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Machine Head Announces “Burn My Eyes” 25th Anniversary Tour

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Now that New York Comic Con has ended and I can safely close my eyes without seeing a Harley Quinn or Deadpool cosplay in my mind, its time to get on down to some crushing Heavy Metal news. For instance, the guys in Machine Head have just announced a series of shows that will make you slaver for some time in the circle pit. Take a look down below and I will see you at the close.

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The Press Release:
Let Freedom Ring! After what seemed like an eternity, MACHINE HEAD are thrilled to announce the much anticipated North American tour, celebrating the Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary on the heels of what is already shaping up to be one of the monster European/UK tours of 2019!!!

The massive round of tour dates kick-off in Phoenix on Jan 16th in Arizona, and continue across Texas, Florida, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Denver wrapping up at the legendary Fox Theater in their hometown of Oakland, CA. on Feb 21st, and Anaheim, CA.
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Billy Corgan Announces Fall Solo Tour

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The Press Release:
Excited to announce WPC will be heading out on a solo tour this fall, hitting select U.S. cities. He’ll be playing songs from his extensive catalogue, including The Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, WPC, and more! Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 4, at 10AM Local time. www.WPCcodex.com

The Tour Dates:
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park
November 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park
November 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park
November 9 – Nashville, TN @ CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
November 10 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
November 12 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
November 13 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
November 15 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
November 16 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
November 18 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
November 19 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
November 20 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Oddly enough, I’ve never seen Billy’s main band The Smashing Pumpkins in concert and since his solo jaunts are far less frequent the same can be applied to those gigs. The Pumpkins recently released their latest work on Napalm Records which is a favored label of mine and one has to expect that any future solo work will come care of them as well. As I don’t know what to expect from these shows I’m very curious about seeing at least one of them at the Gramercy where you see he will be for three nights. What do you readers think about this short tour announcement? Is this something that you would be interested in seeing? Chime in down below with your thoughts.

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Opeth Announce North American Tour For 2020

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Though we’ve been showcasing a busy few days on the Pop Culture side of the fence with the New York Comic Con taking over our city come tomorrow until Sunday, the Metal and Hard Rock scene is as vibrant as ever with new tour and music announcements such as this recently revealed information from the incredible Opeth. They’ll be coming over to our side of the fence in early 2020 so let’s read on down into the scoop.

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The Press Release:
OPETH will make their awaited return to North America in 2020 for a winter tour with labelmates Graveyard. This will be the band’s first tour of the U.S.A. and Canada in support of their newly released, critically praised album, “In Cauda Venenum,” that is available now via Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast. The dates include two nights at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York and performances at the renowned Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and at the famed Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
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Metallica Cancels Australian & New Zealand Tour as James Hetfield Enters Rehab

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The Statement:
A Note from Lars, Kirk, and Rob. We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.

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Mr. Bungle Reveals Openers For February 2020 Performances

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The Press Release:
Eureka, Calif. – Mr. Bungle, who surprised fans last month when they unexpectedly announced several live performances, all of which sold out within moments of their on-sale, have announced the bands who will be joining them for the highly-anticipated performances.

Hand-picked by the Mr. Bungle band members, the openers include Cattle Decapitation, Possessed, Hirax, the Melvins, Ho99o9, C*nts and Spotlights, reflecting a mix of artists that both influenced the Eureka-born outfit’s 1986 demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, as well as current bands that the musicians are both fans of and feel are carrying on the spirit of that era, both musically and in attitude.

“Putting these shows together it occurred to us that this was a great opportunity to expose unsuspecting audiences to some of the absolutely legendary thrash, death metal and hardcore bands that originally inspired us in the mid 80s,” explains Trey Spruance. “And if we’re going to do that, why not re-unite with some of the equally legendary bands we were close with in the 90s? And why just concentrate on the past? Of the current bands that have taken some kind of inspiration from the heavier side of Mr. Bungle in doing their own thing, why not invite the select few that have managed to inspire us back?”

Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, and Trey Spruance will be joined by Scott Ian (Anthrax, S.O.D.) and Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies) for what has been dubbed: Mr. Bungle Plays The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny. The one off tour finds the group playing the self-produced and self-released 1986 demo in its entirety, marking not only the first Mr. Bungle performances in 20 years but the first time these songs will be played live in close to three decades.

The Shows:
February 5 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre – H09909 and Hirax open
February 6 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre – Cattle Decapitation and Neil Hamburger open
February 7 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre – The Melvins and C*nts open
February 8 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre – Victims Family and Intestinal Disgorge open
February 10 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel – Full of Hell and Spotlights open
February 11 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel – Antidote and Cleric open
February 13 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre – Possessed and Neil Hamburger open

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