Breaking: Ric Ocasek of The Cars Has Passed Away (1944-2019)

It was only a couple of days ago that we shared the news about the passing of Rock singer Eddie Money, and now we must add to the sadness and share the news about the passing of the great Ric Ocasek of the legendary New Wave Rock band The Cars. Reports cite that the NYPD was called to investigate an “unresponsive male” in his apartment by Paulina Poritzkova (his estranged wife). It would end up being Ric and he was pronounced dead on the scene. The musician was 75 years of age. No COD is available at this early time but when more information comes to light I will surely update this memorial posting.

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Ric Ocasek by Jim Spellman for Getty Images 2019

“Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery. Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together. I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on. We appreciate the great outpouring of love. We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private…from the Ocasek Family”

Speaking personally, its without question that my love of the music of The Cars was a great one. I owned the debut album when it was a new release on the record store racks and probably purchased my copy of it at a place called The Record Factory. I don’t think I grabbed it from The Little Record Store since that was generally where I was purchasing Metal from. I was over the moon about the self-titled debut release and let’s face it, if you are a fan of a certain age then you can agree about how often you would hear this bands music on the radio stations of the day. As a wanna be musician back in the day, I even learned my fair share of the mans music on the drums and sang some backup vocals when it was necessary. It was timeless stuff that I still greatly enjoy to this very day. I only saw the original lineup of The Cars during their tour for the album “Shake It Up” from 1981. The opening act was Nick Lowe and while the band played every song that I expected to hear I felt that the concert was a tad short in terms of time. I was new to this practice of seeing bands and most had played almost two hours but that show by The Cars was just under an hour (or so it seemed). I was 16 years old at the time and really didn’t have a lot of concerts under my belt.

As always, this isn’t a rundown on Ric’s life or anything and is instead my own personal reflection on his importance to me. That other stuff is so deeply documented over on Wikipedia and I’ve added the link to Ric’s listing down below. Now that I’ve shared my own beginnings on Ric and his music with The Cars, what are yours? You can chime in down in the comments section below. On behalf of our humble little outlet on the Internet, I wish Ric’s family, friends and worldwide fans the deepest of condolences. Thank you for all of the amazing songs for so many years. May you Rest In Peace.

Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric_Ocasek

HBO Presents “Watchmen” Official Trailer

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We’re closing in on the premiere of the HBO Original Series “Watchmen” which is of course a connected story line to the comic book series and film that bore the same name. The fans at San Diego Comic Con got a nice first look at it but now its time to share the first proper Official Trailer. I’ve embedded that for you down below and of course the premise and the casting before some editorial notions. Let’s take a look.

The Premise: Watchmen is set in “an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws” and “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”
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One Ticket To Paradise; The Legendary Eddie Money Has Died (1949-2019)

The news has been circulating for the better part of an hour and with sources such as Variety and TMZ being the first to broadcast we must add our voice to the mix and announce to our readers that legendary Rock singer Eddie Money has passed away. The singer was 70 years of age and passed away due to esophageal cancer. The Money family statement is shared with you below:

“The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”

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Eddie Money by David Allocca

Money was recently featured on the TMZ program where he discussed his being diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer and while he seemed optimistic about the illness I guess it was all smoke and mirrors for the public because here we are not too many weeks later and he has passed away. Money and his family were the stars of an AXS Network reality show called “Real Money”. Over the course of Money’s career he released “12” studio albums which spawned something like “25” singles. There were also a bevy of compilation packages and live releases on top of these. Over the years, I always enjoyed the music of Eddie Money and this was especially the case back in his heyday because you’d often hear his music on conventional Rock radio of the time. Stations like WNEW and WPLJ were never shy about playing his signature numbers like “Two Tickets To Paradise”, “Baby Hold On” and my very favorite song from his catalog “I Think I’m In Love”. I’ve added to clips of tracks I was most passionate about for you to remember better times. More about Eddie’s storied career can be learned via the Wiki entry that is at the close of this reflection.

Goodnight and thank you for the music Mr. Money. You were one of a kind and seemed like a fun, and cool person to know. May your passage to Valhalla be an easy one. On behalf of the Media Command HQ at PiercingMetal we wish your family, friends and worldwide fans the most sincere condolences. Rest In Peace.

Official Website: http://www.eddiemoney.com
Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Money

Slayer Announces “The Repentless Killology” Motion Picture & LP/CD

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The Press Release:
After much speculation instigated by two video trailers released earlier this summer, SLAYER – Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph – in conjunction with Nuclear Blast Records and Prime Zero Productions, announces SLAYER The Repentless Killogy motion picture and companion LP/CD, “The Repentless Killogy, Live At The Forum in Inglewood, CA.” Coming November 8, 2019, the narrative short film paired with SLAYER ’s entire performance of its August 5, 2017 concert at the Los Angeles Forum will be available digitally and on Blu-ray, and the soundtrack from that concert will be released as both a two-disc vinyl and two CD packages. In addition to the standard black vinyl, eight limited-edition colored vinyl configurations will be available: red, gold and silver vinyl, red/black & orange splatter, red/orange swirl, red/black splatter, yellow/red corona, and black/white corona Pre-orders can be placed HERE. Check out the trailer for this special movie release below.

Revenge, murder, bloodshed and retribution. The “Repentless Killogy” film was written and directed by BJ McDonnell, who conceived and directed the three brutal music videos – “You Against You,” “Repentless,” and “Pride in Prejudice”- for SLAYER’s final studio album Repentless (2015). “When we set out to do these initial three videos,” said McDonnell, “we had the intention of continuing the next adventures of SLAYER and Wyatt on a following album. But, SLAYER announced that Repentless was the final album and tour, so this story, the videos, and finally a full live concert at the end is a perfect wrap up of the Repentless final tour. This is the finale of SLAYER. This is the end of the monsters.”
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Ghost Presents: Chapter Eight “Kiss The Go-Goat”

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[MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY] We wish to inform you Papa Nihil has been feeling particularly nostalgic as of late…Chapter 8 is available now for your viewing pleasure.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: As a fan of history, I have to say that I really enjoyed this latest chapter because it gives the Flock a great look at some rare and truly vintage performance footage from times long ago when Papa Nihil was heralding the charge and the message. Dare I say that this was very “Groovy” and had lots and lots of soul (or is it souls????). You gotta also love the quasi-Beatles coif that Papa was sporting. Now the tune while approximately 50 years old has stood up across the sands of time and I am glad to find them considering a re-release for all of the newbies to their brand of sonic soul procurement. Could Papa 0 be considering a return to the stage with all of the original Nameless Ghouls? Let’s raise the interest by sharing this clip and rallying behind them by posting to social networks and speaking about it to the hapless passerby on the street. The Clergy summons, and I’d suggest you comply. Until next time.

Official Website: http://www.ghost-official.com

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