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Gibson’s NAMM 2019 Daily Artist Events Announced

The NAMM Show for 2019 is here and going to be taking over the Anaheim Convention Center for the next few days. While we aren’t going to be in attendance we just had to share this brief on what will be going on with the fine folks at Gibson. Take a look.

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The Press Release:
In 2019, after more than a century, GIBSON artists, players and enthusiasts will experience the all American-made instrument brand rejuvenated. The guitar of choice for artists in rock, pop, country, blues, folk, jazz and beyond, the new GIBSON era celebrates iconic models while looking to the future with instruments that will nurture new players across generations, genders and genres of music. GIBSON will showcase the new line-up and artist collaborations at NAMM in Anaheim, CA, January 23-27.

On Wednesday, January 23 the GIBSON experience will launch with a media preview (3:00pm) in the NAMM lobby followed by a special surprise for guests around the 4:45pm hour. Beginning Thursday, January 24, the GIBSON space in Room #207 will feature daily events from artist performances, Q&A’s and new product debuts from GIBSON icons and upstarts (starts 10:00am daily, see schedule below). Later Thursday night (1/24), GIBSON will kick-off their opening party–NAMM Jam at City National Grove of Anaheim (7:30pm) with live performances from Billy Gibbons, Nancy Wilson, Peter Frampton, Robby Krieger, Emily Wolfe, Black Pistol Fire, Cam, Jared James Nichols and more while Jimmy Vivino, Kenny Arnoff, Daryl Jones and Jeff Young round out the house band.
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Blackguard Announces New Album “The Storm” & Return To Live Performance

Fans of those Montreal Metallers known as Blackguard will be interested in this news because after a number of years absent on the scene….they’re back! Check out the press release below and some closing personal editorial notes.

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The Press Release:
Seminal Canadian melodic death/folk metal band BLACKGUARD announces their first show in over four years as well as their plans to independently release their long-awaited fourth studio album “STORM” in 2019 to follow their 2011 full length “Firefight” on Victory Records and 2009’s “Profugus Mortis” released on Sumerian and Nuclear Blast.

The band made the following announcement via their facebook page.

“It is with great pleasure that we can finally start sharing with you our plans for this year! We will be playing our first show in four years at Coalition in Toronto on March 22nd with CRIMSON SHADOWS (Napalm Records) and BOREALIS (AFM Records)! This will be one hell of a fun show with some of our oldest friends so come out and make this a night no one will forget. Details / pre-order info for our new album “STORM” will be revealed in the coming weeks and of course, some new music for everyone to sink their teeth into. It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally here so stay tuned!


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Metal Blade Records & Metal Injection To Host King Diamond Viewing @ St. Vitus Bar

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To say that the legendary King Diamond’s popularity has never been higher would be an understatement and I am basing this on sold out show after sold out show across our Metal Nation and of course being one of the main highlights during the Festivals that happen on the other side of the pond. During the last tour, they made a recording of it all for an eventual home video release and in few weeks some lucky fans will get to watch this film in Brooklyn at the popular Saint Vitus Bar. The event comes care of Kings record label Metal Blade Records and those providers of entertainment over at Metal Injection. After the jump you can learn all of the necessary details on how to attend.

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Venue Down: NYC’s Highline Ballroom To Close

Perhaps you’ve seen me make the statement “New York City doesn’t want to be New York City anymore” on some of our social networking posts on Facebook or Twitter when it comes to places that I enjoy spending time and money at. The email statement that I am sharing came to the site email just a short time ago and to sum it up, the Highline Ballroom will close up soon. Read on.

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The Official Statement:
Unfortunately after 12 years our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease. For over a year we were led to believe that a renewal was imminent, however it is now clear that the landlord has other plans for the building. This is obviously a growing trend within the New York real estate market impacting various entertainment venues and businesses.

We plan on reopening Highline Ballroom at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and are currently looking at options. We hope to be able to announce our plans soon. In the meantime our final show date and programming will be announced shortly.
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PiercingMetal’s Editorial For 2018

Well my friends it’s almost a wrap on the 2018 year and that means its time for my annual “State Of The Site” or “Year End Editorial” – you can run with whatever label that you prefer. For those who’ve seen these over the years I don’t need to repeat what it is, but the newbies should know that it’s my chance to share some of the insight about this website with those who are interested. It’s here that I offer up the scoop on some development changes and all of the other machinations on being a bit of a content manager, scribe, photographer and social media savant. As I did last year, I am aiming at keeping this a lot shorter than it used to be. Here we go.

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The Website Changes:

Visually Speaking: The PiercingMetal site continues to use the theme “Twenty Fourteen” after moving on from the “Raindrops” theme back in late 2016. Though I’ve got an issue here and there with it the theme functions as I need it to, so it will remain in place. Perhaps I will give the Raindrops one another go around our 14th Anniversary in April because I did like it. Originally we changed said theme to the one you see now based on lack of updates and issues that messed up the reader experience. Failure to get any support help found me saying “Next”. Before the morph into WordPress, a special customized theme was being worked on, but when the Dev let go of the project said theme was never released to our Metal Media Command HQ. Tech happens.

Features: In the Features Grouping, the main topics of focus fall into the Upcoming Tours, Milestones, and Memorials and all of these have all picked up steam this past year. These three are aimed at keeping you aware, keeping you celebrating and alas even reflecting with respect about those who might have left us. There is also “PiercingMetal Says” which is a bit of a catch-all/ While I don’t anticipate any additional features being added to the mix at the time of this editorial I will say that I have made a couple of subtle changes. I’ve retitled “Upcoming Tours” to be “Tours and Festivals” with the mindset being to reach our readers outside of our immediate geographic region with stuff that is relevant to their interests. Several of our publicists handle a wide array of Festival events and it would be a missed opportunity to not showcase that to you. If a new feature comes to me in a dream, I will strongly consider adding it but for the most part I think that we cover sufficient bases with these. My suggestion box is open for those of you who might have a brainstorm but please be aware that no prize comes from you discussing something that will cause me more work at the end of the day.
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