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Steel Panther Announces “Heavy Metal Rules” Headlining Tour

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Monday’s mean tour announcements and what better way to start than with the madness that comes care of the band Steel Panther. Take a look at the full press release and dates as the band reveals their “Heavy Metal Rules” headlining tour.

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The Press Release:
Hide your women, children and your pets!!! California’s greatest export and medical marvels Steel Panther are heading out on a national headline tour of the United States. The tour, called the Heavy Metal Rules Tour, kicks off in early October and runs through mid-December. The tour will be in support of the band’s recently announced 5th studio album Heavy Metal Rules. The 27-date trek will make stops in markets such as Orlando, FL; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Detroit, MI; and Chicago, IL to name a few. Steel Panther live is always the ultimate party and has developed them a loyal fanbase around the globe. Public on sale for all shows is July 19th and more information on all shows can be found at: https://www.steelpantherrocks.com/pages/tour.
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The Misfits To Play Madison Square Garden This October

The buzz started a few hours ago when some cryptic but still rather telling Instagram and Facebook posts began making the rounds. It was pretty obvious what was going to be the case because a visual of the famous Misfits fiend on the marquee of NYC’s own Madison Square Garden had to mean that they were planning a visit and as it turns out……they were. Read on.

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The Propaganda:
DEATH COMES RIPPING AT THE GARDEN when the ORIGINAL MISFITS w/ special guests RANCID & THE DAMNED, return to NYC for their hometown Halloween show—Saturday, October 19th at Madison Square Garden!

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Presale JULY 16 at 10AM local thru JULY 18 at 10PM at: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/3B0056E1F2561AC4

Use code: MSG138 – Tix go on sale to the general public Friday, July 19 at 10AM

This day, anything goes… be a part of history, don’t miss it Fiends!

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Hey Fiends, what can I possibly add to this that you all aren’t already thinking? I mean it’s pretty damned awesome and exciting news that the Misfits will be performing at the worlds most famous arena and bringing along both Rancid and The Damned as support. My hope is that EVERYONE gets there early enough to see The Damned especially because they have been a favorite Punk band of mine for many years. Rancid I like a handful of tracks from but I cannot say that I’ve ever really followed them and their career before. I’m excited to finally get the chance to check them out. Now, having caught the Misfits show at The Prudential Center last year I can only state that it’s going to be a great time for anyone in attendance at MSG. Of course, we might have to lock our mobile devices in the little foam baggies for this show like that NJ gig at The Rock but I anticipate them all getting destroyed midway through the second or third song for sure. Good luck to security in advance who have to police the folks with their mobiles in hand that night. You will have your work cut out for you. Closing up I am wondering what you readers think about this news. Will you be on point to support Glenn, Jerry, Doyle, Dave and Acey? Chime in down below in the comments section.

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

Slayer Announces “The Final Campaign” – Last Leg Of Their Farewell Tour

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Though I’ve been documenting the news for some time now since it’s all been initially announced, it seems as though the end is drawing ever so closer for fans of the legendary Slayer. Just a short time ago the band revealed what is listed as “The Final Campaign” which will lead them to the end of their storied career and dominance in the Heavy Metal genre. Read on down below.

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The Press Release:
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Slayer – Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Gary Holt/guitars, and Paul Bostaph/drums – will set off on The Final Campaign, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour. This last hurrah will start at the ExploreAsheville Arena in Asheville, NC, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on Saturday, November 30. Accompanying Slayer for this last ride are Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera, who will support on all dates. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12 at 10AM local; limited VIP packages will be available. Log on to www.slayer.net for all ticketing and package details.

Slayer’s Final World Tour began on May 10, 2018 with the band’s intention to play as many places as possible, to make it easy for the fans to see one last Slayer show and say goodbye. By the time the 18-month trek wraps on November 30, the band will have completed seven tour legs plus a series of one-off major summer festivals, performing more than 140 shows in 30-countries and 40 U.S. states.

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Dragonforce Announces West Coast Dates For October

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As you know, Monday always seems to be loaded with tour announcements and when I saw that the dudes in Starkill were announcing their participation in the upcoming Dragonforce tour, then I knew that I must share the information along with you all. Dig in and mark these days down if they are heading towards you.

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The Press Release:
International extreme power metal superstars DRAGONFORCE have announced live dates in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe starting this fall and running through early 2020. Following a summer festival run, DRAGONFORCE will kick off their North American headlining tour October 1st in Tucson, Arizona. The trek will make its way through nearly a dozen cities, coming to a close October 12th in Ventura, California. Support will be provided by Dance With The Dead and Starkill. See all confirmed dates below.

The General Admission on-sale for the North American shows will be Friday, July 12th at 10:00am local time; all other ticketing information can be found at: http://dragonforce.com/. For a VIP experience in the UK or US, visit: http://bit.ly/DragonForceVIP.

DRAGONFORCE recently completed work on their eighth studio album, with producer Damien Rainaud (Fear Factory, Once Human). Fans can watch some of the studio sessions now on Twitch: twitch.tv/hermanli.

OCTOBER 2019: Special guests: Dance with the Dead, Starkill (except*)

The Tour Dates:
Tuesday 1st: Encore – Tucson, AZ
Wednesday 2nd: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Thursday 3rd: Vinyl @ Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV
Friday 4th: Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
Saturday 5th: Cargo – Reno, NV
Sunday 6th: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Monday 7th: Hollywood Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Tuesday 8th: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Thursday 11th: August Hall – San Francisco, CA
Saturday 12th: Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
Sunday 13th: Megacruise – Los Angeles, CA, USA *

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Okay so this is a solid tour for sure but what the hell guys, not a single NYC or East Coast Date? I guess that’s what makes this the West Coast leg after all. Truth be told a visit to my neck of the woods will be tricky since there isn’t a B.B. Kings, a Highline Ballroom nor an Irving Plaza to play (the latter just shut its doors the other night for a year-long renovation – discussed HERE). Webster seems to avoid proper Metal shows at the moment and nothing is happening at Stage 48. I’ve been a fan of Dragonforce since I first heard them with the at the time new ablum “Sonic Firestorm” and was able to catch quite a few of their earliest visits to my region. I’ve not caught them for a couple of years though but that just happens in a city like ours with something coming to visit almost every single night. That being said I am happy to find our Friends in Metal over at Team Starkill joining the bill. If you should be attending at all, do not miss this band. I’ve been a fan for years now and kinda think I know what I am talking about. Dance With The Dead is a new name to me so I will be looking them up as time permits. Closing up I wonder what you think about this tour. You can chime in down below of course as its always awesome to hear from you.

Official Websites:
Dragonforce: https://dragonforce.com/
Dance With The Dead: https://www.facebook.com/dancewiththedeadmusic/
Starkill: https://www.facebook.com/StarkillOfficial/

Ghost Announces European Headlining Tour For Fall

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[MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY] We wish to inform you Ghost will be haunting Europe this fall with All Them Witches & Tribulation (Official). Tickets available Friday.

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The Tour Dates:
Nov. 16: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, UK
Nov. 17: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK
Nov. 18: Glasgow The SSE Hydro, UK
Nov. 20: Dublin 3Arena, UK
Nov. 22: London The SSE Arena, Wembley, UK
Nov. 23: Leeds First Direct Arena, UK
Nov. 30: Katowice, Spodek, Poland
Dec. 01: Prague Universum, Czech Republic
Dec. 03: Budapest BSA, Hungary
Dec. 05: Mantova PalaBam, Italy
Dec. 06: Zurich Halle 622, Switzerland
Dec. 08: Barcelona St. Jordi, Spain
Dec. 10: Lisbon Sala Tejo, Portugal
Dec. 11: Madrid Vistalegre, Spain
Dec. 13: Strasbourg Zenith, France
Dec. 17: Rockhal Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Dec. 18: Nantes Zenith, France
Dec. 19: Toulouse Zenith, France

PiercingMetal Thoughts: It’s without question that Ghost has become an arena touring act but before we celebrate this realization let’s remember all the Papas that have come and gone that helped this to even become the case. I missed the boat on Papa Emeritus I but managed to catch Papa II and Papa III a few times. I have not yet witnessed the Cardinal in all of his glory and hope to rectify that before its too late. As this is about a European tour I don’t have much to add to the mix but isn’t it great to watch the continuing rise of the mighty Ghost. Soon all shall be converted to their dark musical cause. As you know full well, the bands musical infiltration has no boundaries and envelopes both older fan and the younger ones as well. If you doubt me about the last part, you should remember that I broke some news about a High School Choir performing one of the deep cuts from their recent “Prequelle” album. If you missed that report just click HERE to check it out. I’ll close up now and ask any of our readers who might be in Europe what they think about the news. I am sure some of the US fans will be looking into flights for some of their favorite countries to try and see the band in that setting. Ciao for now.

Official Website: http://www.ghost-official.com