Tonight’s show was going to be an exciting one for me because I have not been to a rocking concert since the December appearance of the mighty Trans-Siberian Orchestra over at Newark’s Prudential Center. Now it’s not like there weren’t any shows taking place since that point in time but I’ve been working nights and it’s pretty hard to get to all the things that you want to attend when you are trying to earn during the times that the shows are happening. Since my only night off was a Monday I was stoked that I would get to enjoy this “Young Guns Tour” that featured both Dirty Honey and Mammoth WVH at NYC’s famed Webster Hall. I’d seen Dirty Honey once before and was incredibly impressed by both the sound and the delivery of the band and tonight I’d get to add another tick on the sheet about them. Mammon WVH would be a first go-round despite my having enjoyed some of their videos and the music I’d heard so far. Fortunately for all in attendance it was only going to be these two bands. No one was leading off and there wasn’t any terrible local that somehow secured the area gig which we find happening every now and again. If you came here for the Young Guns that was exactly what you were going to get. Dirty Honey would lead off the show and here are my thoughts on them.
If you’ve been following the website and its social networks for the last couple of years, you already know that I just love using Instagram to share my adventures doing PiercingMetal concert and event coverage with the world of visitors dropping in. As we close out the 2017 year, it was time to share what amounted to our “Top Nine” images on the Instagram app and I’ve presented them to you down below. I’ll throw in some background on them down below as well so check it out.
About These Visuals: I don’t think that I need to name any of the musical personalities in the “Top Nine” or do I? If so, that’s James Hetfield (Metallica), Mike Patton (Faith No More/Dead Cross), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Papa Emeritus III (Ghost) and one of the Nameless Ghouls (also Ghost). It was cool to see visuals being in the top even though I liked some o the other Metallica photos in my feed a little bit more. Those concert photos were done with the professional rig and not my mobile phone and I shared them to Instagram with the Official Facebook Page we maintain. Oh wait, the Dickinson one was done with the mobile since I had a very close seat to the action. Among the other images are the now currently shuttered Webster Hall which was snapped during its final days and a quick hello from the Metallica shop that was set up during their recent tour. The image from the websites twelfth anniversary is there which is nice and by the way we are closing in on the thirteenth anniversary. The last one is probably the most recent photo and is photographer Ville Juurikkala who had a HIM exhibit up for a few days when the band was in our city for the final time during their farewell tour. The collage says that we got almost 33K likes to 1.6K images so please keep it coming if you are using Instagram as well. At the point of this writing we have 4,758 images posted and just under 1,300 followers. The more the merrier much like our Facebook I always say.
At this point in time the PiercingMetal Instagram is followed by a little under “1300” accounts and our demographic is 54% Men and 46% Women. Our biggest region is New York (no surprise there) and followed by Los Angeles. The top age range is 25-34.
You readers can get your own 2017 Best Nine by clicking 2017 Best Nine and if you want to share the link to your Instagram when you post yours in the app you can do that in the comments section. I plan on like bombing a lot of profiles over the next few days so why not be among them 🙂 Remember to follow our adventures on the main Social Networks of Facebook, Twitter and yes even Instagram. All the links are below. See you next time.
Back in April we had shared the at the time breaking news about Webster Hall being acquired by the folks who run Barclays Center and AEG Presents and if you missed that post please click HERE to be fully up on the story. It was a revelation that surely shocked the masses but not long after the announcement, it was pretty much steady as she goes and music loving folks just kept heading to the venues inside the building for the diverse variety of entertainment programming being offered. Those outside of NYC might not know that there were “3” distinct clubs making up Webster Hall with the massive Grand Ballroom, the midsize Marlin Room at Webster Hall and the intimate Studio at Webster Hall. As a patron and a scribe I’ve been to all three venues on numerous occasions but have to say that the kinds of shows I’ve been reporting on have generally been relegated to the two smaller sized rooms instead of the larger main space. So the curiosity in the back of many NYC patrons was when will the new ownership begin to show its presence and what will get done to the place as we know it and that stuff started making the rounds yesterday but I wanted to do some checking first before blindly sharing. The venues pending closure was addressed on social media by the General Manager Gerard McNamee with this statement:
Ladies and Gentlemen/Friends and Family: Sad but true, the legendary and world-famous Webster Hall has been sold and will close as we know it for its final club night on Saturday August 5th, 2017, which just so happens to be my birthday, which is certainly somehow apropos. It will be closed for an undisclosed period of time for demo, reno and transition to corporate ownership under Barclays/AEG/Bowery Presents. I highly recommend that you all stop by before the end of this era to pay your respects to the Ballingers and the building for providing us with a lifetimes worth of memories. There are only 12 club nights left. Please come celebrate our rich 25 year history of being the biggest, baddest and longest running nightclub in the history of New York City.
Now this is an interesting development, it seems as though the long-standing NYC concert venue has been sold. I’ve cited the breaking news from a Billboard.com posting since they would have the most up to date insight on the matter.
According to Billboard.com “After 27 years of operating Webster Hall, the Ballinger family is selling the 131-year-old Manhattan concert hall to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. The two firms will assume operating rights, assets and the long-term lease from building owner Unity Gallega while Bowery Presents will take over booking and talent buying.” The rest of the article can be examined HERE.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well, my Dad always says that “the only constant is change” and this is never more apparent than in a city like this one. The readers of this website have been to Webster Hall almost religiously over the recent years since so many of “our” shows have been happening there in either the Grand Ballroom (which is the biggest space for you faraway readers), in the Marlin Room (middle sized space) or the smaller and more intimate space The Studio. I know that there is even a fourth space where performances can happen but I’ve only been in it once and I have no idea how I even found myself there at the time. It’s here that we’ve seen bands that might not have been able to even do a gig in our metropolis since they were not “in demand” enough for the larger venues around the city. Regional promoters were usually able to set up successful gigs of their own and not only help their own pockets but also the cause of the talent they booked. Speaking personally, I’ve always wanted to set up some kind of “PiercingMetal Presents” event in either The Studio or The Marlin Room but the timing was never there for me to properly set this up. My thoughts are that this kind of idea will be all but impossible now that there is going to be a larger, more corporate ownership. One has to wonder if the sort of live music programming that they were known for will be able to continue. If not, the Metal Scene’s vibrant underground will surely suffer and leave them with very few options in Manhattan. One has to also wonder if the later evening dance hall events of all shapes and formats will continue as well. There was some truly off the hook stuff going on at those if I can gauge it by the posts that my friends make on Facebook. The upside to the new ownership is the chance that a little cosmetic sprucing up can be done since that never hurts but I do fear a lot more sterility and corporate nature to what we will all experience and that will take some getting used to. Let’s hope for the best.
Let me know your thoughts on this shocking news down in the comments section below.
Official Website: http://www.websterhall.com
I was hitting a show at The Studio at Webster Hall when I glanced up at the mighty marquee of the larger event space and learned that Webster Hall had won the Pollstar 2017 award for Nightclub Of The Year. I snapped this show with my mobile device since I had all of my regular gear wrapped up in my bag and had not checked in yet but it will serve the purpose for this little tip of the hat.
I’ve never written a post about the Pollstar Awards as its not something that I am focused on but since it gave some props to a place that I regularly visit, I decided the time was perfect to do something. Below I’ve not only listed the winners for “Nightclub of the Year but also the “Theatre of the Year” and “Arena of The Year” and the places that were up against them. Take a look.
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR: Webster Hall – New York, NY
Over The Nominated: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC, The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA, The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA, First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN, House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA, The Independent – San Francisco, CA, Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
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