Getting Stoked: 70000 Tons Of Metal 2015 - The Bands
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|Written by:||D.T. Metal|
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Dear winter in Colorado - you suck and will NOT be missed. The countdown to this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise is thankfully in full swing.
Metal Storm has been covering this annual event for a couple of years now and the 2015 edition will be no different. And once again I drew the short straw and have been tagged with soaking up the sun while spending a couple days at Miami's famous South Beach before boarding a cruise ship at Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades.
The horror of it all ? the sacrifices I make for Metal Storm all in the name of metal ?
Nah, just kidding; I wouldn't want to miss this and neither should you since 70000 Tons Of Metal is one of those 'bucket list' items and those who attended the cruise in prior years will attest to its awesomeness. For a quick refresher on WHY this event should be on your list, check out my reviews from prior years (70K 2014, 70K 2013 and 2012's off-brand cruise Barge To Hell). Once again, Matthew Zinke over at matthewknowsphotos will be joining me on the cruise and between the both of us we hope to be able capture the visual aspects of the voyage.
still one of my favorite locations - Turks & Chaicos in 2013
Sounds like fun? Hellz Yeah! And maybe even more fun this time around since the organizers (UMC; short for Ultimate Music Cruises out of Vancouver, BC Canada) made some significant changes for the upcoming voyage:
While the destinations were always some very nice Caribbean location, this year's Port of Call is actually one of The Skipper's (Andy - head honcho at UMC and cruise mastermind) dream location, but due to the speed of the ship, never feasible. We are finally going to JAMAICA. Not getting into details on what all the island has to offer but will invite you to check out the second installment of this series: Getting Stoked - The Destination.
With all this being said, now it's time to get stoked about the bands playing and other music related activities for the upcoming 5th Edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal - The Original! - The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!
This year's Pool Girl 'uniforms' have been designed and made by none other than Gwar's newest frontwoman Vulvatron. A veteran cruiser herself, she is not only a metalhead through and through but also a kickass seamstress. Do check out Kylla Custom Rock Wear and make sure you give her business a "like" over at their Facebook page.
All-Star Jam in 2013 featuring Mille and Doro among others
Ok, enough with the rambling, let's check what bands are playing on the boat. Twice mind you - yes, each and every band will have two chances to rock the socks off their fans. Quick math: 60 bands times 2 sets = 120 gigs. Sleep? Probably on the way home in the plane. See - again, the sacrifice I am willing to make.
As of press time, 43 out of the 60 bands have been officially confirmed and for the complete list please check HERE. Whaaat? This close to the cruise and not all bands are known? No worries, it will all work out in the end and Skipper Andy mentioned in an interview over the summer that this tactic is a 70000 Tons Of Metal trademark of sort. Well played Sir, well played! One thing is for sure, UMC has always delivered a GREAT product, and I see no reason why it would be any different this time around.
Bands ? variety is the spice of life and there is plenty of variety on the ship. A lot of bands will be touring after the cruise so there will always be another chance to see them. Of course the ambience will be different since, let's face it ? cruise ship, warm weather - no comparison to a regular venue.
Speaking of Primal Fear; since longtime drummer Randy Black left the band a while back, I am really looking forward to checking out ex-Angra's Aquiles Priester behind the kit.
As a special treat, the semi-classic Rage lineup of Peavy Wagner, Manni Schmidt and Chris Efthimiadis will treat us to their first official show as Refuge.
Pool Deck on her Majesty Of The Seas - we will miss her
Without listing each and every band on this year's cruise, you can see that the variety is pretty good already and any band which will get announced before we set sail will just be a bonus. And speaking of bonus - below are some special events happening on the cruise.
There might be some more bands who plan to perform a special set, but the above stood out. And yeah ? about that standing out stuff? we already had:
- Sabaton's frontman Joakim being carried by the crowd from the stage to be thrown into the pool during the last song of their set
- DragonForce's shredder Herman Li running from the stage, jumping into one of the hot-tubs to finish his solo
- The first ever chair mosh pit during Municipal Waste's set on Barge To Hell and
- the lounge chair wall-of-death during Bonded By Blood's set
The Official Origin Pillow
But this year one of those shenanigans is officially sanctioned by UMC, the 70000 Tons Of Pillowfight. And which band would be most suited for this? Yes, you guessed it, Origin. For real now, the band will even provide special pillows for the event so no Royal Caribbean property will be used. I hope this doesn't interfere with one of my "can-not-miss" bands, since I am planning to videotape this 'fluffiness'.
In closing, you might wonder what I am most stoked for. Well ? there is no official headliner on the cruise, but for me there is ? the band I am most looking forward to watch is ? Blind Guardian.
They are on the verge of releasing their newest opus Beyond The Red Mirror the end of January and rumors has it that there might be a listening party for it on board. Kick ass if this should happen. Check the video below to get a feel of things to come.
And there you have it - this is why I am getting stoked for 70000 Tons Of Metal. The variety of the bands, the comradery of fellow Metalheads, the tropical destinations all wrapped up in this perfect package.
It is not too late to join the adventures, there are still cabins available (check here for booking info), but if you can't make it this year, do make plans for 2016. Trust me - you won't regret it.
||Written on 11.01.2015 by Former boss lady. Now just a professional concertgoer... dangerously armed with a camera!|
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