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Iron Maiden Announces Studio Catalog Remasters: Phase 2

Back in October, I shared the news and some visuals about Iron Maiden’s studio albums being remastered and released in digipaks and if you didn’t see that please click HERE. Now its time for the second phase to get underway. Ready, aim, fire…..

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The Press Release:
BMG will continue their reissues series of the IRON MAIDEN catalog with the second set of Digipak CD titles in The Studio Collection – Remastered, to be released on March 22nd.

Following on from 2014/2017’s black vinyl releases and 2015’s Mastered for iTunes project, The Studio Collection – Remastered features recordings taken from the same remasters as the 2015 hi-res digital releases. The albums supersede the previously available studio catalogue and all titles will also be made available on streaming platforms.

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As a bonus for collectors, one CD from each batch of releases will also be optionally available in a specially artworked box featuring a 1:24 scale figurine and exclusive patch. In the March 22nd batch, this will be Somewhere In Time.

Maiden founder member and bassist Steve Harris says, “We’ve wanted to revisit these for a long time and I was delighted with the remastering we did in 2015. I thought it was the best that our albums have ever sounded and it was only right that we made them available on CD now too.”

All four albums in this second batch are available for pre-order now from

The first four albums in this collection were released in November 2018: Iron Maiden/ Killers/ The Number Of The Beast (option of standard or collectors box set edition including TNOTB Eddie figurine and patch) / Piece Of Mind

2nd batch: Mar 22nd 2019:
Powerslave / Somewhere In Time (standard/collectors) / Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son / No Prayer For The Dying

3rd batch May 2019 date TBC
Fear Of The Dark (standard/collectors) / The X Factor / Virtual XI / Brave New World

4th batch July 2019 date TBC
Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death (standard/collectors) / The Final Frontier/ The Book Of Souls*

*not remastered but appearing in Digipak for the first time

IRON MAIDEN will continue their Legacy Of The Beast tour in 2019 across North, South and Central America including a headline show at Brazil’s Rock In Rio in October. See for details. The tour opened in Europe last year playing to over 750,000 people at sold-out stadium, arena and headline festival shows and was hailed by fans and media alike as the must-see show of the summer.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Sadly, the holidays need for cash found me not getting the first batch of these albums so now I have double the work to do and get them into my collection as well. I loved the first three in this second wave but don’t remember “No Prayer For The Dying” being a favorite of mine. Perhaps its time to give it another go. Since I am tied up with the doings at Toy Fair as you read this, I am going to let you let me know what you think about this news. Will you be adding these to your own collection? Chime in down below because it reminds me that you are out there.

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PiercingMetal Is Heading To Toy Fair 2019 @ Jacob Javits Center

Hey there readers, just a quick alert about our next few days of activities as the PiercingMetal Outlet will once again be heading to the American International Toy Fair that will be happening at the Javits Center over the next four days. This is our 9th year of attendance and much like the last few years, additional reports will be posted over on “The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken”. Be sure to stay tuned for these narratives so you can be on top of the holiday purchasing season.

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Much like our coverage of the New York Comic Con, the Toy Fair adventures will be serialized posts with many of them being direct company focuses to offer greater impact on their product lines. I might do a day by day overview with additional thoughts but that will be a battlefield decision at the moment. Those interested should bookmark THIS TAG as it will bring up anything that gets posted about the 2019 Convention. Some of the reveals have already been shared on the “Toys and Collectibles” Category so check that out as well if time permits. I also encourage that you follow our Official Social Networks of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter since I plan on being very active on them during the event and would love to have you along for the fun discoveries.

Stay tuned for the fun, I can’t wait to share my findings with all of you.

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Announcing: “Celebrating The Life Of Chester Bennington”; A Photo Exhibit by Jim Louvau

The loss of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington still weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of millions of his fans but at least we have a wonderful catalog of music, live concert memories and scores of photographs captured along the way. With this in mind I share some cool news about a very special exhibit happening in March on the Left Coast. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
In commemoration of the late CHESTER BENNINGTON– best known for being the vocalist for multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park-a special photo exhibit will take place on March 20, what would have been his 43rd birthday, at The Black Sheep Gallery in Burbank, CA featuring never-before-seen photos captured by CHESTER’s close friend and artist JIM LOUVAU.

The event will take place from 7:00 – 10:00 PM following a private VIP reception for family and friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. A limited amount of tickets for the event are on sale now for $25, with a portion of proceeds being donated to his widow, Talinda Bennington’s charity for suicide prevention, 320 Changes Direction. Tickets are available for purchase here:

“Over the course of our 17-year friendship I was lucky enough to document the evolution of the young musician who never took himself too seriously to the family man and philanthropist he developed into,” LOUVAU says. “Now it’s time to honor the memory of someone who I owe a great deal of gratitude by sharing the art we created together with the world and continue to celebrate his legacy on his birthday.”
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Scenes and Such from KISS @ The Whisky A Go Go; A SiriusXM Subscriber Event

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Last night, 200 lucky subscribers to SiriusXM Satellite Radio were treated to an exclusive performance by The Hottest Band In The World, KISS who would perform at the Whisky A Go Go club. Some details and images provided by the folks at SiriusXM are below for your perusal.

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The Press Release:
KISS performed for the first time on the Sunset Strip last night at an exclusive concert for SiriusXM. Ahead of their performance KISS crossed the Sunset Strip in full costume – it was pretty epic.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 11: KISS performs onstage during KISS Performs Private Concert For SiriusXM At Whisky A Go Go In Los Angeles at Whisky a Go Go on February 11, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM )

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Presenting The 2019 Grammy Award Winners In Rock & Metal

Tonight, the Recording Industry is in a tizzy for “The Biggest Night In Music” (but that’s their own branding and not those of us here in the trenches support that which Rocks and Makes The Metal. Based on the time that I am posting this, we are still about 45 minutes away from the broadcast of the 2019 Grammy Awards but you Heavy Music loyalists don’t even have to tune in since they have already given out the awards for the five (count ’em FIVE) Rock and Metal Categories. I’ve listed those winners down below and left those who were also nominated to you can have a point of argument if your favorite didn’t end up winning the Grammy. Let’s go.

Best Rock Performance:
“Four Out Of Five” by Arctic Monkeys (from “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino”)
WINNER – “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
WINNER – “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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