I’ve been doing these “Upcoming Tour” posts on PiercingMetal for a few years now and with so many changes to our presentations thanks to the WordPress initiative in 2014, its time to expand that section a little bit and add the occasional rocking cruise that we learn about. With that said, check out this press release about a lead guitar focused few days on the high seas. It’s the first-ever cruise that is dedicated to the guitar players so the seaworthy will be trailblazers in a sense. My fellow drummers should please find something shiny to look at for a few minutes and then I will return with some added thoughts about this excursion. Let’s go.
The Press Release:
BREAKING BENJAMIN TO MAKE THEIR NAUTICAL DEBUT ABOARD THE AXES & ANCHORS MUSIC CRUISE SAILING FROM MIAMI ON FEBRUARY 20th – Inaugural Cruise Also Features Performances And Clinics From Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Motionless In White, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Alex Skolnick and Adelitas Way Among Others
(New York, NY – July 6th, 2015) – Coming off of their recent No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 Chart in the US with Dark Before Dawn last week, Breaking Benjamin have been confirmed to headline the inaugural Axes & Anchors music cruise. The guitar-dominated cruise departs February 20th, 2016 from Miami, Fl and sails to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas before returning on February 24th, 2016. The annoucnement marks the first time that Breaking Benjamin will perform on a music cruise. The band will be playing two live sets, host a Q&A session for fans, and hold a meet & greet for passengers along with other acitivities on the ship. Cabins (tickets) are available from the Axes & Anchors website at AxesAndAnchors.com or by calling (775) 600-2937.
Breaking Benjamin joins an already impressive lineup of previously announced performers including Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Motionless In White, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Alex Skolnick, Tony MacAlpine, Adelitas Way, Randy Rhoads Remembered, Tracii Guns, Gilby Clarke, Mike Orlando, Dario Lorina, Aranda, Black Knight’s Castle featuring Joe Stump, Falling Through April and Gabriel Ayala. More artists will be announced over the coming weeks. The cruise guarantees fans plenty of opportunities for meeting and hanging with their favorite bands on board, including private music lessons and free workshops on topics ranging from guitar and vocals to concert photography to stage clothing construction. Passengers are encouraged to bring their guitars on board for workshops and jam sessions. 28 total workshops are currently listed online with more to be added before Axes & Anchors sets sail in February.
“Breaking Benjamin is the perfect headliner for our festival that already includes Flyleaf, Motionless In White, Thousand Foot Krutch, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, and several other notable artists and bands,” says Axes & Anchors co-owner Ann Squire. “Our lineup lives up to our promise – the first ever guitar-dominated music cruise – and is diverse enough to give Axes & Anchors something for everyone.”
The five days and four nights cruise to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas will take place on the Carnival Victory. The ship offers free gourmet food and 24-hour room service, live comedy and theater shows daily, and 40 live concerts on multiple stages. It also has three large swimming pools: King of the Seas, Triton, and Sirens, all including whirlpools in the immediate area. There is also a 214-foot-long (65 m) “Twister” waterslide that ends next to the King of the Seas pool. The cruise ship also has 13 bars, a salon/spa, a fitness center, and more amenities available.
All reservations include 4-nights lodging and taxes, all meals, all concerts, all open workshops, a professional photo opportunity with every artist, and more. Current promotions include a $150 per person rebate by paying in full, and the recently announced Stowaway Package, which allows 3rd and 4th passengers in a cabin who are under 21 to cruise for free when accompanied by two passengers over 25 years old.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I hope my drumming brothers were not cross with me for being wry just a few paragraphs ago because I would never truthfully insult one of my own. So doesn’t this cruise sound like something that you can sink your teeth into if you are a slinger of the six and four stringed axe? One has to think that any drummers and singers will be able to find new band members if they attend and please no stowaways because you don’t want to be sitting in the brig for the duration of the fun. I am also sure that the guitar pick collectors in the readership are foaming at the mouth at the prospect of seriously upgrading their collections if they attend this cruise and let me sweeten the pot by saying that I learned that former Megadeth great Marty Friedman has also joined the cruise and that is going to be exciting since we have not had that musician on this side of the world in over a decade. So what do you think? Are you setting sail with the Axes and Anchors and aiming to jam or start your own musical enterprise from the connections you make or do you need one other big name to make you fork over the drachma? Let me know in the comments section below. Sadly I don’t feel that I will be attending but I really need to start looking into these adventures and bringing back some reports and images. If you go I expect full details.