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Powerhouse Drummer Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan Hellyeah) Has Died (1964-2018)

I had just gotten home to my apartment after a rousing and quite fun show by the Dropkick Murphy’s last night when my mobile started buzzing with texts from friends with news that I hated to read on my screen. It appeared that influential Heavy Metal drummer Vinnie Paul had died. The news was first broadcast across the Official Pantera Facebook Page (of which Vinnie was a founding member) and this statement has been embedded for you below the photo.

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The Statement: “Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away. Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands
Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time”.
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Monster Magnet Announces North American Tour

Hey fiends, Happy Monday to you all. So today seems to be the continuation of a couple of super hot days in NYC and thanks to this news from Dave Wyndorf and Monster Magnet, the end of the summer into the Fall is going to be raising the temperature as well. Take a look at this new tour announcement that came from the handlers of their media affairs.

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The Press Release:
March of 2018 saw the release of the latest MONSTER MAGNET masterpiece “Mindfucker” (Order and Stream The Album) on Napalm Records. Following three exclusive Northeastern US shows, the band headed across the pond for a European headline tour. Now they are ready to return to North America for a full headline tour this Fall. The band will hit the road in North America on September 28th in Toronto, ON. The tour will run through October 28th in Boston, MA. Support on the tour will come from Electric Citizen and Dark Sky Choir. A complete list of dates can be found below.

A message from MM frontman Dave Wyndorf: “Can’t wait to hit North America with the MINDFUCKER tour! Warning: This is REAL ROCK music, made loud to be played loud! A Monster Magnet show is a face melting celebration of electric madness made all the better and fueled to peak intensity by the attendance of excitable human beings. Hope you’re part of that equation! See you soon!
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Happy 76th Birthday To The Legendary Sir Paul McCartney

Born on this day way back in 1942, the now legendary Sir Paul McCartney made his first-ever appearance to parents Mary and Jim. We wanted to take a quick moment to wish the musician a very Happy 76th Birthday. For some reason I missed doing a post like this on his 75th but hey, better late than never right? To say that his musical career has been a bountiful one would be an understatement with his being a founding member of The Beatles and eventually Wings along with maintaining a very prolific solo career and since we are just raising a glass in his honor today you can hit up the Official Wiki entry below. I suggest grabbing a cup of tea because there is a lot to read and you’re going to want to open Spotify or whatever you use to stream music since I anticipate some listening across the course of your discovery.

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So the photo you see is on the terrible side but was shot with a mobile device from about 80 million feet away when he played at the then brand-new CitiField. A friend of mine had an extra ticket that he gave to me so who could pass something like that up and I think it was the second of a four night stint but I’d have to check the concert review that I posted since it was nine years ago. You can read that report too if your interested by clicking on THIS LINK. It was a very good time and loaded with hits. I owe my appreciation of both The Beatles and Wings to my family so thank you very much oh wise ones for steering me properly on some good music when I was really young. Happy Birthday Sir Paul, we wish you very many more.

Official Website: https://www.paulmccartney.com/
Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_McCartney

Dave Ellefson Announces 1st “Basstory” Tour Dates

Hey Fiends, I got this bit of touring news that will definitely appeal to you bass heads. Well, also any fans of Dave Ellefson and his numerous adventures. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
Grammy Award Winning Megadeth bassist, author, entrepreneur, and Metal Icon David Ellefson has announced the first dates for his BASSTORY tour, a series of limited and exclusive “Storytellers” dates, starting 9/21 in Portland. Dubbed “Basstory: An Intimate Evening of Riffs and Repartee with David Ellefson”, the show combines solo bass performance with David’s celebrated brand of storytelling, as he recounts intimate details of his struggles and triumphs in the name of Rock N’ Roll. BASSTORY will also include special VIP meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more.

Says Ellefson, “I have always done clinics, and a few years ago did an amazing spoken word tour in Australia to support my book My Life With ‘Deth, and have always welcomed the opportunity to be able to meet and connect with fans on a more intimate level. These important parts of my professional life converged to create BASSTORY. Not only will fans get to hear some of their favorite bass riffs, but the stories behind them. It’s not often I get to get into small, intimate Rock clubs, the way this all started, and I’m excited for fans to get to experience this show.”
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Ghost Performs “Enter Sandman” w Candlemass For Polar Music Prize 2018

The Press Release:
LINKÖPING, SWEDEN – JUNE 14, 2018 – Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost’s joined legendary metal band Candlemass to honor Metallica by performing “Enter Sandman” as members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo were presented with the Polar Music Prize by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. Watch the unforgettable performance below….

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wow. Wasn’t that pretty darned awesome. Hopefully they consider releasing a studio recording of this since it sounded so frigging good. What do you readers think about this one? Also, have you heard the new full “Prequelle” album yet? I have yet to receive my copy and then its onto giving you a complete summary about it. Stay tuned.

Official Website: http://www.ghost-official.com