The music scene of many cities is finally getting back to more of a normal sense of business in this post-pandemic world and while the scourge that is/was COVID-19 is still very much a thing, there is more safety thanks to vaccines and precautions. This let’s artists that have sat at home get back to work and the venues that house their performances get back to business. Sony Hall in Hell’s Kitchen off of Times Square has been bringing in some cool acts and it was fantastic to find that the Michael Schenker Group was one of the artists making a visit. I was in attendance at this much anticipated show which found the lead off band of Images of Eden starting off the night but traffic into the city was horrendous due to a nearby street festival. When I walked into the venue the band was closing it up with a cover of the Triumph classic “Fight The Good Fight”. It’s a great number and perhaps the way we should all be living nowadays as we strive for normal once again. I will hopefully catch them at some other time.
The city continues to rise from the pains of the pandemic and amazing artists are returning to the venues to perform for their fans at a record pace which is a fantastic thing. As the nation and our fair Metropolis are still battling the pandemic on many fronts, it’s not been all that easy to offer up the same number of giveaways that we used to do in the before times. Slowly but surely we rise once more and are happy to share this latest one with our readers. If memory serves me correctly, this will be the very first time that PiercingMetal tickets to see Michael Schenker.
The Details: Michael Schenker’s name is legendary among the legions of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans of the world from his early days in the Scorpions and onto UFO and then into his formation of the Michael Schenker Group which is most famously referred to as MSG with that bold logo. When many of us envision the Flying V we think of Michael Schenker and now as the musician celebrates his 50th Anniversary of touring the performance is sure to be loaded with classics and maybe even a few deep cuts. I can’t wait to be there and thanks to the marketing team at the beautiful Sony Hall in New York City, some of the PiercingMetal readership will be getting the chance to enjoy this concert for free. Let’s go over some of the details on how you participate in this giveaway.
When and Where: Saturday, October 22nd at Sony Hall (235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036) at 7PM.
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The Press Release:
Few rock guitarists on this planet have had such a lasting influence on so many renowned musicians as MICHAEL SCHENKER. With his outstandingly fluid style, inexhaustible wealth of ideas, and instinctive feel for hooks and melodies, MICHAEL SCHENKER is a living legend who, despite his longstanding and distinguished history, still impresses with his unflagging energy and drive. The blond stringsman from Sarstedt, Germany (near Hanover) began his international career in the early 1970s with the Scorpions, achieved worldwide fame after joining British rock group U.F.O., and then seamlessly continued his exceptional global success story under his own name, as well as with acts such as MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (otherwise known as MSG), Temple Of Rock, and MICHAEL SCHENKER Fest. SCHENKER and his career, which has spanned more than five decades, are absolute exceptions in the otherwise short-lived music industry.
Greetings my friends, we’ve arrived at the time of the year where people get to showcase their “Top Nine” images on Instagram and this reveal is done when they tabulate all of the likes across your profiles posts. Though I used Instagram quite a bit this past year I really fell behind based on just how many events I was attending. There is only so much time in the day and with major events like the Toy Fair, New York Comic Con and Anime NYC being so loaded with visuals I had my hands full. I’m going to maintain that I felt that I used this social network more than any of the other ones and I often share the images over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to spark up additional engagement. Let’s review.
About These Visuals:
Starting from the top row and working down we’ve got an amazing Nebula cosplayer from the New York Comic Con, the legendary Michael Schenker from a performance at Irving Plaza and a scene from the “Dio Returns” hologram show from afar. Next there is Miku Kobato of the all-girl Japanese Rock band Band-Maid, an amazing black and white statue of Batman from DC Collectibles and a Dave Mustaine from Megadeth statue from Knucklebonz. The last row is more live stuff with faraway visuals from the Original Misfits show and the Stryper show. Closing it all up is a popular cosplayer named Destiny Fomo. Though I was quite happy with the choices, I did expect a few different ones to be presented but the masses have spoken. All photos were taken by me of course. Now let’s examine some of the finer points about the account.
Continue reading PiercingMetal’s “Top Nine” Instagrams For 2019
As you readers know, in addition to all of the TOURS AND FESTIVALS that we post about in that Category on PiercingMetal, there are also a whole lot of awesome Music Cruises to choose from and I’m going to continue to post the alerts and updates about the ones we find most interesting. One of the most famous of them all is the “70000Tons Of Metal” excursion and the bands have begun to be announced. As a rule of thumb I will continually edit this post to reflect the new alerts and share it repeatadley across the socials so lets go.
The Confirmed Bands Are As Follows: Emperor, Epica, Haggard, Origin, Einherjer, Leaves’ Eyes, Candlemass, Moonsorrow, Venom, Wintersun, Sortilege, Kampfar, Flotsam and Jetsam, Devin Townsend, Cruachan, At The Gates, Aborted, Archon Angel, Aether Realm, Grave Digger, Kissin’ Dynamite, Trollfest, Soen, Michael Schenker, The Agonist, Ihsahn, Axxis, Omnium Gatherum, Stamina, Finntroll, Bloodbound, Suffocation, Orphaned Land, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Atheist, Edenbridge, Suffocation, November’s Doom, Havok, Whiplash, The Faceless, Ghost Ship Octavius, Exodus, Seven Witches, Ross The Boss, Vio-Lence, Aeternam, Toxik, Brujeria, Once Human, Possessed, Striker, Without Waves, Wilderun and Soilwork.
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About 70000TONS OF METAL: 70000TONS OF METAL is The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, which features 60 Heavy Metal bands on board a luxury cruise ship performing across four stages, including The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to Sail the Seas.
The Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, one of the biggest cruise ships in the World, offers guests complimentary fine dining, 22 bars and lounges, 24 hour room service, and a host of activities and on board amenities. With seven consecutive sellouts since the first voyage in 2011, this five-day, four-night Heavy Metal Music Festival and Caribbean vacation offers 3,000 Metalheads a once in a lifetime opportunity to mingle side-by-side with 60 world class Heavy Metal bands.
Every band plays twice and you get unrestricted festival access to 120+ live performances, including the Jamming with Waters in International Waters All-Star Jam, Meet & Greets with every band, intimate Artist Clinics & Workshops, exclusive Album Premiere Listening Sessions and much more. All of this with no VIP areas on board makes it feel like everyone has a Backstage Pass. If that’s not enough, festival goers even get a chance to explore their Caribbean dream destination with Artist escorted shore excursions.
For more information on 70000TONS OF METAL 2020, including photos, FAQs (for booking, travel documents, payment, etc.), vessel amenities, events details and more, please visit the websitelinked at the close of this announcement. Guests and fans are also invited to join the 70000TONS OF METAL community on Facebook and Twitter (also linked at the close).
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As this will be a continuous list I will refrain from commenting just yet.