School’s back from summer, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with outdoor rock shows just yet. Jones Beach makes a last stand with The Allman Brothers and Depeche Mode, Starland Ballroom reopens after a year of hurricane repairs with GWAR, Hatebreed, and the new Stone Temple Pilots, and there’s even an invite-only Metallica show for XM satellite subscribers. Following are the shows on the Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for September 2013:
Friday, September 6: Stone Temple Pilots at Starland Ballroom. Not only is this the grand reopening of the Sandy-ravaged New Jersey club, but it’s your first chance to see new singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park perform with the STP guys. The venue may be virtually brand new, but it’s still an intimate setting to get up close and personal with the newest version of the classic group.
Friday, September 6: Depeche Mode at Barclays Center. The synth masters of rock are playing two local shows, and Barclay’s massive stage is a great place to enjoy classic DP hits. Few tickets are left, but you can also catch them for cheaper at the Jones Beach show two days later.
Saturday, September 7: The Allman Brothers at Jones Beach. Of all the concerts you may have seen this summer, nothing tops the sheer euphoria of enjoying the Allman Brothers at the outdoor, oceanside Jones Beach amphitheater. With cool fall weather approaching it might be wise to bring a hoodie, but a stunning sunset set to Jessica or Ramblin’ Man is almost guaranteed. With tickets as cheap as $25, there’s no reason not to haul out to the beach for this weekend show.
Sunday, September 8: Depeche Mode at Jones Beach. If you have a choice between the two shows, my vote goes to this show. Great tickets are still available in all price ranges, and weather-permitting, it should be a great end to a summer full of spectacular beach shows (like last week’s Alice In Chain’s concert).
Tuesday, September 10: Stone Temple Pilots at The Paramount. Chester & company hit up Long Island’s finest indoor venue. The Paramount continues to rake in awards for their service, atmosphere, and all-around awesomeness, and rightfully so. Fans driving in should arrive early since parking can fill up fast, but the LIRR is just as good an option for car-less Manhattanites too.
Tuesday, September 10: Ill Bill at Webster Hall. Rock fans might not know about this local rapper, but the Brooklyn-bred Ill Bill namechecks and collaborates with all your favorite metalheads from Megadeth, Slipknot, and more. Reclaim rap metal from its MTV failures and hit up this hardcore show at Webster Hall. You’ll be glad you did.
Sunday, September 15: GWAR & Hatebreed at Starland Ballroom. Just as soon as they finished rebuilding Starland, these two bands are going to wreck it all over again. So threatened GWAR leader Oderus Urungus when I spoke with him by phone yesterday - read the full interview here, and get the hell out to Jersey for this unbeatably brutal combo tour. My last live GWAR review here and Hatebreed (with Lamb of God) review here.
Sunday, September 15: The Acacia Strain at Gramercy Theatre. The Gramercy gets all the really extreme bands this month, and make no mistake, The Acacia Strain is extreme. Triple-guitar assaults don’t get heavier than this, and metalheads should have plenty of space on the concrete floor to go completely apesh*t. Direct support comes from Within The Ruins.
Thursday, September 19: Rex Brown clinic at Sam Ash (34th Street). The Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill bassist hosts a clinic at Sam Ash, courtesy of his new sponsor Hartke. The company has previously helped host clinics with David Ellefson and Frank Bello, so definitely come to this free event to hear Rex play your favorite riffs and ask a few questions. It would be surprising if some kind of Pantera jam doesn’t unfold by night’s end.
Saturday, September 21: Metallica at the Apollo Theater. Holy Sandman! XM radio goes Metalli-crazy with this exclusive concert, open only to satellite subscribers who win online tickets. XM subscribers nationwide can also listen to the concert live on their radios as well as rebroadcasts on the limited-run Mandatory Metallica channel, which will temporarily take over Liquid Metal’s slot on channel 40 from September 13 - October 6. The only way in is to be a subscriber since before August 1st, but winners get a +1 so it's time to buy your XM-owning pal a beer and hope he takes you!
Saturday, September 21: The Machine at Rocks Off Concert Cruises. Didn’t get into Metallica? Wash your sorrow away with a trip up the Hudson River to the timeless echoes of Pink Floyd. The Machine is New York’s premiere Floyd tribute, and this will be one of your first chances to see the group with their new singer. Much like the Jones Beach shows, it’s hard to beat the euphoria of an open air concert, and doubly so with songs like Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, and the rest of your Floyd favorites. My last boat review and photos of The Machine can be read here.
Tuesday, September 24: Helloween at Stage 48. Did you know there was a concert venue at 48th Street and 11th Avenue? This show is the first I’ve heard of it, but the German metal band’s first New York show in years promises to be a great introduction to the indoor venue. Helloween is touring behind new album Straight Out Of Hell and bringing almost 30 years of power metal with them.
Tuesday, September 24: Free Nirvana Tattoo at Looney Tunes. You read that right. Go to the Looney Tunes record store in Long Island, buy the epic new Nirvana In Utero boxset, and get a free tattoo of the Nivana smiley face logo. First come first served, so get there early!
Wednesday, September 25: Carcass at Saint Vitus. Metalheads went crazy when this tour with Immolation and Exhumed was announced. With only 5 dates on the entire run, New Yorkers get two of them right here. Unfortunately, both shows are fully sold out. You can't even get into this one via Stubhub, but if you live near St. Vitus it can't hurt to show up night of show and ask real nice-like at the door. They'll probably say no though.
Thursday, September 26: Carcass at Gramercy Theatre. As of today, Friday 8/30, there are only 9 remaining tickets to this sold out show on Stubhub, and they start at $130. That's how psyched up New Yorkers are for this show.
Thursday, September 26: Joe Satriani at the Beacon Theatre. No one shreds like Satch! The guitar god brings his superhuman abilities to the classy Beacon where you can watch his magic in style. Tickets are a bit on the pricey side, starting at $75, but know that you’ll be getting a high quality guitar show from a true master. My last review of Joe can be read here.
Thursday, September 26 - October 3: Metallica - Through The Never in IMAX 3D. The month-long Metallica hype comes to fruition as the 3D movie first hits IMAX screens for a week before moving to regular 3D screens. There’s really no telling what to expect from this, but fans loved watching the Big 4 in theaters so the concept of rocking out to a Metallica show in a movie theater is tried and true. Get your tickets in advance to make sure you don’t get sold out of the limited IMAX run.
Friday, September 27: Clutch at The Paramount. CANCELLED. Or indefinitely rescheduled. Either way, Clutch has already booked a New Year's Eve show in Brooklyn so chin up!
Friday, September 27: Korn at Roseland Ballroom. Arrrrreeeee you ready? Korn has played just about every venue in NYC, but Roseland’s open floors and great sound make it the best one. The nu metallers will be touring to support new album The Paradigm Shift, and this show should be at least as wild as 2011’s dubstep-supported outing at Roseland (my review & photos here). Grab tickets while you can!
Friday, September 27: Trivium & Devildriver at Best Buy Theater. If nothing else, Friday night will determine exactly what kind of metal fan you are. The rap metal kids will throw down with Korn, and the prog and extreme guys will be right here, going berserk with Devildriver and Trivium. Devildriver’s new record Winter Kills is a brutally awesome headstomper, and Trivium will likely preview tracks from their upcoming Vengeance Falls as well. Fans of either band can’t miss this crushing coheadliner.
Friday, September 27: Blood On The Dance Floor at the Marlin Room (Webster Hall). Try some pop in your dubstep! After last month's Electric Zoo mishaps, the EDM scene could definitely use something uplifting and the melodic but dubb-y BOTDF fits the bill perfectly.
Saturday, September 28: Volbeat at Williamsburg Park. This is the second summer that the outdoor Williamsburg Park venue has hosted concerts right on the waterfront, but the first time a metal band has actually played. Pop your new venue cherry with the Danish rockers, but come later in the evening or you’ll get stuck listening to opening act HIM.
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