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Beyond The Gates Festival Announces Full 2019 Lineup

The insidious forces behind the Beyond The Gates festival have firmed up the full lineup for this years event that will take place in a faraway land from where we are stationed. Brave a look, if you dare…..

The Press Release:
So this is it – the full line-up for Beyond the Gates 2019 in all its glory. And what a festival it’s going to be. The final piece of the puzzle is something of a treat. Abbath has just announced the follow up to his 2015 debut, entitled “Outstrider”. The album is due on July the 5th and the Beyond the Gates audience will be treated to a spectacular and exclusive homecoming show on the final day of the festival.

We are also pleased to announce the addition of German/Turkish black metal outfit Imha Tarikat. If you haven’t checked out their debut album “Kara Ihlas” yet, please do. Haunting and atmospheric black metal doesn’t get any better than this. Imha Tarikat will join Ritual Death and Watain for the very special Wednesday show taking place at Hulen.
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Steel Panther Reveals The “Poontang Boomerang” Effects Pedal

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Last Fall, I helped to share the news about the first-ever guitar effects pedal being released by the legendary Steel Panther. It’s name was “The Pussy Melter” and if you want to recap that story please just click HERE to see what it was all about. Stick around to the end of this notice because I might just have a surprise for you regarding that pedal. Earlier today, the band announced their second pedal and I am here to share the skinny about “The Poontang Boomerang”. Dig in.

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The Press Release:
California rock legends Steel Panther continue their fight for freedom of speech and their work to create a safe space for all creative expression in the music instrument world with the release of their second guitar pedal – a digital delay called the Poontang Boomerang. The pedal, which takes its name from a song on the band’s latest release Lower The Bar, is a digital delay pedal developed by Satchel in conjunction with the team who built the critically acclaimed Pussy Melter. It is made in the USA, has a toggle switch (G Day and Crikey), and 4 knobs so guitarists of all genders can customize the “Distance,” “Feedback,” “Dry” and “Wet” parameters of the tone to their individual liking.The Poontang Boomerang will retail for $199.99 and is now available for pre-order HERE

It has been brought to the band’s attention that the popular musical instrument/gear resale site has banned a musician from selling his purchased Pussy Melter on the website. The seller received an email from the Reverb Listings Standard Crew saying: “We understand what this pedal does. In this case, the imagery and the pedal itself is what we do not allow on our site.” A video discussing the whole situation can be watched below:


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SiriusXM Launches ‘Mötley Crüe Week’ Celebrating New Film

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The Press Release:
SiriusXM announced today that legendary rock band Mötley Crüe will host an exclusive special, Mötley Crüe Week, in advance of the band’s new biopic, The Dirt.

SiriusXM’s Hair Nation channel 39 will become Mötley Crüe Week March 18 – 24. The channel takeover will feature music spanning Mötley Crüe’s entire catalogue in addition to tracks from other Sunset Strip rock bands, as well as new songs from The Dirt soundtrack before the film’s release on March 22. Plus listeners can catch the world premiere of a new Mötley Crüe song on March 14 on SiriusXM’s Hair Nation channel.

In between songs, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx will share their personal stories and memories on their meteoric rise and becoming “the world’s most notorious rock band.” Additional guest appearances on the channel will be cast members of the upcoming Netflix film, The Dirt, including Machine Gun Kelly (who plays Tommy Lee in the film), Douglas Booth (playing Nikki Sixx), Daniel Webber (playing Vince Neil) and the biopic director, Jeff Tremaine.

Mötley Crüe will also appear in a special edition of Trunk Nation LA Invasion, a live broadcast hosted by Eddie Trunk from the Rainbow Bar & Grill, on March 19. This exclusive event featuring interviews with members of the band and cast from the upcoming Netflix film, The Dirt, will take place on the famed Sunset Strip and airing live on SiriusXM’s VOLUME channel 106 at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET.

SiriusXM’s Mötley Crüe Week on Hair Nation kicks off March 18 at 6 am ET and runs through Sunday, March 24, on channel 39 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices.

Subscribers have many options for listening to SiriusXM content in the car and also at home on a wide variety of connected devices. Learn more at www.SirusXM.com/athome.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This sounds cool to us and we’ve already rallied behind the Official Trailer for the film which I hope that you diehard Crue fans saw on THIS LINK. If not, please take a look and chime in appropriately on it if you are so compelled.

Official Websites:
SiriusXM Radio: http://www.siriusxm.com
Motley Crue: http://www.motley.net
Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dirt_(film)

Enforcer & Warbringer Announce Fall Co-Headlining Tour

When you are finding the need to Thrash it Up, you’re not going to need much more than this mosh pit inducing co-headlining run by Enforcer and Warbringer. Check out the full details down below.

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The Press Release:
Swedish metallers ENFORCER are proud to announce their co-headlining North American tour with WARBRINGER! The trek will run kick off September 5th at Brick By Brick in San Diego, California and conclude on October 28th at Club Red in Tempe, Arizona.

This is not the first time WARBRINGER and ENFORCER have shared the stage together, as the two groups previously co-headlined a successful North American tour in early 2016. Since then, both acts have hoped for another opportunity to perform together – and this fall, they’ll have 54!
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The Stray Cats To Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Album and Tour

Reunions are also a “thing” when it comes to concert tours and I was pleased as the proverbial punch when I saw this announcement. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
All revved up and red hot, The STRAY CATS are back.

Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)–original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio–are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and tour (*see tour dates below).

The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, it will be released May 24 via Surfdog Records and distributed by BMG (CD, vinyl, digital). The song titles alone–including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama” and “Devil Train”–instantly let listeners know they’re in for a non-stop rocking time.

Watch the band and album producer Peter Collins in the studio discussing the making of the album below.


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