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Mike Portnoy Is Leaving The Adrenaline Mob!!!

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Wow. According to his own Official Facebook page, it seems as though master drummer Mike Portnoy is leaving the Adrenaline Mob after some upcoming appearances and I have to admit that I didn’t see this one coming. Please stop shaking your head at me because you know you didn’t expect this one either. Mike’s statement follows the photograph that I took in 2012.

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Mike Portnoy w/Adrenaline Mob (2012)

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Paul Bostaph Hired As Slayer Drummer Once More

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Sorry for posting this massive bit of news so late tonight but I had been at Book Expo America all day and its not that easy to compose a blog of any real content when only using the Smart Phone. Anyways, it seems as though Slayer has once again hired drummer Paul Bostaph for the task of skin basher in the band. Historically speaking he had originally replaced Dave Lombardo back in 1992 and served the task for almost ten years. Welcome back Paul. The photo below is an old publicity shot and shows from left to right Tom Araya, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King and the now late great Jeff Hanneman. I imagine new press shots will be forthcoming based on this information.

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The statement from their press representative has been copied for your informational pleasure and the band states:

LOS ANGELES, CA — Slayer’s Tom Araya and Kerry King are very pleased to announce that Paul Bostaph has rejoined the band on a full-time basis. Bostaph will be behind the drum kit beginning June 4 when Slayer kicks off the first leg of its 2013 international tour in Warsaw, Poland. Gary Holt will continue to fill in for fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Slayer’s 2013 itinerary will have the band playing 35 dates that will include headline shows as well as a number of major summer festivals in Europe, Eastern Europe and South America between June and October. The complete itinerary is below.

“Paul’s a great drummer and a good friend, and we’re very happy that he’s decided to rejoin the band,” said Tom Araya. “We’re still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don’t want to disappoint our European and South American fans, and we need to begin moving forward…having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier.”

“I’m very excited to be rejoining Slayer,” added Bostaph. “We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home.”

Bostaph was Slayer’s drummer from 1992 until 2001 and recorded four albums with the band – the Gold certified Divine Intervention (1994), the 1996 punk covers album Undisputed Attitude, Diabolus in Musica, (1998), God Hates Us All (2001) that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance,” as well as the DVD War at the Warfield (2001), also certified Gold. In addition to Slayer, Bostaph has been a member of Forbidden, Exodus, Systematic and Testament.

Speaking personally, when Lombardo first left Slayer I was finally a little more into the group. I was not the quick study that many Metal friends were, but of course I loved the now “classic numbers”. I hated seeing Lombardo leave the lineup, but bands and people change. This is a part of life in music. I liked the style that Bostaph had and the band did keep up a serious level of touring momentum with him sitting back there. While I would have preferred that Lombardo rejoined the group after the passing of Jeff Hanneman, it seems that this particular ship has sailed and that he is out of the mix for good. Oh well. I do look forward to seeing what Paul brings to the band and feel that many of us will be impressed because he is a solid and powerful player. Welcome back Paul and kick some ass.

Official Website: http://www.slayer.net

Book Expo America 2013 Starts Today!!!

After seeing all our reports on the Comic Con and Toy Fair over the last few years, the more tenured site visitors are fully aware how we just love a good convention here at the PiercingMetal High Command. That being said I am super excited to say that the Book Expo America for 2013 will be starting today down at the Javits Center.

Technically speaking, the first day is a very limited day unless you are attending conferences and such. Its also the day that the Remainders and Sidelines pavilions will be open and fully awaiting your attention. That section requires you to keep a keen eye on the shelves because you might find some awesome stuff there. I did when I last attended two years ago. PiercingMetal will be hitting the Expo starting on Thursday May 30th along with our good buddy Skeleton Pete and I hope to chance upon some of you readers at this awesome event. My plan is to find not only the music related properties that fall in line with my core site coverage but also a lot of the comics media stuff that we pay a lot of attention to on the blog. Since I missed last year I can say right now that I am really looking forward to attending this time around.

Official Website: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/Home/

Thirty Years Ago This Weekend: The US Festival 1983

Hails readers and welcome to another “Music Milestone” installment on the Official Blog for PiercingMetal; Today we are raising a glass to the fact that this weekend will be thirty years since the US Festival of 1983 and this one in particular is special to many Metal heads based on the absolutely killer “Heavy Metal Day” that was held. I will speak more about that in a moment or two but first a little more about the festival itself. The event was the brainchild of Steve Wozniak who was a part of Apple Computer and while we are speaking about the anniversary of the 1983 event there was also one in 1982 that just had groups of bands playing each day without any style separation. They would hold the second one on Memorial Day Weekend and that excited me as a young fan of music even though I was nowhere near California because not only was it a holiday weekend but it was my birthday on the day allotted for Heavy Metal. How cool was that? Saturday’s roster was a New Wave one and I actually enjoyed a lot of that stuff as well so I figured I would try to watch any of the stuff that was being broadcast if I could find a friend who was able to share with his friends. In 1983 the entire world didn’t have cable television by the way. No publicly accessed Internet either. It was a terrible time for sure ? Just as I planned to lay out some plans the new bosses at the investment firm where I was a clerk informed all the staff in my department that we would be working the whole holiday weekend on a new system to see how it worked. This was going to suck. Below are the bands for the Saturday session.

Saturday, May 28 (New Wave Day): Divinyls, INXS, Wall of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo, The English Beat, A Flock of Seagulls, Stray Cats, Men at Work, The Clash

Of course the work we did all day Saturday was arduous and long. It also never seemed to have an ending point and when the managers came into the offices to remind us that we would be doing one more round of this seemingly endless toil tomorrow I felt my heart sink a little bit. You see that was officially the birthday and of course the previously mentioned Metal day. Sigh.

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Sunday, May 29 (Heavy Metal Day): Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Triumph, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Scorpions

One of the team had a small radio in the department and we would hear periodic reports on the fun and I think my friends called me once or twice to tell me who had played a little while ago. There was no text messaging back then so the endless run of what was happening by the second was possible and calling into the City from Brooklyn was technically a long distance call at the time if memory serves me correctly and I know you always had to get the okay for those kind of calls from the parents at that age. Believe me I did not enjoy missing some of the new Metal bands hitting the scene along with some of the iconic legends. The Priest set was eventually made available on their 30th Anniversary of the “Screaming For Vengeance” album while the Triumph and Quiet Riot set had been available for some time. In the years that followed I only ever saw a chance clip of the Ozzy, Scorpions and Crue sets. I never saw a moment of the Van Halen one and hope that someday soon a proper and encompassing film is released.

Monday, May 30 (Rock Day): Los Lobos (on a side stage only), Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, Berlin, Quarterflash, U2, Missing Persons, The Pretenders, Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks, David Bowie

As I write this I cannot remember if we ended up working on the Monday holiday itself, but I pretty much think we did since this was the only time that this work could be tested. At this point my spirit was broken since so many bands that I was aspiring to be like had played and I missed them all. Looking back on it the project that these managers forced us to do was a failure and they were swapped for yet another system but by then I had left the firm and gone onto other things in life. At the end of the day the festival found about 670,000 people in attendance and it would end up losing 12 million dollars.

Saturday June 4th (Country Day): Thrasher Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band, Alabama, Waylon Jennings, Riders in the Sky, Willie Nelson, Gerald Ray Band

Did you get to watch this event on Cable when it aired or do you have any recordings of it that you still listen to in today’s wild and crazy world? Let us know in the comments because it would be great to hear what you remember about it all.

Official Festival Wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Us_festival

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Dio’s “Holy Diver” Is Thirty Years Old Today!!!

I can hardly believe that its been thirty years since we first saw the album “Holy Diver” being released by the late great Ronnie James Dio and his at the time brand new band Dio. Of course I seem to find myself always saying this when an album that I recall buying when it was originally released reaches a milestone like this and in some sense it makes me shake my head. Before continuing let’s all give a round of applause for this mighty Metal milestone and the overall impact that it had on the Metal genre ever since.
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