Iced Earth was not only making a triumphant return to the concert stages of NYC but was also celebrating the return of vocalist Matt Barlow. This was earth shattering news for the Metal Legions and as result offered the band a packed house at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square this evening. The opening slot was held by Into Eternity and we were on point to bring you into the action. Scroll past the logo below to be taken to article.
Artist: Iced Earth
Venue: Nokia Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Into Eternity and Saviors
Label: SPV Records
New York City has definitely got a lock on being the place for Metal, especially when one reviews not only the passed few weeks but also the upcoming events that we are to be treated to. I don’t say this lightly because it was only a week ago that I was at B.B. King’s for legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth and last night was Kamelot at the same venue. Tonight would continue the musical adventuring for many as the one and only Iced Earth was set to perform at what appeared to be a completely packed room. The band’s visionary founder Jon Schaffer had recently delivered to the fans a two part prequel to his “Something Wicked” storyline and presented “Framing Armageddon” as the first chapter which featured Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals. The recording was a pummeling one but no touring would be done until the storyline was completed and with this decision Schaffer shocked the Metal world by dismissing Owens and replacing him with former Iced Earth vocal master Matt Barlow. The second chapter of the prequel would be called “The Crucible of Man” and would feature Matt’s voice and also show the return of former Iced Earth drummer Brent Smedley. The tour would also take Into Eternity out on the road with them and I was very happy for this hard working band that I had seen in opening slots more times than I could easily recall. If you missed out on this amazing night, here are some of its highlights. The show would begin with a band called Saviors and based on a hectic itinerary for the evening would find my not catching a single note of them. I’ve not heard the name before this evening so assume that they are a new band and will probably be someone I will catch as an opener on one of the many shows that I plan on attending. I made it in just in time to see Into Eternity take the stage.
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