New York State to Open Large Venues Like Arenas for Vaccinations, and Concerts


In a press conference this morning and stating “We Simply Cannot Stay Closed,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York State will open arenas and other large capacity venues to the public with only 10% capacity and assigned seating, on Feb. 23rd, provided they receive a negative (PCR) COVID-19 test within 72 hours before an event. This is meant to open up venus to not only shows and concerts but to continue to grow for use as mass vaccination centers, sports games, and other events. This has been the first ray of light for the concert and touring industry since the pandemic broke out, even though major concert agencies and even the worlds leading infectious disease doctorspredicted shows would comeback in fall 2021 or sooner. Declaring New York state’s demonstration with the Buffalo Bills an “unparalleled success,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday he will extend the testing- based program to any large stadium or arena later this month. Barclays Center, the site of concerts from Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Tool, and others, has been cleared to reopen on that day and has been granted approval to host fans for the Nets game against the Sacramento Kings, Cuomo said, adding, “Anyone else who is interested should let us know.” Watch the video below.

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The UK Rejected a Post-Brexit Plan to Allow Musicians to Perform “Visa Free” from the EU


Despite the global pandemic destroying the livelihoods of millions of musicians and crew, the UK has rejected a proposal to allow artists to perform without paying the typically high work Visa fees. According to a report from The Independent. the policy is a direct result of Brexit and new policies springing up as a result. Many in the beleaguered music industry has fired back is calling this a “devastating blow” of them requiring permits.

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Amorphis Re-Books Career Spanning Concerts in Helsinki Next Month


Legendary progressive metallers Amorphis will play several shows in Helsinki at Tavastia in October. Originally planned as three concerts, due to the special COVID-19 arrangements, three shows will be divided into six shows, each day representing the band 30 years in metal. Details and tickets are available below.

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The United Kingdom Will Allow Concerts to Resume This August


According to a published report (see below) The United Kingdom will begin allowing indoor performances with socially distanced audiences next month. British prime minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Friday: “From 1 August, we will restart live indoor performances to a live audience subject to the success of pilots, and we will pilot larger gatherings, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn… From October, we intend to bring back audiences in stadia and to allow conferences and other business events to recommence. These changes have to be made in a covid-secure way subject to pilots.”Continue reading


REVIEW: Suicide Silence – Virtual Tour Boston


It’s like month four-hundredth (or so it feels) of social distancing and quarantine. Basically, every tour slated for the Spring and Summer have either been scratched or tentatively rescheduled for next year. For those not keeping score that means that we’ve lost a Megadeth and Lamb of God co-headliner, Deftones with support from Gojira, and a Sepultura trek featuring the likes of Sacred Reich and Crowbar. So, it’s been a rough year. Not content to sulk over the loss of their own tour with Jinjer and Toothgrinder, Suicide Silence decided to try something different.

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Ticketek is The First Concert Ticket Company in The World to Let You Buy Now, Pay Later for Shows


According to the website MusicFeeds, Ticketek has become the first ticketing agency in the world to allow fans to purchase tickets upfront and pay for them later, known as Afterpay outside of America. This model might make sense in the new coronavirus realty where we are seeing tours and festivals canceled left and right, and the major ticketing agency in the world, Live Nation/Ticketmaster unclear about refunds for postponements. Ticketek’s parent company, TEG confirmed the news today that they’ll be integrating Afterpay into their website and their apps over the coming months, which allow payment up to 8 weeks after purchase.

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Bauhaus Announces Los Angeles Reunion Concert This Fall


Legendary Goth and Post-Punk flagbearers Bauhaus will perform a concert in Los Angeles this fall at the Hollywood Palladium, on November 3rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 13th at the link below. The seminal band broke up in 1983 but has come together to perform, tour and record again in the passing years. Bauhaus features Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Keven Haskins, and David J. and is known for the classic songs ‘Bella Lugosi’s Dead’, ‘Dark Entries’, ‘She’s In Parties’ and many more!Continue reading


REVIEW: Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue Live at The Cavalier Theatre


I have always fancied myself as unique and quirky, to quote Winona Ryder in the blockbuster movie Beetlejuice: “I myself am strange and unusual”. My penchant for things out of the ordinary led me to an ensemble opulent in all things strange and unusual, Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Review.Continue reading


Cradle of Filth – Wednesday 13 – Raven Black: Live at Irving Plaza


On a chilly New York night, legions of fans gathered under the moonless
sky to witness the return of the British beasts of extermination, Cradle of Filth. They ascended to a sold-out Irving Plaza to witness the destruction during the Cryptoriana – The Second Coming Of Vice tour, which is a continuation of support for their 2017 album, Cryptoriana –The Seductiveness of Decay. Supporting the tour were Hollywood shock rockers, Wednesday 13 and LA’s own Dark Metal carnies, Raven Black. Together, they put on an unforgettable show.

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