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Kevin Lyman Announces “The End Of The Vans Warped Tour” In 2018

Fans of the annual Vans Warped Tour will be sad at the recent revelation by its founder Kevin Lyman, as he announces that the 2018 touring run will be the last for the multi-band event. Take a look at the official statement that he made the other day.

The Official Statement:
“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019.

In 1995, I had already worked many years in the music business, including spending four summers on the Lollapalooza tour, and I thought, ‘for one summer I would like go out and put on my own show’ mixing music and action sports. With the support of so many people, I have now spent the last 23 summers bringing that show to a city near you. We have brought that show to over 11 million people around the world and watched that same world change while doing so.

I have been proud to work with so many artists who have grown to be some of the largest stars in the world. Countless bands have played in hot parking lots and through summer storms for you at some point.

Bands like Quicksand, Sublime, L7, No Use for A Name and No Doubt jumped on in the very first year.

Touring many summers with my friends and peers like – Pennywise, Social Distortion, NOFX, Bad Religion, The Descendents, Less Than Jake, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag and The Offspring are just some of my fondest memories. More include, having Blink-182 travel on my bus in 1997 when the world opened up to them and made them the superstars they are today.
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ProgPower USA XVIII Day One Musings (9/6/2017)

Contributor Steven Stolper was following up to some inquiries I had made of him recently and then shared that he was away for the weekend enjoying the findings at the annual ProgPower USA Festival that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Center Stage Atlanta theater. Historically speaking, PiercingMetal has NEVER been to the event but we’ve occasionally had interest in going based on the lineup for the year. With Steven on point, I asked for a quick briefing of the acts that he saw. Here are his transmissions to the High Command from the field.

ProgPower USA Musings. Day 1: It’s the end of summer. The time for the great annual Southern pilgrimage for fans of progressive and power metal. Every year fans of the genre from all over the world converge on Atlanta to feast their eyes and ears on the kind of music normally reserved for the big European metal fests. Following are some brief comments on the bands’ performances.

Power Quest (UK):

First North American appearance by this veteran British collective. Their guitar players could not make it over the pond so they recruited two Americans , including Bill Hudson (Jon Oliva, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Dirkschneider). The music was solid European style power metal, similar to Helloween. They were let down a bit by lackluster sound mix that did no favors to the vocals. Matt Smith of Theocracy, a great American power metal band, joined them on stage for a few songs.

Serenity (Austria):
Sound was much improved for Serenity. Vocals were a lot clearer and guitars really soared. Serenity’s brand of earnest symphonic metal was well received. Earlier material especially impressed with classy memorable songs.
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The Vans Warped Tour 2017 Full Lineup Is Revealed

Hey my friends, this is a biggie so I’m going to let the press release do the talking because its more than enough. Of course I am referring to nothing other than the annual Vans Warped Tour so sit down and relax and then dig on in.

The Press Release:
The entire lineup for 2017’s Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, was revealed yesterday via a LIVE webcast, direct from Full Sail Live, the state-of-the-art performance venue on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. Fans in attendance were overjoyed to see the lineup for this year include not only current favorites and promising up and comers, but a deep list of legacy acts spanning the tour’s 23 year history. Blessthefall, Memphis May Fire, Jule Vera, Stacked Like Pancakes and Microwave also attended the live stream and performed during the webcast.

Now in it’s 23rd year, the Vans Warped Tour continues to solidify itself as the must attend festival over summer for rock and music lovers alike. In the tradition of celebrating the tour’s musical roots, the lineup includes bands such as CKY, Sick Of It All, Municial Waste, The Adolescents, Strung Out, T.S.O.L, Anti-Flag, Hatebreed and others, who are legends in the punk, hardcore and metal core world. Returning this year is the Mutant Party Zone, which will provide festival-goers with two stages dedicated to heavy music from bands such as The Acacia Strain, Being As An Ocean, Blessthefall, Carnifex, Fit For A King, GWAR and any more. The Vans Warped Tour has always been a place of music discovery and this year is no exception – the Full Sail Stage has up and comers like Boston Manor, Creeper, The Gospel Youth, Knocked Loose, Movements, and Trophy Eyes positioned to break this summer. Overall, the tour continues to offer something for every fan. Showcasing the best in pop punk, rock, hard core, hip-hop, dance and indie.
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Breaking: “Defenders Of The Old Fest IV” Partial Lineup Announced

It was just a little while ago that I noticed this announcement on the events official Facebook page so I wanted to get it out to your attention. The lineup for the 2017 “Defenders Of The Old Fest” IV has been unveiled. Take a look at the poster below and their statement about it.

The Statement:
Defenders of the Old Festival IV will take place at Music Hall of Williamsburg from Fri, 6/16 to Sat, 6/17. We’re proud to present these six bands for our first round of announcements:

The Bands:
Cirith Ungol (First Time on East Coast)
Ashbury (USA) (First Time on East Coast)
Frigid Bich (First Show in Nearly Three Decades)
Nekromantheon [Official] (Exclusive North American Performance)
Sumerlands
Night Demon

Limited Early Bird 2-Day Pass can be purchased here: http://axs.com/…/3…/defenders-of-the-old-festival-iv-tickets – Only 100 of the above pass is available online! NYC diehards can also purchase them in person at Material World later this week (there will only be 25 available; cash only, no fees). The next update will be posted shortly after. We’re also planning a special Sunday show for 6/18 and a few fantastic after shows/parties so please plan to spend this weekend with us!

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I didn’t manage to catch the previous “Defenders Of The Old Fest” when it happened at both The Bell House and Saint Vitus Bar but I heard it was a monster of an event. I’ll be making sure to keep tabs on the event since more bands and special happenings will be getting announced as time goes forward. So what do you readers think about this first announcement? Is this the sort of Metal Festival that you have been longing for or did you catch last year’s and and giving this a high recommendation? Let us know in the comments below.

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/defendersoftheoldfest/

Oshkosh Begosh! Here’s The Lineup For Rock USA 2017

Yesterday I lauded the apparent awesomeness of the Chicago Open Air Festival in a post you can refer to HERE; Now in the event that I didn’t feel bad enough about something that cool taking place so far away from our Metal Metropolis, comes the happening in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and I’ve added the poster for you down below.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Cheated. Without lying I feel cheated. I say this because all of these awesome festivals are happening outside of the New York area and offering up a superb roster of artists for the fans of this kind of music. Instead we get Tool on Governor’s Ball and Nine Inch Nails on Panorama Fest. Yeah those are terrific bands but as far as the larger ROCK content goes that is it on each of those festivals. All of the rest is Rap, or Soul or Pop or Latin themed acts while this and the previously mentioned Chicago Open Air are pure Rock and Roll spectacle with heavy doses of Metal involved. I feel cheated. Hey promoters, let’s get a move on with some summer plans in this area. You can make it happen. If you book it, they will come. So what do you readers think of this Rock USA Fest? Let me know in the comments as always.

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