This Just In: Bassist/Vocalist Marko Hietala Exits Nightwish

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Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life.

For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

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Singer Tommy Vext Out Of Bad Wolves

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Earlier today we saw some updates circulating on the web about the band Bad Wolves and it would appear that singer Tommy Vext is no longer among the lineup. The bands official statement was culled from their Facebook Page. The photo is one of mine from the gig in NYC back in 2019.

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Tommy Vext w Bad Wolves in NYC (Ken Pierce, 2019)

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Marvel Announces “Marvel: August 1961” Omnibus (Hardcover)

The Press Release:
In August 1961, FANTASTIC FOUR #1 hit newsstands, heralding a new take on super hero stories and the birth of the Silver Age Marvel Universe! Now, sixty years later, experience the excitement of being a comic book fan in that momentous month with the MARVEL: AUGUST 1961 OMNIBUS, a complete hardcover collection of every issue that shared the shelves with FANTASTIC FOUR #1, many never before reprinted!

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“Marvel: August 1961” Omnibus

Considering leaving the comic book industry behind, Stan Lee was persuaded by his loving wife Joan to create one more book exactly the way he wanted it. And so, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created FANTASTIC FOUR #1 and changed the American pop culture landscape forever. Before the Silver Age kicked off, Marvel Comics had published western, romance, comedy, monster and science fiction titles — and in August 1961, FANTASTIC FOUR was just one of over a dozen very different Marvel books. This first-of-its-kind omnibus will include:
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Finnish Guitar Wizard Alexi Laiho Has Died (1979-2021)

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Alexi Laiho by Terhi Ylimäinen

The Press Release:
One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.

Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children of Bodom in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. Last year Alexi Laiho put together Bodom After Midnight, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously.
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PiercingMetal Wishes A “Happy New Year” 2021 To The Readership

Hello my dear readers and “Welcome” to 2021. Let me be among the first to wish you a very “Happy New Year”. We hope that it will be one that is loaded with good health (especially under the current circumstances), special memories and prosperity. We kept it simple and dry here at the Creative Command HQ this time around and got straight to mapping out some of the things that we hope to accomplish as the New Year gets into gear. My photo below is from Times Square via the television because only a select group of people were allowed to be there along with a small number of press.

It’s without question that 2020 was a terrible year in terms of “things” that could be done based on the Coronavirus Pandemmic. That being said I am glad to report that we made it through unscathed while many others were not so fortunate. We also chose to use the relative isolation of the last several months to keep creative and share as many ideas and notions as was possible to do with the resources we have around us. The PiercingMetal website posted more than 550 articles last year and in addition to our popular Facebook and Instagram and YouTube Channel accounts we launched a brand new focus we call Ken Pierce Media. Clicking any of the highlighted text will bring you to these networks and we would appreciate your follows, likes and subscriptions so we know you are out there receiving the transmissions. It is said that there is strength in numbers and I tend to agree with this statement. Especially when so many other creative people out there clamoring for your attention. With your help the Legions will grow and help our media messages reach the most people possible.

It’s my hope that this New Year becomes one of promise for you all. Thank you for your kind attention to our works, we shall surely keep the engine running for you when you need some distraction.

Ken Pierce, Founder and Lead Content Creator
PiercingMetal.com

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