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Machine Head Announces “Burn My Eyes” 25th Anniversary Tour

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Now that New York Comic Con has ended and I can safely close my eyes without seeing a Harley Quinn or Deadpool cosplay in my mind, its time to get on down to some crushing Heavy Metal news. For instance, the guys in Machine Head have just announced a series of shows that will make you slaver for some time in the circle pit. Take a look down below and I will see you at the close.

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The Press Release:
Let Freedom Ring! After what seemed like an eternity, MACHINE HEAD are thrilled to announce the much anticipated North American tour, celebrating the Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary on the heels of what is already shaping up to be one of the monster European/UK tours of 2019!!!

The massive round of tour dates kick-off in Phoenix on Jan 16th in Arizona, and continue across Texas, Florida, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Denver wrapping up at the legendary Fox Theater in their hometown of Oakland, CA. on Feb 21st, and Anaheim, CA.
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Drumming Legend Ginger Baker Has Died (1939-2019)

It seems like it was only a little more than a week ago when we shared across our socials that drumming legend Ginger Baker had been admitted to hospital in what sounded like life-threatening circumstances. Sadly, I am here to share the news that the musician has passed away. The statement from his family on his Official Facebook was a simple one.

“We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully this morning. Thank you to everyone for your kind words to us all over the past weeks.”

Born Peter Edward Baker, “Ginger” was without peer on the drums. Though I never ever managed to catch Ginger performing outside of video clips and hearing countless tunes on the radio across my life, I always enjoyed the level of creativity that he put forward. Growing up in music at the time that I did, we were fortunate enough to have numerous Classic Rock radio stations (and it was just called Rock at the time by the way). On these stations the music of Cream was a mainstay. Baker was 80 years old and had been in ill-health for a number of years and was no longer performing as result. He was one of the founders of Cream and more about his life is worthwhile reading on his Official Wiki which is linked below. Someone recently said to me that all of our youthful legends seem to be leaving and yeah, he was correct about this for sure. On behalf of the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ we wish his family, friends and worldwide fans the most sincere of condolences during this time. Thank you for your achievements in music Mr. Baker and for being one of drummings most memorable figures. May you Rest In Peace.

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PiercingMetal’s Off To New York Comic Con 2019

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Hey there my friends, I am taking a moment to let you know that the PiercingMetal Entertainment Outlet is heading to the annual New York Comic Con for the next four days and as always I am very excited about the people and the visuals that I will encounter at this massive media event at the Javits Center. Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing some advance announcements on the website which you should peruse by clicking HERE. There are some really cool things to be aware of if you are planning on attending the con or just in general as new information about some Pop Culture properties to be aware of going forward. My annual photo celebrates that this will be my 10th year straight in attending NYCC.

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As usual, the means to leave comments on this announcement have been disabled since this is only an alert. You should definitely make sure that you are following the website on its social networks of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter since I plan on putting all of them to use. For those readers going to the Con, I will link to my handy dandy “Guidelines For A Seamless NYCC” that I wrote last year. I wanted to do an update for this year but the time just wasn’t there. This list is good for Comic Con and pretty much any other heavy duty convention.

Hope to see many familiar faces at this years convention. See you next time.

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Billy Corgan Announces Fall Solo Tour

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The Press Release:
Excited to announce WPC will be heading out on a solo tour this fall, hitting select U.S. cities. He’ll be playing songs from his extensive catalogue, including The Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, WPC, and more! Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 4, at 10AM Local time.

The Tour Dates:
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park
November 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park
November 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park
November 9 – Nashville, TN @ CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
November 10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
November 12 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
November 13 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
November 15 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
November 16 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
November 18 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
November 19 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
November 20 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Oddly enough, I’ve never seen Billy’s main band The Smashing Pumpkins in concert and since his solo jaunts are far less frequent the same can be applied to those gigs. The Pumpkins recently released their latest work on Napalm Records which is a favored label of mine and one has to expect that any future solo work will come care of them as well. As I don’t know what to expect from these shows I’m very curious about seeing at least one of them at the Gramercy where you see he will be for three nights. What do you readers think about this short tour announcement? Is this something that you would be interested in seeing? Chime in down below with your thoughts.

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Opeth Announce North American Tour For 2020

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Though we’ve been showcasing a busy few days on the Pop Culture side of the fence with the New York Comic Con taking over our city come tomorrow until Sunday, the Metal and Hard Rock scene is as vibrant as ever with new tour and music announcements such as this recently revealed information from the incredible Opeth. They’ll be coming over to our side of the fence in early 2020 so let’s read on down into the scoop.

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The Press Release:
OPETH will make their awaited return to North America in 2020 for a winter tour with labelmates Graveyard. This will be the band’s first tour of the U.S.A. and Canada in support of their newly released, critically praised album, “In Cauda Venenum,” that is available now via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast. The dates include two nights at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York and performances at the renowned Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and at the famed Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
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