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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.

Now Playing: “Alita: Battle Angel” in Theaters Everywhere (2/14/2019)

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There are a lot of our readers digging into the Anime and Manga stuff and we applaud them since its just so massive an extension of the geek interests that we personally don’t even know how to catch up on some of it. One popular series is “Battle Angel: Alita” and as you can see they’ve reversed the name for the film. The trailers look like some exciting stuff and the last one I posted can be observed HERE in the event you missed it. This film opens today in theaters everywhere so take a look at the poster, premise and some casting before my closing editorial notions.

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The Premise: “Alita: Battle Angel” follows the story of the titular Alita, a disembodied “core” who awakens with no memory in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a technological fall. Dr. Ido finds her and gives her a new body. They later discover that Alita is more than what she seems and has an extraordinary past. As she navigates her new life, she battles other machines who are empowered with skills.
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Def Leppard Announces Las Vegas: “The Sin City Residency”

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It wasn’t too long ago when a music cruise or a Las Vegas residency was a rare and uncommon thing but now we find them at every turn and with that being said its time to share the news that Def Leppard has just announced their second Las Vegas residency which will take over the place in late August and early September. Read on my friends.

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The Press Release:
2019 will be another influential year for legendary British rock ‘n’ roll icons Def Leppard. In addition to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® on March 29, 2019, the band will be taking over the Las Vegas Strip later this year with their exclusive headlining residency show. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment,Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Said lead singer Joe Elliott, “Five years ago, we played our first ever residency in Las Vegas which was relatively new ground for a rock band giving this kind of experience…I have to say, we really enjoyed it! Being in one place for the best part of a month is vastly different to our normal city to city touring routine. Breaking this cycle adds another element to the experience for both us and the audience. We look forward to seeing you at the Zappos Theater this summer!”

“Planet Hollywood transformed the entertainment landscape in Las Vegas with the first pop residency,” said Jason Gastwirth, president of entertainment at Caesars Entertainment. “We are proud to be at the forefront of rock residencies as well and treat the city’s visitors to a new type of experience with Def Leppard.”

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. PT. Fans will have first access to a presale beginning Thursday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. PT. Citi® cardmembers can also purchase tickets before the general public starting Monday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. PT. In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. PT. A limited number of meet and greets will also be available.

The 12 performances going on sale are:

August 2019: 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 29, 31
Sept. 2019: 1, 4, 6, 7

General ticket prices begin at $69, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com/defleppard or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

DEF LEPPARD: With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductees, Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages”, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” The band’s 2015 self-titled studio album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Top Independent Albums charts. The album also took the #5 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and #10 spot on the Top 200, as well as claiming 15 top 10 debuts around the world. For the first time, in January 2018 Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalog worldwide via streaming and download platforms. As they did with the original release of their records, Def Leppard dominated the worldwide charts again. Chart stats saw their albums charting in the iTunes Top 10 in more than 30 countries, including Hysteria at #3 in the US, and #5 in the UK. Def Leppard had the #1, #2 and #3 records on the US catalog albums chart.

LIVE NATION LAS VEGAS: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation & House of Blues Concerts, LN Media and Artist Nation Management. Live Nation Las Vegas produces residency shows from Def Leppard, Gwen Stefani, Backstreet Boys, Pitbull and Christina Aguilera at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino; Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder and Queen + Adam Lambert at Park Theater at Park MGM; Mariah Carey at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace; and Blink 182, Billy Idol and Lady Antebellum at Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms. Live Nation Las Vegas also brings other world-famous artists to many of the city’s other premier concert venues including T-Mobile Arena, Mandalay Bay Events Center, MGM Grand Garden Arena, House of Blues, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, and more. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com. Find Live Nation Las Vegas on Facebook, Instagram and follow us on Twitter.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO: Celebrating 10 years, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas Strip, with 2,500 beautifully redesigned guest rooms and suites showcasing some of the best views in town, along with endless options of unparalleled shopping, distinguished dining, popular entertainment and a bustling nightlife. A bright, bold addition to the resort’s portfolio, the new Ultra Hip Rooms feature contemporary elegance and luxury bedding. Known as the place to play for its roster of A-list celebrity guests, Planet Hollywood’s 231 newly restyled suites feature stunning views of the glittering skyline and daring décor elements such as suspended sofas, lounge-style living spaces and oversized modern artwork. The resort encompasses more than 100,000 square-feet of gaming, several lounges, impressive restaurants including Gordon Ramsay Burger, KOI, Strip House, and the award-winning Spice Market Buffet, an intimate wedding chapel and the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara. The resort also features The Scene Pool Deck with the Strip’s first and only stand-alone wave machine, the FlowRider. Home to the first pop music residency in Las Vegas, Zappos Theater showcases resident headliners Backstreet Boys, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull and Def Leppard. Magician Criss Angel performs an over-the-top visual spectacular of “Criss Angel MINDFREAK®” in the newly-renovated Criss Angel Theater. The property is encircled by Miracle Mile Shops with more than 170 specialty stores and restaurants. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR). For more information, please visit planethollywoodresort.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So what do you readers think about this brand new residency for the Def Leppard guys? Will you be heading out to the desert to attend one or more of these events or will you be sitting back anticipating another tour being launched? Chime in down below as you know we love to hear from you.

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

Andy Black Announces “The Ghost Of North America” Tour

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As the snow continues to fall in NYC, some more Spring/Summer tour stuff is being revealed. We’ve recently learned that singer Andy Black (who most know from the Black Veil Brides) will be embarking on another solo tour with the branding “The Ghost Of North America” Tour. This likely will be tying into the singers comic book story that was discussed last year around NY Comic Con on THIS POST. As I’ve only seen the dates, that and the poster are all I’ve presented.

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The Facebook Alert:
Tickets On Sale This Friday Feb.15th. With Special Guests The Faim and Kulick!
www.bandsintown.com/AndyBlack – VIP packages Coming Soon!

The Tour Dates:
Apr. 07: Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Apr. 09: Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Apr. 10: Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Apr. 12: Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl Las Vegas
Apr. 13: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Apr. 14: Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theatre
Apr. 16: Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Apr. 17: Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
Apr. 19: Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill & Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 20: San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
Apr. 22: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Apr. 23: Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Apr. 25: Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Apr. 26: Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
Apr. 29: Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
Apr. 30: Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
May 01: New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
May 03: Worcester, MA – Worcester Palladium
May 04: Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
May 06: Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation-The Intersection
May 07: Chicago, IL – Metro Chicago
May 08: Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
May 10: Cleveland, OH – Phantasy Nightclub
May 11: Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre, Detroit
May 13: Toronto, ON – The Opera House
May 15: Montreal, QC – L’Astral
May 16: Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
May 17: Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation27

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: The music that Andy does as a solo artist differs greatly from the stuff he does with the Black Veil Brides and I can attest to just how catchy it is. It’s more of a danceable Darkwave vibe and I caught him in concert doing this stuff at the now shuttered Highline Ballroom. With him coming to the Gramercy when this reaches NYC, I will be on point for sure to bring you the story and a whole lot of photos. Sadly I don’t know the opening acts at all but I will be sure to arrive early to see what they are all about. What do you readers think about this tour? Will you be supporting Andy’s solo efforts? Chime in down below.

Official Website: http://www.andyblackmusic.com
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialandyblack/

Announcing: “Celebrating The Life Of Chester Bennington”; A Photo Exhibit by Jim Louvau

The loss of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington still weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of millions of his fans but at least we have a wonderful catalog of music, live concert memories and scores of photographs captured along the way. With this in mind I share some cool news about a very special exhibit happening in March on the Left Coast. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
In commemoration of the late CHESTER BENNINGTON– best known for being the vocalist for multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park-a special photo exhibit will take place on March 20, what would have been his 43rd birthday, at The Black Sheep Gallery in Burbank, CA featuring never-before-seen photos captured by CHESTER’s close friend and artist JIM LOUVAU.

The event will take place from 7:00 – 10:00 PM following a private VIP reception for family and friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. A limited amount of tickets for the event are on sale now for $25, with a portion of proceeds being donated to his widow, Talinda Bennington’s charity for suicide prevention, 320 Changes Direction. Tickets are available for purchase here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-the-life-of-chester-bennington-a-photo-exhibit-by-jim-louvau-tickets-54775251251.

“Over the course of our 17-year friendship I was lucky enough to document the evolution of the young musician who never took himself too seriously to the family man and philanthropist he developed into,” LOUVAU says. “Now it’s time to honor the memory of someone who I owe a great deal of gratitude by sharing the art we created together with the world and continue to celebrate his legacy on his birthday.”
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Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon Announce “The Unheavenly Skye” Tour

The snow is coming down if you are wondering how things are doing over on the East Coast side of the nexus but we don’t care since it doesn’t seem too bad and we’ve lots of provisions for both the cat and myself here at the Metal Media Command HQ. I’m also being kept busy as the touring announcements keep on coming and are lining out some late Spring into Summer activity with a co-headlining tour to end all co-headlining tours. Yes, Coheed and Cambria will team up with Mastodon and you can read all about it down below.

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The Press Release:
Today modern progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria and heavy rock titans Mastodon announced The Unheavenly Skye Tour across North America. The 26-city trek will see the bands performing across a range of venues from theatres to larger outdoor amphitheaters this summer. Coheed and Cambria will be performing in support of their new album, THE UNHEAVENLY CREATURES, while Mastodon announced they will be performing their renowned Crack the Skye album in its entirety on the tour. Seminal hardcore band Every Time I Die will support on all dates.
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