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

Ghost Ship Octavius Unveil North American Tour Dates For 2015

Just got the word that the band Ghost Ship Octavius will be doing a brief touring run for the ardent fans. If the name is on the new side to you please don’t worry as its something you will remember soon enough as it features Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Himsa) and Van Williams (Nevermore, Ashes Of Ares). I’ve copied the bands official statement from their Facebook along with the poster and dates. Then we can discuss a little deeper.

Tour - Ghost Ship Octavius - 2015

The Press Release:
World Entertainment Inc., Ghost Ship Octavius and Infinity Concerts are extremely excited to announce the first ever live shows of the band in the Pacific Northwest as well as several Northeast USA shows in December. This marks the first ever shows of GSO on their critically acclaimed and fan favorite, self titled debut release. The guys are all excited and hope see all of you (GSO CREW) at these shows. See dates below:
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Epica Will Bring “The Enigma Tour” To North America In 2016

Now here is a little bit of touring news that I was hoping to see happen sooner than later. It seems that Epica will be returning to this neck of the woods in the beginning of 2016 to make up the dates that had to be dropped during their most recent Fall run. Check out the poster and the official statement and then we can discuss a little more.

Tour - Epica - Enigma 2016

The Press Release:
Coming January, Dutch symphonic metal titans EPICA will return to North America for their rescheduled Enigma tour. This trek will have Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL as special guest and STARKILL as the opener. EPICA front-woman Simone Simons says the following about the upcoming tour:
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Dinosaur Jr. Celebrates 30 Years w Bowery Ballroom Residency

Now I know that the band has been talking about this for a little while already based on their celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of their debut album “Dinosaur”; Well they’ve just added another date to the previously announced NYC residency at Bowery Ballroom and with that big news I’ve added this narrative for you to check out.

Tour - Dinosaur JR - NYC Residency 2015

Official Statement: “December 3-9, 2015, Dinosaur Jr. celebrates 30 years since the release of their debut album, “Dinosaur,” with a seven night run of shows at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City. The band will perform their debut album in its entirety each night followed by a set of songs from across their catalog, with very special guests sitting in each night.”

NYC Tour Dates:
12/3: Bowery Ballroom w/Special Guests
12/4: Bowery Ballroom w/Special Guests
12/5: Bowery Ballroom w/Special Guests
12/6: Bowery Ballroom w/Special Guests
12/7: Bowery Ballroom w/Special Guests
12/8: Bowery Ballroom w/Special Guests
12/9: Bowery Ballroom w/Special Guests

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wow how awesome is that???? Seven nights of the band is sure to appease their throngs of fans as together they raise a fist and very likely an ice cold beer as the band brings their debut release from thirty years ago to life. One has to wonder what special guests they will bring to the stage considering they were an influential force in the world of Alternative Rock. Speaking frankly I’ve never been more of the occasional casual listener but I think its great that a band can still be doing their thing for so long and drawing in big crowds. What do you reader think about this run of shows? Were you ever a fan of their sound or perhaps caught them live over the years and wish to let us all know what to experience? Feel free to toss in some topical comments and congratulations to Dinosaur Jr. on the anniversary of their debut.

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Muse Add Dates To Their North American “Drones” Tour 2015/2016

In keeping up with some of the major tours that will be hitting our side of the pond I present to you some of the press release that I just received about the band Muse. Check it out.

Logo - Muse - Drones Tour 2015

The Press Release:
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 19, 2015 – Today Muse announced more cities of the US Leg of their Drones Tour in support of their critically and commercially acclaimed album Drones.

‘The Drones World Tour’ will see band perform for the first time “in the round” from the middle of the arena. The band are known for pushing boundaries in terms of their stage production and the Drones World Tour will be no exception. This stage design and configuration will give fans a true 360 degree audio/visual sensory experience. Muse’s tours have been described by the international press as “epic”, “amazing” “ambitious” and this time will be no exception. The band has just completed a spectacular Summer European Festival run which saw some of the best reviews of their career. In select markets the band will be supported by X Ambassadors (X) and in other select markets Phantogram (P). Since their debut in 1994, Muse have released seven studio albums selling upwards of 17 million albums worldwide. Drones, the group’s seventh album, topped the UK charts for two weeks in June, whilst simultaneously topping the charts in the USA, a first for the band. In total the album reached No 1 in a staggering 23 countries including France, Japan, Australia, Netherlands and Switzerland.
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Def Leppard Extend Tour Due to Overwhelming Demand

You fans of the classic years of eighties Metal and Hard Rock are sure going to love being supporters of that sound with the news that Def Leppard has extended their tour and will commence with a couple of weeks of dates right after their Def Leppard Cruise. They’ll up the rock and roll ante of course with the addition of both Styx and Tesla on these shows as well. Check out the official press release below and then I’ll chime in a little more at the close.

Tour - Def Leppard - Winter 2016

The Press Release:
Following the announcement of their new self-titled studio album, Def Leppard have just extended their massively successful North American tour due to overwhelming demand. The tour supported by Styx and Tesla will commence in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 27, 2016.

Def Leppard debuts new track “Dangerous”, the second off their long-awaited new studio album that will be released on October 30, 2015, via today. “Dangerous” follows their current #1 classic rock single “Let’s Go” which is climbing the rock and active rock radio charts. The new album was recorded earlier this year at front man Joe Elliott’s studio in Dublin, Ireland. The album will feature 14 tracks in total. This self-titled album release will mark their first new collection of material in seven years and Def Leppard’s 11th official studio release.
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