Prong / Helmet 2018 Co-Headlining Tour


Two of metal’s most respected acts will spend the month of May together as Helmet and Prong have signed on for a co-headlining run. For the two acts, it’s a chance to reconnect years after their start coming up in the New York scene.


“Finally! Helmet and Prong on tour together at last. The circle is now complete,” Prong’s Tommy Victor said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “From the years of crafting groundbreaking riffage and rhythmical carnage on New York’s Lower East Side, to now, the entities still standing that drafted a generation of sonic assault are about to collide. And getting to share a stage with [Helmet’s] Page Hamilton, one of the most influential masters in existence, is an honor for me personally. Absolutely perfect.”


Hamilton and Victor crossed paths prior when Victor, who was a soundman at CBGB’s, helped Helmet secure a residency at the venue. “We will be forever indebted to Prong and couldn’t be happier to have an NYC reunion tour coming up,” Hamilton said in a statement.


The tour beings May 3 in Atlanta, heading as far west as Texas and Oklahoma before circling back through the Midwest and wrapping up May 26 in Baltimore at the Maryland Deathfest. See all the dates listed below and look for tickets going on sale this Friday (Feb. 16).


Helmet / Prong 2018 Co-Headlining Tour

May 3 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masq Heaven
May 4 – Pensacola, Fla. @ VMH
May 5 – Baton Rouge, La. @ Varsity
May 7 – Corpus Christi, Texas @ House of Rock
May 9 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Studio
May 10 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk
May 11 – San Antonio, Texas @ Paper Tiger
May 12 – Tulsa, Okla. @ The Shrine
May 13 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Truman
May 15 – Omaha, Neb. @ The Waiting Room
May 16 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity
May 17 – Chicago, Ill. @ Bottom Lounge
May 18 – Madison, Wis. @ The Majestic
May 19 – Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrews
May 20 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom
May 22 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall
May 23 – New York, N.Y. @ Highline Ballroom
May 24 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Trocadero
May 26 – Baltimore, Md. @ Maryland Deathfest

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Joanna Angel Launches Book Tour for ‘Night Shift’


LOS ANGELES — Joanna Angel embarked on a book-signing tour Tuesday night for her first novel-length work of fiction, “Night Shift.”


Angel read several passages of her new book and fielded questions from an audience attending the book tour at Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles’ Fairfax District.


For Angel, the evening was special. Not only was it her first published book, but the day marked the first day of the novel being available in book stores. She was bubbly.


“This is my very first novel I have written,” she told the audience. “It is a choose-your-own erotic-fantasy fiction book. I always thought my first book would be a memoir, but being given the offer to write fiction instead was a whole different and exciting experience.


“Obviously, experiences in my life are in here, and people I’ve met during my adventures were put in the book. But, actually, it never happened.”


Angel said that the 300-page book took about four months to write after she received the word from publisher Cleis Press, one of the largest independent publishing company in the U.S. that focuses on erotic writing for all sexual preferences, that the book was a go.


For Angel, writing comes easy, only because she was exposed to it at an early age. And, she admitted, it has always been one of her bucket items to be published on the commercial level.


“I always loved writing,” Angel said. “I have been part of lots of different writing clubs and workshops. Writing is something I’ve always enjoyed doing.


For “Night Shift,” “I got an offer, and I said, yes. So, I thought about a number of adventures,” she said.


Angel, of course, is not just a porn star turned author. She’s a director, producer and CEO/owner of BurningAngel, the company known for bringing the force of tattooed women in porn. Many consider her a self-made adult star who helped catapult the “alt-porn” scene.


She started her business in a college dorm room at Rutgers University in 2002, and today the company has a network of websites, hundreds of DVDs to its credit and numerous industry awards, including Best Actress for a Comedy Release and Best Sex Scene for a Comedy Release at the 2018 XBIZ Awards. 


Through the years, Angel also made her mark in the sex toys-and-novelties space, becoming a Fleshlight Girl and creating a BDSM line of toys with JT Stockroom.


At Barnes & Noble, Angel started reading several chapters of the book, but prefaced the introduction of the evening’s festivities by noting, “I am very excited to hear what you think.”


In a nutshell, the book is about a woman named Taryn. After graduating college with a degree in English and uncertain about her life pathway, Taryn winds up working the graveyard shift at a central Florida sex shop called Dreamz. The shop is slotted into a seedy strip mall on the side of a highway.


Chapter by chapter, Taryn elaborates on a cast of characters who enter through the doors of Dreamz — lumberjacks and truckdrivers, among the others. They surprise and delight with graphic agendas involving dildos and cross dressing, among other adventures.


“All of the endings are pretty happy,” she told attendees. “There are four main stories in the book, with Taryn discovering herself throughout each of the tales. A lot of people in the book are based on people I’ve met. I think the main character was how I was when I graduated college … particularly her innocence. There even is a chapter where the real Joanna Angel enters her life.”


Angel was uncertain if she’ll move on to a sequel or prequel, but there is one thing she simply doesn’t want to consider with “Night Shift” — “I don’t want to make it into a porn movie,” she said.


Angel continues her book-signing tour at Skylight Books on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles tonight at 7 p.m., followed by The House of Scorpio Bookclub in Brooklyn on Sunday; Bluestockings in New York on Wednesday; Atomic Books in Baltimore on Saturday, Feb. 24; Hustler Hollywood in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 1; and Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood, Calif., on Tuesday, March 13.

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My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Announce Special Tour

Long referred to as “America’s most dangerous Kult,” My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult will continue its 30th Anniversary Show Tour. Having completed a run of the West Coast in late 2017, part 2 of the band’s 30th anniversary celebration will take the legendary industrial act across the East Coast, beginning on April 10 in Louisville, KY until April 28 in Berwyn, IL. With the band’s lineup featuring founding members Groovie Mann (Franke Nardiello) and Buzz McCoy (Marston Daley) joined by longtime bassist Mimi Star, “Bomb Gang Girl” Arena Rock, and drummer Justin Thyme, the band will commemorate the milestone anniversary with performances of 1988’s I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits and 1990’s Confessions of a Knife – Thrill Kill Kult’s iconic first two albums, both originally released on WaxTrax! Records.


My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult 30th Anniversary Tour Dates


04/10 – Trixie’s – Louisville, KY
04/11 -Exit/In – Nashville, TN
04/12 – Southgate House – Newport, KY
04/13 – Token Lounge – Westland, MI
04/14 – Musica – Akron, OH
04/15 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY
04/17 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
04/18 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
04/19 – Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ
04/20 – PhilaMOCA – Philadelphia, PA
04/21 – Fish Head Cantina – Baltimore, MD
04/23 – Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
04/25 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

04/28 – Wire – Berwyn, IL

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Champagne glass of blood and wine
On chocolate hearts alone I dine
Candles weeping waxing tears
Ten for roses each one a year – disappear

Arrows fester in my heart
Each memory another dart
Love and death both colored red
Showing my past, the dream is dead

Another lonely Valentine’s Day
I can’t believe that things turned out this way
And though I hate to see you go
I know it must be so
Another lonely Valentine’s Day

Nobody will break your fall
All for none, yeah, none for all
Nothing’s so cruel as the truth
Join the Festival of Fools

The dream is dead – Type O Negative

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STYX and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS are teaming up with TESLA for a summer U.S. tour that kicks off May 30 in Irvine, California at the FivePoint Amphitheatre.


Tickets for various cities of the tour, produced by Live Nation, will go on sale starting Friday, February 16 at 10 a.m. local time at STYX and TESLA will be offering VIP packages via their own exclusive pre-sales beginning Wednesday, February 14 at 10 a.m. local time at and Fans can explore JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS VIP packages available at the time of ticket purchase and at


STYX: Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo — would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 40-year career, they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super Bowl appearances, Pollstar box office chart-topping tours with DEF LEPPARD, JOURNEY, BOSTON and BAD COMPANY (to name only a few), two more studio albums. September 2, 2016 marked the long-awaited release date of “Styx: Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas” on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It captures the band performing in July 2014 such fan favorites as “Too Much Time On My Hands”, “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)”, “Renegade” and more. It also includes a special surprise visit from Don Felder — formerly of THE EAGLES — for a rousing performance of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)”. It was released on CD July 24, 2015. After 14 years, STYX’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding album to date, “The Mission”, was finally released June 16, 2017 on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe.


JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS: Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking BLACKHEARTS, with whom she has become a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation”, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “I Hate Myself For Loving You” and “Crimson And Clover”. Her independent record label, Blackheart, was founded in 1980 after she was rejected by no less than 23 labels. Blackheart is one of the longest running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands. As a producer, she has overseen albums by BIKINI KILL, CIRCUS LUPUS, as well as THE GERMS’ L.A. punk masterpiece “GI”. Jett’s music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Jett and THE BLACKHEARTS released their latest record, “Unvarnished”, in 2013 and continue touring the globe with headline shows alongside fellow rock icons like THE WHO, GREEN DAY and the FOO FIGHTERS. Additionally, Jett has acted and appeared in movies and television, including the film “Light Of Day”. Jett was also able to see her story told in “The Runaways”, the film based on (lead singer of THE RUNAWAYS) Cherie Currie’s book “Neon Angel”, starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project, serving as executive producer. In January, the documentary film based on Jett’s life, “Bad Reputation” — produced by Blackheart’s SVP Carianne Brinkman and directed by Kevin Kerslake — premiered to critical acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, with the New York Post hailing that “‘Bad Reputation’ does it right, tracing Jett’s trailblazing path as one of the first, and still the hardest-rocking, women.”


Tour dates:

May 30 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Jun. 01 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Jun. 02 – Sacramento, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
Jun. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 05 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Jun. 07 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jun. 09 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Jun. 10 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Jun. 12 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
Jun. 13 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Jun. 14 – Raleigh, NC – Costal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Jun. 16 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
Jun. 17 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jun. 27 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jun. 28 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
Jun. 29 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Jun. 30 – Hershey, PA – GIANT Center
Jul. 03 – Montreal, QUE. – Place Bell at Laval
Jul. 04 – Toronto, ONT. – Budweiser Stage
Jul. 06 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 07 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jul. 08 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jul. 10 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Jul. 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Jul. 13 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Jul. 15 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

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Heavy Metal Mariachi Masters METALACHI Announce Upcoming Tour Dates


METALACHI – the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band – are thrilled to announce the second leg of their upcoming tour, hitting the U.S. east and west coast this April! The new group of dates will begin on April 5 in Tucson, AZ and will hit several cities, coming to an end back in Santa Cruz, CA on April 28. Before they go on the second leg of their tour, METALACHI will also tour the Pacific Northwest. See below for all tour dates.


Hailing from Hollywood, CA via Juarez, Mexico, METALACHI is a musical/comedy stage show that somehow seamlessly blends the world of Spinal Tap and Cheech & Chong into an over-the-top stage spectacle. The band is comprised of a five-piece ensemble of classically trained mariachi musician siblings, that have been fused together with the power of heavy metal. Fans can expect an unlikely meshing of metal classics from artist such as Metallica, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne and more with traditional mariachi standards from the likes of Vicente Fernandez and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan… all played with traditional mariachi instrumentation but with a stage show that strays far from traditional!


Vega De LaRockha, lead singer for METALACHI says, “METALACHI always loves any opportunity to come rock the east coast. It’s a crazy place with the toilets flushing backwards and everyone driving on the left-hand side, but the energy that the fans bring more than make up for the confounding use of the metric system! Also… geography has never been our strong suit…”

Warren Moscow, manager for METALACHI quickly adds, “Ah hem… I don’t think that’s right, Vega… but in all seriousness, being west coast based, we always jump on the opportunity to get out and rock with the east coast chapters of METALACHI Nation any chance we get. We can’t wait to get back to party with all the fans out east.”

METALACHI U.S. Tour Dates:

March 2018

March 16 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
March 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
March 20 – Eugene, OR @ Lucky’s Bar
March 21 – Salem, OR @ Shotski’s
March 22 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo
March 23 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
March 24 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 28 – Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theater Pub
March 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
March 30 – Ketchum, ID @ Whisky Jacques
March 31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar

April 2018

April 5 – Tucson, AZ @ Casino Del Sol
April 7 – Orcutt, CA @ Rooney’s Irish Pub
April 8 – Yuma, AZ @ Yuma County Fair
April 13 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 18 – Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
April 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
April 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Café
April 21 – Washington, DC @ Hard Rock Hotel
April 22 – Red Bank, NJ @ Red Bank International Beer, Wine and Food Fest
April 27 – Pacifica, CA @ Longboard Margarita Bar
April 28 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

METALACHI takes their cues from outrageous stage shows like KISS, GWAR and Rob Zombie with outrageous costumes, stage production, personas and onstage antics. The band features Vega De La Rockha on vocals, Queen Kyla Vera on violin, Kiko Cane on guitarron, Paco Halen on guitar, El Cucuy on trumpet and is managed by mysterious impresario Warren Moscow.


METALACHI has garnered worldwide acclaim for their unique brand of raucous humor and innovative musical mastery, quickly amassing a loyal and diverse fan base of music lovers in addition to gaining praise from music royalty such as Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), Eric Wilson (Sublime), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Idol, and Howard Stern along the way (fun fact – for the past five years, Sublime has used METALACHI’s debut album Uno to time their set changes, blasting the entire album over the PA at their live shows).


METALACHI has been featured on America’s Got Talent, CNN’s Great Big Story, Rolling Stone en Español, BBC’s Outlook via NPR, Huffington Post, and National Geographic, and their music has been heard on FX’s The Bridge. METALACHI has been named one of the 10 best Mexican Metal Bands worldwide by OC Weekly, was named #4 on a list of the top 20 tribute bands based in Los Angeles by LA Weekly, and was voted as one of the best live shows in Southern California by



“What makes them particularly special is that they fuse two genres: it’s metal and mariachi music, as you may expect by their name. It might be among the only metal a non-metal head can learn to appreciate and something metal heads find truly exciting.”-H. Drew Blackburn, Dallas Observer


“Metalachi is the best heavy metal mariachi band you’ll ever hear. Sure, they’re probably the only one… but still!”- Javier Moreno, Buzzfeed


“…a Latin spectacle that merges Spinal Tap with Lucha Libre.”– Stacy Nick,


“These Mariachi rockers will change your perception of the genre…”– Sascha Bos, LA Weekly



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