The echoes of the amplifiers are still ringing in our heads after a heavy metal summer, but it’s not time to turn the page just yet. October brings New York a fresh batch of classic rock, heavy metal, and everything in between. With the brand new Barclays Center opening, Rush will be the first rock band to play the Brooklyn venue, and on the metal side you have the Twins of All Evil tour as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson team up for a sure-to-be brutal night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Following are all the shows on the Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for October 2012:
Wednesday, October 3: Heart at the Beacon Theater. The Wilson sisters continue to work the road, bringing over 30 years of hits with them. Amazingly, this band sounds as good as ever even as they work new material in their sets. Tickets are still available for this Upper West Side show, with a fresh batch of cheap $45 seats just released.
Saturday, October 6: The Fab Faux at the Beacon Theater. It’s back to the Beacon for this heralded Beatles tribute. Saturday’s show will see the double disc (or four side if you’re reading this, Dad) White Album played in its entirety, something the real Beatles never got a chance to do. Tickets are pricey for a cover band, but you can be sure this show is worth every cent.
Wednesday, October 10: Heart at the Paramount Theater. If you missed the Beacon show, here’s another chance to catch Barracuda, Magic Man, and all your other Heart favorites out in Long Island. The Paramount is one of the nicest new venues around, and every seat feels close and intimate. Floor and balcony tickets are still for sale through Ticketmaster.
Monday, October 15: Anthrax at the Wellmont Theater. Anthrax is coming off the best year of their career, riding high on new album Worship Music and playing virtually every gig in sight. If you missed them on Mayhem Festival this summer, or 3/5s of the band at Metal Masters 4 in September, then get over to Jersey for this headlining show. The Wellmont’s multi-floor setup is great for moshing at any comfort level. Read my recent interview with Frank Bello right here.
Tuesday, October 16: GWAR at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It’s almost Halloween, and that means that Oderus Urungus and his evil bandmates are on the road again and looking to f*ck you up! Get covered in blood and other bodily fluids with the loudest space monsters of all time, even if it means venturing into hipster-central. You can read my last live GWAR review right here.
Wednesday, October 17: Marilyn Manson & Rob Zombie at Hammerstein Ballroom. Can a metal lineup get any more vicious? If you thought the Rob Zombie/Megadeth show back in May was intense (read all about it here), then prepare to have your mind blown away, then smeared bloody all over a black canvas. Tickets are pricey and the mezzanine is already sold out, but frankly if you’re coming to Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, you’re better off on the floor anyhow. My review of Manson’s April concert can be found here.
Wednesday, October 17: The Australian Pink Floyd Show at the Paramount Theater. Breathe in the air… hmm, it smells like the art teacher’s office. The Australians do Pink Floyd like few others, bringing a full blown light and laser show to go with perfectly replicated renditions of all your Floyd favorites. The Paramount’s balcony and comfortable seats make it a perfect venue for this stunning show, and the band has been known to perform entire albums in order in true Floydian style.
Wednesday, October 17: The AP Tour at Irving Plaza. It’s a night of raw metalcore as Miss May I, The Ghost Inside, Like Moths to Flames, The Amity Affliction, and Glass Cloud line up to knock you down. The relatively small Irving Plaza means that moshers will be bouncing off the walls once these bands kick off. At $18 a ticket, this show is one of the best values of the month.
Saturday, October 20: The AP Tour at Starland Ballroom. Jersey gets its own crack at this hardcore tour, and Starland tends to be even more vicious than the Manhattan venues. Also, as Pepper Keenan of Down reminded me a few weeks ago, the Starland PA is “is loud as sh*t!”
Saturday, October 20: Rush at Prudential Center. Geddy, Alex and Neil are the workhorses of rock n’ roll. The trio consistently knocks out album after album, and then hits the road tirelessly to bring their music to the masses, usually together with a hysterical stage production. Read my last Rush concert review here. Fans have the option of this Newark weekend date, or…
Monday, October 22: Rush at Barclays Center. The very first ever rock concert at New York’s newest arena (after Jay-Z’s opening run – see below), and who better to inaugurate the Brooklyn venue than Rush? Persistent rumors of a pair of Stones dates not withstanding, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and a great chance to scope out the new venue before basketball season begins. Tickets are still available in all price ranges.
Tuesday October 23: Richie Sambora at Best Buy Theater. Bon Jovi’s famous axeman returns to the underground Best Buy for a solo performance. Will he only play Bon Jovi songs, or maybe just 75 minutes of talkbox? Jersey fans will likely be happy with either! Read my review of Bon Jovi’s invite-only show at Best Buy in 2010 right here.
Tuesday – Wednesday, October 23-24: Buddy Guy at B.B. King’s. There’s nothing like an old school bluesman, and Buddy Guy delivers both raucous riffs and hilarious stage presence. And what better venue to watch B.B. King’s right hand man? Take your pick of either night’s show, but remember that B.B. King’s usually has tables with a drink minimum if you want to be anywhere near the stage.
Thursday, October 25: Lez Zeppelin at High Line Ballroom. The girls in Lez Zeppelin regularly play NYC and have earned themselves a legit following thanks to their throbbing, grinding takes on Zeppelin classics as well as deeper cuts. Hit up the Highline to watch them play Led Zeppelin II in its entirety, followed by tracks from all your other favorites Zep albums. My last review of their too-legit-to-quit show can be found right here.
Friday, October 26: Epica at Irving Plaza. Get your symphonic metal fix right here! Irving Plaza lets fans get up close and personal with their favorite bands, while better views can be caught from the balconies. Support comes from Canadian band Blackguard and Scottish group Alestorm for a night of multi-cultural metal.
Saturday, October 27: Napalm Death & Municipal Waste at Gramercy Theatre. Really, what more do you need to know? Two of the most vicious metal bands around are co-headlining at the tiny Gramercy, and this is a strictly no-posers show. Go and get your face ripped off at this weekend metal massacre!
Monday, October 29: Brokencyde at Webster Hall. The world’s foremost crunkcore band barrels into Manhattan! Oh what’s that, you never heard of crunkcore? Few subgenres get more hate than a mixture of crunk hip hop and screamed vocals, but you could also just go to check out openers Bunny the Bear. And then stay for the screaming Brooklyn rap metallers.
Tuesday, October 30: The Deftones at Terminal 5. Fresh off their co-headlining run with System of a Down (read my review here), Chino and the Deftones will hit up Manhattan at the former warehouse now called T5. Rock shows in the hot venue can get out of control quickly, but it’s up to you if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Plenty of tickets are still available for this rager.
Tuesday, October 30: Cypress Hill at Best Buy Theater. After skipping a year, B-Real and Sen Dog return to New York City for their annual Halloween show. Expect plenty of costumes, dancing, and smoking as the rappers drive the packed crowd insane in the membrane. Read my review of their 2010 show here.
Friday- Saturday, September 28-October 6: Jay-Z at Barclays Center. With his part ownership of the arena, it’s no surprise that Jay-Z retained the right to kick off the opening festivities himself. and the rapper is playing no less than 8 (crazy) nights. Even casual rap fans would do well to check this show out, and tickets across all price levels have just been released as well. After all, venue only have one first ever show – or in this case, eight.
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