Wakanda’s special forces—to prevent a world war. (thanks Wiki).
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The Smashing Pumpkins Announce “Shiny And Oh So Bright” North American Tour

Though I didn’t happen to see them for myself, there were apparently several ice-cream trucks emblazoned with the logo of The Smashing Pumpkins parked around NYC and just a short while ago we learned why. Yes my friends, the band is hitting the road with three of its original members and you can check out the full press release and dates that hit our Music Media Command HQ in-box. Indulge.

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The Press Release:
GRAMMY® Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock pioneers The Smashing Pumpkins today announced the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha. Produced by Live Nation, the 36-city tour will kick off in Glendale, AZ on July 12, 2018 and visit North American arenas throughout the summer. Tickets for the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour will go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, February 23 at 10:00am local time and be available at www.smashingpumpkins.com, LiveNation.com, and via the Live Nation App.

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“Some 30 years ago, as The Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my Father’s house. And so it’s magic to me that we’re able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we’ve made together,” shared Corgan.

The band broke news of the tour this morning with a dramatic video featuring original Siamese Dream album cover stars Ali Laenger and LySandra Roberts. Watch the clip


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