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Drummer Gas Lipstick Has Left HIM!!

Logo - HIM

According to my memory, I’ve been listening to the band HIM since sometime in early 2003 and have been fortunate enough to catch them in concert at least once per tour to our region since 2004. That being said I was greatly saddened to learn that drummer Gas Lipstick had decided to move on from the band after sitting in the drum chair for sixteen years. I’ve copied his official statement below this photo that I snapped at one of their shows back in 2010.


“With a heavy heart I’m announcing my departure from HIM, a magnificent band that I’ve been part of for the past 16 magical years. It has been a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. There is no drama, bad blood or any negativity involved in my departure. I simply feel that it’s time for me to move on as a musician. I have noticed during the final stages of our last tour that my heart was not in it 100% anymore.
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HIM Announces “Love Metal Archives” Tour

The other day the Finnish Hard Rock band announced their “Love Metal Archives Tour” and since they didn’t really offer up much than the tour dates I will list those and then chime in at the close. Here we go.

The Tour Dates:
12/09: Webster Hall – New York, NY
12/10: House Of Blues – Boston, MA
12/11: Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
12/12: The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
12/16: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
12/17: Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
12/18: House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
12/19: House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This kind of news always brings a smile or should I say some “melancholy” to my person. I say that since HIM is so often singing about the sorrow inside romance but being completely honest I love this kind of announcement as HIM music was something very close to my own beginnings as a scribe. This band just “did it” for me with the first ever listen and I have tried to catch them on at least one of their regional visits when they come through our town. There were times when I would come to both shows but that isn’t always possible and sadly with this go round NYC is only getting one show at Webster Hall. It’s a big place so a lot of us can attend but like I said this bands fans like to go more than once. The band will be celebrating their early works with this tour and I think that is awesome and we shall be seeing expanded editions of these early CD’s on The End Records. I’ve linked some Amazon.com codes for you to pre-order them straight away. Of course if you should chance upon this post later on in time the links should still be valid. So what do you think about this tour and will you attend? If you answered “yes” I will see you in New York City for sure

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“Hurraa” HIM Announces A US Tour In 2014 :)

Fans of the Finnish Melodic Metal sensations HIM will be excited that the band has announced a return to the USA and parts of South America that will begin in March of 2014. More on this after the poster.

Tour - HIM - US Tour 2014
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H.I.M.’s North American “Tears On Tour” Is Cancelled

Poster - HIM - Tears On Tour - 2013

Early in the day on Saturday I started seeing some tweets that the Friday evening performance by the Finnish Rockers HIM had been cancelled just before the band was going to take the stage based on the groups singer, the enigmatic Ville Vallo, having suffered a severe asthma attack and needing to be hospitalized. At the time there was no official word from their tour press so all hoped that this was merely a scare and the run of dates would get picked up for the Saturday appearance. From here I observed cancellations being listed on Ticketmaster while the bands Unofficial Street Team Twitter informed all that the full run of six dates had been cancelled. While this news started making the rounds on numerous other websites, the released details about what had happened have only just a moment ago come to light from their official press outlet. Now I could do my own post on this as I prefer to wait than speculate on anything and this is because as a writer I have been following and reporting on the band HIM since before there was even a PiercingMetal to begin with and you can see our views on them HERE. This will lead you to all coverage done about the band on the website.

Official Statement:
HIM’s North American tour (which was due to kick off in Los Angeles on May 3rd at the House Of Blues) has been cancelled due to unforeseen medical circumstances. HIM’s lead vocalist Ville Valo has been diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia. Tickets for all dates will be refunded at the point of purchase. HIM will be back later this summer as part of the Rock Allegiance tour.

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“XX – Two Decades Of Love Metal” by HIM

Artist: HIM
Title: “XX – Two Decades Of Love Metal”
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 10/26/2012
Genre: Gothic Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

It’s sure been a rollercoaster of music life for the last few years for the guys in HIM because after their “Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice” album, they parted ways with their longtime US label and pretty much seemed to disappear from peoples sights but never for a second in their fans musical hearts. I remember reading forum posts suggesting that HIM should at long last start their own label and while years ago that might have been grand, I felt the too rapidly shifting geography of the music industry would not have had room for this. That said I was very happy to find a new greatest hits compilation being released by The End Records, a label that I have enjoyed the output on for several years. This is the second such release in the bands discography and was different enough to be enjoyed for its content. Let’s examine it shall we.
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