The New York City winter is setting in, but don’t bundle up too fast - there’s some seriously sizzling heavy metal on its way. Not only is half of the Big 4 in town this month - Slayer at Madison Square Garden and Megadeth in Jersey just a few days apart - but potential Big 5er Overkill is also playing two nights at Studio 48. Add in the usual mix of top notch tribute bands like Lez Zeppelin and The Machine and this should be one the most hard-rocking Novembers in years. Following are the shows on the New York Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for November 2013:
Saturday, November 2: Tribute Fiesta at Gramercy Theatre. Tool tribute Schism is joined by Penntara (Pantera), The Battle Of Los Angeles (Rage Against The Machine), Us Not Them (Pink Floyd), and For Whom The Bell Joels (uhh... Billy Joel? Metallica? Both?). For $19, it’s hard to find a better rock n’ roll value for a Saturday night. My last Tribute Wars review can be read here.
Wednesday, November 6: Stand Up For Heroes at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. There are two awesome rock concerts at The Theater this month, but only one of them helps support the troops and their families. Tickets as cheap as $200 will get you an unforgettable night with Roger Waters, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, and more.
Thursday, November 14: Eyehategod at St. Vitus. Despite losing their drummer just a few months ago, the New Orleans sludge gods are refusing to let tragedy stop them from touring. Expect an insanely packed house in this famous Brooklyn metal bar, as well as a late set time. The group rarely goes on before midnight, so maybe use a (dope)sick day for Friday. My 2011 live review here.
Thursday, November 14: Six Feet Under at The Paperbox. As long as you're in Brooklyn for Eyehategod, considering hitting up The Paperbox for the death metal legends in Six Feet Under. The band continues to go through lineup changes but there's no disputing their two decades of scathing metal output. Expect some brutal mosh pits when they hit the stage in the Paperbox's relatively small room.
Saturday, November 16: Chris Cornell at The Beacon. The Soundgarden frontman returns to the Beacon for a solo show. Even with Soundgarden back together, Mr. Cornell isn’t shy about doing his own thing and that’s for the better if you want to hear your favorite Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog songs. Sadly, the show is completely sold out so you’ll have to go the Stubhub route, where tickets are still reasonably priced for now.
Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17: ZZ Top at The Paramount. Everything’s bigger in Texas, so the bearded trio need two nights to fit their rock show into Long Island. The Paramount has quickly become LI’s premier indoor venue thanks to easy public transportation, great sight lines and a bar in every corner, so don’t hesitate to check out tickets to these awesome weekend shows.
Monday, November 18: Sepultura at Gramercy Theatre. CANCELLED. “Due to the delay in obtaining a visa for the band to enter the United States, we regret to inform all fans that the previously announced North American tour is being cancelled. We apologize to the fans, promoters, and the bands who were going to be part of the ‘Tsunami Of Metal’ tour – UNEARTH, KATAKLYSM, SCAR THE MARTYR, ANCIIENTS, and DARK SERMON.” Fans who purchased advanced tickets will be entitled to a full refund. Be sure to thank your elected officials who have kept the federal government operating smoothly this past month.
Friday, November 22: Lamb of God at Starland Ballroom. Lamb of God absolutely destroyed Roseland Ballroom this past weekend, so imagine what they’ll do to a place half its size! With Killswitch Engage, Testament and Huntress, this is THE metal tour of the year and well worth the drive even for New Yorkers. See photos and read my review of the Roseland show here, and my interview with Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus here.
Friday, November 22: Lez Zeppelin at Highline Ballroom. It’s a whole lotta love every time the girls in Lez Zep hit town. I could use thousands of adjectives to describe their explosive, passionate, full-throated takes on your favorite Zeppelin songs, but none will truly do justice to the epic live shows they put on. Every Highline show sells out, so grab tickets in advance for this night of double-strapped Zeppelin heat. My last live review of Lez Zeppelin is here.
Saturday-Sunday, November 23-24: Overkill at Studio 48. Bobby Blitz continues to be the hardest working man in metal, so it’s no surprise that Overkill is throwing down for a double night stand in New York. They’ve been playing Best Buy for the past couple of years (my 2011 review here) and have clearly outgrown even that well-sized venue so expect a hardcore thrash party. Two day passes are also available so clear your schedule!
Saturday, November 23: The Machine at The Theater at Westbury. Why let a month go by without a Pink Floyd show? The insanely talented musicians in The Machine share their love of all things Floyd with stunning live shows, which include deeper Syd Barrett cuts and later Gilmour gems in addition to the best of Wish You Were Here, Dark Side, Animals, and The Wall. The roundhouse inside the Westbury Theatre is a great place to see the show, and fans might especially appreciate the outdoor smoking deck for a set like this.
Sunday, November 24: Weezer at the Paramount. With tickets going on sale this morning, Weezer has probably already sold out the Paramount by the time you’re reading this. This one-off show should be spectacularly intimate for longtime fans, so check Ticketmaster just in case, then hop on Stubhub to see what it’ll cost you to get into this one-off special event.
Wednesday, November 27: Slayer at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYER! I’m pretty sure that covers all the major details. The Theater’s limited GA pit is already sold out, so you’ll have to hit up Stubhub to get on the floor or settle for the seats in MSG’s theater. Note that this show is not in the main arena, but the side theater in the Garden. My last live Slayer review (Mayhem Fest '12) can be read here.
Wednesday, November 27: Korn at Starland Ballroom. ‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and Korn wrecked a sold-out Starland Ballrom with a killer live show. If you’re not at Slayer in the city, you should be at Korn deep in Jersey. Starland has been on a roll of metal shows since it reopened, and unless the previous week’s Lamb Of God show knocks it out of commission again, expect an out-of-control pit on the open Starland floor, especially now that Head is back in the band.
Friday, November 29: Megadeth at the Wellmont Theater. There’s a Black Friday joke in here, but I already used it when I interviewed Dave Mustaine last month to promote this fall tour - read the full interview right here. Mega-fans can make the most of their holiday weekend by hitting up the Wellmont in Montclair, NJ, as Mustaine and his band continue to bring their head-crushing live show all around the tri-state area. Read my summer Gigantour review here, and also consider Megadeth’s December 3rd date at the Paramount in Long Island.
Saturday, November 30: Classic Albums Live - Abbey Road at the Paramount. Details are a little scarce on this show, but if you love Abbey Road (who doesn’t?) and you’ll be in the Suffolk County area, spend your Saturday night inside the gorgeous Paramount enjoying the greatest Beatles record ever recorded, faithfully reproduced by a live band, from Come Together straight through to Her Majesty.
Kanye West: Tuesday-Wednesday, November 19-20 at Barclays Center
& Saturday-Sunday, November 23-24 at Madison Square Garden