Thursday, March 20, 2014

RED DRAGON CARTEL Cancels Fridley Concert

Sad new indeed, for those of us looking forward to seeing guitarist Jake E. Lee playing live once more. Yes, Red Dragon Cartel has canceled their appearance at G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park in Fridley on Saturday, March 22, but the show goes on with Hessler, The Regenerators, and Impaler still playing.

I'm not certain exactly when this was announced, but the Vital Culture page for advance tickets sales now simply states: "Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel has canceled." Various online postings as recently as March 15 still indicated Red Dragon Cartel was playing, and the band's Facebook page still has the Fridley date listed, but it is not to be.

Assuming ticket sales were okay, I'll go out on a limb and guess that the band canceled the Fridley show once the reality of their crappy tour routing hit them. Red Dragon Cartel plays Friday in Janesville, Wisconsin, then would need to backtrack to the Twin Cities on Saturday before a 10+ hour haul to East-Central Indiana for a show in Richmond on Sunday.

KISS and DEF LEPPARD Pre-Sale Password, North American Tour Announced

Gosh, do I feel like a loser for being away from things for a bit, so thanks for coming back! Obviously, the Concert Calendar needs some updating and I've got the usual backlog of things to post, but look for some cool things to come including some unreleased audio recordings (more on this to come!). For now, among a recently rediscovered stash of live recordings from the late 80s and early 90s are ones from Kiss, Def Leppard, and Badlands.

As you may have heard by now, Kiss and Def Leppard are teaming up for an extensive North American co-headlining tour this summer that runs from late June through the end of August. The itinerary includes a stop at the Target Center in Minneapolis on August 17; this is one of the few indoor shows of the tour if you prefer those to outdoor ones like I do.

Tickets for the Minneapolis date go on sale tomorrow Friday, March 21 at 12:00 noon CDT, but there is a 12-hour presale from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm CDT today, Thursday, March 20. Head on over to AXS and enter the password TONGUE.

Here is the complete list of the Kiss and Def Leppard dates:

June 23 - West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater
June 25 - Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
June 27 - Ridgefield, WA, Sleep Country Amphitheater
June 29 - Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
July 2 - Concord, CA, Concord Paviliion
July 3 - Wheatland, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
July 5 - Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 6 - Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
July 8 - Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
July 9 - Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 12 - Austin, TX, Austin 360 Amphitheater
July 13 - Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 15 - Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
July 16 - Nashville, TX, Bridgestone Arena
July 18 - Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
July 19 - Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
July 20 - Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 22 - West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 23 - Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 25 - Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
July 26 - Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
August 1 - Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
August 2 - Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
August 3 - Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
August 5 - Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 6 - Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
August 8 - Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
August 9 - Scranton, PA, Pavilion at Montage Mountain
August 10 - Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
August 12 - Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 13 - Darien, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 15 - East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 16 - Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 17 - Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
August 20 - Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
August 22 - Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
August 23 - Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 24 - Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
August 26 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
August 28 - Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 29 - Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
August 31 - Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion

Saturday, January 11, 2014

MEDIA ALERT: Radioactive Metal

Now that the holiday season is past us, I'll have the chance to start posting more regularly here. I'm happy to announce in my first post of the year that I recorded my second episode of the Radioactive Metal podcast with co-hosts Snowy and Roch early tonight. Radioactive Metal is hands down the best podcast for extreme metal, and I'm once again flattered to be a part of it.

This will be episode #299 that will be broadcast on Pure Rock Radio Thursday, January 16 at 9:00 pm CST, right before Twin Cities' powerhouse vocalist Lance King hosts hits show for Nightmare Records, The SHOPP at 11:00 pm CST. It should then be available for download through iTunes sometime Thursday or Friday. Don't miss a thing by simply subscribing to the podcast in iTunes!

The topic of discussion for the episode is the Rammies - Radioactive Metal's version of their best-of-2013. The three of us had a blast talking about our favorite moments in metal from the last year, and we ended up chatting away for over two hours! I'll likely reveal some advance spoilers during the coming week, but here were the categories on which each of us gave our opinions:

Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Band of the Year
Comeback of the Year
Best New Band
Snowy's Angel of the Year
Live Show of the Year
News Story of the Year

More appearances on Radioactive Metal are in the works, and I'll reveal more information about them as plans are finalized.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

REFLECTIONS Announces Tour Supporting CHIMAIRA

The touring for the Twin Cities' Reflections in support of their Exi(s)t album grinds on, and the band recently announced a month-long tour supporting Chimaira with Iwrestledabearonce, Oceano, and Fit For An Autopsy. Reflections is first on the bill, so get to the venue early when this tour hits your town! Although this tour misses the Twin Cities, Reflections has two area dates bookending the trek.

Prior to the tour, Reflections plays Bubba's in Sauk Rapids, Minneapolis on Friday, January 24 with Sweep The Leg Johnny, Do As The Romans Do, and In The Line Of Duty. Upon returning home, Reflections plays the Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis on Sunday, March 9 alongside Animals As Leaders, After The Burial, Veil Of Maya, Erra, Navene-K, and Chon. Advance tickets for both shows are available through Ticketfly.

Current Reflections tour dates (all are with Chimaira, Iwrestedabearonce, Oceano, and Fit For An Autopsy unless otherwise indicated):

January 24 - Sauk Rapids, MN, Bubba's (w/Sweep The Leg Johnny, Do As The Romans Do, In The Line Of Duty)
January 30 - Worcester, MA, The Palladium
January 31 - Wilmington, DE, Mojo 13
February 1 - Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance
February 3 - Springfield, VA, Empire
February 4 - Amityville, NY, Revolution Bar & Music Hall
February 5 - Pittsburgh, PA, The Altar Bar
February 6 - Reading, PA, Reverb
February 7 - Jacksonville, FL, Hooligan's
February 8 - Fayetteville, NC, The Drunk Horse Pub
February 9 - Charlotte, NC, The Casbah
February 10 - Norfolk, VA, The NorVA
February 11 - Knoxville, TN, NV Nightclub
February 12 - Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade
February 13 - Orlando, FL, Backbooth
February 14 - St. Petersburg, FL, The State Theatre
February 15 - Pensacola, FL, Vinyl Music Hall
February 17 - Broussard, LA, The Station
February 18 - Shreveport, LA, Riverside Warehouse
February 19 - Tulsa, OK, The Vanguard
February 21 - Kokomo, IN, Center Stage
February 22 - Louisville, KY, Diamond Pub & Billiards
February 23 - Newport, KY, Thompson House
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theatre (w/Animals As Leaders, After The Burial, Veil Of Maya, Erra, Navene-K, Chon)
March 16 - Grand Prairie, TX, South By So What Fest (w/The Devil Wears Prada)

AFTER THE BURIAL to Tour with ANIMALS AS LEADERS, Play Minneapolis March 9

While on the topic of After The Burial, the band recently announced a slew of North American tour dates as direct support to Animals As Leaders with Navene-K and Chon, including hometown show at the Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis on Sunday, March 9. The initial batch of dates are listed below, and expect more to be added soon. Already fresh off a massive U.S. tour with Trivium and Devildriver in November and December, After The Burial heads to Australia in January before their next North American run.

The Minneapolis show is going to be huge since Veil Of Maya, Reflections, and Erra are also on the bill! Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, December 27 at 12:00 noon through Ticketfly.

Current tour dates for Animals As Leaders, After The Burial, Navene-K, and Chon:

February 24 - Tampa, FL, The Orpheum
February 25 - Atlanta, GA, Masquerade
February 26 - Greensboro, NC, Greene Street Club
February 27 - Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
February 28 - Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero Theatre
March 2 - New York, NY, Irving Plaza
March 4 - Montreal, QC, La Tulipe (no Chon)
March 5 - Toronto, ON, Opera House (no Chon)
March 6 - Detroit, MI, St. Andrews
March 7 - Joliet, IL, Mojoes
March 8 - Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
March 9 - Minneapolis, MN, Skyway Theatre w/Veil Of Maya, Reflections, Erra
March 11 - St. Louis, MO, Pop's
March 13 - Houston, TX, Fitzgerald's

AFTER THE BURIAL Hits #1 on iTunes Metal Chart

Twin Cities metalcore band After The Burial released their third album, Wolves Within, through Sumerian Records this week, and it promptly soared to the #1 position on the iTunes Metal Album Chart. Wolves Within also currently sits at #7 on the Rock Album Chart and #106 on the Album Chart (all genres).

After The Burial joins the Twin Cities' Reflections in the feat of hitting #1 on the iTunes Metal Album Chart in 2013. I think the question can legitimately be asked: Is the Twin Cities the metalcore capital of the planet?

Watch the lyric video for "A Wolf Amongst Ravens" from Wolves Within.

The Cities are also home of other widely recognized metalcore/grindcore bands like The Crinn, Ambassador Gun, and Blue Ox as well as a burgeoning crop of young talent featuring the likes of Don't Worry I'm A Doctor, The Broken Are Crowned, and From Concept To Chronicle. Is there another city that can match of the quantity and quality of metalcore output? I'm not sure, and perhaps it is time that the Twin Cities is recognized for music other than Prince and the "Minneapolis sound" developed by the likes of The Replacements, Soul Asylum, and Hüsker Dü.

After The Burial plays two album release shows at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis this weekend. Tonight's show (Saturday, December 21) with Your Memorial and I Am Vengeance is SOLD OUT. A second show with Your Memorial and Thira has been added on Sunday, December 22.

Friday, December 20, 2013

In Concert This Week

UPDATE: Reflections will not be playing with After The Burial on Sunday, December 22. The promoter has removed them from the lineup listed on his website.

This is naturally a slow time of year for live music, but there's still some (primarily local) shows to be had this week.

Poison frontman Bret Michaels plays a rescheduled show tonight, Friday, December 20 at Myth in St. Paul. The opening band has not been announced, but this all ages show starts at 7:00 and tickets are $25.

Tonight you can also catch a big local show at the Cabooze in Minneapolis with Blue Felix, Nuisance, Emergent, Pinwheel, Scream At The Sun, and A Sound Theory. This is an 18+ show, and it's only $5 at the door.

Tomorrow's After The Burial at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis with Your Memorial and I Am Vengeance is SOLD OUT, but a second show with support from Your Memorial, Reflections, and Thira has been added on Sunday, December 22. Both shows are early, all ages shows. These shows are the official album release events for Wolves Within, the new album from After The Burial that came out this week through Sumerian Records. You can buy tickets ($15) for the Sunday show through Ticketfly.

Lastly, Grant Hart, former drummer of hardcore punk legends Hüsker Dü, plays a solo show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis on Thursday, December 26 with Catbath and Frankie Teardrop. This is an 18+ show that starts around 8:00; tickets are $10 in advance through Ticketfly.

Y&T Adds Minneapolis to Extensive North American Tour

Long-running metal/hard rock band Y&T will undertake its most ambitious U.S. tour in years in early 2014, and Minneapolis is among a handful of dates that have been recently added. The band will play The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 22. Y&T Guitarist Dave Meniketti is widely regarded as a guitar god, and their lengthy live shows are the stuff of legend. Y&T last played the region at Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota in 2006.

No ticket information is available at this time, but I spoke with the booking agent at The Belmore yesterday and confirmed the show (“I just got the contract yesterday!”). He described the venue as intimate, holding about 400 people – “Like seeing a band in your living room.”). Advance tickets will be sold through Ticketfly, and may go on sale as early at next week (the week of December 23).

Here’s the complete list of Y&T North American tour dates for 2014:

January 31 – Modesto, CA, Fat Cat Music House
February 1 – Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst
February 28 – Fresno, CA, Tower Theatre
March 1 – San Luis Obispo, CA, SLO Brewing Company
March 8 – San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
March 14 – Las Vegas, NV, Vamp’d
March 15 – Tempe, AZ, KDKB
March 20 – Dallas, TX, Trees
March 21 – San Antonio, TX, Backstage Live
March 22 – Houston, TX, The Concert Pub North
March 29–April 2 – Miami, FL–Nassau, Bahamas, Monsters of Rock Cruise
April 4 – Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage
April 5 – New York, NY, Stage 48
April 6 – Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
April 7 – Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
April 8 – Cranston, RI, 1150 Oak Bar & Grill
April 11 – Etobicoke, ON, The Rockpile West
April 12 – Toronto, ON, The Rockpile East
April 13 – Akron, NY, Braun’s Concert Cove
April 16 – McKees Rocks, PA, Deadhorse Cantina & Music Hall
April 17 – Akron, OH, The Rock Factory
April 18 – Flint, MI, The Machine Shop
April 19 – Bolingbrook, IL, Tailgaters
April 21 – Madison, WI, High Noon Saloon
April 22 – Minneapolis, MN, The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge
April 25 – Lakewood, CO, Eck’s Saloon

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DREAM THEATER to Embark on North American Tour; Burnsville Date and Presale Password

Progressive metal giants Dream Theater have announced a headlining tour in support of their current self-titled album. Dubbed the Along for the Ride Tour, the band will have no support acts and promises a lengthy show.

The dates (the full itinerary is below) includes a stop in Burnsville at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 8. General ticket sales begin this Friday, December 20 at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster. A ticket presale is current underway through Thursday, December 19, 10:00 pm. The presale password for the Burnsville show is PACDTH - head over to Ticketmaster now for your reserved seat tickets!

March 20 - Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
March 21 - Montreal, QC, Bell Center
March 25 - Boston, MA, Opera House
March 27 - Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre
March 28 - New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom
April 1 - Washington, DC, Lincoln Theater
April 2 - Greensburg, PA, The Palace
April 4 - Detroit, MI, Fillmore
April 5 - Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
April 6 - Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Thater
April 8 - Burnsville, MN, Burnsville Performing Arts Center
April 9 - Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
April 10 - Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
April 12 - Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 15 - Salem, OR, Elsinore Theatre
April 17 - San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
April 18 - Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center
April 19 - Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum
April 23 - Mexico City, MX, Arena Ciudad de Mexico
April 25 - Monterrey, MX, Arena Monterrey
April 26 - Guadalajara, MX, Auditorio Telmex

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tonight - TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (2 Shows) and CHURCH OF MISERY with VULGAARI in Minneapolis

Chris Caffery performing with Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on April 24, 2010. For a review of this concert, click here.

The seemingly unstoppable Tran-Siberian Orchestra plays two shows in Minneapolis today at the Target Center, one at 3:00 and the other at 8:00. Before dismissing this as rock-lite Christmas fare, keep in mind that Jon Oliva himself has stated that TSO, for all intents and purposes, is Savatage. Most of the Savatage principles are usually on the tours - Chris Caffery, Johnny Lee Middleton, Jeff Plate, Al Pitrelli, Alex Skolnick, and Zak Stevens alongside prominent metal vocalists such as Jeff Scott Soto and Kelly Keeling. Close your eyes, imagine Jon Oliva singing the songs, and it's not much of a stretch to hear Savatage as the foundation of TSO. If you long for the days of metal bands touring arenas with elaborate stages, TSO beats 'em all with hands-down the best, most dramatic stage and light show you'll ever see. This is also the last tour on which the band will play the The Lost Christmas Eve album. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster; it's all ages and tickets are $32–70.

Jeff Scott Soto performing as the Devil with Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on April 24, 2010. For a review of this concert, click here.

TIP: Arenas almost always release choice, extra tickets on or near the sides of the stage once they see exactly how the stage fits in the arena - even if they show is sold out. I've gotten awesome seats to previous TSO concerts by buying them the day of the show!

BONUS TIP: Kurdt Vanderhoof, guitarist for Metal Church, can usually be seen running the soundboard for TSO! I don't know if he is this year, but if you see him, shout out "Metal Church!" and he'll give you a smile and a wave.

If slow, intense doom is your thing, don't miss out on seeing Japan's Church Of Misery together with local sludge/doom masters Vulgaari and Lungs at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. This is an 18+ show that starts around 9:00, and tickets are $18 at the door.