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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.

Dokken @ Starland Ballroom (7/9/2004)

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Artist: Dokken
Venue: Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ)
Opener: L.A. Guns
Label: Sanctuary Records
Date: 7/9/2004

I admit I was excited about this show for a couple of reasons. The first was the chance to see two great bands on the same bill; the second was the chance to be at Starland Ballroom once again. Combined with attending with some good buds, how could one go wrong with all these factors?

LA Guns hit the stage with a great set of some of their best numbers. Phil was in great vocal form and Guns Vet Steve Riley was as smooth as ever on the drums. No other originals remain and the band is instead joined by Roxx Gang’s Stacey Blaze and Adam Hamilton. Phil also took some time on the guitar. Phil was clearly enjoying himself as he kept prompting the NY/NJ audience to yell “fuck yeah”. He stressed how great it was to be on tour and to see everyone’s warm reception. Their set was too short if you ask me. While I enjoy drum solos, I feel Steve should not have done one and instead performed a few more tunes. I look forward to seeing a longer set from them in the future.
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Iced Earth @ Starland Ballroom (6/14/2004)

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Artist: Iced Earth
Venue: Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ)
Opener: Trivium & Beyond The Embrace
Label: SPV Records
Date: 6/14/2004

Normally I would not compose a review for a band that I had just seen very recently. However, this second chance to see Iced Earth perform had a few reasons for getting me to do it. As the Metal World knows by now, Drummer Richard Christy had left the band in the middle of the tour to focus on his interests in comedy. More specific for the Howard Stern radio program which is out of New York. He has since obtained the position, so congrats to him. Jumping into the drum chair was the incredible Bobby Jarzombek (formerly of Halford, Riot, & Pain Museum). Bobby had been in the band a few short weeks but he was a natural fit. Thunderous double bass drumming and solid fills were par for the course this evening. I even saw him providing extra backing vocals when it was needed. A welcome addition to this lineup in my humble opinion.
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Iron Maiden @ Madison Square Garden (7/30/2003)

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Artist: Iron Maiden
Venue: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Opener: Dio & Motorhead
Label: EMI Music
Date: 07/30/2003

This past July, the famous Madison Square Garden arena in New York City saw the appearance of three of Heavy Metal’s most senior titans. Iron Maiden came to visit and brought Dio and Motorhead with them.

Starting the night off was Motorhead. Now, I thought they were terrific but for some reason there was not yet a full house for them. People were still milling about and getting beers from the concession stands instead of supporting this classic act. By my recollection, I don’t think Motorhead had ever played the Garden so I was surprised at the lackluster response from fans. To their credit, Lemmy and crew rumbled through tunes like “Killed By Death” and “Iron Fist”. Since they were in NYC, Lemmy made mention to dedicate a song for Dee Dee and Joey Ramone who the punk music scene had lost over the past two years. The song was “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” which I think can be found on the Ramones Tribute album that was recently released. If I am incorrect, please pardon the flub. There was another highlight for me when drummer Mickey Dee (formerly of King Diamond) did an excellent drum solo. lotsa power behind this guy he is one of the best Metal Drummers we have going. Their set was a little over 30 minutes and before you knew it they were done. Loud and Fast, Solid and Heavy that is one thing I love most about Motorhead music.
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KISS & Aerosmith @ Madison Square Garden (11/16/2003)

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Artist: KISS and Aerosmith
Venue: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
Date: 11/16/2003
Label: Universal Music

As I begin to write this piece I wanted to say first off that I think I am a very lucky guy to have the chance to see shows at possibly one of the greatest arena’s ever built. “The Garden” as it is called by fans is the home of the The NY Rangers hockey and The NY Knicks basketball teams in addition to playing host to some of the most popular talent in the Music World . So seeing KISS on what they refer to as Home Ground is almost an out of body experience for me. As all fans know, KISS is from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Each Borough is about a 20 minute cab ride from the City.
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HIM @ Irving Plaza (11/15/2004)

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Artist: HIM
Venue: Irving Plaza (New York, NY)
Date: 11/15/2004
Opener: Monster Magnet & Melissa Auf De Maur
Label: Sire Records

Having attended the previous evening’s performance for HIM I entered the venue tonight with my friends a little more relaxed and sporting some notes from the night before to reference against what would go on this evening. Since both of the performances had been long sold out I felt that I was I was lucky enough to be able to attend both nights of these shows and it was worth my doing so on behalf of the site readers. Tonight I would pay a little more attention to Melissa Auf De Maur who played what seemed to be a couple of different numbers this time around and was a little heavier than I remembered her being last night. I might have to look more into them as time allows. Monster Magnet was again tight but were doing the exact same set as the previous night. Even the introduction at the beginning by Dave Wyndorf, their singer, who was tossing cigarettes into the crowd in order to assist in the corruption of the youth was the same. However the band does Rock and are quite solid live. Wyndorf did bring on a dancing girl who did her thing during “Space Lord” which made it a little more interesting and fun. I hope to see a full Magnet set sometime soon as their music really rocks in a very 70’s sorta way.
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