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Bad Religion @ Webster Hall

Bad Religion will bring their sound to life at the now refurbished Webster Hall.

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Announcing “Surf City Blitz” 2018

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I received this notice yesterday and since I am heading out of town for a few days in a couple of hours, I programmed it to run on its own while I try to rest before the flight out of NYC. As you can see this is another music festival that takes place outside of the metro area in which we wander but it sure sounds interesting. Take a glance at the full press release down below.

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The Press Release:
Surf City Blitz brings one of the greatest punk rock lineups in the history of Southern California—including some of the biggest bands to come out of Orange County—together with Roland Sands Presents The Moto Beach Classic’s world-class motorcycle racing, and more on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 at the world famous Huntington State Beach as a part of the SeaLegs Live Event Series. This new weekend destination festival will feature an all-star lineup of punk rock legends performing on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in picturesque Orange County, California. With the support of California State Parks, this incredible event is sure to make a splash in its inaugural year.

The daily music lineup for Surf City Blitz is as follows (subject to change):
Saturday October 27: The Offspring, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, FEAR, T.S.O.L., Snuff, Mad Caddies, Voodoo Glow Skulls and more
Sunday October 28: Social Distortion, Rancid, Bad Religion, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Interrupters, The Wrecks, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more

To top things off, the second annual Moto Beach Classic combines Super Hooligan street bike flat track racing, drag and mini bike racing, art, custom motorcycles and, of course, the love of two wheels. The event will feature a dirt track on the sand for the first time ever and two days of Super Hooligan flat track racing.

Mike Ness of Social Distortion said, “This is an incredible line-up of bands over two days, and combined with Roland Sand’s Moto Beach Classic, this is going to be an awesome show. To be a part of an event like this that’s never been done before is pretty cool. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Dexter Holland of The Offspring added, “Can’t wait to hang out on the beach with some of our SoCal punk friends and idols when we play Surf City Blitz.”

Roland Sands of Roland Sands Design, founder and producer of The Moto Beach Classic, explained, “The Moto Beach Classic is coming back bigger than ever as the Super Hooligans join the Surf City Blitz this October! It’s been a dream of mine to build a dirt track on the beach and we are making that happen with berm bleachers next to a massive stage with the sickest OC lineup of all time. The Offspring, Social D, Rancid, Pennywise, Bad Religion, Suicidal Tendencies…the list keeps going. It’s a moto lover’s dream with drag races, mini road race, bike show, moto inspired art and much more. This is the only event you have to be at in 2018!”

John Reese, Surf City Blitz festival producer and founder of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) said, “We couldn’t ask for a more perfect setting to enjoy performances from the greatest collection of punk rock ever assembled in SoCal, combined with the mind-blowing excitement of the Moto Beach Classic, right on the sand at Southern California’s world famous Huntington State Beach! This massive event will be remembered for years to come! I want to thank California State Parks for allowing us to hold the event at such an ideal location.”

Tickets for Surf City Blitz go on sale Friday, July 20 at 10:00 AM PT at www.SurfCityBlitz.com. General admission ticket prices start at $49.50 for single day tickets and $89.50 for weekend tickets. Single day VIP tickets start at $129.50 and various VIP packages are available (listed below).

The spacious grounds at Huntington State Beach will include an abundance of shaded areas for patrons and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from throughout the site, along with beach games and activities, photo ops, and a number of other attractions. Doors open at Noon each day and the festival is open to all ages.

Various VIP packages are available for purchase, as listed below.
Surf City VIP Lounge Ticket
Starting at $129.50

– One VIP festival admission ticket
– Dedicated VIP entry lane into festival

– Access to the Surf City VIP Lounge, which includes:
— VIP viewing area of the main stage
— Standing view deck located within the VIP Lounge
— Comfortable shaded areas to sit and relax, games and more!
— VIP Restrooms
— VIP Bar
— VIP Food options available for purchase
KLOS FHF Backstage Birthday Bash VIP Ticket
Starting at $199.50

– One VIP festival admission ticket
– Dedicated VIP entry lane into festival
– FHF Birthday Bash VIP laminate

– Access to the Surf City VIP Lounge, which includes:
— VIP viewing area of the main stage
— Standing view deck located within the VIP Lounge
— Comfortable shaded areas to sit and relax, games and more!
— VIP Restrooms
— VIP Bar
— VIP Food options available for purchase

– Access to the FHF Backstage Birthday Bash backstage lounge, which includes Adirondack chairs, fire pits & more!
– Access to Frosty, Heidi & Frank meet & greet (at designated time)
– Complimentary food and beverages at Backstage Birthday Bash (while supplies last)
– Limited edition festival poster
– Cash Bar
– Private Restrooms
Surf City VIP Beach Cabana (for up to 10 guests)
$4,000 (single day)
$7,500 (weekend)

– VIP admission tickets for up to 10 guests
– Dedicated VIP entry lane into festival
– Private raised platform cabana with views of the main stage
– 2 bottles included in cabana purchase (with select mixers)
– Meal ticket for each guest, valid within VIP Lounge
– Air conditioned bathrooms

– Access to Surf City VIP Lounge, which includes:
— VIP viewing area of the main stage
— Standing view deck located within the VIP Lounge
— Comfortable shaded areas to sit and relax, games and more!
— VIP Restrooms
— VIP Bar
— VIP Food options available for purchase

*VIP cabanas are for guests 21 years of age or older only
(2017 Moto Beach Classic at Bolsa Chica State Beach)

Last year’s inaugural Moto Beach Classic was a one-day festival where, from sunup to sundown, SeaLegs at the Beach in Bolsa Chica was at capacity and filled with lovers of all types of creativity and counterculture. At any given moment, engines could be heard on the purpose-built hooligan flat track, while waves crashed along the shore. Live music echoed throughout until the doors closed on what many thought was one of the most entertaining and authentic moto events to hit the coast of California in years. The full live broadcast from last year’s event can be seen here: https://youtu.be/dsCMyZaoFIg

Surf City Blitz at Huntington State Beach is located at: 21601 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, CA, and the festival entrance will be at the corner of Magnolia and Pacific Coast Highway. Limited parking will be available near the festival site. Ride sharing, public transportation and carpooling are encouraged.

Surf City Blitz partners include: 95.5 KLOS FM, Rockstar Energy Drink, Black Feather, Health Ade, Cupcake Wines, Cosmic Fog, Wienerschnitzel, Sailor Jerry, BMW Motorcycles, Indian Motorcycles, Yamaha, Super Hooligan, Bell, Motul, Dunlop, K&N, Hurley, SOKFY, Cycle Zombie and Fast Surfboards.

A portion of Surf City Blitz proceeds will be donated to the Junior Lifeguard Program and the Living the Dream Foundation. LTD Foundation bridges together the music industry with fans who are fighting terminal illnesses by giving them All Access VIP experiences backstage with their favorite bands and artists. For more information, visit: www.ltdfoundation.org.

For more information on Surf City Blitz, visit the websites below.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As this is just an event announcement and for a spectactle that we shall not be attending, I will leave the added opinion to you guys so let me hear you!!! Is this something that excites you? Should be brave the adventure? Will you be paying our travel and lodging? If you said yes to that let’s talk LOL. All kidding aside, I wouldn’t mind being in the sun and surf during the Fall months as opposed to a potentially chilly NYC. I would have just fished the NY Comic Con by then so hey and adventure is always welcome but I digress. Until we meet again my fiends.

Official Websites:
Website: http://www.SurfCityBlitz.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SurfCityBlitz
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/SurfCityBlitz
Hashtag: #SurfCityBlitz and #MotoCityBlitz

Bad Religion & Against Me @ Irving Plaza

Talk about a pairing, both Bad Religion and Against Me will bring their unique sounds to life for fans in the NYC region for The Vox Populi Tour. Don’t miss out.

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“Punks Not Dead” [DVD] by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Punks Not Dead”
Label: MVD Visual
Release Date: 8/17/2009
Genre: Punk Rock Documentary
Rating: 3.75/5

“Punks Not Dead” is an interesting documentary film that presents to the viewer what I felt was a great inside and historical look into the Punk Rock and Hardcore movement when it first started to pick up steam back in the mid 70’s. It succeeds in its quest to inform the home audience of today by blending interview footage from notable acts such as The Damned, The Ramones, Circle Jerks, The Subhumans along with many, many more and explains to you in their own words just how reviled and accepted the Punk Rock genre was in its infancy. The film wisely starts at the apparent beginnings of the whole movement and explains how the whole DIY principle worked out. If you don’t know what DIY is, you should know that it stands for “Do It Yourself” and how it is still a larger practice today when it comes to the underground scene of any music genre in addition to what now calls itself today’s Punk. When the term was new it referred to how the bands booked shows by using phony credit card numbers and shared public phones that they were able to use for free and how most bands sent out their music to the fans from their houses and often sought a place to crash from these same fans when they would be in their town. One of the key quotes gives kudos to how all of this networking, touring and building of a music scene was all being done without the support or even interest from major record companies. The experts in the Punk music realm discuss how like many things with an original small fan response or underground only following can get big and eventually reach the mainstream. Of course this happening sometimes generates the feeling in its original fans that it had sold out from the aesthetic that it once held and was no longer relevant. We see this all the time with the fans who stake claim on bands “first” and no longer liking them when the rest of the world jumps on board. Some bands that are cited as helping to push Punk into the mainstream are The Offspring, Green Day, Rancid and Pennywise. They even mention Nirvana and while the Grunge Rock band definitely sold millions of albums, I didn’t see them as a Punk act and wondered how they came to feel they applied to this situation. Quotes from founders of many of the original Punk Rock record companies are spoken to and they explain how almost every dollar earned was put right back into getting the next record out for the band that had earned the money or another worthy act. That’s a lot different from a label earning money on the Joe Blow New band and putting the money into Aerosmith that’s for sure.
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