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Alice In Chains @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Alice In Chains is back in the NY Groove and you don’t want to miss one of their two sure to be sold-out appearances. This is night two.

Alice In Chains @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Alice In Chains is back in the NY Groove and you don’t want to miss one of their two sure to be sold-out appearances. This is night one.

The Rockstar Uproar Festival Begins Today (8/9/2013)

So who’s going?

I’ve already mentioned how we love going to the live shows at the PiercingMetal HQ and that is why I am doing a last minute reminder for any of those fans of the big events to let them know that the 2013 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival is beginning today. This years event features Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria along with Circa Survive who will be performing on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage. There is also an Ernie Ball Festival Stage that will host Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market. It’s clear that there is a lot to enjoy at this one.
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Lineup For Rockstar Energy’s “Uproar Festival 2013” Revealed

Logo - Rockstar Uproar Festival

As you might have already surmised, we love going to shows over here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ and as result I will periodically showcase a bit of press that happened to come across my desk regarding any massive touring packages. That being said, the lineup for this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink “Uproar Festival” have been revealed and will play out as follows: Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria along with Circa Survive will be performing on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage while the Ernie Ball Festival Stage will host Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market..whew that sounds like a lot of fun. Historically speaking I have never before seen Alice In Chains but know for sure just how good Jane’s Addiction and Coheed and Cambria are live so that sounds like a blast for me. As far as the smaller stage, well I only know of Danko Jones and everyone else will be a new experience to my concert going ear. Tickets are on sale beginning tomorrow and I’ve set up this posting in such a way that by clicking the poster below, you will be brought to the means to snare as many as you choose to.
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R.I.P. Mike Starr, former bassist of Alice In Chains (3/9/2011)

Bassist Mike Starr

The PiercingMetal Command Center was saddened to learn of the death of bassist Mike Starr today who was found dead in his Salt Lake City, Utah home at the age of 44.  The police DO NOT expect foul play as the cause but the results from the medical examiner will take a few months to determine. The musician appeared on the third season of “Celebrity Rehab” where he showcased his own personal struggle with addiction and while he seemed a bit frantic during this particular season, he did end up getting it together for the case of his own health. He and fellow show participant Tom Sizemore each appeared on the season four showing of this program and had been sober/clean for a number of months. Starr was arrested in February of 2011 with possession of several controlled substances so perhaps his own sobriety was not as long lived as his family and friends would have hoped. Let’s see what the medical experts report when they make that assessment.

Musically speaking, Starr was a founding member of the Alice In Chains band and appeared on their earliest and most seminal works such as “Facelift”  (1990), “Sap” (1992) and “Dirt” (1992).  Although he does NOT appear on the bands “Unplugged” album he can be heard on two tracks on the bands “Live” album.   I don’t think I need to speak more on how important the band was to the Seattle Sound and the Grunge Movement as a whole, but I will say that out of the crop of bands that appeared during this time, how Alice In Chains with Mike as a member were one of the best and most promising.

We express our deepest condolences to his family and fans as well as his former band mates.  If the cause gets cited as being from an overdose then I will feel all the more sad, because I hate when this kind of shit takes talented people away from us.   Some view the “Celebrity Rehab” show as sensationalizing the addiction recovery process, but I think at the end of the day it does good and showcases just how hard it is to overcome this kind of problem.

Photo used comes credited to “Iris Peace and Love”.