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Doro & Metal Church Announce Co-Headlining Tour

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Things are always promising in the Metal Republic when there comes news about a tour from the legendary Doro Pesch. I tell you that I have always made it a point to see her in action because there are few performers like her when it comes to delivering all the Metal goods. She will be joined by Metal Church and you can learn all about it in the lengthy press release down below.

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The Press Release:
The Metal Queen is back! Back in the USA! DORO Pesch of WARLOCK will tour the states in April & May 2019!

And the world-famous female singer is not alone. “We are doing a double headliner tour with our long time friends METAL CHURCH,“ DORO unveils. “What a superb power package for all Metal fans. I am so exited to hit the stage together with METAL CHURCH and I am very sure that the fans in the United States will be as thrilled as we are.“

The two-leg tour will start on April 17 in Las Vegas, NV and conclude on May 11th in New Bedford, MA. Tickets for the dates are now on sale!

Fans can expect a best of Warlock show with all the highlights from the 80´s, when Warlock conquered the metal world with smash hits like “All We Are,“ “I Rule The Ruins,“ When East Meets West“ or “Für Immer,“ and their famous album “Triumph & Agony“ sold over 5 million copies!
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Metal Church @ Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany (6/12/2017)

Artist: Metal Church in Germany
Venue: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Opener: n/a
Date: 6/12/2017
Label: Rat Pak Records

Three subways, a regional train from Hessen to Bavaria, one taxi, and ½ mile of walking, and I finally made it to Aschaffenburg, Bavaria. An intimidating trip to take alone as a stranger in a strange land, but well worth the trek.

Backwoods Germany is a strange place to see the very American Thrash legends Metal Church, but it was probably one of the most packed shows. Another group with the energy of fully functional teenagers. Mike Howe is back on lead vocals and has the same range that made his early albums with Metal Church classics. The other change in lineups since the last album/tour cycle didn’t slow the guys down as Stet Howland killed on drums and will, hopefully, be a permanent addition. Those only now following the bands activity should know that Howeland replaced Jeff Plate (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) a few short months ago.

“Fake Healer” was an easy choice to get the crowd going and despite the remote location, this was a fair size audience for Church to hold Metal services. I was honestly shocked at how many enthusiastic fans came out to see them. At the end note of every song, the audience was screaming for “Metal Church” until the band relented and played their next hit. Seismic activity could probably be read as far away as London.
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Metal Church @ Blackthorn 51

Blackthorn 51 will be the place where services will be held as Metal Church delivers the Metal goods. This show is 18+ with legal guardian.

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ProgPower USA XVIII Day Two Musings (9/7/2017)

Contributor Steven Stolper was on point enjoying the findings at the annual ProgPower USA Festival that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Center Stage Atlanta theater. Historically speaking, PiercingMetal has NEVER been to the event but we’ve occasionally had interest in going based on the lineup for the year. I asked for a quick briefing of the acts that he saw and here are his transmissions to the High Command from the field about Day Two.

ProgPowerUSA XVIII Day 2: Sadly, I was a tad bit hungover from the previous day’s festivities which would cause me to miss the first band of the day – Next to None. This is the band that features the son of Mike Portnoy on drums so perhaps another time. That said, there was still plenty more music to see and hear over the course of the day so onward we march.

Twilight Force (Sweden):
This was the perfect way to start the night. Light happy fairy tale themed power metal with tales of dungeons, dragons, elves, and other creatures set to galloping Helloween style tunes. Hands were held high and choruses repeated. (Plastic) swords were unsheathed and brandished. Smiles all around. Band performed a very competent set of jolly songs, slaying the dragons of self-doubt and banishing negative emotions to distant realms, and all was right in the world.

Vanden Plas (Germany):
Back to the prog portion of the event. This veteran German band plays very smooth Dream Theater style melodic prog metal. Great dramatic singing. I seem to recall the singer also does musical theater productions back in Germany. Sounds about right. Songs are not super technical though there is a good amount of keyboards. Fans of recent Fates Warning albums would definitely appreciate Vanden Plas. This is an exclusive US appearance for Vanden Plas . I believe the only other time they performed here was at an earlier ProgPower some years ago. This is what this festival is truly about – bringing over groups who would otherwise remain unseen by the North American audiences.
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Alter Bridge Announces Spring Headlining Tour

I’ve been at the American International Toy Fair for 2017 for the past few days but that is not going to keep the Rock and Roll reporting at bay all that much. I just need to keep the notations around any press on the quick side since I am swamped taking notes and photographs about the convention. That said, here is the latest skinny about the band Alter Bridge who will be doing some more tour dates in the Spring. Take a look.

The Press Release:
(New York, NY – February 21, 2017) – Hot on the heels of their most successful headline tour of North America, Alter Bridge are announcing the next leg of The Last Hero Tour in the United States hitting the road this Spring. The headline dates will be scattered among the numerous festival dates that Alter Bridge is already confirmed for including WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range. The headline tour will kick off in Fort Lauderdale, FL and make stops in Sayreville, NJ; Providence, RI; Baltimore, MD; Stroudsburg, PA; Sault Sainte Marie, MI; and Milwaukee, WI. In Flames and Metal Church will be joining Alter Bridge on select dates of the tour. Fans can head over to https://www.alterbridge.com/tour for more information on each date including public onsale information and exclusive VIP experiences including meet & greet and guitar lesson opportunities.
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