Another summer of rock n’ roll has come and almost gone, but like most concerts, the best has been saved for last. September brings us a wide range of club acts, classic rock, great tributes, and some metal favorites, including the much-heralded KISS/Motley Crue tour and the annual visit by Phil Anselmo and DOWN. Following are the concerts on the New York Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for September 2012:
Saturday, September 1: Kill Devil Hill at Revolutions. An under-the-radar supergroup, Kill Devil Hill boasts members of Pantera and Black Sabbath, and their sound is exactly what you’d expect: heavy, raw, and awesome. This may be one of your last chances to catch an intimate club show with the band before they graduate to larger venues. Read San Antonio Metal Examiner Jay Nanda’s interview with Rex Brown right here.
Sunday, September 2: The Big Faux 4 at B.B. Kings. Tribute bands for Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax throw their 2nd annual Big 4 tribute, headlined by the one and only Misstallica. Support comes from Show No Mercy, Peace Sells, and Long Island, all-female tribute Thunderbox playing as Caught In A Box for this special show. This is a can’t miss for thrash fans! Check out my coverage of last year’s Big Faux 4 here.
Friday, September 7: Metal Masters 4 at Gramercy Theatre. The fourth incarnation of this heavy metal music clinic has heavyweights like Kerry King and Phil Anselmo already booked, next to half of Anthrax and surprise guests. This unique series has seen some stunning songs played by metal’s finest, and is sure to be more intense than ever in the tiny Gramercy. My review of Metal Masters 2 at Best Buy Theater, including video of Anselmo singing A New Level for the first time in a decade, can be found here. Also check out meet & greet info at the bottom of this article.
Friday, September 7: Guns n’ Hoses at Brooklyn Bowl. It was only a matter of time until the success of Misstallica, Judas Priestess, the Iron Maidens and others spawned a Gn’R all-girl tribute. Personally, I’ll be at Metal Masters but if I wasn’t, I’d be checking out these spectacular sounding girls at the city’s only concert venue/bowling alley. Also, it’s only $5!
Sunday, September 9: Creed at Paramount Theater. My mother taught me that if I have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. The Paramount is a great venue, though.
Tuesday, September 11: Steve Vai at Best Buy Theater. Enjoy one of rock’s finest guitarists in the underground Best Buy. With plenty of space up front and seats in the back, fans can sit back and relax or get right up to the stage and watch his magic up close. Read Music Q & A Examiner Justin Tedaldi’s recent interview with Vai right here for more on what to expect.
Wednesday, September 12: ZZ Top at Beacon Theatre. The Texas trio plays New York virtually every year, and has recently made the Beacon their venue of choice. The theater’s fancy trappings may not jive with Tush, Legs, and Gimme All Your Lovin’, but there’s no denying the fabulous acoustics on every level. Tickets are still available in all price ranges.
Wednesday, September 12: Mark Tremonti at Highline Ballroom. Did you skip Creed a few days earlier? Me too. But you can catch guitarist Mark Tremonti, who also plays in Alter Bridge, at this super intimate show at the Highline. The musician should bust out his legit metal riffs that didn’t quite make the radio cuts in his other bands for a night of solo shredding.
Sunday, September 16: Hatebreed at Starland. Bands that play Starland usually hit an NYC or Long Island venue as well, but this time it’s South Jersey or nothing. Starland is a haul from the city and virtually impossible to get to without a car, but with tight spaces and the Jersey crowd, you can bet this hardcore show will be absolutely brutal. My last Hatebreed review and interview can be seen right here.
Tuesday, September 18: Slash at Hammerstein Ballroom. The top-hatted one just keeps on playing shows. Finally free of drama-filled frontmen and dysfunctional bands, Slash is touring behind new solo record Apocalyptic Love and already talking about new material for a 3rd album. Hammerstein will be his biggest venue yet, and expect solo, Velvet Revolver, and Guns n’ Roses hits to fill the setlist.
Wednesday, September 19: The Offspring at Terminal 5. The durability of the Offspring is incredible, but the fact that they haven’t played the city since 2009 is kind of surprising. They did hit Jones Beach back in 2010 (my review of that show here), but an opening act at a seated amphitheater doesn’t count. Terminal 5’s open floor is sure to be filled with moshing and crowdsurfing kids for a spectacular, if overdue performance, but a word of caution – no venue on earth gets hotter than a sold out T5, so dress accordingly.
Thursday, September 20: The Offspring at Paramount Theater. Suffolk County gets to come out and play, and while the Paramount is much smaller than T5, that means a more intimate show for fans. The Paramount also boasts great mezzanine sections, a number of bars, and is easily accessible via the LIRR so anyone who can’t make the Manhattan show should consider this a viable alternative.
Friday, September 21: KISS / Motley Crue at PNC Arts Center. The Tour is finally here. When KISS and Motley Crue announced that they were teaming up for a summer cross country trek, there was a never a doubt that it would be the loudest and wildest show of the season. Both bands have rabid fanbases, and it’s hard to imagine anyone leaving this co-headlining concert without a smile on their face and hearing damage in their eardrums. All seats are sold out at this point, but lawn tickets can still be had for the extraordinarily cheap price of $30 if you get a 4-pack, or $47 individually.
Saturday, September 22: KISS/Motley Crue at Jones Beach. Like the PNC show, there aren’t many tickets left for this weekend hard rock blowout. Unlike the PNC show, however, it will cost you a LOT to still get in. Ticket prices start at $100 and top out past the $200 range once fees are added on. Still, it’s hard to deny that you’re getting two top tier rock shows for the price. As usual at Jones Beach, no alcohol is available outside of the VIP section so be sure to be pregame! My review of KISS’s 2010 Jones Beach show can be found right here.
Sunday, September 23: KISS/Motley Crue at Comcast Theatre. Usually Hartford, CT is considered out of range for New Yorkers, but given the massiveness of The Tour and the mostly-sold out PNC show, it might prove worthwhile for fans to head up to Connecticut for the Sunday date. Tickets still hover in the triple digits, but at least more seats are still available and the Comcast Theatre is definitely one of the nicest amphitheater venues around.
Tuesday, September 25: Nonpoint at Gramercy Theatre. It’s a throwback to the heydays of Ozzfest ‘01 as Nonpoint will be joined by Taproot for a night of alternative metal. The Gramercy’s general admission policy means that you can mosh on the floor or enjoy the show from the theater style seating in the back, or even switch between the two. Read my last review of Nonpoint by clicking here.
Friday, September 28: DOWN at Best Buy Theater. It’s the annual return of the best damn southern metal band around. Phil Anselmo will be back in New York with his Louisiana cohorts, and you can bet they will f*ck. sh*t. up. Down never fails to destroy every venue they touch, and this year should even see the appearance of brand new music. No self respecting metalhead can miss this show, plain and simple. Read my review of last year’s Down show at Best Buy right here.
Saturday, September 29: DOWN at Starland Ballroom. The New Jersey option for stoner metal fans, and since it’s the weekend anyhow, New Yorkers can even consider catching the show for a second time, especially since the band is usually good about mixing up their setlist from show to show. $25 tickets are a steal for a concert of this quality, too. My review of last year’s Starland show can be found right here.
Saturday -Sunday, September 29-30: Jack White at Radio City Music Hall. He may be only 50% of the White Stripes, but Jack is commanding insane turnouts at his solo shows. He sold out multiple nights at Roseland Ballroom earlier this year, and naturally he did it again now at the city’s nicest venue. There are about 1,000 tickets on Stubhub for each night, and while they’re all above face value, with that kind of glut on the market it’s a safe bet that prices will fall steeply as the show dates approach.
Also of note:
Thursday, September 6: Metal Masters Meet & Greet at 14th Street Guitar Center. The day before Metal Masters 4 hits the Gramercy, Phil Anselmo, Kerry King, Scott Ian and others will be doing a 1pm signing at the 14th Street Guitar Center. Entry is free, but the event is first come first served. Cut the autograph line by purchasing any Samson, Hartke, or Zoom gear!
Friday, September 28 – October 6: Jay-Z at Barclays Center. New York is getting her newest indoor arena for the Brooklyn Nets, and owner Jay-Z is throwing an opening, eight night concert extravaganza. Most, if not all of the shows are sold out, but any concert fan should consider this an historical opening run.
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