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PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2017: Top Nine On Instagram

If you’ve been following the website and its social networks for the last couple of years, you already know that I just love using Instagram to share my adventures doing PiercingMetal concert and event coverage with the world of visitors dropping in.  As we close out the 2017 year, it was time to share what amounted to our “Top Nine” images on the Instagram app and I’ve presented them to you down below.  I’ll throw in some background on them down below as well so check it out.

About These Visuals:  I don’t think that I need to name any of the musical personalities in the “Top Nine” or do I?  If so, that’s James Hetfield (Metallica), Mike Patton (Faith No More/Dead Cross), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Papa Emeritus III (Ghost) and one of the Nameless Ghouls (also Ghost).  It was cool to see visuals being in the top even though I liked some o the other Metallica photos in my feed a little bit more.  Those concert photos were done with the professional rig and not my mobile phone and I shared them to Instagram with the Official Facebook Page we maintain.  Oh wait, the Dickinson one was done with the mobile since I had a very close seat to the action.  Among the other images are the now currently shuttered Webster Hall which was snapped during its final days and a quick hello from the Metallica shop that was set up during their recent tour.  The image from the websites twelfth anniversary is there which is nice and by the way we are closing in on the thirteenth anniversary.  The last one is probably the most recent photo and is photographer Ville Juurikkala who had a HIM exhibit up for a few days when the band was in our city for the final time during their farewell tour.  The collage says that we got almost 33K likes to 1.6K images so please keep it coming if you are using Instagram as well.  At the point of this writing we have 4,758 images posted and just under 1,300 followers.  The more the merrier much like our Facebook I always say.

At this point in time the PiercingMetal Instagram is followed by a little under “1300” accounts and our demographic is 54% Men and 46% Women. Our biggest region is New York (no surprise there) and followed by Los Angeles. The top age range is 25-34.

You readers can get your own 2017 Best Nine by clicking 2017 Best Nine and if you want to share the link to your Instagram when you post yours in the app you can do that in the comments section. I plan on like bombing a lot of profiles over the next few days so why not be among them 🙂 Remember to follow our adventures on the main Social Networks of Facebook, Twitter and yes even Instagram. All the links are below. See you next time.

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The Super7 Iron Maiden “Eddie” ReAction Figures Are Gonna Getcha!

It was back during the 2017 Toy Fair in February that I first learned of the Super7 work in progress “ReAction Figures” that would bring Iron Maiden’s famous mascot Eddie to action figure collectors everywhere but unfortunately there was not yet a prototype to see and only scaled cardboard image to examine. Months later at NY Comic Con there were some prototypes to examine but not to purchase. I shared that image as fast as possible on our Official Instagram and am repeating it here for those who might not have been following us yet.

Now the time for waiting is over, well, kinda sorta since we still have a week to wait until these awesome action figures can be ordered. Behold the full first series of Eddies – There are four in total and each showcases a different character that the famed mascot became on an album or song. I’ve used the company’s official photography since they did such a fine job of presenting them.

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Iron Maiden Unveils 2018 “Legacy Of The Beast” European Tour Dates

We don’t often broadcast any European jaunts here on PiercingMetal.com but hey, this is Iron Maiden we are talking about so exceptions can be easily made. The band has recently unveiled their 2018 plans for Europe on a tour called “Legacy Of The Beast”. This will feature the guys in Killswitch Engage as direct support. Check out the poster and the dates if you are over on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Perhaps you feel like a road trip of some kind. Either way its great to find the band still pressing forward because many of our favorites have decided to retire or embark on “Farewell Tours” like Ozzy Osbourne lined out a few days ago. We shared that news on THIS LINK. You can check that out after you read about the Maiden tour though since this is their post after all.

The Tour Dates:
May 26: Saku Arena, Tallinn, ESTONIA *
May 28: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, FINLAND
June 01: Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, SWEDEN *
June 03: Dahls Arena, Trondheim Rocks, NORWAY
June 05: Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DENMARK *
June 07: Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, SWEDEN
June 09: Rockavaria, Königsplatz, Munich, GERMANY
June 10: Expo Plaza, Hannover, GERMANY *
June 13: Waldbuhne, Berlin, GERMANY *
June 16: Firenze Rocks, ITALY
June 17: Novarock Festival, Nickelsdorf, AUSTRIA
June 20: Letnany Airport, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC *
June 22: Graspop, Dessel, BELGIUM
June 24: Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE
June 26: Geneva Arena, Geneva, SWITZERLAND *
June 28: Volt Festival, Sopron, HUNGARY
June 30: Messegelaende, Freiburg, GERMANY *
July 01: Gelredome, Arnhem, HOLLAND *
July 05: AccorsHotel Arena, Paris, FRANCE
July 09: San Siro Ippodromo, Milan, ITALY
July 10: Hallenstadion, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
July 13: Altice Arena, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
July 14: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, SPAIN
July 17: Piazza Dellà Unita D’Italia, Trieste, ITALY
July 20: Rockwave Festival, Athens, GREECE
July 22: Hills Of Rock, Plovdiv, BULGARIA
July 24: Zagreb arena, Zagreb, CROATIA
July 27: Tauron Arena, Krakow, POLAND
July 31: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, ENGLAND *
August 02: SSE Arena, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND *
August 04: Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, SCOTLAND *
August 06: Manchester Arena, Manchester, ENGLAND *
August 07: Genting arena, Birmingham, ENGLAND *
August 10: O2 Arena, London, ENGLAND *

(No further countries will be added to this touring schedule).

Most shows go on-sale Friday 24th November. Pre-sales start Monday 20th November. We’ll keep you updated! *Special Guest will be Killswitch Engage

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’d love to have the means of jet-setting around the globe to see one of my favorite bands but alas reality…….it would be so cool to see the band in some of these places that I have always wanted to see and haven’t been to yet. Since the book is closed on the “Book Of Souls” touring, I’m of the mindset that this next go round will be one of those shows that is loaded with classics and very limited on new material. In the states those tours are the most well-received even if the band always sells out on their appearances. I think people over here just like to bitch on their Facebook about how disappointed they were in the set list. You know what I am talking about but hey, it’s Maidens show and they are allowed to deliver whatever they feel like delivering. I really enjoyed the “Book Of Souls” album and said so on THIS LINK if you have never seen our overview. The band will be releasing a live release from this tour very soon and the second issue of their first ever comic book should be hitting the stands as well. I still need to get my hands on a copy of that one. So what do you folks over on the other side of the water think about this tour? You can let me know down in the comments section below. I will be crossing my fingers that a North American run will be mapped out and revealed once 2018 gets underway. Until next time.

Official Websites:
Iron Maiden: http://www.ironmaiden.com
Killswitch Engage: http://www.killswitchengage.com

Rundown Of The Winners Of The Loudwire Awards For 2017

Last night, the Loudwire Awards for 2017 were held in the sunny (and apparently sweltering) Hollywood, CA. We didn’t attend of course but made sure to make some notes for the Metal heads over on this side of the fence. For those interested in the outcome, here are the winners of the various awards that were handed out.

Best Drummer: Mario Duplantier of Gojira
Best New Artist: Greta Van Fleet
Most Dedicated Fans: Babymetal
Breakthrough Band Of The Year: Beartooth
Hard Rock Artist Of The Year: Stone Sour
Metal Song Of The Year: Executioner’s Tax” by Powertrip
Metal Artist Of The Year: Avenged Sevenfold
Metal Album Of The Year: “The Stage” by Avenged Sevenfold
Hard Rock Song Of The Year: “Come And Get It” by I Prevail
Hard Rock Album Of The Year: “Hydrograd” by Stone Sour
Vocalist Of The Year: Chester Bennington (RIP) of Linkin Park
Best Bassist: Steve Harris of Iron Maiden
Best Guitarist: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, Solo
Best Live Band: Iron Maiden
Humanitarian Award: Sammy Hagar
Lemmy Award: Rob Halford, The Metal God of Judas Priest
Courage Award: Tony Iommi, The Riff God of Black Sabbath

If you are interested in seeing who these winners beat out in the competition just click over to my rundown of the nominees on THIS LINK.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: So what do you think about the outcome? Were you surprised by any of it or are you outraged at some of the choices? Remember this is what the fans rallied behind, I don’t really think there is a secreted committee doing any of this like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Oh yeah and by the way, have you made your voice count on that roster of nominees? If you haven’t, you better get on it since bands like Judas Priest and The Cars are in the running and amount to two personal favorites of mine. My article about the nominees for that honor can be found on THIS LINK. Closing up let me say “congratulations to all of the winners”. Until next time.

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

Iron Maiden “Legacy Of The Beast” Comic Book Series Available For Pre-Order

As you know, we are big fans of the comic book medium here on PiercingMetal.com and have been offering up both monthly solicitations and deeper insight into numerous series on the website for several years. We grew up loving the first appearance of KISS in the comics and have seen other bands make appearances or get special issues focused on them as well. Now it’s time for Iron Maiden to join into the mix with a limited series called “Legacy Of The Beast”. Check out the first issue cover and full press release below.

The Press Release:
The first ever official Iron Maiden comic book series is coming from leading US science fiction, fantasy and horror publishers Heavy Metal Publishing. The comic books are based on the band’s hit mobile role- playing game, Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, where players battle as Eddie across the many worlds of Iron Maiden’s discography, from the ancient sands of “Powerslave” to the far flung future of “The Final Frontier”.

Comprising five fantastic issues, with an overarching narrative and incredible illustrations, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is written by Llexi Leon and Ian Edginton, with art from Kevin J. West, Jason Gorder, and Santi Casas. The first issue goes on sale worldwide from comic retailers everywhere on October 11th, but is available to pre-order online now. See full details below.

The comic book series expands on the video game narrative. As dark forces conspire to corrupt the fabric of reality, Eddie’s immortal soul is shattered and strewn across the cosmos – leaving a weakened, primal Eddie to battle across space and time facing off against the twisted legions of The Beast, seeking out the lost shards of his soul, and bringing order to the realms. With each victory, and with the aid of old friends, Eddie will restore his fearsome powers as he draws ever closer to facing the Unholy foe behind his fall… and thwarting a plot to unravel all of Creation!
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