Tell me my Metal legions did you ever think that you would live to see the day when Metallica would announce a gig at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem NYC? I know you must be thinking that I have seen one too many shows here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ and that my brain is now officially toast from the crushing volume, but yes indeed this was the news blast that I received this morning while I made my way back from a show that I had enjoyed upstate only last night. That story will come in a different blog post so please stay tuned,
Now while I hate to rehash press releases like this, there are those times that its of paramount importance to get the news out to you so I make the occasional exception. With Metallica being cited as Icons by MTV and members of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, I think this applies so please sit back and indulge in what is going to be happening from the official notice that was sent around.
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SIRIUSXM PRESENTS: METALLICA LIVE AT THE APOLLO THEATER – METALLICA TO PERFORM PRIVATE, EXCLUSIVE CONCERT FOR SIRIUSXM LISTENERS, CONCERT TO AIR LIVE ON SIRIUSXM’S LIMITED-RUN MANDATORY METALLICA CHANNEL
NEW YORK-August 22, 2013- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that Metallica will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Saturday, September 21 at 8:30pm ET.
Metallica will perform songs from their 30-plus year career, and the concert will air live nationwide on the band’s limited-run SiriusXM channel, Mandatory Metallica, days before the release of the band’s upcoming 3D feature film Metallica Through The Never, which will be released exclusively in IMAX theaters in North America on September 27 and wide on October 4.
“With historic performances from James Brown to B.B. King to Ray Charles and all that came before us, this will definitely be a memorable night for Metallica, our fans and those listening on SiriusXM,” said guitarist Kirk Hammett. Bassist Robert Trujillo added, “With its rich musical history the Apollo Theater and its legacy are totally unparalleled and we can’t wait to perform there this September.”
“Metallica is a band of unquestioned influence, whose body of work spans decades and whose musical style is literally a music genre unto itself,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We are so excited to bring this private performance only to our subscribers nationwide. Listeners will also have access to Mandatory Metallica, the channel we’ve created with the band to showcase their iconic music.”
SiriusXM’s Mandatory Metallica, the limited-run 24/7 commercial-free music channel featuring hits, rarities and concert recordings from throughout the band’s iconic career, will launch on Friday, September 13 at 12:00 pm ET and air through Sunday, October 6, via satellite on channel 40 (SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal channel), and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. Liquid Metal will continue to be available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online. Mandatory Metallica will continue to be available on SiriusXM Internet Radio through the Summer of 2014.
Listeners will have the opportunity to win tickets to the event through dedicated listener emails as well as various call-in promotions across SiriusXM’s diverse music, talk and sports channels. SiriusXM subscribers can enter for the chance to win tickets starting August 22, 2013 and, starting September 10, 2013, can enter for the chance to win a trip to New York City to see the concert.
See Official Rules at www.siriusxm.com/MetallicaLive
Currently in its 79th year, the legendary non-profit Apollo Theater is known for launching the careers of countless iconic performers, and has been a catalyst for artistic excellence and innovation since it opened its doors in 1934. The Apollo’s new artistic vision builds on its legacy and new Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations.
Mandatory Metallica is an example of SiriusXM channels created with iconic and leading
artists, including Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzy’s Boneyard,
Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem’s Shade 45, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, The Pink
Floyd Channel, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville,
Siriusly Sinatra, Tiësto’s Club Life Radio and Neil Diamond Radio.
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Now, since there are a few of you who do not yet subscribe to the Satellite Radio service and are clamoring to do so based on this kind of Metal news, I have embedded a handy link over to SiriusXM where you can sign up and get ready to be one of the masters of puppets with the rest of the folks suffering whiplash after being trapped under ice 😛 (I’m sorry, I realize that is corny but I go there sometimes). Remember you will need to be a SiriusXM subscriber to partake in the show and its contest, so before you sign in there, make sure you sign up using the code below (just hit the logo and it will bring you right there to some options).
To me this surely sounds like something cool to participate in, so I wish any and all of our readers the best of luck in winning a ticket to see it in person because I am sure this will be a night not soon forgotten. Now back to our regularly scheduled Metal broadcast……..
Oh before I forget to bring this up. Metallica will have a movie opening up very soon called “Metallica Through The Never”; I’ll do one of my movie opening day posts when it hits the theaters but before that time comes you can pre-order its soundtrack and complete any missing gaps in your own Metallica collection.