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Presenting The 2019 Grammy Award Winners In Rock & Metal

Tonight, the Recording Industry is in a tizzy for “The Biggest Night In Music” (but that’s their own branding and not those of us here in the trenches support that which Rocks and Makes The Metal. Based on the time that I am posting this, we are still about 45 minutes away from the broadcast of the 2019 Grammy Awards but you Heavy Music loyalists don’t even have to tune in since they have already given out the awards for the five (count ’em FIVE) Rock and Metal Categories. I’ve listed those winners down below and left those who were also nominated to you can have a point of argument if your favorite didn’t end up winning the Grammy. Let’s go.

Best Rock Performance:
“Four Out Of Five” by Arctic Monkeys (from “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino”)
WINNER – “When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
“Made An America” by THE FEVER 333 (from “Made An America”)
“Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” by Halestorm (from “Vicious”)

Best Metal Performance:
“Condemned To The Gallows” by Between The Buried And Me
“Honeycomb” by Deafheaven
WINNER – “Electric Messiah” by High On Fire (from “Electric Messiah”)
“Betrayer” by Trivium (from “The Sin And The Sentence”)
“On My Teeth” by Underoath (from “Erase Me”)
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Greta Van Fleet Performs on “Saturday Night Live” (1/19/2019)

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The youthful members of Greta Van Fleet have been making some joyful musical noise over the past year and probably even a bit longer than I’ve known about them. I recently admitted that I missed the initial boat on them but have been doing my best to keep tabs on their happenings. The most recent development in their still burgeoning career is their nomination for a Grammy Award (which was documented along with the rest of the items that interest our readers HERE). Last night the guys performed on the stage for the long-standing sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live”. Let’s watch.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I have to admit that I don’t always manage to get around to sharing these kinds of clips but I’d like to do more of them since its not only good for band discussion and of course reaching brand new readers, but its also helpful in being on point with the topical news of the time. I wanted to do this especially with the GVF appearance because I was watching a lot of negative commentary go by on Twitter about the band, their looks and their performance. So let’s give a quick analysis of the performance for those folks who are being armchair critics about it. For the newbs, the band does dress “Hippy” to a degree and that is fine by me. Looking different always made me feel I was at a show and not watching the guy or girl standing next to me up there. There is also a strong love of the flow and vibe of the great Led Zeppelin to their music and this shows in how well they play because Zep is not always easy to emulate. To those folks who are saying that the band isn’t talented at all, here is a healthy dose of STFU, please help yourself to more should you finish the glass.

Though I follow the Rock and Metal scene more than any other sound, I remember tuning in to the show when the big news was the Cardi B return and I watched aghast as she delivered a profanity laced, homophobic leaning bit of Rap belligerence. Maybe the fact that much of it was in Spanish bypassed Middle America but it was there and it made me wonder what the special view of her actually was. Of course, its not my genre of focus and my age range is far older than that crowd so perhaps I just don’t get it. If you like that stuff you can have it, I will stick with my Rock and Metal and be on point to rally the charge of talented newcomers like GVF. Sorry for the soapbox but the negativity just annoyed me so I was compelled to speak. You can let me know what you think down below in the comments and tell me if I am off base here in some sense. Months ago I shared the details about their “March Of The Peaceful Army” World Tour and if you missed that post please click HERE to bring it up on a new tab. I’ll close up now and wish the guys good fortune. Hopefully I will be at their Queens, NY appearance in May as its close to my birthday and that is the best way to celebrate IMHO.

Official Website: http://www.gretavanfleet.com

Presenting The 2019 Rock & Metal Grammy Nominees

We’ve just learned who the Rock & Related Nominations are for the upcoming 2019 Grammy Awards and since this stuff is always a good talking point, I’ve presented the few categories that our readership would be more interested in. At the end I’ll offer up some predictions about how I see it flowing. Let’s go.

Best Rock Performance:
“Four Out Of Five” by Arctic Monkeys (from “Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino”)
“When Bad Does Good” by Chris Cornell
“Made An America” by THE FEVER 333 (from “Made An America”)
“Highway Tune” by Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” by Halestorm (from “Vicious”)

Best Metal Performance:
“Condemned To The Gallows” by Between The Buried And Me
“Honeycomb” by Deafheaven
“Electric Messiah” by High On Fire (from “Electric Messiah”)
“Betrayer” by Trivium (from “The Sin And The Sentence”)
“On My Teeth” by Underoath (from “Erase Me”)
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Greta Van Fleet Announces “March Of The Peaceful Army” 2019 World Tour

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There has been a lot of hubbub about the reasonably new band Greta Van Fleet. At the time of this writing, I’ve only managed to hear a couple of songs and I will admit that I missed some of the earlier notices about them based on issues with some of my media servicing lists. That being said I am a couple of days behind on this but I’ve also had the recent NY Comic Con to deal with so its okay. Now let’s take a look at the details on the touring plans of this exciting new band.

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The Press Release:
Greta Van Fleet, one of the most buzzed-about new rock bands today, announces the “March of the Peaceful Army” World Tour and initial headline dates for 2019. These dates are in support of the band’s debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, that is due out October 19 (Lava/Republic Records). As part of the itinerary, the band will visit Australia for the first time playing concerts in four cities beginning in Sydney on January 29. The band then heads to Europe and the UK in February and March for 12 dates, followed by four weeks of North American shows from early May to early June. All confirmed dates and ticket on-sale details are below. Log on to www.gretavanfleet.com for all ticket purchasing info.
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Cal Jam 2018 Announces Line-Up; Foo Fighters To Headline/Curate

You might have noticed that I’ve been trying to list more music festival announcements here in our “Upcoming Tours” category. For those who are curious, its because I figured it was a wise move with such a wide-readership base to our postings so with that said here is the skinny on the returning event known as “Cal Jam”.

The Press Release:
A year after the legendary debut weekend from which 30,000+ true rock believers have barely recovered… Cal Jam 18 is back for another weekend of joyful rock-n-roll abandon featuring 20+ bands on four stages this October 5-6, 2018. Promoted by Live Nation, the festival returns to Glen Helen Regional Park and

Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA, for an even more monolithic second incarnation of what the Los Angeles Times cited as the reason fans “come to music festivals: to feel connection and catharsis.”

Today, the festival has announced its guitars, guitars and more guitars lineup with Foo Fighters back as headliners and curators, and another once in a lifetime bill that proves that rock-n-roll is alive and well in California. The good times come at the affordable price of $99 (plus taxes and fees) for one day GA. This year, Saturday ticket holders have the option to buy a Friday night ticket for $30 (plus taxes and fees). All camping packages include free entrance to the Friday night Party. Tickets and camping packages go on sale this Thursday, May 17th at 10AM PST. Visit www.caljamfest.com and www.LiveNation.com for more information.

The good times begin with the Friday night party on October 5th, where those with camping passes and Friday night tickets will be invited to kick off the festival with 80s punk legend Billy Idol. Also on the bill is Bridget Everett, the comedian who Jerry Seinfeld called, “one of the greatest live performers I have ever seen in my life,” and Mexico City’s Mexrrissey, performing their set of Smiths and Morrissey cover songs in Spanish, plus so much more. Friday night attendees will also have first crack at the carnival rides and the Rock-N-Roll Museum.

On Saturday, October 6th, Cal Jam will continue last year’s tradition of a 12-hour rock extravaganza where anything can happen—literally anything: last year saw the likes of Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Rick Astley, Dave Koz, Liam Gallagher and more joining the Foo Fighters on stage (yes, all during the same show). Foo Fighters will close the proceedings with one of their traditional rock marathons, bringing back what Forbes called “another great rock and roll party from the band who does them better than anyone else today.” And where last year’s inaugural festival was the beginning of the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold Tour, this year’s appearance brings it full circle as the tour’s final show in the LA area.

This year Dave Grohl and crew will be have set themselves up to play after literally the single hardest act to follow in the history of live music: the legendary Iggy Pop. Iggy’s Cal Jam 18 performance will be an exclusive one-off reunion with the all-star Post Pop Depression band that backed him on the handful of shows played in support of the album of the same name, featuring Queens of The Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen and Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders.

The incomparable Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D will bring ‘The Metal’ to the masses, and alternative pop-rock icons Garbage will be bring their powerhouse live show to the stage. Also joining the bill will be some of the best that rock and roll has to offer from around the world with the likes of Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, Krist Novoselic’s new band Giant In The Trees, Slaves (UK), Gang of Youths, Black Mountain and more performing throughout the day. See full list below.

In addition to the full day of shred, the festival will include a number of activities open to attendees. Campers will be treated to outdoor midnight movies and access to the water park. As well as the newly christened Friday Night Comedy Tent curated by comedian Tim Hanlon (aka Dave’s cousin). Stay tuned for the full schedule to be announced! All ticket holders will be able to enjoy the site’s free carnival rides, the Rock-N-Roll museum, pop up record shop and a hillside full of flappy guys. Because we can. For those who are looking to imbibe in tasty eats and cold drinks, Cal Jam 18 offers a wide variety of curated food trucks, traditional festival food, and all sorts of delicious cold beer.

Friday, Oct. 5th: Billy Idol, Bridget Everett, Mexrrissey + More!

Saturday, Oct. 6th: Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop with Post Pop Depression, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Black Mountain, Deer Tick, Gang Of Youths, Slaves (UK), Giant In The Trees, Metz, Yungblud, Thunderpussy, Anna Von Hausswolff, Fea, Kingfish + More!

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This was just a little concert PSA (public service announcement) for you as we shall not be able to attend. Unless one of you readers has a private jet and lodging access on the cheap (meaning free) to share with us here at the Metal Media Command HQ. What do you think about the return of this festival? Is it something you would hit as a fan? Chime in down below.

Official Websites:
Foo Fighters: https://foofighters.com/
Iggy Pop: http://iggypop.com/