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Godsmack Announces 2019 US Headlining Tour w Volbeat

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The Press Release:
GODSMACK will return to the road in 2019–first with 20 shows in Europe to be followed by a North American headlining tour with Volbeat. GODSMACK will kick it off February 27 in London with Like A Storm confirmed as direct support for the six-week European trek. Next, GODSMACK will return to the U.S. where they’ll headline a U.S. run of shows with special guests VOLBEAT, along with some co-headlining shows with them in Canada. Tickets are on sale now for the European dates, with onsales set for mid-December for the North American gigs.

Earlier this year (4/27), GODSMACK released WHEN LEGENDS RISE via BMG (US) and Spinefarm (Worldwide), marking the band’s seventh studio album and their first in four years. The acclaimed 11-song collection, fueled by the Top 5 rock song and video “Bulletproof” plus the title track “When Legends Rise,” entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the top ten (#8), with four #1 placements on other charts: Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Music Albums, Top Independent Albums and Top Alternative Albums. WHEN LEGENDS RISE is available on CD, LP and Digital; purchase or stream it here.
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The Winery Dogs Announce “Who Let The Dogs Out” 2019 North American Tour

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The Scoop: The Winery Dogs have announced their “Who Let The Dogs Out” 2019 US Tour and if you don’t know who this band is yet then let me tell you a little something about this incendiary lineup. It’s a super-combinant of top drawer musicians that you might have heard about over the years. I’m talking about the one and only Billy Sheehan, bass guitarist of Mr. Big, Talas and a wide range of solo work. Mighty Mike Portnoy who is the skin basher supreme and currently working with Neal Morse and Metal Allegiance but he also worked extensively with Dream Theater and Adrenaline Mob. The trio is completed by Richie Kotzen who not only came to a lot of peoples attention from the band Poison but was also a member of Mr. Big when Paul Gilbert had left the lineup. Richie’s solo efforts are prolific but now its time to let the dogs back out into the yard and bring the people their combined musical talents once more. Here are the dates.

The Tour Dates:
May 1st – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
May 2nd – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
May 3rd – New York, NY – Sony Hall
May 5th – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
May 7th – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theater
May 8th – Nashville, TN – Basement East
May 9th – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
May 11th – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
May 12th – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 15th – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
May 16th – Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
May 17th – Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
May 18th – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
May 20th – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 23rd – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
May 24th – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
May 25th – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
May 28th – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater
May 29th – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
May 30th – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
May 31st – Los Angeles, CA – The Saban Theater

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Historically speaking I’ve seen not only the Winery Dogs on numerous occasions but also the individuals in most of the acts that I outlined above and can say that if one of these shows will be your first time catching the Winery Dogs then you are in for a treat. What do you readers think about this tour? Will you be in attendance at any of the shows? Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.

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

Presenting The 2019 Rock & Metal Grammy Nominees

We’ve just learned who the Rock & Related Nominations are for the upcoming 2019 Grammy Awards and since this stuff is always a good talking point, I’ve presented the few categories that our readership would be more interested in. At the end I’ll offer up some predictions about how I see it flowing. Let’s go.

Best Rock Performance:
“Four Out Of Five” by Arctic Monkeys (from “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino”)
“When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
“Made An America” by THE FEVER 333 (from “Made An America”)
“Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” by Halestorm (from “Vicious”)

Best Metal Performance:
“Condemned To The Gallows” by Between The Buried And Me
“Honeycomb” by Deafheaven
“Electric Messiah” by High On Fire (from “Electric Messiah”)
“Betrayer” by Trivium (from “The Sin And The Sentence”)
“On My Teeth” by Underoath (from “Erase Me”)
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The Hall of Heavy Metal History Announces 2019 Inductees

We might not see a lot of Metal going into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame every year but that is okay because we now have the Hall Of Heavy Metal History and they’ve just revealed the 2019 inductees. Check it out.

The Press Release:
Once again, the annual Hall of Heavy Metal History’s Metal Hall of Fame Gala will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA. The event will be hosted by iconic television, radio personality and heavy metal champion Eddie Trunk, and will feature appearances by heavy metal greats of today and years past. The Metal Hall of Fame Gala is quickly solidifying itself as the most important night in rock and metal!

Doors open at 6:00 PM, and a red carpet will take place from 6:00-7:00 PM. The induction ceremony will begin at 8:00 PM with a performance by Los Angeles heavy rock/metal group Budderside. Admission is open to the public – tickets are available for just $30 via the website below.

2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Include:
– Jon and Marsha Zazula (Founders, Megaforce Records)
– Lita Ford (with 2018 inductee Doro Pesch presenting)
– Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)
– David Ellefson (Megadeth)
– Special Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne) band induction: Bob Daisley & Lee Kerslake (accepting via video, John Sykes accepting on their behalf in person)
– Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Sons of Apollo)
– KLOS FM – 50th Anniversary
– Saxon (with Nigel Glockler accepting)
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Chandler Mogel Introduces “Double Vision” A Foreigner Tribute

Hard Rock singer Chandler Mogel (Outloud, Punky Meadows) has just unveiled his latest musical project in “Double Vision”; a tribute to the music of the legendary Foreigner.

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Says Mogel about the group: “Hey guys, a while back I mentioned that I was working on a Foreigner Tribute – well, after a lot of hard work, it’s finally ready for action ! I give you Double Vision – The Ultimate Foreigner Experience! There are very few Foreigner tributes in the US and virtually none active in the NYC area. So the band will be booking shows this coming year locally as well as nationally. Check out a clip of our promo video below and let me know what you think!”


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