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
It’s that time of the year again my friends and I am speaking about the fact that the nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions have been released. I’ll share them with you below and then we can discuss in a little more detail.
Nominees: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), The J. Geils Band, Janes Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur and Yes.
Fans can vote their favorites in an online ballot that lets you select up to five artists. I’ll have that at the close of this missive.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: This year like others before it finds some interesting choices in the mix and I am running out of the groups to complain about not being included since we are finally seeing Yes on the ballot along with Journey and some others that I feel are long overdue. We also see more Rap and Disco related artists being included and my stand remains the same on those types of additions to the nominees. “THEY ARE NOT ROCK!!!!” Call me closed minded or not looking deep into the roots of said artists but someone like Tupac Shakur, while a legendary music figure, is a legendary RAP music figure and not a Rock one. Yeah Run DMC made it in, but they also did Rock things during their heyday. Chaka Khan is a little harder to speak against since she is widely known as the Queen Of Funk but Janet Jackson? No frigging way is that Rock at all and is more Pop Disco stuff. The top of my long overdue list goes to Yes who in my humble opinion are the reason that Progressive Rock exists. When I think of Prog I think of Yes and ELP and the latter one has been in for a few years now. I like a lot of the Rock acts being offered up and while Steppenwolf is widely known for taking the “Magic Carpet Ride” and being “Born To Be Wild” does this merit inclusion? Joe Tex is a Soul Artist and I must admit that I only ever knew his “Ain’t Going To Bump No More With No Big Fat Woman”. I wasn’t the biggest follower of the MC5 or Bad Brains and J.Geils Band either but loved so much Journey and Cars music that I was happy to see them be a part of the mix. The same applies for me with ELO whose back catalog was a part of my musical upbringing. Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction was a tossup for me personally and I opted for Pearl Jam being included based on liking more of their material than the other.
So before I close out I wanted to share who I voted for in the Fan Voting process. I selected Journey, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam and Yes. I stuck to the Rock of course since this is the “Rock Hall” after all. I’ve shared the link below for you to give your opinions a chance and help honor the groups you feel are the most deserving. You can let me know what you think of this year’s nominees in the comments section below and if you choose to, please also let me know who you voted for. It will be nice to learn who others are behind.
I’ve already mentioned how we love going to the live shows at the PiercingMetal HQ and that is why I am doing a last minute reminder for any of those fans of the big events to let them know that the 2013 edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival is beginning today. This years event features Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria along with Circa Survive who will be performing on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage. There is also an Ernie Ball Festival Stage that will host Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market. It’s clear that there is a lot to enjoy at this one. Continue reading The Rockstar Uproar Festival Begins Today (8/9/2013)→
As you might have already surmised, we love going to shows over here at the PiercingMetal Command HQ and as result I will periodically showcase a bit of press that happened to come across my desk regarding any massive touring packages. That being said, the lineup for this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink “Uproar Festival” have been revealed and will play out as follows: Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria along with Circa Survive will be performing on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage while the Ernie Ball Festival Stage will host Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market..whew that sounds like a lot of fun. Historically speaking I have never before seen Alice In Chains but know for sure just how good Jane’s Addiction and Coheed and Cambria are live so that sounds like a blast for me. As far as the smaller stage, well I only know of Danko Jones and everyone else will be a new experience to my concert going ear. Tickets are on sale beginning tomorrow and I’ve set up this posting in such a way that by clicking the poster below, you will be brought to the means to snare as many as you choose to. Continue reading Lineup For Rockstar Energy’s “Uproar Festival 2013” Revealed→
Artist: Jane’s Addiction Title: “Live Voodoo” (Blu-ray) Label: Eagle Vision Release Date: 8/31/2010 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 4/5
Released simultaneously as the standard DVD format comes the Blu-ray edition of Jane’s Addictions “Live Voodoo”. The content is exactly the same as with the standard but looks and sounds a whole lot better by being delivered in higher quality. Check out my views about this release below.
My exposure to the music of Jane’s Addiction goes way back to a self-titled live album that a buddy of mine had, and while it was not something I was currently listening to in terms of genre style, there was something intoxicating about the bands manner of delivery. I would find myself following their growth as a band and kept on doing so through their debut release of “Nothing’s Shocking” up until their sophomore effort “Ritual de lo Habitual” before I was finding myself needing copious doses of Metal once again. For many fans these were the bands best examples of work and they would part ways for the first time in 1991. Despite my enjoying their material quite a bit back then I never got to catch the band performing live which made their first ever DVD release “Live Voodoo” something very interesting to sit back and enjoy. The concert presented was filmed in 2009 and delivers the bands original lineup in action with their ultra-enigmatic lead singer Perry Farrell, guitar blazer Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins. A legacy fan could not have asked for anything more, but will totally appreciate the fact about how the film gives you songs focused on their first two studio albums. Considering where I come from in terms of this bands impact to my own tastes, I was very fine with that. Continue reading “Live Voodoo” [Blu-ray] by Jane’s Addiction→