Nearby Show Alert: Goatwhore, Dying Fetus, The Faceless and others to play Evansville March 12

As any metal fan living in this particular stretch of Red State Kentuckiana can tell you, if you want to see a metal show, you usually have to take a road trip to Louisville, Cinci, St. Louey or Indy. All that driving drives me nuts.

I feel it’s my sacred duty to tell you when a good show comes to the area. So mark your calendar for Monday, March 12, when Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, The Faceless, Volumes and Last Chance to Reason play Boney Junes, 5525 Pearl Drive, in Evansville.

I know. I couldn’t believe it, either. But it’s true. Tickets are $15, and are on sale at www.kapiro.com or at Joe’s Records, which is just 50 feet from Boney Junes on Pearl Drive.

There are several reasons you should go to this show. The music will be top-notch; Dying Fetus and Goatwhore are worth the $15 admission alone. Also, kids, this particular show will really make mom and dad mad: “Where are you going tonight, Johnny? “I’m going to see DYING FETUS and GOATWHORE!” Dad will have a fit and mom will call the preacher for a divine intervention for your soul. It’ll be great.

It’s very important to support local venues that actually bring original metal to town. In the coming weeks, Boney Junes will also host gigs by Born of Osiris, Chelsea Grin, Texas in July and Iwrestledabearonce. If these shows do well, the good folks at Boney Junes will keep them coming. But if the house is half-empty, well, you’ll be back to staring at the TV or trying to sneak dad’s beer as a form of entertainment, won’t you?

Let’s review: March 12, Goatwhore, Dying Fetus and lots more. Boney Junes. Evansville. $15. Be there. That is all.

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Opeth, Mayhem, Amon Amarth, Clutch! Lookit all the freakin’ great concerts coming to Louisville

Holey Shee-it!

I got my semi-regular concert update from terryharper.com this morning, and my jaw hit the floor; I couldn’t believe all the great shows that will be rolling through little old Louisville Ky. over the seven months.

To be honest, Louisville has been kinda weak on the concert front lately. Black Veil Brides were a recent headliner and Asking Alexandria seemed to play the city about once every six weeks. So the L’ville concert scene was pretty sad.

But hooray! The rest of this year’s Louisville concert season is gonna blow your head off. Just look at this schedule:

July 7 – Devin Townsend, Obscura, Septicflesh and others at Phoenix Hill Tavern.

July 31 – Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity at Expo Five.

Aug. 4 – “Summer Slaughter Tour,” with The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, Kingdom of Sorry and various others at Expo Five.

Aug. 23 – Amon Amarth at Expo Five.

Sept. 27 – Opeth and Katatonia at Expo Five.

Dec. 9 – Mayhem, Keep of Kalessin, Hate and … well … Abigail Williams at Phoenix Hill Tavern.

I admit I left a lot of concerts off my list. It’s true there are going to be a lot more shows in L’ville between now and December … but, sorry, I just can’t get too riled up about the Iwrestledabearonce/Emmure/other boring bands fest on July 26 at Expo Five. But someone out there loves it, I’m sure.

For the full list of Terry Harper’s shows, visit www.terryharper.com. Also, tix for the upcoming shows are either on sale now are will go on sale in the near future at www.ticketweb.com.

 

“Bonded By Damage!” Factory Damage to open for Exodus in Lousiville

That’s right: Owensboro’s own Factory Damage will be tearing up Phoenix Hill Tavern on Sept. 2, as the second-stage headliner for the Exodus, Malevolent Creation show.

This is a perfect opportunity for Owenspatch’s metal army to both see one of the legends of thrash live on stage AND to show your support for home-grown, organically produced, pure raw metal. The band is selling tix to the show, so drop guitarist Ed Young an email, at moofaster@hotmail.com, and he’ll hook you up.

If you’re unfamiliar, you can check out Factory Damage’s music on their Web Site, or at the band’s MySpace page.

Go to this show. That is all … except for this: Thanks Terry Harper, for continuing to bring great rock to Louisville. You rule.

Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer to play Louisville in October!

I was royally irritated when the Megadeth/Slayer Louisville show scheduled for February was cancelled because of Tom Araya’s bad back … and I nearly coughed up blood when the two hit the road after Araya recovered and left Louisville completely off the tour.

But now, I take back everything bad I said about those guys. Really. Give me the crow and I’ll eat it.

Why am I suddenly so forgiving? Because Slayer and Megadeth are coming to Louisville on Oct. 12 AND THEY’RE BRINGING ANTHRAX WITH THEM!

It’s a nostalgia tour, to be sure: Megadave will be performing “Rust In Peace” in its entirely and Slayer will be doing “Seasons in the Abyss” front to back. And the Thrax is back with Joey Belladonna, so you’d logically expect much of their set will be from “Among The Living” and “Spreading the Disease” with a dash of “Persistence of Time” thrown in … in other words, there won’t be much played on this tour that was written after 1992.

But so what? Three legendary bands on one stage, right in our back yard. That’s an offer that’s hard to refuse.

Presale tix go on sale Wednesday, June 14 at www.megadeth.com, www.anthrax.com and www.slayer.net. Some shows will even have $10 tickets (not for the L’ville show, but oh well). After that, tix will be available on www.ticketmaster.com.

Here are the complete tour dates.

SEPTEMBER

24        Verizon Wireless Theatre, Dallas, TX

25        AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

26        Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX

28        Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA

30        Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN

OCTOBER

 1         The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA

 2         Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL

 3         Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL

 5         Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA

 6         Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD

 8         Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, NY

 9         Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA

10        LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH

12        Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY

14        War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN

15        DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI

16        Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

19        E Center, Salt Lake City, UT

20        The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV

21        Gibson Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA

Louisville gets screwed as rescheduled “American Carnage” tour dumps stop in city

Oh, some stupid tour manager needs his head stuck in a vice for this.

First, Slayer, Megadeth and Testament “postponed” the “American Carnage” tour because Slayer frontman Tom “my back hurts” Araya had to have back surgery.

I’d already bought tickets to the Feb. 2 show in Louisville, so I didn’t see why poor Tom couldn’t suck it up and play the dates anyway. I mean seriously; wussing out of the so-called biggest tour of the year for back pain is not very metal, Tom.

But they PROMISED to reschedule the tour dates, so I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. Keep your tickets, they said. Like a fool, I did.

Today, the record labels announced the reschedule tour and guess what? THEY COMPLETELY DROPPED LOUISVILLE FROM THE TOUR!

What the hell happened here? I suppose some greedy tour manager decided the bands could make a few more dollars of merch in another city. As for L’ville, too bad, so sad.

What. A. Bunch. Of. Crap.

Anyway, if you still give a damn about this tour, here are rescheduled tour dates. I still really like Megadeth’s new disc, “Endgame” … but for now, I think both of these bands can bite me.

Here are the new tour dates:

JULY

23 Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC CANADA
24 Heavy MTL, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC CANADA
26 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS CANADA
27 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB CANADA
29 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT CANADA
30 John Labatt Centre Center, London, ONT CANADA

AUGUST

11 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
12 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
14 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
15 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
16 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
18 Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
19 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit,MI
20 UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
23 Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO
26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
27 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
30 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
31 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA

SEPTEMBER

1 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
3 Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
4 Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR

Tix for the Megadeth-Slayer show in Louisville are on sale now

Tickets for the Feb. 2 “American Carnage” show in Louisville, featuring Megadeth, Slayer and Testament went on sale today. I’d previously reported the tix would go on sale Dec. 4. Sorry about the mistake.

The show is at Broadbent Arena. The “recession proof” $10 tickets are in the arena’s upper levels, while seats in the lower level and on the floor are $40 and $50. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.

I imagine both Slayer and Megadeth will bring their A-game to the tour: Kerry King and MegaDave both have huge egos, so neither will want to get upstaged by the other. We’ll see.

Cynic and Devin Townsend! Cynic and Devin Townsend! Cynic and Devin Freaking Townsend!

Oh yeah, Between the Buried and Me is also on the bill. Take a look.

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Holy crap. I thought Cynic would never come this close to the region. But lo and behold, Terry Harper is bring them to Headliners in Louisville with The Devin Townsend Project. Again I say: Holy crap.

If you don’t know who Cynic are, you should. They are one of the founders of what folks call “progressive death metal.” You can read a Noise Pollution interview with frontman Paul Masdival here.

I’ve seen Devin Townsend once with the Devin Townsend Band (also in Louisville, when he opened for Opeth) and the man is a wunderkind. Just to see Devin back onstage is a shocker: After his retirement from the road in 2007, I thought the man would never perform live again.

Devin released “Ki” earlier this year and the second DTP disc, “Addicted,” hits record stores next week. You can read a NP interview with Devin here.

I keep forgetting BTBAM. Sure, I like Between The Buried And Me just fine … but after an evening of Cynic and Devin Townsend, I’ll spend the BTBAM set at the bar, thanks.

Tickets are a paltry $15 and on sale at Ticketweb. Go to this show, I tell you. You won’t be sorry.