At this point in time do I really need to say that I see a lot of concerts during the course of the year? I hope not because this one of the key factors that makes up my daily life as founder of the PiercingMetal brand. That said ?I wanted to once again use the Official Blog for the site to highlight a number of the shows that I attended during 2013 that I felt were the absolute best experiences. They’re not really in order of impact or importance but there are a few at the top that did hit me the hardest. Here we go.
1. Metallica @ The Apollo Theater: Thrashing like a maniac in Harlem? Yeah that happened. Classic set and free beer for the whole show. No complaints here.
2. Kamelot @ Stage 48: Returning to the headlining stage with Delain as support and Eklipse. This was a righteous show for sure. My belief in this band was reinforced yet again. I was not surprised in this.
3. Eddie Trunk 30th Anniversary Bash: Another one that I was super fortunate to participate in because an all-star jam with members of KISS, Overkill, Twisted Sister, Accept, Anthrax, Stryper, Guns n Roses and so many more is just impossible to qualify as being “an okay time”. This was insanity.
4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Prudential Center: The final go round for the “Lost Christmas Eve” tour premise. Always a bombastic spectacle that needs seeing for believing.
5. Rock Allegiance Tour w/Volbeat & HIM @ Williamsburg Park: Two excellent main acts and solid support from All That Remains. Whew. Exciting for Brooklyn and you know how we roll in this borough.
6. Black Veil Brides @ Best Buy Theater: The Church Of The Wild Ones destroyed NYC with this appearance. The BVB clearly delivers in the live sense and they love their fans.
7. Testament @ Best Buy Theater: Testament on the rightful headlining stage with support from the mighty Overkill. Yeah you were going to be in pain after this one. I know my head was ringing for days.
8. Robin Zander @ B.B. King Blues Club: The legendary front man doing a solo gig of covers and songs he likes with legendary area musicians. This was surprise after surprise and a show I was glad to have been a part of. Randy Jackson opened and left you wanting more when he left.
9. Saigon Kick @ The Studio at Webster Hall: One of my favorite bands and yet the first time ever seeing them. A packed house and all them singing the songs. Satisfaction guaranteed.
10. Paganfest @ Gramercy Theater w/Ensiferum, Tyr, Trollfest, Heidevolk, and Hellsott: One of those packages where every band made sense.
11. Metal Alliance Tour: Anthrax, Exodus, Shadows Fall, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail. Yikes. I should also add an additional yikes.
12. Stryper @ B.B. King Blues Club: Mike Tramp opened this show and while acoustic delivered a classic White Lion set. Stryper themselves always manage to deliver.
13. Winery Dogs @ B.B. King Blues Club: The NYC debut of this hot lineup left you awestruck.
14. Carcass @ Gramercy Theatre: The long awaited return of Carcass to our shores was a mind-blowing Metal experience. Immolation opened and showed that they are no joke at this craft either.
15. Loverboy & Night Ranger @ Dutchess County Fair: Such fond memories of both bands vintage material led me 200 miles away from the Metal command to support their performances. I loved it.
16. Anathema @ Gramercy Theatre: The first proper US Tour by Anathema was a hypnotic event and one difficult to describe. Alcest opened and made it all the more intense and experience.
17. Watain @ Irving Plaza: Evil dropped in on NYC for a few hours but we all lived to talk about it the following day.
18. The Misfits @ B.B. King Blues Club: Halloween and The Misfits. That’s all I got for you.
19. Rockstar Mayhem Fest: Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth and so many others made this a kick ass day to remember.
20. Dennis DeYoung @ B.B. King Blues Club: Tonight’s the night he made history, and since he played all the classics there was not a bad moment for the whole show.
21. Bret Michaels @ B.B. King Blues Club: This was “nothin’ but a good time” and while Poison themselves were not present, their rocking tunes were here in force and the show kicked butt.
22. Kreator/Overkill @ Stage 48: It’s hard to describe a hurricane inside a tsunami but that was pretty much what we had here at Stage 48 when these two titans co-headlined. Warbringer got everyone started for good measure.
23. Y&T @ Stage 48: More people need to experience this band because this is pure and unadulterated
24. Halestorm @ Terminal 5: My first time seeing them ever. In the words of Lord Vader, “impressive….most impressive”.
25. Slayer @ The Theater at Madison Square Garden: Joined by Gojira and 4Arm, it was great to experience Slayer headlining the stages of NYC once more. I miss Dave and Jeff of course but that is beyond my control.
26. Lamb Of God & Killswitch Engage @ Roseland Ballroom: Two kickass co-headliners with support from Testament and Huntress. Yeah this was a party.
27. Megadeth’s “Gigantour” w/Black Label Society and Newsted @ Hammerstein Ballroom: It might have been half the proper Gigantour but we only lost Device and Hellyeah in NYC and were still left with a monster performance by these three.
28. Death To All @ Irving Plaza: The music of the legendary Death and Chuck Schuldiner brought to life in his honor by former members of the band Death. Brutalizing and left me saying that I need to dig deeper into this iconic band.
29. Paramore @ Hammerstein Ballroom: My first time seeing them and was blown away by their fan support. This place was packed to the rafters so someone is doing something right.
30. Yngwie Malmsteen @ Irving Plaza: The Maestro is back in fantastic form.
31. Steve Hackett @ Best Buy Theater: The closest you will come to a legacy set of classic Genesis and a performance that sends you to Amazon.com to order the remastered catalog.
32. Wednesday 13 @ The Studio at Webster Hall: I’ve been a fan for years but have missed shows due to scheduling conflicts. This was one of the best and most energetic of all the shows I had seen. He brought Vampires Everywhere along as support.
33. Amaranthe & Kobra and The Lotus @ Gramercy Theatre: The response from fans for this co-headlining tour was outstanding. In a sense it reminded me of the first time Nightwish came to visit so many years ago.
There were a few more shows that I really liked but that did not quite make the list up above. I wanted to get those out to you because I think that you should be looking into these groups as well.
1. The Romantics @ Gretsch Day: The legendary New Wave band did a full set at this special appearance in Street Sounds Music. They rocked.
2. Saxon @ B.B. King Blues Club: Fozzy opened the set of an always exciting Saxon.
3. Edge Of Paradise @ Bowery Electric: A debut NYC gig and most satisfying to be a part of.
4. Madame Mayhem @ Arlene’s Grocery: Melodic Hard Rock with sex appeal. Gotta love that.
5. Kaleido @ Santo’s Party House: Met by chance and got to see a debut performance of some positive Power Pop.
I’ll stop here but that does not mean that I didn’t have a blast at many more shows than these mentioned ones. I figured if I didn’t stop typing that this list would go through almost all of the monstrous events that I was happily a part of. I’ll leave the comments open so you readers can tell me what your favorite shows were for the year. I look forward to hearing about them, especially if it’s something that I didn’t make for some reason. Remember that we are continually posting news from the field care of our three major Social Networks of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve linked them below in case this is news to you so you can head on over and follow them all. Your likes to the posts reminds us that you are with us on every step of the journey.