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POSTPONED: Carmine & Vinny Appice: Drum Wars Show @ The Cutting Room

This show has been postponed with no rescheduled date at the time of this calendar update. Refunds available at point of purchase. Keep watching our events for other items of interest.

Last In Line @ Mexicali Live (3/24/2017)

Artist: Last In Line
Venue: Mexicali Live (Teaneck, NJ)
Opener: Gothic Knights, Tempt
Date: 3/24/2017
Label: Frontiers Records

Written By: Katie N. (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com
Performance Photos By: Rich Catino of Metal Asylum

Perhaps I am oblivious due to the fact that I grew up decades after the roaring energy of the 70s and 80s, but attending intimate club shows exposes and propels the crowd into an ambience unbeknownst to that of the grandeur of the festival stage. Sure, at the end of the day, it’s all about the music, but there’s just something warmer about the closeness and enthusiasm of being face to face with the music.

Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ embraced such an atmosphere. At first glance, I wondered how the 20X30 inch stage could provide sufficient room for Vinny Appice’s legendary drum setup along with the loud and grandiose movements of Vivian Campbell, but there was more than enough space for the guys to bring the house down. In fact, the only area that seemed cramped was the floor due to the fact that the show sold out. The first band was Lunatic Fringe and I’m always surprised and beyond ecstatic to see a younger generation embracing rock-n-roll and heavy metal. They were an eclectic bunch with an age range from braces to beards and an energy level of 11 measured on the classic 1-10 scale. Behind the energy was a very heavy and dark sound most reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard of Ozz” album. Although the venue wasn’t full at this point, there was an impressive showing and enough people standing to merit the group a large ovation.

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Last In Line by Rich Catino (2017)

Tempt: This one was an interesting addition to the night’s lineup. Although the band brought a more Bon Jovi-like vibe, they had more than enough vigor to drive the night onward. Most songs included an identifiable and melody mixed in with enough poppy synth and extravagant guitar solos to give me more of a feel of what the 80s actually sounded like. The growing crowd was more than happy with their performance.
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The Last In Line Announces Some East Coast Gigs

The other day those merry men in Last In Line announced a handful of East Coast gigs and since there isn’t a poster along with this I’ve used the logo in its place. Dig in. Don’t worry I’ll be back after the rundown.

The Facebook Brief:
Northeast, USA – It’s your turn! Here some dates to get psyched for! We will be adding additional cities soon! Tickets on sale now!

The Tour Dates:
March 24 – Mexicali Live (Teaneck, NJ)
March 25 – The Space at Westbury Theater (Westbury, NY)
March 30 – Venu (Buffalo, NY)
March 31 – The Chance Theater, (Poughkeepsie, NY)
April 01 – Sherman Theater (Stroudsburg, PA)

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well, that’s not really a lot of gigs to get to see the band is it? Hopefully they’ll mark out some additional stops and depending on when or if they do, I’ll either append this post or make a new one. Only time will tell. The band now features Phil Soussan on the bass in place of the late great Jimmy Bain who left us in 2016. So what do you readers think about this former members of Dio united and touring with Dio’s classic repertoire along with new material? Let me know in the comments section below. I’ll poke around for the new album “Heavy Crown” that they’ve recorded and released and try to get a review up here soon enough. After seeing and hearing singer Andrew Freeman on some YouTube clips, I can say that the spirit of Ronnie is with his pipes for sure. Stay tuned for that and until next time I bid you farewell.

Official Website: http://www.lastinlineofficial.com/

Celebrating Dio’s “Sacred Heart” @ Thirty Years (1985-2015)

Thirty years ago today Dio sang “Hey the old ones speak of winter the young ones praise the sun and time just slips away Oh running into nowhere turning like a wheel and a year becomes a day Whenever we dream that’s when we fly so here is a dream for just you and I We’ll find the sacred heart somewhere bleeding in the night yeah. Look for the light and find the sacred heart”.

The album was called “Sacred Heart” and not only is this album celebrating its thirtieth anniversary but it is also the Heavy Metal legends third album and the final one that would feature the blistering guitar work of Vivian Campbell. The rest of the lineup was the same with Jimmy Bain on bass and Vinny Appice on drums along with Claude Schnell on keyboards. Dio was as majestic as ever with this one but it was at this point I was moving in a slightly different Metal direction and since this release was not much of a favorite when I compared to “The Last In Line”, I would devote most of my listening time to the tracks that stood out for me. Those were the opening “King Of Rock and Roll” along with the title track, “Rock and Roll Children” and “Hungry For Heaven” but the rest I felt was just alright to me. Remember I was comparing to something I felt was a lot stronger and didn’t have as many commercially viable tunes as this one did. This was a time where you would actually hear some Dio on a conventional Rock radio station during their “Metal” hour or similar programming. Listening to it again today on this anniversary I cannot help but hear a slightly similar riff in “HFH” that reminds me of something in a song by The Who. Did you have any favorites from this one?
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This Just In: Johnny Kelly Joins Kill Devil Hill!!!

It’s a lazy Monday in our March Metal Madness run but clearly the Big Apple never sleeps when it comes to its Heavy Metal Happenings and that being said I am happy to share the recent news that drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void, A Pale Horse Named Death, Danzig) has joined the ranks of Kill Devil Hill……He will be filling the shoes of the great Vinny Appice who was a founding member of this band.

johnny kelly, johnny kelly concert photos

“I’m really excited about coming on board with Kill Devil Hill,” says Kelly. “I’ve been a fan since their debut and have known the guys for a long time. It’s also clear that I have some really big shoes to fill. I’m ready for that challenge as I prepare for KDH’s next chapter — this is gonna be a blast!”

As a longtime fan of the powerful drumming that Kelly brings to the table I think that this is a great fit and I look forward to seeing what he does with the band. The group also features Dewey Bragg, Rex Brown and Mark Zavon & is currently signed to Century Media Records. A link to their most recent album and their debut are presented below for your purchasing indulgence.