As summer enters its final month, New York metalheads are in for some serious heavy f*cking metal concerts. August boasts a lineup of metal A-listers, with Black Sabbath, Megadeth, and Philip Anselmo each offering a metal kick in the face, not to mention Alice In Chains, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the usual host of tributes and cover bands. Get the most out of summer metal by hitting every show you can, especially the Sabbath date at PNC Arts Center, before the last week of the month inexplicably empties of any shows at all. Following are the concerts on the NY Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for August 2013:
Thursday, August 1: Schism at Rocks Off Concert Cruises. Only in New York can you hop a three hour river cruise with live tributes to Tool and Rage Against The Machine playing on board. Schism and The Battle Of Los Angeles always put on a crushing show, and this final summer cruise gives you gorgeous views of the city as well. My last Schism review can be read here.
Saturday, August 3: Fight Or Flight at Gramercy Theatre. See the very first New York performance of this band, featuring Dan Donegan and Mike Wengren of Disturbed. The music is a bit more mellow than the Sickness but still writhes with Donegan’s hooky metal guitar lines. Gramercy’s GA policy also lets you choose to sit, stand, or mosh at will.
Saturday, August 3: The Winery Dogs at BB King’s. Another year, another Mike Portnoy project. Mike brings his newest band to the underground Times Square venue, where you can experience his newest musical explorations. This band is more classic rock than metal, but with bass-master Billy Sheehan on the low end, it’s hard to pass up this band full of maestros.
Sunday, August 4: Black Sabbath at PNC Arts Center. Ozzy, Tony and Geezer have a new album and they’re hitting the road for what may be their final tour. No rock or metal fan can afford to miss this show; unfortunately tickets have completely sold out. Hit up Stubhub, where some 700 tickets are still available as of August 1st, and keep your fingers crossed for an arena tour this winter. My last solo Ozzy concert review can be read here.
Sunday, August 4: Infected Mushroom at Governor’s Island. No trance act rocks harder than these Israelis. Hardcore electronica is boosted by metal guitars for a slamming show equal parts rave and mosh pit. Governor’s Island is a great outdoor venue for a show like this, but be prepared for lengthy waits to get on and off the island via water taxi. My review of Infected Mushroom’s New Years 2012 concert here.
Wednesday, August 7: (Half of) Gigantour at Hammerstein Ballroom. Megadeth, Black Label Society and Newsted will blast your faces off with hours of thrash metal as Gigantour hits NYC. Unfortunately, the Tuesday date which was to feature Device, Hellyeah and another Megadeth performance has just been cancelled, with tickets to be honored at the Wednesday show. Just Megadeth and BLS alone are easily worth the price of admission, though. My last live review of Megadeth here, Zakk Wylde’s acoustic show last month here, and Jason Newsted’s Highline Ballroom performance here.
Wednesday, August 7: Dillinger Escape Plan at Best Buy Theater. It truly sucks that the Summer Slaughter Tour has to go up against Megadeth, because that forces New Yorkers to choose between two high end metal shows. Dillinger is bringing heavyweights like Norma Jean and Cattle Decapitation with them for a 9 band lineup of extreme metal. With the venues only 10 blocks from each other, it’s not unreasonable to consider hitting up both shows if the timing of your favorite bands works out.
Wednesday, August 7: George Thorogood & The Destroyers at Bergen Performing Arts Center. It’s hard to believe George Thorogood is still that bad to the bone, but seeing is believing so see for yourself as he makes his annual summer visit to the area. The bluesman usually plays the cramped BB Kings (read my review of 2011’s show here) so consider this a major venue upgrade when he hits the comfortable and spacious BPAC.
Thursday, August 8: Black Sabbath at Mohegan Sun Arena. Connecticut is a bit of a haul from NYC, but if you got sold out of the PNC show this might be your next best option. Limited tickets are still available for this indoor concert, and as long as you’re up at Mohegan Sun, why not make a whole weekend out of it?
Thursday, August 8: Ted Nugent at NYCB Theatre. It’s out to Long Island for the Motor City Madman! When not chiming in on politics, the guitarist still plays a mean Cat Scratch Fever in all its glory. Plenty of seats are still available in the Westbury roundhouse at a very reasonable $40.
Friday, August 9: Gigantour at Susquehanna Bank Center. Camden is a bit of a haul from the city, but if you want the complete Gigantour package here’s your best shot at it. A Friday night show also means you (hopefully) don’t have to race home to get up for work the next day so you can headbang til it hurts!
Monday, August 12: Beyond The Wall at BB Kings. Until Roger Waters hauls The Wall back to the US, the only Pink Floyd in town are the loving tributes like this one. BB King’s underground club is the perfect place to enjoy this band, which is known to perform entire albums as well as hitting the hit singles. $15 tickets offers great value for a Monday night in the city.
Wednesday, August 14: Lynyrd Skynyrd at Bergen Performing Arts Center. Ain’t no crowd like a Skynyrd crowd! Sweet Home Alabama doesn’t have the same ring in Englewood, NJ just 10 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, but the BPAC venue is a great theater to sit back and enjoy your favorite Skynyrd hits. The modern version of the band still puts on a kicking show – read my review of this past weekend’s Bethel Woods concert with Bad Company here – but tickets for this BPAC date start at $92, so be prepared to shell out some serious cash. Or you can get in slightly cheaper at:
Thursday, August 15: Lynyrd Skynyrd at NYCB Theatre. The roundhouse in Westbury, Long Island is probably the most intimate concert venue in the region. No seat is a bad seat when the stage slowly rotates throughout the show, and while the seven-man Skynyrd band will have to cram onto the smaller stage, that just means there’s more for you to see. The show is 4/5ths sold out, but it’s not too late to grab the remaining tickets, although they cost a hefty $75 for this premium rock show. My last review of Skynyrd at the NYCB Theatre can be read here.
Thursday, August 15: Every Time I Die at Gramercy Theatre. The All Stars Tour offers some serious metal value for the ticket price. Supporting Every Time I Die are hardcore, thrash, and death heavyweights like Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror, Stray From The Path, Capture The Crown, Iwrestledabearonce, For All Those Sleeping, Structures, Ice Nine Kills, and Dayshell. Bring hearing protection and/or aspirin.
Friday, August 16: Philip Anselmo & The Illegals at Gramercy Theatre. Philip Anselmo has gone solo, and he’s ready to put on an even more vulgar display of power. This show has just been relocated to the much smaller Gramercy Theatre from its original Best Buy host, which means that you’ll be that much closer to the ranting, raving Mr. Anselmo as he does what he does best. Read my recent interview with Philip talking about his solo album Walk Through Exits Only and what he expects of his live show, and my review of last year’s Philip-fronted Metal Masters 4 show at the Gramercy can be found here.
Saturday, August 17: Uproar Festival at PNC Arts Center. Alice In Chains and Jane’s Addiction headline the 4th annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, a lighter alternative to last month’s Mayhem Fest (my review of Mayhem ‘13 here). It’s been years since AIC came this way and they alone justify catching this show. Cheap tickets can be found on livenation.com for both this and the New York companion show (below).
Sunday, August 18: Uproar Festival at Jones Beach. New York gets its day with this year’s Uproarers, including opening acts Coheed & Cambria and Circa Survive. $10 tickets are available for the upper decks, which also offer the best beach and sunset views. My last review of Alice In Chains at Madison Square Garden can be read here.
Wednesday, August 21: Chimaira at Gramercy Theatre. Hit the pits for a dose of neck-wrecking metal! The animals in Chimaira take no prisoners in their live show and the floor will be roiling at the small Gramercy. You could always grab a seat in the back, but why even go to this show if you’re not ready to mix it up in the pit?
Thursday-Saturday, August 22-31: Absolutely jacksh*t. There just aren’t any rock or metal bands in town for the final week of summer. You could check out Pat Benatar at the Paramount if you really want, but otherwise hit the beaches, volunteer to feed the homeless, or just veg out in your air conditioned TV room and wait for Lamb of God & Killswitch Engage.
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