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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Big day: Rush proves they are awesome, Maiden plans another tour, Pantera releasing new tune

Today is a busy day in metal news. 

Rush has once again proven why they are one of the best bands in the world.  Their show scheduled for July 7th at Chicago's Charter One Pavilion was canceled when rain damaged the band's equipment and made performing potentially dangerous.  Understanding the levels of disappointment this caused the fans that bought tickets, traveled to the show, and were ready to hear some great prog rock, the band rescheduled and played a make-up show this month.  At the show, Rush gave a free baseball hat to every single fan in attendance that had a Rush logo on the front and "The Rain Date, Chicago 2010" displayed on the back.  Needless to say, this hat will become a piece of Rush history and will surely be a collector's item for years to come.

I like to see a band give back to its fans.  As someone who recently saw Rush in concert, this seems like something they'd do.  Rush is a great band, and after this, I respect them even more than I ever have.

In other news, Iron Maiden has said that the band is planning on another greatest-hits style tour, similar to 2008's "Somewhere Back in Time" tour.  When asked what their future touring plans were, singer Bruce Dickinson stated: "We’ll be back to tour this album (The Final Frontier), and after that we should be looking at a big resumé tour – an unashamed tour with all the greatest hits."  He went on to say that "At the start of every tour we think this will be the last one. By the end we’re disappointed and we think, ‘Is this it?’ So we’ll carry on as long as we’re having fun."

Here's hoping they carry on for a long time. 

Finally, Pantera has announced that they are releasing a previously unreleased track entitled "The Will to Survive" on August 30th at 11 central time on their Facebook page.  The song is being released to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the release of 'Cowboys From Hell,' the band's major label debut.  Vinnie Paul claims that "After hearing it for the first time in about 20 years, it's a pretty stellar performance and I am definitely proud that it will see the light of day for all the die-hard PANTERA fans around the world! It shows the true musical diversity of the band at that time!" 

All in all, a great day for rock and metal, here's hoping Maiden is stopping in Chicago or Milwaukee or the Twin Cities on their next tour.  Hell, I'd probably drive to Cleveland to see them again.  Who's with me?!

1 comment:

  1. hopefully the greatest hits tour comes to wisconsin!