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The Winery Dogs Announce “Who Let The Dogs Out” 2019 North American Tour

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The Scoop: The Winery Dogs have announced their “Who Let The Dogs Out” 2019 US Tour and if you don’t know who this band is yet then let me tell you a little something about this incendiary lineup. It’s a super-combinant of top drawer musicians that you might have heard about over the years. I’m talking about the one and only Billy Sheehan, bass guitarist of Mr. Big, Talas and a wide range of solo work. Mighty Mike Portnoy who is the skin basher supreme and currently working with Neal Morse and Metal Allegiance but he also worked extensively with Dream Theater and Adrenaline Mob. The trio is completed by Richie Kotzen who not only came to a lot of peoples attention from the band Poison but was also a member of Mr. Big when Paul Gilbert had left the lineup. Richie’s solo efforts are prolific but now its time to let the dogs back out into the yard and bring the people their combined musical talents once more. Here are the dates.

The Tour Dates:
May 1st – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
May 2nd – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
May 3rd – New York, NY – Sony Hall
May 5th – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
May 7th – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theater
May 8th – Nashville, TN – Basement East
May 9th – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
May 11th – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
May 12th – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 15th – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
May 16th – Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
May 17th – Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
May 18th – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
May 20th – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 23rd – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
May 24th – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
May 25th – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
May 28th – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater
May 29th – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
May 30th – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
May 31st – Los Angeles, CA – The Saban Theater

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Historically speaking I’ve seen not only the Winery Dogs on numerous occasions but also the individuals in most of the acts that I outlined above and can say that if one of these shows will be your first time catching the Winery Dogs then you are in for a treat. What do you readers think about this tour? Will you be in attendance at any of the shows? Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.

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

The Hall of Heavy Metal History Announces 2019 Inductees

We might not see a lot of Metal going into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame every year but that is okay because we now have the Hall Of Heavy Metal History and they’ve just revealed the 2019 inductees. Check it out.

The Press Release:
Once again, the annual Hall of Heavy Metal History’s Metal Hall of Fame Gala will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA. The event will be hosted by iconic television, radio personality and heavy metal champion Eddie Trunk, and will feature appearances by heavy metal greats of today and years past. The Metal Hall of Fame Gala is quickly solidifying itself as the most important night in rock and metal!

Doors open at 6:00 PM, and a red carpet will take place from 6:00-7:00 PM. The induction ceremony will begin at 8:00 PM with a performance by Los Angeles heavy rock/metal group Budderside. Admission is open to the public – tickets are available for just $30 via the website below.

2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Include:
– Jon and Marsha Zazula (Founders, Megaforce Records)
– Lita Ford (with 2018 inductee Doro Pesch presenting)
– Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)
– David Ellefson (Megadeth)
– Special Blizzard of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne) band induction: Bob Daisley & Lee Kerslake (accepting via video, John Sykes accepting on their behalf in person)
– Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Sons of Apollo)
– KLOS FM – 50th Anniversary
– Saxon (with Nigel Glockler accepting)
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Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress @ Irving Plaza

Mike Portnoy brings his Shattered Fortress project to NYC to perform Dream Theater’s “12 Step Suite”. You sure don’t want to miss this one.

ProgPower USA XVIII Day Three Musings (9/8/2017)

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 Three



ProgPowerUSA XVIII Day 3:
Day 3 (or “Day 1” as it used to be known as until a couple of years ago) is when the ProgPower machine really revs into high gear. There are more bands (six versus four), longer sets performed, more autograph signing sessions, more merch and a whole lot more Prog. This year, almost all of the “Day 3” bands were heavy on the Progressive side with one notable exception being the visitors from Spain, Lords of Black. I assumed that this is due to different musical tastes of the booking teams of Days 1-2 vs 3-4. Although, as mentioned before, this seems to vary recently, probably based on touring schedules of non-exclusive bands. Speaking of exclusivity, all of the bands playing Friday, except Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, are flying in specifically for the ProgPower event and are NOT doing standard tours of the regions around the country. This is what makes this festival so unique and attractive to fans of the genre living in the Americas. It is often the only opportunity to see these bands live.

Daydream XI (Brazil):
Brazilian newcomers opened the main event on Friday in a very impressive fashion. Smooth progressive metal with thick dual guitars and nice vox is a recipe that has very broad appeal for the ProgPower crowd. I was not familiar with the band’s material beforehand. I suppose that was true for most attendees, but the band’s music was easy to connect with. A friend described it as a more mellow and sexy Symphony X. Sounds about right. No one really wants to have to be too analytical about music at 2PM on a Friday anyway, especially after 2 days of the festival. Most impressively, singer Tiago Masseti also handled the second guitar duties, including many of the solos. Highlight of the set was a beautiful piano and vocals only ballad, which really showcased singer’s lovely voice.
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Neal Morse Band @ Highline Ballroom

The Neal Morse Band is back in NYC and features Mike Portnoy on drums. You don’t want to miss this exciting night of Progressive Rock.