Hello my dear readers and “Welcome” to 2021. Let me be among the first to wish you a very “Happy New Year”. We hope that it will be one that is loaded with good health (especially under the current circumstances), special memories and prosperity. We kept it simple and dry here at the Creative Command HQ this time around and got straight to mapping out some of the things that we hope to accomplish as the New Year gets into gear. My photo below is from Times Square via the television because only a select group of people were allowed to be there along with a small number of press.
It’s without question that 2020 was a terrible year in terms of “things” that could be done based on the Coronavirus Pandemmic. That being said I am glad to report that we made it through unscathed while many others were not so fortunate. We also chose to use the relative isolation of the last several months to keep creative and share as many ideas and notions as was possible to do with the resources we have around us. The PiercingMetal website posted more than 550 articles last year and in addition to our popular Facebook and Instagram and YouTube Channel accounts we launched a brand new focus we call Ken Pierce Media. Clicking any of the highlighted text will bring you to these networks and we would appreciate your follows, likes and subscriptions so we know you are out there receiving the transmissions. It is said that there is strength in numbers and I tend to agree with this statement. Especially when so many other creative people out there clamoring for your attention. With your help the Legions will grow and help our media messages reach the most people possible.
It’s my hope that this New Year becomes one of promise for you all. Thank you for your kind attention to our works, we shall surely keep the engine running for you when you need some distraction.
Ken Pierce, Founder and Lead Content Creator
As I’ve pointed out just the other day, the PiercingMetal High Command is ensconced in the Third Annual Anime NYC convention that was going on at the Javits Center. Since I’m “away from my desk” so to speak, I’ll keep on sharing some things along the day that I’ve programmed in earlier such as this cool news about a new boxed set of New Years Day music. Dig in.
The Press Release:
With the first decade of New Years Day, rock music’s breakout band wrapping up, Ash and co. are excited toannounce the release of their first box set “Through The Years”, the limited edition set features all 7 of their albums available for the first time on custom colored vinyl, a blu ray of their beloved music videos and a four-page picture book of never-before-seen photos of Ash and New Years Day from their humble beginnings. The photos were handpicked and the captions were hand written by Ash Costello. This is limited to 500, fans can pre-order while supplies last HERE.
Ash Costello states, “I recorded New Years Day’s first album ‘My Dear’ in my friend’s bedroom closet in 2005, nearly 15 years ago. From then till now, every song recorded has been like a ripped page from that day in my personal life’s journal. It’s exciting to see it all together now, like a map of our bands career. I hope everyone enjoys being able to own the entire journey, and I hope it inspires the listeners to never give up on their dream.”
Through The Years is a 6 pound box, with 7 custom colored LP, blu ray and a four page picture book. It retails for $125.98. This is a must for anyone who has been a fan of New Years Day since the beginning. 2020 launches the band into the second decade of their incredible career so it is only fitting for a band named New Years Day to launch their box set not only in the New Year, but a new decade. Ash and co. are currently on tour in Europe/UK supporting Halestorm and In This Moment. Their new single “Come For Me” is celebrating nine weeks on the Active Rock chart; this is their follow up to the top 15 smash “Shut Up”.
For the First Time, All 7 New Years Day Albums “Unbreakable” (New Color – Red Smoke), “Diary of a Creep”, “Malevolence”, “Victim to Villain”, “Epidemic”, “The Mechanical Heart” EP & “My Dear” Are Pressed on Custom Colored Vinyl! The Box Set Also Includes a Blu-Ray of Fan Favorites “Two In The Chest, One in the Head”; “Angel Eyes”; “Defame Me”; “I’m About To Break You”; “Disgust Me”; “Shut Up” & “Come For Me” + a Four Page Picture Book of Photos Hand Picked by Ash Costello!
About New Years Day:
Formed in Orange County, Calif. by Ashley Costello, New Years Day shook the scene with their Century Media debut, Victim to Villain, in 2013 featuring their breakout single “Angel Eyes.” The five-piece later cemented their place in the heavy music landscape with their Epidemic EP and critically-acclaimed Malevolence full-length in 2015, clocking more than 20 million views on YouTube. The band has since become the most visually-captivating group in modern rock, playing for millions of fans around the world, sharing the stage with Ozzy Osbourne, Halestorm, Nine Inch Nails, Escape The Fate, Hellyeah and Five Finger Death Punch while also headlining the longest-running touring festival, Vans Warped Tour, in 2017. In 2018, they released their EP, Diary of a Creep, to pay tribute to the artists who shaped them thus far. The EP featured renditions of Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains,” New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and their original track “Disgust Me”.
On April 26, 2019 New Years Day shocked critics and fans with their flawless album “Unbreakable”. The band enlisted powerhouse producers Mitchell Marlow (All That Remains, In This Moment) and Scott Stevens (Halestorm, Shinedown & American Authors) to create an album that combines heavy rock with pop sensibilities. Upon release, Unbreakable trended #1 on the iTunes rock chart, celebrated over 18 weeks on Billboard’s Current Hard Music Albums Chart. The singles “Shut Up” and “Come For Me” became the band’s first two active radio hits. The album surpassed 20 million global streams, establishing New Years Day as a force to be reckoned with. New Years Day celebrates a 10+ year career with over 66 million global streams, 40 million YouTube views & a top 15 Billboard Mainstream Rock Charting hit.
The band has been touring nonstop this year in support of Unbreakable. They kicked off the year touring with Falling In Reverse and have gone on to support Godsmack and perform a handful of North American headline shows. They are on tour in Europe and UK with Halestorm and In This Moment. In March they will not only tour but headline for the first time in Australia.
NEW YEARS DAY TOUR DATES:
w/ Halestorm & In This Moment
November 16 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
November 18 – Offenbach, Germany – Capitol
November 19 – Hamburg, Germany – Grobe Freiheit
November 20 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
November 24 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – The SSE Hydro
November 25 – Nottingham, United Kingdom – Motorpoint arena
November 27 – Cardiff, United Kingdom -Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
November 28 – London, United Kingdom – Alexandra Palace
Headline Tour – Australia:
March 19, 2020 – Adelaide, Australia – Lion Arts Factory
March 20, 2020 – Ascot Vale, Australia – Download Australia *festival date
March 20, 2020 – Melbourne, Australia – 170 Russell
March 21, 2020 – Parramatta, Australia – Download Festival *festival date
March 21, 2020 – Sydney, Australia – Factory Theatre
March 22, 2020 – Brisbane, Australia – The Brightside Brisbane
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Historically speaking, though I have been following the activity of NYD for a few years now, it’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to see them in action for one reason or another. When you live in a metropolis such as my own, working out everything you wish to be a part of is just no doable. That being said, I am stoked to watch the bands continual climb of the recognition ladder and am glad to see that hard and honest work at ones craft bears fruit. This is surely going to be a “must have” item for any fan of New Years Day. As I close this one up I wonder what you think about it and will you be ordering or not. Chime in down below in the comments section and stay tuned for our review of the aforementioned single soon.
Music fans in my neck of the woods are going to be looking into relocation before October hits based on this sure to be crushing Festival event. It’s the kind of music festival my friends and I clamor for but instead we get The Governors Ball and Panorama Music Festival. Sigh. Anyway, without further adieu I share with you the announcement about the debut of the Exit 111 Music Festival. Read on down below to the full press release and prepare to be stunned by the lineup.
The Press Release:
EXIT 111 Festival will debut with a heavyweight line-up that celebrates all forms of rock–from hard to classic, alternative to southern–when it debuts October 11-13 at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN. The inaugural three-day event hosted by Eddie Trunk will be led by headlining slots from Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and a mix of platinum-selling artists including Slayer (in the last Tennessee show of their career), ZZ Top, Deftones, Ghost, Megadeth and more than 40 acts (full line-up below). Tickets for EXIT 111 go on sale Thursday, April 25 at 12:00 PM (ET), with additional ticketing info below.
Produced by C3 Presents and AC Entertainment, the massive footprint of the festival site–known to millions as the home of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival–will be transformed into a rock and roll playground with the all-star line-up appearing on three stages with 12 hours of music daily, camping and a variety of activities tailored specifically to concert-goers. This marks the first-ever event, beyond Bonnaroo, to utilize the 700-plus acre farm. On site adventures include Paranormal Cirque (an R-rated crazy yet fun fusion between circus, theatre, and cabaret in perfect harmony with the evolution of a show that brings you back to when we dream…and when we had nightmares and fantasies), the first annual EXIT 111 car show, Red Bull motocross demonstrations and a mega sports bar airing full sports coverage throughout the weekend, with more activities announced soon. Continue reading Exit 111 Announces Full Details For Inaugural Event→
The Press Release:
Falling In Reverse have announced their Spring 2019 tour plans. The band will embark on a headline North American tour in April and May. The tour kicks off on April 20 in the band’s native Las Vegas and wraps up May 24 in Los Angeles. Joining Falling In Reverse for this cross-country trek are Ice Nine Kills, From Ashes to New, and New Years Day. All dates are below. Falling in Reverse’s latest full-length album, Coming Home, is out now via Epitaph Records. The band also released two standalone singles: “Losing My Life” and “Losing My Mind.” They’ve reached nearly 25 million combined views since dropping last year. Continue reading Falling In Reverse Announce Spring Headlining Tour→
Readers of my words will often find me saying how cool I think my Media Metropolis is because we have lots of cool places and interesting goings on happening almost every day. One of the cool places is the relatively new Sony Square which is located just off of Madison Square Park and connected to the Sony Music label. In Sony Square, they often host band signings and meet and greets such as the Judas Priest one that I attended last year (seen HERE in case you missed that). Now, in the early days of February, a small group of fans of the band New Years Day will be treated to an exclusive acoustic performance and a meet and greet. Check out the cool poster below.