Devin Townsend Announces 2020 North American Tour Dates

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The Press Release:
Following a run of dates in Europe and the UK, Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend will bring his ‘Empath’ tour to North America in Feb 2020. Joining the tour are InsideOutMusic label mates Haken, who will be reprising their run as support on the European leg, along with American progressive metal band The Contortionist. The tour kicks off Feb 27th in Toronto and concludes March 25th in San Francisco. Haken and Contortionist will alternate as main support. Devin Townsend released his critically acclaimed album ‘EMPATH’ in March of this year.

The Tour Dates:
Feb 27 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
Feb 28 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
Feb 29 – Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 01 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Mar 02 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Mar 05 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
Mar 06 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Mar 07 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Mar 09 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Mar 10 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
Mar 12 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
Mar 13 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
Mar 14 – Metro – Chicago, IL
Mar 15 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Mar 16 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Mar 19 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Mar 20 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Mar 21 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
Mar 23 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 24 – The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 25 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

Tickets on sale Friday October 25 at 10am local time via: https://www.hevydevy.com/tourdates/

‘EMPATH’ is out now on Limited 2 CD Digipak in O-Card (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. Order now here: https://devin-townsend.lnk.to/Empath

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve happily witnessed the musical mayhem that is a Devin Townsend tour, whether it be with his Strapping Young Lad era, the Devin Townsend Project era and now his solo stuff and its always a good time. Though it’s been a few years since my last go round I am excited about this news since I’ve not managed to catch either or these two opening acts yet. Despite our still having a few months left in 2019, it seems safe to say that 2020 is going to start off with a solid run of groups. What do you think about this tour news? Chime in down below in the comments. See you next time.

Official Websites:
http://www.hevydevy.com
http://www.facebook.com/dvntownsend
http://www.insideoutmusic.com

Lucasfilm Presents: “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” Final Trailer

It was just a couple of months ago in August where we shared the “Special Look” clip that was revealed at the D23 Convention for the upcoming “Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker” which as you know will end “The Skywalker Saga” that began way back in 1977. To review that clip if you are compelled just click HERE to be on point. Now its time to showcase the Final Trailer, so sit down and be comfortable and prepare to go to a galaxy far, faw away….again. Let’s take a look.

The Premise: The remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again—while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil. Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.
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Will The Original Misfits Be Playing In Philadelphia This December?

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It’s not even 48 Hours after what amounted to being a mind-blowing performance at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden by The Original Misfits and their VERY LAST performance as well which was stated a few times by singer Glenn Danzig (see it HERE we aren’t lying). Then, in a surprising Facebook Page post by Live Nation Philadelphia comes this clip that also features the Flyers team mascot “Gritty”. Take a peek.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having witnessed that NYC show I can only say that it was an over the top experience from beginning to end and I’m not sure why Glenn maintained that it was going to be the final gig when he did so at the screening of his “Verotika” Film. Perhaps he will say that he was misquoted and taken out of context that it was the final NYC gig as they now seem to be continuing along. As I mused this “announcement”, a friend and I realized that the bands birthplace of Lodi, NJ is a short hop away so perhaps they are setting their sights on that location for a grande finale to the Original Misfits lineup (which is Danzig, Jerry Only, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Acey Slade and Dave Lombardo if you haven’t been paying attention). The Original Misfits have not yet taken this production over to Europe and its without question that they could headline many of the bigger festival happenings by just saying they want in. Maybe we will find an Official Misfits Cruise coming to pass and showcasing Horror and other legendary Punk bands. Don’t laugh since their is a Progressive Rock cruise, a Monsters Of Rock cruise and a KISS Cruise. Only time will tell, but if this does amount to some additional gigs, you should do your best to get there and if you do go, be sure to purchase the official venue shirt fast since I couldn’t get my hands on the NYC one to save my life. It sold out almost immediately. Sigh.

Official Website: http://www.misfits.com
Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/misfits

Sony Pictures: “Bloodshot” Official Trailer

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With all of the Marvel Studios features coming care of Disney and the DCEU being delivered by Warner Brothers Picturses, its high time for the world of Valiant Entertainment (aka Valiant Comics) to make their big screen debut. The first in a hopeful line of connected films comes with the Sony Pictures feature “Bloodshot”. I’ve embedded the trailer, the premise and the casting down below for your consumption.

The Synopsis: After he and his wife are murdered, Marine Ray Garrison is resurrected by a secret team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility hellbent on revenge, only to discover that there’s more to the conspiracy than he originally thought.
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Tonight: “Watchmen” Series Premiere on HBO (10/20/2019)

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It was just over a month ago when we shared what seemed to be the final trailer for the “Watchmen” show that begins its first season tonight on HBO and if you are still a bit in the dark about it just click HERE to get yourself up to speed. The new series makes its debut on the Premium Cable Channel tonight so if you don’t have it you are out of luck. Time to kiss up to a friend with access on their Roku or sign up via your providers. Here is the Official Poster, premise and casting.

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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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