I’ve been open about how much we enjoy the offerings of the Mezco Toyz company here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ and over the past year we’ve covered both their BATMAN ’66 Mezitz Launch Event and gave readers an inside look into their TOY FAIR 2014 Offerings. That being said, it was great to learn about this super cool event regarding the super hot Living Dead Dolls. Check out the poster since it speaks volumes.
The Details: I once noted that the band Nile had been on a destructive Metal path since their inception in 1993 and over the last few years their impact and influence has visibly grown more than tenfold. The bands own Metal maturity continues to broaden with each consecutive release and their latest album “At The Gate Of Sethu”; the band reminds us why they are so respected. 2014 finds them continuing their headlining tour and the NYC appearance will find a number of talented local bringers of Metal as support. As we found them doing during the 2013 run, Nile will be performing two sets across this tour and thanks to the fine folks at CEG Presents, PiercingMetal ‘s going to put a bunch of their readers into the sure to be crushing show that will happen on Easter Sunday at the beautiful Stage 48 venue.
It’s on the books and NYC’s own KISS is FINALLY in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What a journey it has been and I am only talking about the last few weeks of the bands life. I will not recount it all here because its been posted around ad nauseum. However, that being said I am super happy and proud of my favorite band in the world that they are in. Now I have a reason to visit the museum in Cleveland.
Come on NYC. You are killing me here as this news marks the second iconic music related thing in NYC to shutter its doors this week alone. On Monday Lady Gaga performed the last concert ever at Roseland Ballroom (a venue which I lamented about HERE). Then comes the news that J&R Music World would be closing the retail stores that have been a staple attraction on the Park Row street for 43 years.
It was about three weeks ago that I put up a posting informing our readers that The Gramercy Theatre was going to be playing host to the Broadway Theatrical Production of “A Night With Janis Joplin” and this show has been postponed indefinitely by the producers citing only “Production Issues”. No further information has been disclosed but refunds for tickets being held are available.
Mary Bridget Davies – Janis Joplin
Alison Cusano – u/s Janis Joplin
Nikki Kimbrough – Etta James
Natasha Yvette Williams – Aretha Franklin
The show features Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin while Alison Cusano is the Janis Joplin alternate. Its produced by Daniel Chilewich, Todd Gershwin and Michael Cohl with choreography by Patricia Wilcox. The story has been written and directed by Randy Johnson and brings the audience into the music of the late great performer. Musically this has been very well received and according to research it receives numerous standing ovations nightly. Through “A Night With Janis Joplin” the music and her story continue to live on for today’s interested fan. I know it sounds interesting enough to see so I will remain hopeful that this works itself out for the better.
And so it ends. Last night Lady Gaga finished her several show residency at the venerated NYC night club and upon completion of the encores and the confetti, the doors were closed on The Roseland Ballroom forever. Wow. Such a feeling of finality for the NYC live music scene and words that I am truly finding sorrow in writing down for you all. I’m really going to miss this place being here for the shows. The marquee photo from below was from the last time that I would attend an event at the venue back in December of 2013. It was for the Japanese band “VAMPS” who were quite entertaining.
In just a few short days, Paul Stanley and the rest of the members of the original KISS lineup will be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the ceremony being held at the Barclay’s Center. Now since he is going to be in the city, why not sign copies of his brand new book “Face The Music: A Life Exposed” at the Tribeca Barnes and Noble. Yeah you read that right. Paul Stanley is signing books tonight at 6pm at the Tribeca Barnes and Noble. Check out the cool cover below.
“All Men Must Die” is the tagline for a treacherous Spring because tonight the first episode of “Game Of Thrones” Season Four hits the airwaves if you are a subscriber to HBO. Check out the ominous poster.
Today the music lovers of the world reflect upon the memory of Kurt Cobain who died twenty years ago today as the result of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. He was 27 years old at the time.
Historically speaking Cobain was best known as being the primary creative force in the band Nirvana where he was not only the singer but also the guitarist and principle songwriter. The band also featured Krist Novoselic on bass and Dave Grohl on drums. The band was viewed as leaders of the Seattle Sound music scene and for many fans of this time period had set the ball in motion with their debut album “Bleach”. The group and Cobains music would explode to tremendous proportions with the release of “Nevermind”, an album that was received with incredible accolades.
Despite the successes of his song-writing Cobain was a troubled individual and for the last few years of his life was struggling with various illnesses, depression and of course heroin addiction. He was never really comfortable with being a success in the music business nor did he seem to like being such a public face and yet despite this his music spoke to the generation and made a big difference in many, many lives. He was married to musician Courtney Love and is the father of Frances Bean Cobain. Although the news of his suicide reached the world on April 8th, the coroners report stated that he had been dead for at least three days which makes today the sad anniversary. As I think back on Cobain and the music of Nirvana I recall that it was on my friend Rebel’s radio program that I first heard of them. He had a Metal radio show but would periodically make room for interesting Heavy Rock releases such as this. I remembered that it was “Nevermind” that was the album he first keyed my interest in and I would explore “Bleach” later on my own. When the news of Cobain’s death was making its way around the airwaves (there was not the Internet we have today to broadcast such things on back in 1994) it was one of the managers that told me. He had a radio on in his office and said “Hey Ken, that guy from Nirvana was found dead today”. As a fan for a couple of years already and someone who had turned on the people in his own circle to their sound, my head grew heavy and my heart cold for a few minutes while I realized this news had just been shared with me. What a shame.
According to the bands Wikipedia entry, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, have sold over 25 million albums in the US, and over 75 million worldwide. That is certainly a commendable amount of albums. Below are links to Nirvana’s releases for your purchasing pleasure in the event that you might still need them. It was truly an interesting time in music and his was a tragic loss for many. Feel free to leave your own reflections on Cobain and how his music affected you as a fan in the comments which have been left open.
Hey there my Metal Legions, I am proud to share with you the news that PiercingMetal.com is officially nine years old today and what a ride it continues to be. I want to thank each and every one of you that hits up the domain for the review stuff or enjoys our blogs, photographs and social networking tools. While I feel that I have learned a lot in the nine years of this site being online, I find that it is still a continued learning experience and one that sharpens my creative edge each and every day. I love it and as I write this for you all, I am counting down the minutes to my next adventure.
Statistically speaking the site is showing strong Alexa.com numbers as far as its global visibility. Being a technical nerd in real life it was cool to see PiercingMetal ranked as the 101K most trafficked site on the global web and 20K in the USA. You can peruse that stuff by clicking HERE. There are a lot of you clicking our site content and we welcome that very, very much. For the most part the site has remained the same as it was since when it hit year seven and then year eight so there is not much to speak of on that end. There have been some of what they call “backend” changes but that is stuff that only really interests the technical people that I have in my circle so I will leave that out of my little announcement.
Content wise we are rocking the server space limits with just under 5,000 pieces of purely original content that span review articles, photo galleries and blog postings. I look forward to presenting you with the next thing that I write about or photograph. The photo loving Metal maniacs among you would be happy to learn that there are currently over 45,000 photos in the PiercingMetal database. I’m aiming for 50K by the tenth anniversary so let’s see if it can be done. The mental goal for overall content is a little loftier and aiming at the 6K mark which is a lot in all honesty.
Socially speaking our most ardent readership are already liking the Official Page in Facebook or following our Twitter and Instagram accounts. Facebook has made some dramatic changes to its reach which I will speak about in a different post so if you are over there just be aware that you need to stay a little more on top of it to be sure you don’t miss out. I guess following the Twitter is the best mechanism or adding our Tumblr account since that feeds the WordPress Blog stuff and will be programmed to do the same with the new site revisions. Feel free to share those mediums with your own followers and friends since the more the merrier is always better in social networking. The geography of music sites has greatly expanded since I first pressed “post record” and while many focus the creative energy to give you close personal insight and expertise on the topic there are just as many of them (if not more) that simply copy the press releases that a medium like this receives every single day. I don’t find that fun or interesting at all and prefer to leave the continual news feeding to sites like Bravewords.com and MelodicRock who are long tenured at this craft.
Year Nine is going to come with some strong changes to the presentation as I will be morphing the Core Reviews site into a WordPress framework once I get the theme that I have decided upon to reflect a few more aspects of what I put in your sights on a regular basis. My goal is functionality and ease of access and so far this test model works. I love the WordPress software and that is why you find me blogging so much these days as well. I’ll talk more about what you readers can expect when we load that software onto the domain. It will simplify a lot of the production side of the review process that’s for sure and allow me at least ten minutes of breathing room per day
Closing up I will again say “Thank You” to the readers for making PiercingMetal.com all the better by spending any amount of time that you give it. I still love creating its content and sharing it with you because my love of the Metal scene is stronger than ever. I hope to continue to inform, enlighten and educate you on things that are so worthy of knowing about. Believe me there is a ton of quality Metal out there and for the past nine years I have been fortunate to tell you about it via the PiercingMetal page. You can count on more reviews, more photos and of course more listings than you could ever hope to fit into your schedule on our handy calendar. “Thank You” also to the publicity resources that I consider to be allies in the quest and the promoters and marketing teams behind vast and varied shows who have graciously extended their kindness by way of more contests than you can easily sum up. The countdown to Year Ten begins now. Peace.
Ken Pierce, Founder and Principle Creative; PiercingMetal.com