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Ken Pierce is an NYC based Music Journalist and the Editor In Chief of PiercingMetal.com; He's been documenting the live Metal and Rock scene of the Big Apple since 2003 and believes that there is always something exciting happening in this Metropolis.

Warner Brothers Pictures: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” Official Trailer 2

Generally speaking, the Christmas holidays always put me in a good spirit but this year I think that the amount of major studio films and trailers are amplifying that tenfold as not only did we recently get the clips for the upcoming Marvel Studios features “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” and now we have the just unveiled second trailer for “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters” which I have been looking forward to since the first, brief trailer that we got during the Comic Con International: San Diego (seen HERE if you are interested). Now, let’s see what the Big G has been up to since that time in July.

Premise: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance (thanks Wiki)
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Godsmack Announces 2019 US Headlining Tour w Volbeat

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The Press Release:
GODSMACK will return to the road in 2019–first with 20 shows in Europe to be followed by a North American headlining tour with Volbeat. GODSMACK will kick it off February 27 in London with Like A Storm confirmed as direct support for the six-week European trek. Next, GODSMACK will return to the U.S. where they’ll headline a U.S. run of shows with special guests VOLBEAT, along with some co-headlining shows with them in Canada. Tickets are on sale now for the European dates, with onsales set for mid-December for the North American gigs.

Earlier this year (4/27), GODSMACK released WHEN LEGENDS RISE via BMG (US) and Spinefarm (Worldwide), marking the band’s seventh studio album and their first in four years. The acclaimed 11-song collection, fueled by the Top 5 rock song and video “Bulletproof” plus the title track “When Legends Rise,” entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the top ten (#8), with four #1 placements on other charts: Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Music Albums, Top Independent Albums and Top Alternative Albums. WHEN LEGENDS RISE is available on CD, LP and Digital; purchase or stream it here.
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The Winery Dogs Announce “Who Let The Dogs Out” 2019 North American Tour

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The Scoop: The Winery Dogs have announced their “Who Let The Dogs Out” 2019 US Tour and if you don’t know who this band is yet then let me tell you a little something about this incendiary lineup. It’s a super-combinant of top drawer musicians that you might have heard about over the years. I’m talking about the one and only Billy Sheehan, bass guitarist of Mr. Big, Talas and a wide range of solo work. Mighty Mike Portnoy who is the skin basher supreme and currently working with Neal Morse and Metal Allegiance but he also worked extensively with Dream Theater and Adrenaline Mob. The trio is completed by Richie Kotzen who not only came to a lot of peoples attention from the band Poison but was also a member of Mr. Big when Paul Gilbert had left the lineup. Richie’s solo efforts are prolific but now its time to let the dogs back out into the yard and bring the people their combined musical talents once more. Here are the dates.

The Tour Dates:
May 1st – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
May 2nd – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
May 3rd – New York, NY – Sony Hall
May 5th – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
May 7th – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theater
May 8th – Nashville, TN – Basement East
May 9th – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
May 11th – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
May 12th – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 15th – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
May 16th – Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
May 17th – Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
May 18th – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
May 20th – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 23rd – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
May 24th – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
May 25th – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
May 28th – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater
May 29th – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
May 30th – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
May 31st – Los Angeles, CA – The Saban Theater

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Historically speaking I’ve seen not only the Winery Dogs on numerous occasions but also the individuals in most of the acts that I outlined above and can say that if one of these shows will be your first time catching the Winery Dogs then you are in for a treat. What do you readers think about this tour? Will you be in attendance at any of the shows? Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.

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

Presenting The 2019 Rock & Metal Grammy Nominees

We’ve just learned who the Rock & Related Nominations are for the upcoming 2019 Grammy Awards and since this stuff is always a good talking point, I’ve presented the few categories that our readership would be more interested in. At the end I’ll offer up some predictions about how I see it flowing. Let’s go.

Best Rock Performance:
“Four Out Of Five” by Arctic Monkeys (from “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino”)
“When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
“Made An America” by THE FEVER 333 (from “Made An America”)
“Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” by Halestorm (from “Vicious”)

Best Metal Performance:
“Condemned To The Gallows” by Between The Buried And Me
“Honeycomb” by Deafheaven
“Electric Messiah” by High On Fire (from “Electric Messiah”)
“Betrayer” by Trivium (from “The Sin And The Sentence”)
“On My Teeth” by Underoath (from “Erase Me”)
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Walt Disney Pictures: “Avengers: Endgame” Official Trailer (5/3/2019)

We have arrived at the first Official Trailer for the now titled sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War” which is “Avengers: Endgame” and I love that as the films title. This is the one for all the marbles and to hopefully fix as much of the damage caused by Thanos when he snapped his fingers while wearing the fully loaded Infinity Gauntlet. Let’s take a look.

The Cast/Characters:
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange
Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine
Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther
Paul Bettany as Vision
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Benedict Wong as Wong
Pom Klementieff as Mantis
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Bradley Cooper as Rocket
Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts
Josh Brolin as Thanos
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne/Wasp
Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
Frank Grillo reprises his role as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones
Letitia Wright reprises her role as T’Challa’s sister Shuri
Hiroyuki Sanada and Katherine Langford have been cast in undisclosed roles
Stan Lee has a cameo in the film
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