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Dennis DeYoung @ The Paramount

Dennis De Young is the original voice of Styx and tonight he brings his show to Long Island. You don’t want to miss this hit loaded performance.

PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2013: The Concerts

At this point in time do I really need to say that I see a lot of concerts during the course of the year? I hope not because this one of the key factors that makes up my daily life as founder of the PiercingMetal brand. That said ?I wanted to once again use the Official Blog for the site to highlight a number of the shows that I attended during 2013 that I felt were the absolute best experiences. They’re not really in order of impact or importance but there are a few at the top that did hit me the hardest. Here we go.

1. Metallica @ The Apollo Theater: Thrashing like a maniac in Harlem? Yeah that happened. Classic set and free beer for the whole show. No complaints here.

2. Kamelot @ Stage 48: Returning to the headlining stage with Delain as support and Eklipse. This was a righteous show for sure. My belief in this band was reinforced yet again. I was not surprised in this.

3. Eddie Trunk 30th Anniversary Bash: Another one that I was super fortunate to participate in because an all-star jam with members of KISS, Overkill, Twisted Sister, Accept, Anthrax, Stryper, Guns n Roses and so many more is just impossible to qualify as being “an okay time”. This was insanity.

4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Prudential Center: The final go round for the “Lost Christmas Eve” tour premise. Always a bombastic spectacle that needs seeing for believing.

5. Rock Allegiance Tour w/Volbeat & HIM @ Williamsburg Park: Two excellent main acts and solid support from All That Remains. Whew. Exciting for Brooklyn and you know how we roll in this borough.

6. Black Veil Brides @ Best Buy Theater: The Church Of The Wild Ones destroyed NYC with this appearance. The BVB clearly delivers in the live sense and they love their fans.

7. Testament @ Best Buy Theater: Testament on the rightful headlining stage with support from the mighty Overkill. Yeah you were going to be in pain after this one. I know my head was ringing for days.

8. Robin Zander @ B.B. King Blues Club: The legendary front man doing a solo gig of covers and songs he likes with legendary area musicians. This was surprise after surprise and a show I was glad to have been a part of. Randy Jackson opened and left you wanting more when he left.
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“Icon” by Styx

Artist: Styx
Title: “Icon”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 8/31/2010
Genre: Progressive Hard Rock
Rating: 2.5/5

Let’s say that you are one of those fans that only likes a certain amount of a bands repertoire and outside of those tunes there is not a single song that you have any interest in. If this is you, then some of the single CD edition “Icon” series of releases is right up your alley. When it came to the band Styx, the folks at Universal Music released two separate editions and these are some views on the single CD version. The bottom line is while this is a very sound release and features some notables like “Come Sail Aawy”, “Babe” and “Too Much Time On My Hands”; it will clearly leave you wanting more oince the album have completed its run. Powerful numbers from the bands catalog that don’t often get the proper attention are touched upon as “Lorelei” and “Renegade” along with “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” help to melt your stereo speakers but at only twelve tunes you will still be hungry after this appetizer is finished. I love and hate the “Icon” albums for a few reasons and the first is because they play it a little too safe with the hits instead of tossing in something that might surprise a listener. The tunes also only present the vocal talents of Dennis DeYoung who has not be in the band for many years at this point in time. For many these are the bands “Best Of Times” if you pardon the obvious pun. They are also to be considered a “no frills” release since they are often omitting band images and artwork or liner notes. We don’t get much of that with these eco-friendly albums. They would have served their public better by using the example set by Sony Music who did the “Setlist” albums, as each released offered you artwork, web-links and additional information if you played the CD in your computer. I have to think that these should have been exclusive online releases and available only via MP3 downloading services like I-tunes or Amazon MP3. Today’s younger generation of listeners are accessing music in this fashion anyway while the legacy fans want something substantial to hold. We are clearly in the minority.
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“Icon” (2CD) by Styx

Artist: Styx
Title: “Icon” 2CD
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 8/31/2010
Genre: Hard Rock/Progressive Rock
Rating: 3.75/5

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed the music of Styx. There was just something about its overall majesty and melody that drew me in from the first notes of the song “Lorelei”, which if I remember correctly was my first introduction to the band’s output. This next edition in the “Icon” series of Best-Of’s that are coming out on Universal Music is a worthwhile piece for your music collection, especially if you don’t have any hits compilations for the band already. As you glance around the tracks listed you can see that we get a little bit of everything from their history, outside of the most recent years. You cannot go wrong with “Come Sail Away” or “Too Much Time On My Hands” and if you are old enough you will likely remember the glory days of radio when tunes like these ruled the airwaves. They include my own favorites like those just mentioned and “Lorelei”, “Fooling Yourself” and “Blue Collar Man” and it’s enough to make you not realize that nothing from the current lineup seems to be presented. We get a couple of tracks from the bands Wooden Nickel years by way of “Lady” and “Man In The Wilderness” so those might interest the hard core listener as well. They sound excellent as remastered tracks and will shake the walls when played at proper volume. The only downside to them in my humble opinion is the lack of liner notes and photos as these just give you the music with no other fringe benefits. I am thinking that in these ever changing music times that the new listener hardly cares about such inclusions and instead will do any searching for that stuff online.
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“Gold” by Styx

Artist: Styx
Title: “Gold” (remaster)
Label: Universal Music
Release Date:
Genre: Progressive Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Styx is a band who many feel were one of the finest of the Progressive Hard Rock outfits ever established and this view finds little argument when you add up the number of hit makers they have in their songbook. “Gold” has done right by the fans in its issue because unlike a typical greatest hits package that gives you but a sampling, this as an anthology works very well and touches upon a lot more music. While no release can ever capture every single amazing song that a group might have I think that 35 selections is a great start for any fan. As you peruse this particular track listing you do find a representation from some of their most pivotal and respected albums. The band was started in the early 60’s under a different name eventually becoming Styx for the release of their first record in 1972. The brothers Panozzo, Dennis DeYoung and James “JY” Young formed the nucleus of what was to become a musical blockbuster. Eventually recruiting Tommy Shaw the band would mix powerful Melodic Arena-styled Rock with elements of Progressive bands of the day. Listen to “Lorelei” on Equinox if you have any doubts on that. The band would find a breakthrough epic in their release “The Grand Illusion” and lead them to the chart-topping “Paradise Theatre”. Songs from all of these albums are here to enjoy (with five of them from “Paradise” alone). There is even some music from the confusing “Kilroy Was Here”, an album that essentially caused the end of the band of the time before the reunions with varied memberships would take place in the following years.
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