I just wanted to take a moment of your time and let our readers know that the PiercingMetal Contests have reached a bit of a milestone of their own and can proudly share that we have given away over 1000 tickets since beginning to do so in the summer of 2009. I’ve actually been meaning to share this but of information with you all for a few weeks but there was more important writing and photos to get online first before getting to this one. As result of the delay I should have simply cited that I had doled out “1100” tickets but oh well.
To my knowledge the very first contest that PiercingMetal ever ran was for the Deicide show that B.B. King Blues Club held in the summer of 2009. A few other gives would come sporadically after this one over the next couple of years but they were not really a focus of the site when it all came down to it. It was not until the summer of 2012 that the contests became larger for our audience and since it seemed helpful at the time, they were all done exclusively on the Official Facebook Page for PiercingMetal.com. I felt that if you liked our page that you deserved a nice treat every once in awhile but when one of the numerous changes that Facebook instituted found people who did not like the page snagging tickets from those who actively enjoyed our presentation they were moved over to where you see them now on the Official Blog for PiercingMetal.com which is also lovingly referred to as “PiercingMetal Musings”. The change allowed for a greater focus and historical aspect to the contests and more ease on the providers who could research our combined efforts. Take a look at who I’ve given tickets away for over this relatively short span of time.
Historical List Of Bands: 10 Years, 70’s Tribute Fest, Acacia Strain, Adrenaline Mob, Alesana, Amaranthe, Amon Amarth, Anaka & Panzie, Animals As Leaders, Anvil, Appice Brothers, Arkona, As The Palaces Burn Film, August Infinity, Beatallica, Big Faux Four, Blazy Bayley, Bound By Substance, Bret Michaels, Bring Me The Horizon Party, Cactus, Charetta, Cherie Currie, Children Of Bodom, Chimaira, Threat Signal, Combichrist, Crashdiet, Cro-Mags, Dance Gavin Dance, Dark Tranquillity, Dead Kennedy’s, Death To All, Deicide, Destruction, Diamondhead, Doro Pesch, Dying Fetus, Emilie Autumn, Epica, Evans Blue, Eye Empire, Fear Factory, Fight Or Flight, Finntroll, For Today, Fozzy, Glam Rock Tribute, Helloween, Hindenburg (Zep Trib), Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock, Hurtsmile, Il Nino, In This Moment, Into The Void (Sabbath Trib), Otherwise, Kamelot, Katatonia, Killcode, Killing Joke, King’s X, KISSNation, Kittie, Korpiklaani, Dirty Pearls, Living Colour, Loudness, Mahavatar, Marduk, Moonspell, Michael Schenker Group, Miss May I, Morbid Angel, Motionless In White, Nazareth, Newsted, Nile, Nonpoint, Obituary, Otep, Ozric Tentacles, Paganfest America, Phil Anselmo & Illegals, Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian, Primal Fear, Protest The Hero, Queensryche w Geoff Tate, Quiet Riot, Radio Moscow, Rhapsody Of Fire, Rik Emmett, Riot, Robin Zander, Rubix Kube, Saigon Kick, Sanctuary, Schism, Scott Ian, Scott Stapp, Scott Weiland, Scream It Like You Mean It, Sebastian Bach, Septic Flesh, Sevendust, Soft Parade (Doors Trib), Soilwork, Sonata Arctica, Soulfly, Sponge, Static X, Stryper, Suicide Silence, Summer Slaughter Tour, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Birthday Massacre, The Church, The Machine, The Misfits, The Nerds, Tom Kiefer, Turisas/Firewind, UDO, Uli Jon Roth, Unchained (Van Halen Trib), Uriah Heep, Vanilla Fudge, Veil Of Maya, Volbeat, HIM, Watain, Watkins Glen Revisited, Wednesday 13, Who Tribute, Winger, Wintersun, Y&T, Yngwie Malmsteen and ZO2.
The 1000 Ticket Milestone was attained after holding just over 150 Contests for those great bands and using PiercingMetal’s Blog has allowed me to come up with some creative ways to make you think about the Metal scene and the genre we love so much. I am not sorry for making you work a little harder sometimes because the resulting submissions are so awesome to read on so many occasions. You can peruse the past contests and see what I mean by clicking THIS TAG; There is some good reading in there and it shows that I do often make you wear the thinking cap 🙂 Of course, I could not have done any of this stuff without our wonderful world of providers so innumerable thanks to the teams over at Blue Note Entertainment Group, AEG Presents, Livenation, Excess DB Entertainment and CEG Presents – Your faith in the PiercingMetal brand is appreciated. I also want to thank the Metal Legions who have offered up their submissions to these contests because you are the reason they are done in the first place. I’ll keep doing them whenever the means allow for them to be done so keep watching the Facebook Page or even better the Official Twitter so you are aware when they pop up.
Feel free to let me know what some of your favorite show contests have been over the years and especially if you won anything. I’m also interested in learning what other types of events you have the most interest in going forward so let me know in the comments here as I have left them open for you to chime in. Thanks for listening now back to the creative process.