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The Zappa Band Announces First-Ever Headlining Tour

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The Press Release:
One of the most ground-breaking, original, and fearless figures of popular music was undoubtedly the legendary Frank Zappa. And paying tribute to his late icon is The Zappa Band – a group largely comprised of former members of Frank’s bands. And for the first time ever, the group (who had previously opened a string of shows for prog greats King Crimson) will be headlining their own tour for much of June – beginning in New York on the 12th, and then wrapping up in New Hampshire on the 26th.

A “teaser” video for the upcoming tour can be viewed below.


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The Smashing Pumpkins Announce North American Headlining Tour

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The Press Release:
The Smashing Pumpkins today announced their North American arena tour with special guests Jane’s Addiction. Produced by Live Nation, the 32-date SPIRITS ON FIRE TOUR will commence on October 2 in Dallas, TX and will conclude on November 19 in Los Angeles, CA at the Hollywood Bowl. Both bands revealed the exciting news live this morning exclusively on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show. Pre-sales begin on Thursday, May 12 from 10am local. General on-sale begins Friday, May 13 at 10am local. For tickets and more details, go to https://smashingpumpkins.com/tour

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Flashback: New York Comic Con’s 2021 Photo Gallery Videos

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Back in October of 2021, PiercingMetal attended the famed mega-media event known as New York Comic Con and it would be the 11th year exploring the Javits Center as media. We had a blast and if you want to peruse the many narratives that were posted to the website click HERE to open a brand new tab in your browser. This announcement is to help laud the news coming from the ReedPOP folks about the 2022 event and to review all of our photos in a day by day presentation that I loaded onto our Official YouTube Channel. I hope you all enjoy the flashback to this fun-filled time.

Day One: As expected it begins here and since the world was a very different place at the time you’ll see where fans had to prove vaccination and the like before entering. Once that was done you were free to explore. Way back when, the Thursday session was half press day and half limited public access and now its all in all day.


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Anthrax and Black Label Society Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour

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The Press Release:
This summer, Anthrax and Black Label Society will bring some of the finest thrash and heavy metal to 24 North American cities when they kick off a five-week tour on Tuesday, July 26 at Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ, wrapping in Philadelphia at the Fillmore on Sunday, August 28. Both bands will play headline sets. Hatebreed, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Perseverance album, will Special Guest. Black Label Society and Anthrax have shared festival stages and one-off shows numerous times, but this marks the very first time these two bands will tour together. Ticket pre-sale details are below.* The public ticket on-sale starts this Friday at 10:00 AM local time. Log onto https://www.anthrax.com/tour or http://blacklabelsociety.com for all ticket purchasing information.
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Maryland Deathfest Organizers Announce Hiatus

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The Statement:
While we continue to work diligently on the long-awaited 18th edition of MDF that will finally take place next month, we’d like to share some thoughts with you about the future of MDF.

We’re sorry to inform you that we will not be organizing any festivals at all in 2023, including Maryland Deathfest. There’s a chance that 2022 could be the last edition of MDF, but we’re unable to determine that right now one way or another. What we can say now is that we’re going on hiatus and we’ll decide during this much needed break if the festival will return in 2024. There are many variables at play that will impact the decision to possibly bring it back in 2024, including the state of world and if we have the ability to put other things in our personal lives on hold to give the event the kind of attention it has always needed and received.
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