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

Pearl Jam Announces 2016 North American Tour

Here’s a concert tour that I’m sure quite a few of you readers will enjoy hearing, it seems that Pearl Jam will be hitting the road for just over three weeks of dates and you can read the full press release that came yesterday below. There was no tour poster I am afraid.

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The Press Release:

SEATTLE – Pearl Jam announced today that they will perform a series of North American concert dates between April and August of 2016.

Pearl Jam’s 2016 North American dates kick off in Fort Lauderdale on April 8th, include festival headlining slots at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo and wrap in August with two nights each at historic baseball stadiums Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago (full list of tour dates below).

Public tickets for all Pearl Jam tour dates except New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, Boston and Chicago go on sale Friday, January 29th at noon local time. A special ticket pre-sale for the same shows begins today for current Pearl Jam Ten Club members (as of Monday, January 18th). More details at
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May’s Metal Adventures Abound In Schaghticoke w/ First Annual Rock’n Derby

If you’re looking for something to do before the Memorial Day weekend happens this year, then you might want to gather up some friends and some camping gear and head to the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds for the first annual “Rock’n Derby” Festival. The news about this one has been circulating for a few weeks but I held back since it was better to wait until the New Year so that everyone would have the holidays out of the way and could properly start mapping out their musical year. That being said, check out the press about this awesome three-day event taking place in the way up yonder parts of New York State some 164 miles away from us city dwellers. There’s a lot of reading in this one but that’s because there is a lot going on. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
SLP Concerts and GameLoud Introduce “ROCK’N DERBY”

A Three-Day Concert & Demolition Derby Camping Event at Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, NY -May 20-22, 2016; Featuring Performances By: Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx: A.M., Lamb Of God, Clutch, Anthrax, Ghost, Wolfmother, Sevendust, Dokken, Trivium, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, Scott Stapp, Pop Evil, Thy Art Is Murder, Currents, Wild Throne …and 40+ Acts TBA

New Jersey-based event powerhouses SLP Concerts and GameLoud- the duo that consistently brings music fans widely-popular festival events such as the Bamboozle, Skate And Surf Festival, and Food Truck & Rock Carnival – are pleased to present the inaugural ROCK’N DERBY, taking place May 20-22, 2016 at the 35+ acre Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, NY (69 Stillwater Bridge Rd., 12154), just minutes outside of Albany, NY.
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Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia Announce North American Dates

Hip, Hip – Hooray! Hip, Hip – Hooray!!! At long last Tobias Sammet is bringing his Metal Opera “Avantasia” to the USA and according to the press release that hit my desk not too long ago, will be doing three dates in total on this side of the pond. I’ve culled those dates along from the press copy. Check it out below.

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“Don’t miss AVANTASIA on their upcoming world tour when they make 3 stops in North America! Catch them on April 11th at the House of Blues Anaheim in California, on April 13th at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto, Ontario, and on April 15th at the Playstation Theater in New York City!”

North American Dates:
4/11/2016: Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
4/13/2016: Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater
4/15/2016:: New York, NY – Playstation Theater

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Okay my Metal Legions, this is going to be something truly fantastic to behold because to the best of my knowledge, Avantasia has never been to the USA in all of their fifteen year existence. I remember reading something somewhere that they played in Quebec at a music festival but that is not a date here and especially not in what I feel is the epicenter of music – New York City. Now is your chance to support and witness something extraordinary while you have the chance. Its also a chance for you to be ahead of the game on numerous other Metalheads by bearing witness to the NYC or California shows since its only going to these two stops in the states and another in Toronto. You can think you are all about the Metal all you want but if you should bypass something as unique and interesting as this you hardly impress me with the statement. Dare to be different, dare to break free of the pack that supports the same old bands over and over and over again and lend some love for the grandiose opulence that will be the Avantasia show. Are you with me?

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Update 2/10/2016: Tickets for the NYC show are available now so act fast and click HERE to lead to a purchase medium. It’s a tad pricey but this is going to be a spectacular and very long performance so worth every penny.

The Cult Announces “The Hidden City” North American Tour

Hey fans of The Cult, you will be excited to learn that the band has announced a string of tour dates in support of their upcoming album “Hidden City” and the poster and dates are below for your indulgence. There is a brief statement from their Facebook Page but its barely helpful. Check it out. I will return afterwards with additional thoughts.

Tour - The Cult - Alive In The Hidden City 2016

From The Bands Facebook:
“The Cult hits the road starting in February. Catch one of their LIVE shows in 2016. Listings below, tickets on sale Friday ++”

The Tour Dates:
Feb 05: Tower Theater ++ Los Angeles, CA
Feb 17: The Gramercy Theatre ++ New York, NY
Feb 19: Music Hall of Williamsburg ++ Brooklyn, NY
Mar 18: SXSW ++ Austin, TX
Mar 19: Brady Theater ++ Tulsa, OK
Mar 20: Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts ++ Salina, KS
Mar 22: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City ++ Sioux, IA
Mar 24: Mill City Nights ++ Minneapolis, MN
Mar 25: House of Blues Chicago ++ Chicago, IL
Mar 26: The Fillmore Detroit ++ Detroit, MI
Mar 28: Taft Theatre ++ Cincinnati, OH
Mar 29: Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park ++ Northfield, OH
Mar 31: Casino Rama Resort ++ Rama, ON
Apr 05: Shubert Theatre ++ Boston, MA
Apr 06: The Paramount ++ Huntington, NY
Apr 08: Electric Factory ++ Philadelphia, PA
Apr 09: The Wellmont Theater ++ Montclair, NJ
Apr 10: The Fillmore Silver Spring ++ Silver Spring, MD
Apr 12: Variety Playhouse ++ Atlanta, GA
Apr 14: House of Blues Orlando ++ Orlando, FL
Apr 15: Mahaffey Theater ++ St. Petersburg, FL
Apr 16: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater ++ Miami, FL

PiercingMetal Thoughts: As much as I’ve enjoyed their music over the years I have never had the chance to catch them live and I realize that those words read back strange. The truth is that their shows always conflicted with stuff that I was much more connected to musically and I also had a band for many years during their original heyday. These shows in NYC are super tempting so I am going to look into connecting with their people to be on point for the sake of site reporting and our photo galleries. It will be awesome to finally see them in concert and I wonder what you readers think about this tour. Let me know in the comments below.

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Hatebreed Announces “The Concrete Confessional” Tour w Devildriver: Spring 2016

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So it seems as though Hatebreed is going to be bringing their level of break neck live intensity to a venue near you and doing this with Devildriver and more. I’ve cribbed the press release and dates for you all to enjoy which you can see after the poster but don’t worry, I will return with some closing thoughts after that.

Tour - Hatebreed - Summer 2016

The Press Release:
The Grammy nominated Connecticut based juggernaut, HATEBREED, will embark on a North American headlining tour in support of their new album, The Concrete Confessional, starting on May 13. Joining them on the trek are modern metal stalwarts DEVILDRIVER, label mates DEVIL YOU KNOW and Metal Blade recording artists Act Of Defiance. Comments vocalist Jamey Jasta:

“New album and tour in 2016?! Lets do this! Our return to the states has been a long time coming and we could not be more excited! Fans have been asking for us to tour with DEVILDRIVER and DEVIL YOU KNOW for a long time and we’re pumped to have ACT OF DEFIANCE on some shows as well. Get your tickets and we’ll see you in the pit!”

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