It’s so. Goddamn. Cold. I can make an Iced Earth joke here, but that band doesn’t come to New York until April and besides, I like to think that I’m better than that. In the meantime, only a handful of rock and metal shows are hitting our frozen city in March but most of them are well worth bundling up and going outside for, especially The Allman Brothers’ final Beacon residency and Black Sabbath’s (possibly final) arena tour at Barclays. There are also a few non-concert events still noteworthy for the metal faithful. Following are the shows on the Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for March 2014:
Monday March 3: As The Palaces Burn documentary at Highline Ballroom. It’s not a concert, but the story of Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s imprisonment and trial in the Czech Republic makes for a compelling metal movie experience. The premiere got rave reviews in Philly, and will be playing limited venues for one night only. Expect to see the NYC metal scene well-represented at this screening.
Wednesday, March 5: Scott Ian “Speaking Words” at BB King’s. In the tradition of Henry Rollins, your favorite Anthrax guitarist is coming around to share stories and answer questions like only 30 years in the heavy metal world can let him. Don’t miss this chance for an intimate night with the great bearded one at his hometown show!
March 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28 & 29: The Allman Brothers at Beacon Theater. This is your last chance to see The Allmans in their current form, and possibly forever, depending on what happens once Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes leave the band after this final Beacon residency. Longtime fans know how special March is in New York, so of course every show sold out instantly. Hit up Stubhub for tickets, and remember that the final few shows are selling for twice the price of the rest.
Tuesday, March 11: Queensryche (Geoff Tate) at Gramercy Theatre. There’s no need to dive into the mess regarding who owns the rights to the Queensryche name, but if you want to see the singer of Operation Mindcrime performing that landmark album, then this is the place to be. As always, the Gramercy's full GA policy means you can sit or stand at will.
Friday, March 14: Lies Beneath at Tobacco Road. Come rock out with one of New York’s best local metal bands, sponsored by two great websites. Hornsuprocks.com and skullnbones.com are co-sponsoring this metal bash and you can be sure that all the faces you see at local shows will be there. Support comes from Slam One Down, Ashes Within, and No Affiliation.
Friday, March 14: Dana Fuchs at Highline Ballroom. If you don't already know this powerhouse singer, consider this an excellent chance to experience her classic rock sound up close and personal. Dana played the Janis Joplin-like character in Across The Universe and absolutely dominated on songs like Helter Skelter and Why Don't We Do It In The Road. The classy Highline is a great venue for fans to enjoy her solo material on a Friday night.
Friday, March 14: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at Wellmont Theater. Get your monthly dose of Pink Floyd in New Jersey. The production values haven’t changed much since the show was first created, but you can’t go wrong with Pink Floyd, lasers, and your inebriant of choice. New Yorkers have the option of this Jersey show right across the Hudson or:
Saturday, March 15: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at The Space at Westbury. Long Island’s newest venue gets double the Floyd with two laser shows at 7:30 and 10:30pm. The Space at Westbury is still an unknown, so consider this an excellent excuse to check it out.
Saturday, March 15: The Fab Faux at Wellmont Theater. February was Beatles month, but if you’re not ‘Mania’d out, hit up the Jersey venue to see one of the best-regarded tribute bands playing all of Abbey Road plus a mixed set. Parking can get dicey near the Wellmont so be sure to get there early.
Sunday, March 16: Queensryche (Geoff Tate) at Starland Ballroom. Mr. Tate brings the 25th anniversary of Operation Mindcrime to New Jersey, and any Queensryche fan worth calling himself that will be there. End of story.
Friday, March 28: Dream Theater at Hammerstein Ballroom. Speaking of awkward band member replacements... come see metal’s favorite prog gods, new drummer and all. The show is being billed as “An Evening With,” which typically means no opening act, so plan on arriving early for the full Dream Theater experience.
Friday-Saturday, March 28-29: Children of Bodom at Irving Plaza. The Finnish favorites hit New York for a two night, blooddrunk stand! True metal shows are few and far between this time of year, so get ready to mosh your face off in Irving’s tiny quarters. Hell, you can go twice with the two-day pass.
Sunday, March 30: Dream Theater at The Paramount. Suffolk County residents get their own evening with the band, in the comfortable luxury of The Paramount. This venue is hands down the best in all of Long Island, so don’t hesitate to grab a seat or floor ticket for the show.
Monday, March 31: Black Sabbath at Barclay’s Center. All hail the mighty Black f*cking Sabbath! If you missed last summer’s show in Jersey, then here’s your chance to make up for it in Brooklyn. If you were at last summer’s show in Jersey (read my review here), then you know damn well that you’re going to also be at Barclay’s for this show. The band (or 3/4s of it) hasn’t lost a step, and Iron Man, War Pigs and the rest deserve to be heard at top volume in the full arena setting.
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