Drummer Jeremy Spencer Leaves Five Finger Death Punch!!!

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The Press Release:
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have announced today (12/18) that after 14 years drummer Jeremy Spencer will be leaving the band. After sitting out the Fall leg of the group’s recent co-headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin, Jeremy underwent a second back surgery and will need a significant amount of time to recover; the band fully supports his decision.

“This decision has been weighing on me for months; and now the time has finally come,” explains Jeremy Spencer. “I started to play when I was 6 years old, and I feel fortunate that my body has provided me with several decades of doing what I love most: drumming. However, the rigorous physical wear and tear has got me to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance that brings me satisfaction and joy. I feel the band deserves to get someone with the fire and energy, capable of delivering the performance that the fans deserve. Like you, I will be cheering them on to continue making great music as they tour the world and bring exciting shows to all our cherished fans.”
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NYC’s Irving Plaza Celebrates “100 Sold-Out Shows” For 2018

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The other day the band Taking Back Sunday announced a special performance at NYC’s own Irving Plaza to help the venue reach a concert attendance milestone for the 2018 year and sell out a full “100” shows. Today we help celebrate this accomplishment by saying “well done” and please keep that stuff coming.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: “100 Sold-Out” shows is no joke nor an easy feat so kudos to everyone involved in making that happen. I’m talking about the venue promoters, the bookers and the bands and most importantly – YOU!!! That’s right YOU….The fans are the most crucial factor in making a show be a complete sell out event. Irving Plaza holds “about” 1100 people and historically speaking if I can trust my old ticket stubs and entries on setlist.fm, I have been here well over 100 times. From the looks of it, the only venue that I went to more than this one is the now shuttered B.B. King Blues Club (please bow your heads for a moment of silence – thank you). From these 100 shows it looks like PiercingMetal was in attendance for five of them and they were Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, Helloween, Kamelot and Michael Schenker Fest. Did I want to see some of the other Metal shows that are listed here? Well of course I did but one cannot always be everywhere that they like and sometimes the schedules conflict and I have to check with other peoples websites to be a part of the excitement. Now granted there isn’t a LOT of Rock and Metal on this list but there are a sufficient amount of gigs that I believe our readership rallied behind so do chime in down in the comments and let me know which of these shows across the 2018 musical year were the ones you helped to make sold-out and which were your favorites. I’m super eager to hear what you have to say and hey, if you saw some of the other gigs as well we are open minded enough about our folks enjoying more than just a single genre. Variety is indeed the spice of life. Congratulations again to Irving Plaza and Livenation on these 100 Sold-Out shows. Let’s help break that record together in 2019.

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

PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2018: Top Nine On Instagram

Well how about that my friends, it appears as though we’ve once again arrived at the time where the Instagram “Top Nine” images are tabulated and that means you get to enjoy them as well. Over the course of 2018, I really was enjoying the use of Instagram as a social networking tool and I’m fairly certain that I used it a lot more than any of the other socials combined. The rundown will come after the image below so please take a gander. I figured that I’d offer up some background on them all.

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About These Visuals: Starting from the top left hand corner we’ve got the band Paramore which is fronted by Hayley Williams and right next to that is the ominious Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and his own parmour Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy. A lot of you longer terms website readers will likely remember Alissa from The Agonist. Closing up the first row is Black Veil Brides singer Andy Black who was showing off a brand new comic graphic novel at the Last Rites Gallery. I’m not sure why they decided to cut off artist Eryk Donovan but that is the app for you. Sorry Eryk. The second row was from a great SiriusXM Town Hall with the legendary Judas Priest and that is the lads and myself post their interview at the station. It’s always great to say hello to The Priest and of course to support their live shows. The Brits are followed next by two images of the lovely and talented Riki “Riddle” Lecotey who is a cosplayer of some reknown. They were taken from The BoroughCon event and we just love her amazing designs. Our last row is the also legendary Glenn Hughes who was delivering a solo tour that celebrated his Deep Purple years. This row is completed by a visual from the Ghost Press Conference that was held by Papa Nihil and Sister Imperator and the great Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne during his special appearance at the “Fear The Riff” Expo in Brooklyn. Good times. As you can see, the collage shows that we recieved 25.8K likes for the sum total of our 6,716 posted images. Though we’ve gone up over 1K followers to 1,419 the sum-total likes dropped a chunk in comparison to last year. I think this was based on our flipping between personal and business accounts to get some standings but in the business account we saw less people coming aboard much like the Facebook Official Page. Since Facebook owns Instagram a lot of the same algorithm stuff goes on and they want you to pay for ads which I am NOT going to do.
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Marvel Comics “True Believers” Deliver “Conan The Barbarian” Classics In January 2019

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Greetings friends, I’m here to broadcast what will be surely amount to being one of the most popular of the “True Believers” run of one dollar issues by Marvel Comics. With the brand-new “Conan The Barbarian” series launching next month, it makes sense that these ten affordable issues help celebrate the classic era of Robert E. Howards incredible creation from the Hyborian Age. Join your fellow comic book collectors for a trip back in time to ancient Cimmeria this January.

TRUE BELIEVERS: CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1: Reprinting Conan the Barbarian (1970) #1
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

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“True Believers: Conan The Barbarian” #1

TRUE BELIEVERS: CONAN — THE TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT #1: Reprinting Conan the Barbarian (1970) #4
32 PGS./Rated T …$1.00

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“True Believers: Conan – The Tower Of The Elephant” #1

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Yoshiki To Make Guest Appearances On Sarah Brightman’s “HYMN” World Tour

I willing to bet that you never would have expected a post about Classical singer Sarah Brightman and her current tour here on PiercingMetal and honestly speaking, it’s not something I’d normally offer up to the readers. However, since the great Yoshiki did a composition with her and will be joining her for select appearances in 2019 we have to help spread the word. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
Sarah Brightman has announced that YOSHIKI will join her live on stage for select dates of her 2019 HYMN World Tour, including concerts at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, The Masonic in San Francisco, and Yokohama Arena in Japan.

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The digital single of “Miracle”– composed by YOSHIKI, performed by Sarah Brightman featuring YOSHIKI’s performance on piano–was released worldwide on November 16, reaching the Top 10 on iTunes Classical Charts in 15 countries, including #1 in Mexico, Singapore, and Japan, #2 in Brazil and #5 in the USA and Germany.
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