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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.

Sony Pictures: “Venom” Official Trailer (2018)

The world might be getting amped up for “Avengers: Infinity War” which opens up this week and while this is pretty much the biggest news in the film releases about the super-hero stuff; Sony Pictures is going to be expanding the world of the Amazing Spider-Man with a number of films of their own. Back in February we got a teaser trailer for the “Venom” film which stars Tom Hardy but it didn’t show much of anything and it was only a short time ago that the first full Official Trailer was released. Check it out.

The Cast/Characters:
Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom
Michelle Williams as Ann Weying
Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve noted before that I am not too sure how I feel about a Venom character without the Amazing Spider-Man involved at any point and as you can see by this longer traler, Sony has really taken some liberties with his origin story. It looks like it will be exciting but I think we are going to get more tendril scenes and explosions than The Big Guy as was disclosed by some notable Vloggers recently. Though I’m willing to give it a shot, I am more content and satisfied with the Marvel Cinematic Universe since they have done so well for the past ten years. What do you readers think about this trailer? Chime in down below in the comments.

Official Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venom_(2018_film)

Win A Ticket To See The Sweet @ Gramercy Theatre On 4/26/2018

The Details: I’ve been a fan of The Sweet for as long as I can remember and yet despite this few decades of appreciation have never seen the band in concert. Unless I’ve misplaced an album, there are about a dozen in my music library and while this is the US version of the group (yes there are TWO “The Sweets” in 2018), this one features original bassist Steve Priest and our old friend from ZO2 Mr. Paulie Z. and a cadre of kickass musicians. Even more exciting is the fact that Tragedy, the all Heavy Metal tribute to The Bee Gees will be opening up – so what am I getting at here? Well, thanks to the mighty minds in the Marketing division, we are putting some of the PiercingMetal readers into this show for free. Check it out down below.

When and Where: Thursday, April 26th @ Gramercy Theatre (127 East 23rd Street, NYC)

To Participate: I usually ask for three things about the band or solo artist that is playing but I have a feeling that with The Sweet being a legendary act that has retained a cult level of status that many might not be 100% up on them. That said, I am asking that you hit YouTube, Spotify and Wikipedia to familiarize yourself just a little bit and then tell me three reasons why this show is of interest to you. I’ll be picking out the submissions that speak to me the most and will be letting them know directly. Before we continue here are some of the usual guidelines to keep the process straightforward. This contest will run until supplies run out or on the morning of the show. Whichever comes first.
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Five Points Festival Returns With A New Home In Brooklyn NY!

I’m pretty sure that our readers know how much we love the assorted conventions that come to our Media Metropolis and our favorites are probably the Geek Culture ones like the NY Comic Con and stuff like that and also the ones focused on the toy industry such as the brand new Five Points Festival. This event is mapping out its second year and the full release can be viewed down below the poster. Take a look.

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The Press Release:
Five Points Festival, a designer toy, street, and alternative art festival is excited to announce the return of the much-anticipated event for 2018! Taking place the weekend of June 2-3rd, 2018 – at the awesome Brooklyn Expo Center, the festival will bring together the shining stars of the Designer Toy, Kaiju & Sofubi, Craft Beer, Food and alternative art worlds.

Featuring a dynamic lineup of counterculture artists and artisans from around the world. The event is a 2-day celebration of toy designers and customizers with an extensive international Neo-Kaiju and Sofubi section, original street art, independent comic artists, gourmet food trucks and craft beer presented by Clutter Magazine and sponsored by 50 Years of The Outer Spacemen, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Enthusiasts familiar with art toys will have the chance to meet some of the world’s most iconic artists and brands like Huck Gee, Instinctoy, Kidrobot, James Groman, Jason Freeny, Ron English, Super7, Tara McPherson, and Mighty Jaxx on the show floor, where they will be featured alongside artists from the U.S., Japan, Germany, Korea, the U.K. and elsewhere, some showcasing in NYC for the first time, and all with unique, original pieces for sale. Anyone who has attended mainstream art shows or comic cons will find something completely unique at Five Points – a gathering of visual innovators, rebels, creators, and the misfits that are driving the future of commercial & counterculture art.
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Deep Purple And Judas Priest Announce Summer Co-Headline Tour

Good morning, we are here to wash away your Monday blues with some rocking news about some legendary bands from the United Kingdom who I think you know very, very well. I’m talking about none other that the mighty Judas Priest and the equally important to modern music as we know it Deep Purple. Check out the full press release about their upcoming co-headlining tour and I’ll return at the close with some thoughts.

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The Press Release:
Legends will collide late this summer when Deep Purple and Judas Priest embark on a co-headlining North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the outing will kick off August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and visit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping September 30 in Wheatland, California. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the Deep Purple and Judas Priest tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10am local time until Thursday, April 26 at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Deep Purple’s latest studio album, inFinite, was released April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), InFinite featured 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the 70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information, please visit the link below. Additionally, Airey will release his solo album One of a Kind on May 25.
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20th Century Fox Presents: “Deadpool 2” The Final Trailer

The big screen is going to blow up big time thanks to the the upcoming “Deadpool 2” film which brings the misadventures of the Merc with a Mouth to life once more and since this film is around the corner in terms of opening, a Final Trailer has been released. Check it out below.

Per The YouTube Video Page: After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: As previously noted in our earlier trailer posts, the film is NOT about what it says above. This trailer seems to give away too much and I don’t know why they choose to do this. Maybe some films need it done, like “Fantastic Four” (which was terrible) and “Justice League” (which was “meh”) and “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice” (which was a massive disappointment) but based on the box office numbers of the first film, its safe to say that “Deadpool 2” will not need any help. I like what I saw here and think Cable is going to be a solid character to have in the X-Men universe of films along with the other members of X-Force. You know that they will get a film of their own eventually too. That’s all I am going to say here because I am getting ready to attend a couple of Metal shows and then one of the days of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo and in addition to that, the “Avengers: Infinity War” film is opening up next week and I am STOKED for that one. What did you think of the trailer? Chime in down below as usual.

Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadpool_2