The Press Release:
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have announced today (12/18) that after 14 years drummer Jeremy Spencer will be leaving the band. After sitting out the Fall leg of the group’s recent co-headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin, Jeremy underwent a second back surgery and will need a significant amount of time to recover; the band fully supports his decision.
“This decision has been weighing on me for months; and now the time has finally come,” explains Jeremy Spencer. “I started to play when I was 6 years old, and I feel fortunate that my body has provided me with several decades of doing what I love most: drumming. However, the rigorous physical wear and tear has got me to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance that brings me satisfaction and joy. I feel the band deserves to get someone with the fire and energy, capable of delivering the performance that the fans deserve. Like you, I will be cheering them on to continue making great music as they tour the world and bring exciting shows to all our cherished fans.” Continue reading Drummer Jeremy Spencer Leaves Five Finger Death Punch!!!→
Spring is almost here despite what the now weekly Nor’easter storms of the East Coast might say an with this approach come an ever more steady run of touring announcements. This next one gives us the low down on the pairing of two very popular bands with Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin. Check out the full press release along with the poster and run of dates. I’ll close out with additional thoughts at the end. Let’s go.
The Press Release:
Today, multi-platinum hard rock band, Five Finger Death Punch, have announced that they will be releasing their highly anticipated seventh full-length studio album, And Justice For None, on May 18. The long-awaited collection is available for physical pre-order today in the following formats: Standard physical CD (13 tracks), Deluxe physical CD (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Cover artwork), Vinyl (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe gatefold artwork). The band is also offering fans a variety of new CD/merchandise bundles. The digital album pre-order for And Justice For None will launch on April 6th. Fans who pre-order the new album will also receive an exclusive ticket pre-sale code for Five Finger Death Punch’s just announced 32-date North American summer co-headlining amphitheater tour with Breaking Benjamin.
Five Finger Death Punch are thrilled to be hitting the road for a massive series of co-headlining North American dates with Breaking Benjamin this summer. As special guests, they will bring along two of the most exciting new rock acts in the world: 3X GRAMMY Award-nominees Nothing More and Bad Wolves who are currently dominating the #1 spots on the mainstream, Rock and Metal charts in multiple countries around the world with their cover version of The Cranberries’ “Zombie”. The video for “Zombie” has garnered more than 15 million views in 2 weeks. The track has reached 3.2m streams and hit #3 on Spotify’s Viral Global Top 50, as well as #4 on Spotify’s Viral US Top 50. “Zombie” will appear on the band’s debut album Disobey, due out May 18. Rolling Stone described the song, “Bad Wolves’ interpretation of “Zombie” is moody like the Cranberries’, though the instrumentation sounds clearer and more cutting.” Continue reading Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin Announce Co-Headlining Tour→
As the spring continues to be sprung and the summer heat heads our way the touring announcements are starting to get more fast and furious. This is a good one so scroll past the poster to read the massive press release that I received.
“FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AND SHINEDOWN JOIN FORCES TO CO-HEADLINE FALL’S BIGGEST ARENA ROCK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SIXX:A.M. AND SUPPORT FROM AS LIONS”
The Press Release:
LOS ANGELES, CA – (April 26th, 2016) – Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown are partnering to co-headline the biggest Fall Arena Rock Tour 2016 produced by Frank Productions/NS2/ CMoore Live – an epic trek that kicks off on October 18th in Little Rock, AR, and crisscrosses North America through December. See tour dates below. More dates will be announced soon.
The tour is also highlighted by Special Guest SIXX:A.M. featuring vocalist/producer James Michael, bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Dj Ashba. UK newcomers As Lions, featuring Austin Dickinson, will round out the supporting lineup, following the tour’s previous openers-turned-success stories Nothing More and From Ashes To New. Continue reading Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown Announce Fall 2016 Tour→
Wow. Talk about a power packed punch of a tour! Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat will be teaming up for a tour that puts the summer to bed and leads us into the Fall of 2014 and as a scribe who has seen both of these bands on numerous occasions over the years I can only advise that you get your tickets early since this is going to sell out everywhere. There was a great press release with this one, so I copied that for you to read below the poster. I’ll be back with some views afterward before sending you home so don’t worry. Let’s go.
Press Release: Global rock heavyweights FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and VOLBEAT announced today (5/6) on their Facebook pages (5FDP Facebook and Volbeat Facebook) that they’ve joined forces to bring fans one of the biggest rock tours of the year produced by Frank Productions/NS2. Special guests on the tour will be HELLYEAH and NOTHING MORE. Fred Frank, President of FRANK PRODUCTIONS offers: “We are excited to put two of the globally most relevant and hottest bands of the genre into major arenas across the country to bring fans an amazing night with 4 bands on the bill at a great value”. The co-headlining arena tour across North America (itinerary below) will kick off on September 16 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, UT and run through October with the final performance taking place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 at 10am local time.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, undoubtedly one of the most relevant and successful rock bands globally, dominated 2013 with the releases THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL ? VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2. Both volumes debuted on the U.S. Billboard album chart at #2 (more notably, within a four-month period) and in the top ten mainstream charts all across the globe. The two albums feature two #1 radio hit singles (“Lift Me Up” featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest and “Battle Born”) and have combined sales of over 600,000 units to date. The multi-million selling rock titans’ current single, “The House Of The Rising Sun” is their 13th consecutive top ten hit at Active Rock Radio. USA TODAY proclaimed VOLUME 2 elevates the group “…to the top of its game. Offering more than blind rage, though there’s certainly plenty, the songs live in the tension implied by the album’s title—aware of the implications of lashing out, ready to accept the consequences” (11/19/13). Following Australia’s Soundwave Festival and shows across Japan and South East Asia, the band just concluded a sold out European headlining tour. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is Ivan Moody (vocals), Zoltan Bathory (guitar), Jeremy Spencer (guitar), Jason Hook (guitar) and Chris Kael (bass).
VOLBEAT’S OUTLAW GENTLEMEN & SHADY LADIES has sold more than 300,000 copies in the U.S. according to Soundscan, alongside hundreds of thousands of digital singles. The Danish quartet received their first Grammy Nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for “Room 24” (Volbeat Featuring King Diamond), and won Germany’s Echo Award for “Best International Alternative Act.” The band’s repertoire has become a staple at Active Rock radio, cementing their relevance with five consecutive #1 singles at the format. Their latest “Dead But Rising” is entrenched in the Top 5, on its way to the peak of the chart. Overseas, OUTLAW GENTLEMEN & SHADY LADIES has been certified platinum in their home country of Denmark, alongside Germany and Austria, with gold sales in Finland.
Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, Volbeat has released five studio albums, and two live offerings that have turned the band into superstars, collecting platinum discs and prestigious awards making them one of the most talked about bands around the world. OUTLAW GENTLEMEN & SHADY LADIES, debuted at No. 1 in the band’s home country of Denmark alongside Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and Austria. The new release saw a debut at No. 2 in Finland, No. 4 in the Netherlands and Sweden, and No. 9 in The United States. Volbeat is Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums), joined by former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the new album with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen. The upcoming tour marks Volbeat’s fifth visit to North American this album cycle. This past year, the band has been one of the largest touring draws on the European continent headlining both festivals and a arena tour, and they appeared at the major Japanese festival Summer Sonic 2013 in both Tokyo and Osaka. Cumulatively, Volbeat has performed for over a million fans since the current album was released.
After roughly eight years, three albums, countless tours as headliners and as participants on “can’t miss” festival bills and hundreds of thousands of albums sold, HELLYEAH is making their biggest and boldest statement yet with BLOOD FOR BLOOD (out 6/10/14). The lineup of Chad Gray (Mudvayne), Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) and Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple) bring the sound their fans have been waiting for with the help of producer, Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment). They’ve exchanged some of the party-centric, good time sounds of past efforts for pure metallic fury and emotional introspection. The single “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)” hit the Top 30 after only 2 weeks at rock radio. They pushed themselves to new limits, dared to embrace change and to take risks with their music by just doing what comes naturally.
Hailing from San Antonio, NOTHING MORE is part schizoid System Of A Down weird-isms, part Mars Volta-esque prog rock freak out, part effortless pop nous, they seamlessly barrel from churning headbang to skyscraping chorus and back again in the blink of an eye. They are equally able to dial down their bluster into deft moments of crystalline beauty when the mood takes them. Their self-titled album (out 6/24/14) that includes their Top 10 radio single “This Is The Time (Ballast)”, is a gut-punching blend made all the more powerful by a keen lyrical sophistication and philosophical undertone, which marks them out from their contemporaries.
The Tour Dates:
9/16 Salt Lake City, UT @Maverik Center
9/17 Billings, MT @ Rimrock Auto Arena @ Metrapark
9/18 Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
9/20 Cedar Rapids, IA US @ Cellular Coliseum
9/21 Grand Rapids, MI @ Deltaplex
9/23 Syracuse, NY @ The Oncenter
9/25 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena
9/26 Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center
9/27 Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
9/28 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
9/30 Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
10/1 Reading, PA @ Santander Arena 10/3 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/7 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial
10/10 Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
10/11 Duluth, GA @ Gwinnett Arena
10/12 Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum
10/14 Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena
10/16 Biloxi, MS @ MS Coast Coliseum
10/17 Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
10/22 Rio Rancho, NM @ Santa Ana Star Center
10/24 Las Vegas, NV The Joint @ Hard Rock
My plan is to hit the Newark, NJ show for the tour at the beautiful Prudential Center or “The Rock” as a lot of people call it now. I’ve seen FFDP here before during a tour and have enjoyed both Iron Maiden and Trans-Siberian Orchestra here as well. It’s a great arena and it sounds awesome as well which is what you want in a Metal and Rock show anyway. During the course of the tour, you fans can keep up with the bands via their Social Networks and Official Pages. I linked the official pages since the other links are there for your consumption on them also. Now before I go I just want to make sure you fans know how important it is to get to an event like this on the early side. I realize that you might only like the headliners but give the opening acts a chance as well. You can always walk around in the crowd during their set to see who else might be there. Just be there because you just might enjoy it. This has happened to me on numerous occasions and I just want to spread that idea with you all. So my area Metal Fiends, see you in Newark?
Since there are a lot of great albums to enjoy from this pair of headliners I’ve embedded some codes for you to look deeper into the ones that you might not have in your collection just yet. To make this a fair posting and even more useful, I’ve added the lead off bands as well. No thanks are necessary 🙂
At this point in time do I really need to say that I see a lot of concerts during the course of the year? I hope not because this one of the key factors that makes up my daily life as founder of the PiercingMetal brand. That said ?I wanted to once again use the Official Blog for the site to highlight a number of the shows that I attended during 2013 that I felt were the absolute best experiences. They’re not really in order of impact or importance but there are a few at the top that did hit me the hardest. Here we go.
1. Metallica @ The Apollo Theater: Thrashing like a maniac in Harlem? Yeah that happened. Classic set and free beer for the whole show. No complaints here.
2. Kamelot @ Stage 48: Returning to the headlining stage with Delain as support and Eklipse. This was a righteous show for sure. My belief in this band was reinforced yet again. I was not surprised in this.
3. Eddie Trunk 30th Anniversary Bash: Another one that I was super fortunate to participate in because an all-star jam with members of KISS, Overkill, Twisted Sister, Accept, Anthrax, Stryper, Guns n Roses and so many more is just impossible to qualify as being “an okay time”. This was insanity.
4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Prudential Center: The final go round for the “Lost Christmas Eve” tour premise. Always a bombastic spectacle that needs seeing for believing.
5. Rock Allegiance Tour w/Volbeat & HIM @ Williamsburg Park: Two excellent main acts and solid support from All That Remains. Whew. Exciting for Brooklyn and you know how we roll in this borough.
6. Black Veil Brides @ Best Buy Theater: The Church Of The Wild Ones destroyed NYC with this appearance. The BVB clearly delivers in the live sense and they love their fans.
7. Testament @ Best Buy Theater: Testament on the rightful headlining stage with support from the mighty Overkill. Yeah you were going to be in pain after this one. I know my head was ringing for days.
8. Robin Zander @ B.B. King Blues Club: The legendary front man doing a solo gig of covers and songs he likes with legendary area musicians. This was surprise after surprise and a show I was glad to have been a part of. Randy Jackson opened and left you wanting more when he left. Continue reading PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2013: The Concerts→