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Bloodbath Postpones 2018 North American Tour

Do you folks remember a few months ago when we shared the news about the return of Bloodbath to US Shores? Well, since that time there has been a rather sad change in the plans. Check out the bands official statement from their Facebook.

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The Press Release:
It’s with an immense mix of anger, frustration and sadness that we’re forced to announce the following news…

We will not be flying out tomorrow to begin our first North American tour we all so much looked forward to playing.

We’ve been rehearsing and preparing this for months and our gear and bags are packed ready by the doorstep, but sadly due to the US Immigration and Embassy making a mistake with our visas, they couldn’t fix it in time and reissue it.

We hoped we never would have to make this kind of announcement, we were still trusting they would issue it in time to the very bitter end, but now with less than 24hrs to go, we have to accept our fate, it ain’t gonna happen.

We’re so sorry for all of you who bought a ticket and made plans to come see Bloodbath!

On any kind of positive note, we WILL be rescheduling (nothing else is acceptable!) and prepare to play the tour as soon as possible. More news on refunds etc. ASAP.

The Cancelled Dates:
5/23 – Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA
5/24 – Modified Ghost Festival, Vancouver, BC
5/25 – Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore, MD
5/26 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
5/27 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
5/28 – Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto, ON
5/29 – Corona, Montreal, QC

*** end of transmission ***

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I think its pretty safe to say that if you are a band from the other side of the USA at this point that you really better get an earlier and more on point focus to your visas. Under the current administration with all his anti-foreign visiting rhetoric, it’s in your best interests to dot every “i” and cross every “t” and then have someone double-check it all. The visa problems report is far too often of late and I don’t see it ending at any time soon.

Official Website: http://bloodbath.biz/

Blind Guardian’s Debut “Battalions Of Fear” Hits 30 Years (1988-2018)

Before I get started on this latest album anniversary or “music milestone” as we’ve been apt to refer to them, I must admit that way back in the days of 1988, I was NOT listening to the band Blind Guardian at all and the same applies for a lot of bands from this region of the world. We are still going to raise a goblet of our favorite drink in honor of the birthday of their debut album “Battalions Of Fear” which came out care of No Remorse Records on this very day thirty years ago. Fans of Blind Guardian who might have come on board over the last dozen years or so ago love them for the polished and exciting Power Metal that they are true masters of. Given my lack of overall background on the debut itself, I’ll be deferring readers to the official Wikipedia entry at the close

Having referenced the bands acumen as Power Metal leaders, it might surprise some of you to learn that this was not at all how the band started out. When you begin to give a listen to “Battalions Of Fear” you find instead a fast-paced, more Speed Metal meets Thrash Metal type of release. In 1988 I can honestly say that Blind Guardian had more in common with the likes of Metallica and Exodus or even Anvil in terms of how the drumming and frenzied riffs were being laid down. It was interesting to me for sure because in 1988 I was really focused on more of the US Metal, even though I did have a few bands from that side of the pond that I enjoyed quite a bit. “Majesty” rips you a new one while “Guardian Of The Blind” has some awesome layers to it and drumming that made me bang my head while I was composing this toast. Believe me that is not easy to do when you are trying to type. “Trial By The Archon” reminded me a lot of the vibe that early Iron Maiden had to them and perhaps this short instrumental number was designed to be an homage of the Brits. “Wizard’s Crown” continues the same vibe and there is a strong cohesion to the full release. The members of the band for the debut are of course singer Hansi Kursch who was also on bass at the time. Andre Olbrich was on lead guitar and Marcus Siepen on rhythm while Thomas “Thomen” Stauch played drums
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Phish Announce Fall 2018 Tour

I recently mused how we were starting to see the Fall 2018 tours despite the summer not even being here and with that, let’s get a look at the recent press from the folks behind the scenes of the Jamtastic band Phish.

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The Press Release:
Phish has announced plans for a 14-date Fall tour, set to get underway October 16 with a double-header at Albany, NY’s Times Union Center and then concluding with a four-night Halloween run – beginning October 31 – at Las Vegas, NV’s MGM Grand Garden Arena. The tour also includes three-night stands at Hampton, VA’s Hampton Coliseum (October 19-21) and Chicago, IL’s Allstate Arena (October 26-28) as well as two nights at Nashville, TN’s Ascend Amphitheater (October 23-24).

An ticket request period is currently underway at tickets.phish.com through Tuesday, May 29 at 9am ET. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 1 and continuing through Saturday, June 2. In addition, Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering limited travel packages (which include hotel and tickets) for the Hampton, Chicago, and Las Vegas runs. Travel Packages go on sale Thursday, May 31 at 12pm local time. For complete information, please visit http://phish.com.

The tour announcement precedes Phish’s eagerly awaited summer run, set to get underway July 17 and 18 with a pair of sold out shows at Stateline, NV’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys and then continue through the band’s eighth annual Labor Day Weekend residency at Commerce City, CO’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on August 31-September 2. Most dates on the 21-show run are now sold out – for details and ticket availability, please visit phish.com/tours.
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SiriusXM Presents: U2 Live At The Apollo Theater

Over the past few years, I’ve watched the folks over at SiriusXM Satellite Radio offer their subscribers some superb special concerts. These included In This Moment, Metallica and Guns N Roses. Now they have upped the game something fierce by just recently announcing that U2 will be doing a special show at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater. Check out the full press release below.

The Press Release:
SiriusXM announced today that U2 will take a one night detour from the “technologically advanced… sensational” (The New York Times) production of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018 to perform for the first time ever at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater. This special invitation-only concert exclusively for SiriusXM subscribers will take place Monday, June 11, as announced by Howard Stern today during his live SiriusXM show The Howard Stern Show.

The SiriusXM concert is a rare theater performance for U2, whose recent outings include the #1 grossing tour of last year, The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. The band will be playing material from current release Songs of Experience (Interscope) – ranked #6 in the Global Top albums of 2017– alongside classics from the storied U2 catalogue that has seen Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen win 22 GRAMMY awards to date, more than any other rock band. The special concert will be the first time the band, who paid homage to Harlem’s Billie Holiday on their 1988 song “Angel of Harlem,” has played the legendary venue. It is also the first time since their acclaimed 2000 Irving Plaza show that U2 will play such an intimate New York show—harkening back to the band’s roots touring the club circuit, a period revisited nightly during the first half of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE shows. The special concert will air following the performance via satellite on channel 30 and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.


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The Smashing Pumpkins Announce 1979 House Party In Advance Of Summer Tour

Now this is a whole lot of coolness to check out care of The Smashing Pumpkins. Take a look.

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The Press Release:
GRAMMY® Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock pioneers, The Smashing Pumpkins today announced a national sweepstakes for a 1979 House Party. Inspired by their iconic “1979” music video the band will perform an intimate show at a secret residential location in Los Angeles, CA on June 28, 2018 ahead of their upcoming Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, kicking off on July 12, 2018.

The sweepstakes winner and a guest will receive exclusive access to the 1979 House Party, a Yamaha guitar, round-trip flights to Los Angeles, CA, a two-night stay at a Hilton property, and a cash card for ground transportation. Sweepstakes rules and entry information can be found HERE. The 1979 House Party is sponsored by Live Nation, Hilton, and Yamaha.

Produced by Live Nation, the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour is The Smashing Pumpkins’ first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha. The 39-city outing will kick off in Glendale, AZ on July 12, 2018 and visit North American arenas throughout the summer. Indie rock band Metric will support them on the tour. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com and SmashingPumpkins.com.
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