PiercingMetal Contests Reach 1000 Tickets m/

I just wanted to take a moment of your time and let our readers know that the PiercingMetal contests have reached a bit of a milestone of their own and can proudly share that we have given away over 1000 tickets since beginning to do so in the summer of 2009. I’ve actually been meaning to share this but of information with you all for a few weeks but there was more important writing and photos to get online first before getting to this one. As result of the delay I should have simply cited that I had doled out “1100″ tickets but oh well.

Number - 1000

To my knowledge the very first contest that PiercingMetal ever ran was for the Deicide show that B.B. King Blues Club held in the summer of 2009. A few other gives would come sporadically after this one over the next couple of years but they were not really a focus of the site when it all came down to it. It was not until the summer of 2012 that the contests became larger for our audience and since it seemed helpful at the time, they were all done exclusively on the Official Facebook Page for PiercingMetal.com. I felt that if you liked out page that you deserved a nice treat every once in awhile but when one of the numerous changes that Facebook instituted found people snagging tickets from those who actively enjoyed our presentation they were moved over to where you see them now on the Official Blog for PiercingMetal.com which is also lovingly referred to as “PiercingMetal Musings”. The change allowed for a greater focus and historical aspect to the contests and take a look at who I’ve given tickets away for over this relatively short span of time.

Historical List Of Bands: 10 Years, 70′s Tribute Fest, Acacia Strain, Adrenaline Mob, Alesana, Amaranthe, Amon Amarth, Anaka & Panzie, Animals As Leaders, Anvil, Appice Brothers, Arkona, As The Palaces Burn Film, August Infinity, Beatallica, Big Faux Four, Blazy Bayley, Bound By Substance, Bret Michaels, Bring Me The Horizon Party, Cactus, Charetta, Cherie Currie, Children Of Bodom, Chimaira, Threat Signal, Combichrist, Crashdiet, Cro-Mags, Dance Gavin Dance, Dark Tranquillity, Dead Kennedy’s, Death To All, Deicide, Destruction, Diamondhead, Doro Pesch, Dying Fetus, Emilie Autumn, Epica, Evans Blue, Eye Empire, Fear Factory, Fight Or Flight, Finntroll, For Today, Fozzy, Glam Rock Tribute, Helloween, Hindenburg (Zep Trib), Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock, Hurtsmile, Il Nino, In This Moment, Into The Void (Sabbath Trib), Otherwise, Kamelot, Katatonia, Killcode, Killing Joke, King’s X, KISSNation, Kittie, Korpiklaani, Dirty Pearls, Living Colour, Loudness, Mahavatar, Marduk, Moonspell, Michael Schenker Group, Miss May I, Morbid Angel, Motionless In White, Nazareth, Newsted, Nile, Nonpoint, Obituary, Otep, Ozric Tentacles, Paganfest America, Phil Anselmo & Illegals, Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian, Primal Fear, Protest The Hero, Queensryche w Geoff Tate, Quiet Riot, Radio Moscow, Rhapsody Of Fire, Rik Emmett, Riot, Robin Zander, Rubix Kube, Saigon Kick, Sanctuary, Schism, Scott Ian, Scott Stapp, Scott Weiland, Scream It Like You Mean It, Sebastian Bach, Septic Flesh, Sevendust, Soft Parade (Doors Trib), Soilwork, Sonata Arctica, Soulfly, Sponge, Static X, Stryper, Suicide Silence, Summer Slaughter Tour, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Birthday Massacre, The Church, The Machine, The Misfits, The Nerds, Tom Kiefer, Turisas/Firewind, UDO, Uli Jon Roth, Unchained (Van Halen Trib), Uriah Heep, Vanilla Fudge, Veil Of Maya, Volbeat, HIM, Watain, Watkins Glen Revisited, Wednesday 13, Who Tribute, Winger, Wintersun, Y&T, Yngwie Malmsteen and ZO2.

Using PiercingMetal’s Blog has also allowed me to come up with some creative ways to make you think about the Metal scene and the genre we love so much. I am not sorry for making you work a little harder sometimes because the resulting submissions are so awesome to read on so many occasions. You can peruse the past contests and see what I mean by clicking THIS TAG; There is some good reading in there and it shows that I do often make you wear the thinking cap :) Of course, I could not have done any of this stuff without our wonderful world of providers so innumerable thanks to the teams over at Blue Note Entertainment Group, AEG Presents, Livenation, Excess DB Entertainment and CEG Presents – Your faith in the PiercingMetal brand is appreciated. I also want to thank the Metal Legions who have offered up their submissions to these contests because you are the reason they are done in the first place. I’ll keep doing them whenever the means allow for them to be done so keep watching the Facebook Page or even better the Official Twitter so you are aware when they pop up.

Feel free to let me know what some of your favorite show contests have been over the years and especially if you won anything. I’m also interested in learning what other types of events you have the most interest in going forward so let me know in the comments here as I have left them open for you to chime in. Thanks for listening now back to the creative process.


13 Responses to PiercingMetal Contests Reach 1000 Tickets m/

  1. Avatar Steven Rossi
    Steven Rossi says:

    I’ve won a few of your contests and always appreciate it. I think my favorite might have been Volbeat in Williamsburg Park, but it’s hard to choose.

  2. Epica, Fear Factory, Soilwork and Watain are the last few I remember from you and they were pretty awesome but holy shit! When I saw Ozric Tentacles on your list I was wondering where was I? I would’ve loved to see them! Also I didn’t know anybody that was into them.

  3. morbid angel ill nino sevendust lamb of god movie all great! Thank you sir

  4. Avatar Steve Tartas
    Steve Tartas says:

    Hi Kenny,

    Won free tickets to the recent Winger show. Great night of music and I always have a great time at Stage 48

  5. Avatar Kimmy Reilly
    Kimmy Reilly says:

    Your contests rule! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some pretty kick ass shows and had a great time as well as getting turned on to some bands I didn’t know that much about before the show.
    I had a great time at the Misfits, Dark Tranquility, Bret. Michaels, and even got to see Scott Ian doing spoken word. Thanks so much :)

  6. I won tickets to the Sweet Fix and Sebastian Bach show at BB King’s. It was awesome because I got to see my friend’s band open for Baz and hangout with you. It’s awesome that you give out Paganfest tickets and I hope to win them next year. I don’t know what I’d do without your concert calendar BTW!! Stay awesome and always keep it metal m/

  7. Avatar Brent Addison
    Brent Addison says:

    Thank you for running these contests. It’s great to have someone like you out there promoting the metal scene and promoting these shows. Eddie Trunk doesn’t promote shows like this since he sticks to mostly the mainstream and older hard rock/metal bands.

  8. Avatar Kevin Albinowski
    Kevin Albinowski says:

    PiercingMetal contests are extremely fun because in most cases you have to put your critical thinking cap on and get creative with your individual contest entry which I love. I have seen a bunch of shows thanks to these contests that I may have otherwise not gone to. Y&T at Stage 48 sticks out among my favorites as they played such a huge set that night including some favorites of mine and I got a Phil memorial guitar pick from John that night. Other shows that stand out for me are Primal Fear, Sebastian Bach, Amaranthe and Sonata Arctica. Great job Piercing Metal, keep bringing metal to the masses.

  9. Avatar Andrew Jantas
    Andrew Jantas says:

    Don’t remember all the shows I’ve won from PiercingMetal but the recent ones being Amaranthe, Deicide, and Paganfest were all awesome. Nornally I like to be up front for shows like the recent Paganfest but wasn’t totally able to cause I was was running late. But believe or not ive the most fun I’ve had in while. I had a few drinks at the bar in between sets with my friends and folk pitted for the first time in years. And while I’m still a lil sore from the falling in the pit and getting banged around I probably would of not have gone to this show if it wasn’t Ken and PiercingMetal. Cant wait to see what else Ken has in store for the rest of 2014 and beyond. m/

  10. Avatar Sammy J
    Sammy J says:

    Another candle in the PiercingMetal cake! I have enjoyed a lot of GREAT shows and some with the help of winning a ticket every now and then to my favorite Artists/Bands Shows thru PiercingMetal like WINGER, STRYPER, LOUDNESS and VANILLA FUDGE. Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  11. Congrats, PiercingMetal!!! That is an awesome feat!!!
    I never win anything, but thanks to you, I’ve seen some awesome shows. Keep these contests going!!!

  12. I usually don’t enter your contests as I’m obsessive and buy my own tickets as soon they go on sale. However, you never fail to offer tickets to some of the best shows in town. Your generosity helps you stand out as a great part of the metal scene in NYC, and it’s much appreciated by the fans.

  13. This is more of a testament to you and how important you have become in the NYC hard rock and metal scene. Various promoters know that you getting the word out
    about a concert via a contest will spread the news and then perhaps spur additional ticket sales if someone missed out. You’ve come along way these past 10 years. Congrats.