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Avantasia @ Playstation Theater

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Avantasia is in NYC for the very first time ever and you know yo don’t want to miss the Metal spectacle that this will be.

Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia Announce North American Dates

Hip, Hip – Hooray! Hip, Hip – Hooray!!! At long last Tobias Sammet is bringing his Metal Opera “Avantasia” to the USA and according to the press release that hit my desk not too long ago, will be doing three dates in total on this side of the pond. I’ve culled those dates along from the press copy. Check it out below.

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“Don’t miss AVANTASIA on their upcoming world tour when they make 3 stops in North America! Catch them on April 11th at the House of Blues Anaheim in California, on April 13th at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto, Ontario, and on April 15th at the Playstation Theater in New York City!”

North American Dates:
4/11/2016: Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
4/13/2016: Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater
4/15/2016:: New York, NY – Playstation Theater

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Okay my Metal Legions, this is going to be something truly fantastic to behold because to the best of my knowledge, Avantasia has never been to the USA in all of their fifteen year existence. I remember reading something somewhere that they played in Quebec at a music festival but that is not a date here and especially not in what I feel is the epicenter of music – New York City. Now is your chance to support and witness something extraordinary while you have the chance. Its also a chance for you to be ahead of the game on numerous other Metalheads by bearing witness to the NYC or California shows since its only going to these two stops in the states and another in Toronto. You can think you are all about the Metal all you want but if you should bypass something as unique and interesting as this you hardly impress me with the statement. Dare to be different, dare to break free of the pack that supports the same old bands over and over and over again and lend some love for the grandiose opulence that will be the Avantasia show. Are you with me?

Official Website: http://www.AVANTASIA.net

Update 2/10/2016: Tickets for the NYC show are available now so act fast and click HERE to lead to a purchase medium. It’s a tad pricey but this is going to be a spectacular and very long performance so worth every penny.

“Fucking With Fire” (Live) by EdGuy

Artist: EdGuy
Title: “Fucking With Fire”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 4/28/2009
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Released a couple of months prior to the live concert DVD that bears the same name is its audio companion from Germany’s EdGuy. The double CD, fourteen track effort finds the band pulling out all the stops in front of a rabid San Paulo Brazil crowd and since you know how these folks respond to the Metal at the end of the day, the home listeners gets to relive the mayhem that was ensuing. The weird thing for me about this release was why it was made as a separate item as opposed to being packaged with the outstanding film that it comes from. In this day and age, I have seen a much better response for those items that place both audio and video together. Oh well, I guess this is why I don’t work for a record company development team and instead am one of the many voices that “speak” about what they dish out.
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EdGuy @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (9/9/2009)

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Artist: EdGuy
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: Epicurean, Luna Mortis, Cypher Seer
Date: 9/9/2009
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

I guess it was safe to say that I had not gotten my fill of Heavy Metal served up by its German experts yet because after last night’s Doro Pesch show at the Gramercy Theatre I would find myself making my way over to The Fillmore NY to see the one and only EdGuy. Tonight a number of my friends and others in the Metal faithful were headed a little farther uptown to see Motorhead perform at the Roseland Ballroom, but at the end of the day I had to say that I was looking for the kind of rousing fun that is more easily found within the music of Tobias Sammet and his merry men, as opposed to the crunching surge of how Motorhead does it. The show tonight would also feature an opener whom I wanted to see along with one whom I had recently enjoyed so as just mentioned I was standing by my choice. When I got to the venue I found that the local openers of Cypher Seer were already playing and here is how the night went down.
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“The Singles” by Edguy

Artist: EdGuy
Title: “The Singles”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 2/10/2009
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 4/5

It was only a few weeks ago when that mighty and enigmatic court jester of Melodic Power Metal Tobias Sammet had given his fans a little bit of candy with EdGuy’s “Tinnitus Sanctus”. It was an album that continued the bands endeavors to make Metal a little less serious and having heard it I can safely inform the readers that they succeeded. Of course the issue of a new album after a series of successful tours that received some real attention to the bands cause could only mean that it was high time for a collection like “The Singles” to be released next. Fans should be aware that this is not a greatest hits CD but instead the compiling of all of the bands recent singles which were only previously available on their European and Japanese EP’s. That’s a good thing because I would fear the world would find me mad for uttering the words “Greatest Hits” and “EdGuy” in the same sentence since Melodic Power Metal bands are seldom afforded such luxury in today’s music society. The ride begins with “Superheroes” from “Rocket Ride” which was a catchy song, but I loved the next track up entitled “Spooks In The Attic” since it was much more energetic and driving. “Judas In The Opera” is a scandalous number and there is quite the scatological lyrical content thing going on, so you innocent listeners best shield your eyes, I mean ears. Tobias stands on the beaches and proves that he is indeed the wind beneath something as he delivers the epic version of “Superheroes” and in all honesty, the tune sounds pretty good when done in this fashion. We get a couple of versions of “Lavatory Love Machine” – the first being the standard and the second acoustic which shows the listener a new side of those EdGuys. The tempest doesn’t stop as Toby and company tackle Europe’s “I’ll Cry For You” before delivering “King Of Fools” from “Hellfire Club”. “New Age Messiah” might find the pious frozen in place and while I will leave some surprises for you I will say that the closing number “Life And Times Of A Bonus Track” is hilarious. The tune is clever and addresses all things that one would experience if they were a bonus track themselves (at least according to Tobias Sammet).
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