Category Archives: Tours and Festivals

Tour and Festival announcements. Also featured are the themed musical cruise excursions that our demographic rally behind.

Yes Announces “The Album Series” Summer Tour 2016

Progressive Rock fans are going to be flipping out at the news about the bands latest tour which will find them delivering a classic album in full with half of another seminal work and choice hits in the summer of this year. I’ll let the press release speak its wisdom to you below the poster but don’t worry I wlil be back and add some closing thoughts in as well.

Tour - Yes - The Album Series - 2016

The Press Release:

YES announced today (4/11) their 2016 summer touring plans. Billed as “The Album Series: Drama + Topographic 1 & 4,” the tour will feature the 1980 album DRAMA performed in its entirety, for the first time ever, and sides one and four of 1973’s double album TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS, plus a selection of their greatest hits.

“We are proud to present the American public with forward-looking albums from the past,” says guitarist Steve Howe of the iconic and influential band. “Promoting ‘Drama’ at Madison Square Garden on multi-nights was a career milestone in 1980, and we are especially looking forward to performing both the opening and closing sides to ‘Topographic Oceans.'” Adds keyboardist Geoff Downes: “One minute, Trevor Horn and I were in The Buggles, the next we joined Yes, then we were in Madison Square Garden playing ‘Drama.'” Expresses drummer Alan White: “We really hit the ground running with ‘Topographic Oceans,’ my first recorded album with Yes. It pushed boundaries of music and went to number 1 in the UK.”
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Lacuna Coil Announce “Delirium” North American Tour Dates

Sometimes I question myself about the bright idea to add touring plans to the website based on just how many there are coming up, oh wait did I say that out loud? I didn’t see you standing right there but ignore that stuff because the latest news is that Italy’s Lacuna Coil has announced their return to North America in support of their forthcoming album “Delirium”. Check out the press release along with the poster and dates below.

Tour - Lacuna Coil - Delirium NA 2016

The Press Release:
The iconic, hard-rock Italian “gothfathers,” LACUNA COIL, will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the “Delirium Worldwide” tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th. This will be their first US run in support of their much-anticipated new album Delirium, which is set for a May 27th release through Century Media Records. The first leg of the tour will feature Butcher Babies as direct support with 9Electric and Painted Wives rounding out the stellar package. The second leg will be announced in the coming weeks and will have a different band as direct support, while the rest of the touring package remains intact. Either see below or head over now to to view all new tour dates and stay tuned for more TBA soon.

LACUNA COIL have partnered up with Revolver Magazine to exclusively debut the new album’s lead-off track, “House of Shame,” via a lyric video. Click on the link below now to check it out.

Cristina Scabbia (female vocals) states: “Everything feels different this time in the LACUNA COIL camp. It’s something I can hear it and something I can breath. A new wave of confidence, a renewed essence and pure drops of energy sweating out of our pores. I can’t wait to show it to all my friends and welcome you all once again in our family. Trust me, this is a Delirium you will feel the NEED to be part of.”
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KISS Announces “Freedom To Rock” 2016 Summer Tour

For me, it’s always a great way to end the week when you get word about a kickass upcoming tour and to me personally its all the more special when the band turns out to be KISS. Yes those masked men of Hard Rock have unveiled the information about the summer “Freedom To Rock” Tour and I’ve copied the full press release for you below along with the poster and provided dates. Don’t worry, I’ll be back at the close as always. Check it out.

Tour - KISS - Freedom To Rock - 2016

The Press Release:
America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 36+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th). A KISS ARMY Fan Club Exclusive Presale will begin April 12th.
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Pierce The Veil Announce “The Misadventures Tour” For 2016

Sometimes I sit back and look at my email and question my ability to keep up with all of the touring announcements that come hurtling by my inbox. It’s really staggering to the imagination on just how many bands are hitting the road and how many chances the fans get to enjoy a rousing show. That being said check out this announcement from Pierce The Veil – I’ve embedded the poster, the press copy and dates and will return at the close.

Tour - Pierce The Veil - Misadventures Tour 2016

The Press Release:
Exclusively For This Leg, Band Will Perform Its New Album, “Misadventures,” In Sequence

LOS ANGELES, CA – Thursday, April 7, 2016 – To celebrate the release of its fourth studio album, Pierce the Veil announces “The Misadventures Tour” where the band will perform – on this leg only – Misadventures (May 13, Fearless Records) in its entirety, from the first song to the last. These special concerts will be played in intimate venues, a treat for both the band and its fans who last saw PTV headline amphitheaters on the 2015 Warped Tour. “The Misadventures Tour” kicks off in Las Vegas at the House of Blues on June 5 and will wrap up on June 26 at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale tomorrow/Friday at 10:00AM (local time); for ticket purchasing and other information, as well as VIP packages that include band meet’n’greets, log on to

Hear All About it Directly From the Band:

On “The Misadventures Tour,” Pierce The Veil will be supported by I The Mighty and openers Movements.
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Presenting “The Laid Back Festival”

I held back on this one when I first learned about it but now with the full lineup roster for the festival being announced and tickets on sale in the coming days I figured it was high time to post something. This one is a creation of the legendary Gregg Allman and called “The Laid Back Festival – A Celebration Of Music And Food” – Dig it.

Festival - Laid Back Festival - 2016

“We’re excited to announce the FULL LINEUP ‪#‎LaidBackFest‬ at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, July 23rd! Gregg Allman, Jason Isbell, America, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Devon Allman, Gabriel Kelley, and Levon! On Sale Friday at 12pm”

Here’s the poster for the NY Region show. It’s going to be at the Nikon at Jones Beach theater which is cool since there is a small beach right there that allows for some additional fun provided the weather is nice enough.

Poster - Laid Back Festival at Jones Beach - 2016

PiercingMetal Thoughts: So what do you think about this one? Are any of the bands of interest to you? I know that I enjoy the stuff that Allman does and it would be nice to see both America and the Marshall Tucker Band at least once in my life. I’d also surely be interested in the food its supposed to be celebrating. It makes me think of the Food Truck and Rock Carnival that came through town last year. I barely got to sample the food truck stuff which sucked. I was ravenous by the end of the day thanks to that. If I go to this one, I am digging in for both sustenance and for the Foodspotting Account. Let me know what you think of this one in the comments section as always.

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