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Billy Joel Announces Monthly Madison Square Garden Residency For 2014

Banner - Billy Joel at MSG

A few days ago The Piano Man Billy Joel announced that he would be performing a once a month residency at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. He disclosed this monumental news at a press conference. I wasn’t at said conference but Joel’s comments on this have been quoted on numerous outlets and state the following.

“Playing Madison Square Garden is an experience that never gets old; A show a month at the Garden for as long as there’s demand means more opportunities to connect with music fans and provides a unique and memorable show every time we play here.”

The residency will begin on January 27th, 2014 and be followed by gigs on February 3rd, March 21st, April 18th and May 9th. While no additional dates have been announced at the point of this posting, this residency doesn’t appear to have an actual end date so one has to assume that a sold out show will lead to another booking and another and another and another and so on. I guess its safe to say that there has never been a better time to be a Billy Joel fan who enjoys seeing him in concert. Your ticket stub album is going to need a volume of its own if Mr. Joel has anything to say about it.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Before you readers jump down my throats about lining out this particular tour let me explain that I have been a fan of this mans music for decades and even saw him twice in concert at this very arena. Not as many times as I would have liked but once was for his “Innocent Man” tour and the other one perhaps about ten years ago for a tour I don’t recall the name of. With a concert like this you are guaranteed to hear a lot of hits that you would find on the radio at any given time and as I said I’ve enjoyed his work for a long time. He is one of the true Rock and Roll greats in my opinion and changing ones entertainment every now and then is very healthy to do. What do you folks think of this tour? Is it something that you want to give a whirl to expand your horizons or are you just going to wait until the next lesson in crush comes knocking down our doors? Let me know in the comments section.

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“Hurraa” HIM Announces A US Tour In 2014 :)

Fans of the Finnish Melodic Metal sensations HIM will be excited that the band has announced a return to the USA and parts of South America that will begin in March of 2014. More on this after the poster.

Tour - HIM - US Tour 2014
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In This Moment Brings The “Hellpop Tour II” In 2014

Fans of In This Moment will surely dig this news as the band just recently announced that the “Hellpop Tour II” will commence in January 2014. I caught that very interesting tour back in November when they played at the Best Buy Theater and more details follow the poster.

Tour - In This Moment - Hell Pop II - 2014

I’ve copied some of the original press release for your edification “In This Moment are currently in the midst of their Hellpop Tour, and now the band has announced a second leg that will kick off Jan. 2. Opening bands will be Butcher Babies, Devour the Day and All Hail the Yeti. The 16-date Hellpop Tour II launches in Portland, Ore. and will traverse the country, ending up in Florida just in time for In This Moment to embark on the ShipRocked cruise. ‘Whore’ is the latest single from In This Moment’s ‘Blood’ album, and is currently climbing the rock charts. “I am so proud and excited for the world to hear ‘Whore’,” says vocalist Maria Brink. “The message behind this song is taking back control. It is about taking the power from a disgusting and degrading word and turning it back around on the accuser. It’s about self-empowerment, love and liberation. This is an honest and raw movement that needs to be heard.”
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Carcass Returns w/The Decibel Magazine Tour In 2014

You begged and now you shall indeed receive for Carcass will return for a full scale tour of the States as headliners on the Decibel Magazine Tour for 2014. They’ll be bringing along The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts and Noisem and this will be one of those Metal nights to remember. You’re excited I can see it in your face already.

Tour - Carcass - 2014

Carcass visited the States a few months ago and instead of doing a larger tour only played a few dates and at smaller places so they sold out almost instantly. They were supporting their latest album which is the acclaimed “Surgical Steel”. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the NYC show at Gramercy Theatre with Immolation as support and it was destruction. Total, and complete destruction. The new album sounds great and hence the accolades for the opus and since I’ve also seen what Black Dahlia Murder does on the stage I can say we are in for a raucous night. Mind you I have not ever seen Gorguts nor Noisem so look forward to the chance to add them to my attended list.

03/18/14 The Beacham Theater – Orlando, FL
03/19/14 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
03/21/14 Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
03/22/14 Mohawk – Austin, TX
03/24/14 The Press Room – Phoenix, AZ
03/25/14 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
03/26/14 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA *WITH REPULSION
03/28/14 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC CANADA
03/29/14 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
03/30/14 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
04/02/14 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
04/04/14 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
04/05/14 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
04/06/14 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
04/07/14 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
04/08/14 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON CANADA
04/09/14 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
04/10/14 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
04/11/14 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
04/12/14 Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA
04/13/14 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD

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Below you will find some links to these bands most recent works. Do check them out to be up to speed.

Between The Buried and Me Tour For 2014

Those crazy cats in Between The Buried and Me are continuing their tour and will be hitting a venue near you in early 2014. Now’s your chance to catch them if you have not done so already or if you are like me and missed them a few months ago when they last brought their sound to town. They’ll be bringing along Intronaut, Deafheaven and The Kindred in case you were curious. I wanted to let you know this news yesterday when it broke but I had the Moonspell “America Noir Tour” for 2014 post going up and I prefer to keep this at one such announcement per day. Circumstances will probably change that every now and again but I digress.

Tour - BTBAM - 2014

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