It may be unseasonably warm here in New York City, but the slim amount of rock concerts this coming month is perfectly typical. A 10 night Allman Brothers run at The Beacon pads the time between a handful of other shows, but enjoy the break – April is looking to have some monster concerts before summer’s live music buffet really kicks in. Following are the concerts on the NY Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for March 2012:
Thursday, March 1st: Van Halen at Madison Square Garden. The 2nd of two sold out shows, nosebleed seats are starting to sell on Stubhub.com around face value so don’t despair if you don’t have tickets in hand yet. This tour is getting rave reviews, so might as well jump at this chance to see Eddie and Alex back with David Lee Roth.
Thursday, March 1rd: Corrosion of Conformity at Gramercy Theatre. CoC is operating as a 3-piece for the time being, under the lineup that recorded the fan favorite Animosity album. This Gramercy show is a great chance to get up and close with the band in an intimate venue, with open floor in the front and GA seats in the back. Read Columbus Heavy Metal Examiner Jason Bodak’s review of their new self-titled album here.
Friday, March 2nd: Children of Bodom at Paramount Theater. The Paramount is a-ways out for Manhattanites or other NYCers without vehicles, but if you can get to Huntington, Long Island, it’s a beautiful venue that has been regularly hosting top notch acts. Bodom played the Best Buy Theater last summer (read my review here), so it’s about time to see their shred-heavy show again.
Friday, March 2nd: Misstallica / Big Faux 4 at The Bell House. The ringing in your ears from last September’s Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium (read my review here) has finally faded, so it’s time for some more Whiplash! All-female, all badass Misstallica headlines a four band tribute to the Big 4, including Megadeth tribute Peace Sells, Slayer tribute Show No Mercy, and all-girl Anthrax tribute Thunderbox. An absolute can’t-miss for thrash fans – read my review of Misstallica’s last Bell House show here.
Saturday, March 3rd: Children of Bodom at Starland Ballroom. New Jersey gets a crack at the Finnish black metal masters. Starland shows are notoriously violent, so mosh monkeys suit up and everyone else be warned!
Saturday, March 3rd: Lez Zeppelin at Highline Ballroom. The girls in Lez Zep are fanatical about the music of Led Zeppelin, and this Saturday night they’ll be playing Led Zeppelin IV in its entirety, as well as all most of your other favorite tracks. This is one of the world’s best tributes, and a great show for both die hard and casual fans. Read my last review of Lez Zeppelin by clicking here.
Tuesday, March 6th: Jane’s Addiction at Paramount Theater. JA hasn’t come around since their 2009 amphitheater tour with Nine Inch Nails, and fans are sure to be pumped for this run. Tickets sold out fast for this show and it’s going to be tough and expensive to get in, but if you’re a big fan you can’t miss this one.
Friday, March 9th – Sunday, March 25th: The Allman Brothers at The Beacon Theater. Southern rock’s most dependable favorites come through once more for a sold-out run at the famed Beacon. 10 shows over 15 days should be enough for even the most die hard of fans, and tickets are available at reasonable prices for most shows on the secondary market.
Saturday, March 10th: Iced Earth & Symphony X at Best Buy Theater. This hell of a co-headlining tour played Jersey last month, and now comes to Times Square for a power metal extravaganza. Both groups have loyal followings for their furious live shows, and combined they just might sell out the underground Best Buy. Read my review of Iced Earth’s last NYC show (also at Best Buy) here.
Monday, March 12th: Adrenaline Mob at Hiro Ballroom. The metal world’s newest supergroup will return to the Hiro Ballroom to debut their first official record. The band, fronted by Symphony X singer Russel Allen and backed by powerhouse drummer Mike Portnoy, played their first ever live show in the Japanese-themed venue last year (read my review of that show here) and are expected to play their entire new album at this record release party.
Sunday, March 18th: GWAR at Starland Ballroom. The galaxy’s evilest heavy metal space monsters simply do not quit touring. Their relentless destruction only comes as close as South Jersey on this spring tour, but if you missed their last Irving Plaza show (my review here) it’s worth heading out for a bloody, messy metal massacre.
Wednesday, March 21st: Metal Alliance Tour 2012 at Gramercy Theatre. The second annual run of this heavy, HEAVY tour is sure to destroy the relatively small Gramercy. Devildriver headlines, with Job For A Cowboy, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, 3 Inches of Blood, Impending Doom and Wretched all combining for a brutal lineup. Read my review of the inaugural 2011 show here.
Wednesday, March 21st: Brit Floyd at Theatre at Westbury. I don’t know any more about this British tribute group than you do, but I do know that when a Pink Floyd tribute comes to the comfortable, seated roundhouse theater in Westbury, I go. It’s that simple!
Monday, March 26th: Buckethead & That 1 Guy at B.B. King’s. One of the world’s best guitar virtuosos is also one of the weirdest, and this time will be performing together with That 1 Guy, a musician who literally built his own unique instrument. Buckethead’s live shows are a true treat for electric guitar enthusiasts and this collaborative act should be spectacular, but be warned – the underground venue gets PACKED and hot as hell, so arrive early if you want to get a good spot and dress light! Read my review of Buckethead’s last show here.
Friday, March 30th: Sully Erna at Starland Ballroom. Official press releases haven’t even gone out for this yet, but Ticketmaster.com reports that tickets for this show and its companion Long Island date April 1st at the Paramount go on sale this Friday. Read my review of Sully’s first run of Avalon tour dates by clicking here.
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