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Congratulations To Miss Lena Hall – A 2014 Tony Award Winner!!!

“And the winner in the category for “Lead Actress In A Musical” goes to Miss Lena Hall for “Hedwig And The Angry Inch”!!!! (applause are thunderous) I am so excited to be putting this post up on the PiercingKen.com site because one of the things that I love doing with this blog is to showcase the talented people that I have had the pleasure of meeting during the course of my adventuring. Such was the case with singer/actress Lena Hall who I met when she was fronting a Retro-Rock sensation called “Cocaine The Band”. The music was awesome and the bands individual persona were very well thought out. I greatly enjoyed what this was presenting.

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Lena Hall as Coco Caine

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“Ladies and Gentlemen….The Beatles” A 50th Anniversary (1964-2014)

Those were the words that television host Ed Sullivan said to his audience of 70 Million Viewers that night as he introduced The Beatles to the USA. According to what I have read that was thirty million homes and approximately 40% of the US Televisions. That is pretty impressive for its time. In honor of the occasion The Ed Sullivan Theater has put up a special anniversary marquee and I made sure to snag a photo for you all to enjoy.

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The Ed Sullivan Theater 2/9/1964

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Now That’s What I Call A Drumset :)

I was out and about in our fair Metropolis back in September when the PiercingMetal Canon needed to be serviced and on my way back from the Phototech Repair shop I decided to wander into the brand new Sam Ash Music Store. Believe it or not I had never been inside this new space even though I was a regular customer/visitor to the now desolate “Music Row” of 48th Street. As I walked inside there was an immediate sight that caught my attention or in the words of Ralph Kramden “homina, homina, homina”. Perhaps you see why…..

sam ash music, tama drums

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A Visit To L’Amour Brooklyn (Kind Of, Sort Of….)

Do you remember L’Amour? You do? Great and for those among you who do not, for many, many years this was considered “The Rock Capitol Of Brooklyn”. We’ve got so many younger Metal fans out there nowadays that this legendary club is only a thing of the tales that their older relatives bring up from time to time as they recant shows of the past or when legendary bands discuss their early years. For the longest time this was THE PLACE to be for bands and week after week you could see Overkill, Queensryche, Mercyful Fate, Slayer, Anthrax, White Lion and hosts of other groups. It was a pretty cool place to go to enjoy some Metal for the most part but in today’s musical geography the original club has been shuttered for a number of years.

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Reflective Musiciality Of Studio Time Long Ago: Master Blend Studio

I mentioned that one of the things that I will likely be doing with the PiercingKen blog is reflecting from time to time upon the “old days” of my musician adventures. Yes there was a time that I reached for the brass ring as a drummer (and occasional vocalist from behind said kit) in some pretty cool bands. The two bands of note were Machine (who have some blog posts already in this site) and the band I was in before that which was Eclipse. It’s the latter band who gets the reference for these photographs which were taken a couple of years ago as I was out wandering and happened upon what was at one time a very regularly visited space. Take a look.

Do you recognize this at all my friends? Well, those of you who are or were musicians in Bay Ridge or Bensonhurst Brooklyn might. This is the entrance to Master Blend Studios and it was upstairs from this store. You trekked up a precarious set of stairs and there you were. The studio had two rooms, a larger and a smaller room. I know we always opted for the larger room because the cabinets were a little better and there was a double kick drum which was necessary for me. No double pedals yet. The studio was up on Bay 19th and Bath Avenue and while it was a trek to go to, we no longer had the luxury of Slunky Studios or Bay Ridge Studios to use to work up our chops. Sadly I don’t even think I have photos from any of those other two places. This was a pre-digital everything time in society and I guess a somewhat simpler time as well. Now in addition to rehearsing here with Eclipse, we recorded a three song demo here and after leaving their ranks I do recall that Machine booked time here every once in awhile. There were a couple of smaller side projects that played here that I had some involvement in but they were very short tenured groups.

I realize that I only posted a couple of photos from the outside of the place but even two years ago when they were shot the rehearsal space had been long gone. I do think that I have some actual band practice images somewhere in my photo boxes in the closet but since this is all physical stuff it would need to be scanned first in order to share with you. Perhaps when time allows I will add to this line of narratives with that stuff. Until that time. Cheers.

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