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YES Announces Multi-Act “The Royal Affair Tour” In North America

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I think the saying is to go big or don’t bother going at all, and well, this latest tour announcement is probably going to win the 2019 “Go Big” Award. Take a look at the summer plans by Yes, Asia, John Lodge and Carl Palmer – “The Royal Affair Tour”.

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The Press Release:
The 2019 summer concert calendar has just been lit up with the announcement of YES’ North American concert tour, “The Royal Affair Tour.” Headlined by prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES, who triumphed last year with their acclaimed and hugely successful #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour, this must-see best-of-British-rock show will also feature Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. View the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkN5R1Gh7Po

The first set of dates for “The Royal Affair Tour” has been announced. The trek will launch Wednesday, June 12 in Bethlehem, PA and visit cities including Holmdel, NJ; Toronto; Nashville; Hollywood, FL; Phoenix; Las Vegas; and Irvine, CA before wrapping Sunday, July 28 in Saratoga, CA. Most shows go on sale Friday, April 5. More dates will be revealed in the coming weeks. See below for full list of tour dates and go to www.yesworld.com/live for ticketing information.

YES is Steve Howe (guitar — joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015), with Jay Schellen on additional drums. See quotes below from YES.
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Metal Allegiance Announce Destination (Almost) East Coast Tour

By now you’ve heard about the Heavy Metal Supergroup known as Metal Allegiance and if not it’s a talent whirlwind that features Alex Skolnick, Mike Portnoy, Mark Oseguesda, Chuck Billy and more. They toured these parts a few months ago and it was a blast that was enjoyed by all. Earlier today a press release went out citing how the group would be swapping some members for a brief East Coast run. I’ve copied the press notice for you below so check out the poster, press copy and dates before I return with some additional thoughts.

Tour - Metal Allegiance - Spring 2016

The Press Release:
METAL ALLEGIANCE are proud to announce their Destination (Almost) East Coast tour! The 7 day trek kicks off March 31st in Providence, Rhode Island followed by stops in Poughkeepsie, New Haven, and Lancaster before the final show on April 7th at the Gramercy in New York! With the recent release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album under their belts, they are bringing their all-star team and epic live experience to the East Coast! In true METAL ALLEGIANCE form, the band is bringing along some good friends to share the stage. Accompanying the band for these 7 special shows are none other than Mark Oseguesda (DEATH ANGEL). Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT).
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New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2014: Chapter 1

Hey there my Metal Legions and let me once again wish you a very “Happy New Year 2014” if you didn’t see my “first day” message a couple of days ago. It’s my pleasure to welcome you all to our third year of our series “New Year’s Music Resolutions”. As the site has picked many new readers in 2013, I’ll let them know that this series asks a number of musicians who were asked to participate what their music resolution would be for the year and its always a lot of fun unveiling their plans to you all. For this years series I waited until we were inside the New Year to begin the narratives as opposed to running just after Christmas. That said here is the first chapter. Enjoy.

1. Acey Slade (Solo/Trashlight Vision/Dark Party/Joan Jett): ‘I have, easily, 2 albums worth of material written and maybe 1 more albums worth of 1/2 finished ideas. One of the reasons I haven’t entered the studio was because I was watching what format music listeners are purchasing music on. Sadly the answer that I have seen over the past year is that most music listeners are just not buying music period. Most. Not all. I have some pretty awesome fans and I think I have formulated a plan that will see me in the studio in 2014 doing an album of my own stuff. That’s the goal. At least one album of new stuff.

2. Joe Kurland (Armory): “My New Year’s Music Resolution is simply to try to enjoy music again, whether listening to it, creating it, and especially playing instruments. Being a perfectionist and ultra analyzing everything often makes the whole process of making an album an overwhelmingly stressful burden. Like the Ring in TLOTR, it gives purpose to your life and drives you to achieve great things yet it slowly rots you from the inside. It would also be nice to play several shows and festivals in 2014 in support of our new album”.
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PiercingMetal Goes To The 1st Annual Hot Sauce Expo!!! (4/21/2013)

Many readers of the Official PiercingMetal Blog are aware that we cover some entertainment related conventions like the Comic Con, Toy Fair and even Book Expo America but even they must be scratching their heads at my inclusion of the 1st Annual Hot Sauce Expo. Generally speaking, the food aspect of this particular event would find me posting this on my PiercingKen.com site but with a number of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock greats all having a hot sauce of their own found me putting the story here for the PiercingMetal fan base. Read on.

Poster - Hot Sauce Expo - 2013

The event itself was the brainchild of Jimmy Carbone and Steve Seabury. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Seabury, or “Buckshot” for a number of years from the Metal scene and watched him perform on the stage and eventually launch his now super popular High River Sauces brand. That being said, it was time to explore the event and lend some support. Here is the sign that greeted me as I wandered to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

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One of the many event sponsors were the cats from Empire Biscuit and they were baking biscuits and serving them up with a couple of kinds of gravy. While I didn’t manage to snag a photo of those tasty treats I did snap their bag of spiced walnuts and their outrageous gumbo. It was a warm but windy day and that made it chilly at times being on the waterfront. This gumbo was the perfect thing. I will be hitting their restaurant when it opens in the summer for sure.

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Empire Biscuit Treats

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PiercingMetal Goes Inside The Eddie Trunk Book Release Event (4/1/2011)

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Eddie Trunk’s “Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal”

PiercingMetal.com had the honor of being one of the many guests of Eddie Trunk and the fine folks from Abrams Books at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square in order to celebrate the release of the radio/television personality’s first ever book –  “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal”.   For many years the general public has known Eddie from his radio shows both satellite and terrestrial and then as the main man on the VH1 Classic hit program “That Metal Show”.  Now he can add author to his listing of accomplishments.   The affair was not open to the general public but some of the shows fans were given the opportunity to win a spot in the room and also to receive a copy of the book to take home with them after it was all done.  Pretty cool eh?

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The Banner For The Book

Considering that the site was a guest of Eddie and the publishing house my presence was more about raising a glass in honor of the book and to enjoy myself but that would not stop me from snapping some photos and bringing the readership into the room with me in some fashion after it had finished.  Here’s a shot of Eddie holding the book and its principle photographer Ron Akiyama.

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Eddie Trunk & Ron Akiyama

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