One For The Roadie: Anthrax Represents For The Bronx

Though they’re usually associated with coming from Staten Island, New York, a few members of the seminal thrash metal band Anthrax—like drummer Charlie Benante, bassist Frank Bello and lead guitarist Rob Caggiano—are actually Bronx-born. It’s why, in preparation for their September 14th Big 4 concert at the New Yankee Stadium, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. proclaimed an official declaration making September 14th “Anthrax Day in the Bronx.”

In the video below, Diaz Jr. reads the announcement, which peppers in song titles from Anthrax’s catalog like “Bring The Noise” and “Persistence of Time.” One of my groomsmen and best friends, Staten Islander John DeSio, is the communications director for BP Diaz, Jr., and I know he had a lot to do with this. I call that using his power for good!

However, this is the cherry on top of the mound of awesomeness called the Big 4 Concert: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Playing in the Bronx. There was an earlier US incarnation of the concert held post-Coachella at the Empire Polo Field in April. For some reason, however, I feel this will rock even harder. It will probably have to do with the lack of 100-degree temperatures. Banging your head is a lot easier when you’re hydrated.

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 2nd

It is with no sense of suspense I can announce that ACL once again topped the countdown in this, the week just prior to the festival. As the gray clouds gather, things are set to kick off in just a few hours time, in fact. Looks like it’s going to be a bit damp out there this weekend, so be sure to plan accordingly if you’re heading out there.

Journey pops into the countdown after a long absence. They were last seen back in June as their Revelation Tour was in full swing. Playing a date in Austin probably got them some additional interest on our site this week. Journey fans are quickly running out of dates, as only a few remain before the 2009 Revelation Tour is over.

The rest of the countdown features some of our usual suspects, with Miley Cyrus recovering from her dip last week, and U2 and the Longhorns battling it out for 4th and 5th. Kings of Leon once again appear, if only to let us wonder if they’ll manage to hang around longer than a week again. Aventura also manages to hang on to a spot in the top 10, but just barely, after tumbling from 2 to 10.

1 1 ACL
2 - Journey
3 8 Miley Cyrus
4 5 U2
5 4 Texas Longhorns
6 6 Metallica
7 - Kings of Leon
8 7 Taylor Swift
9 3 George Strait
10 2 Aventura

The Week in TicketCity Search – September 25th

I say consistency requires she have pink hair.

I say consistency requires she have pink hair.

After 2 weeks of total chart domination, Jay-Z vanishes without a trace, having entered and exited entirely at #1. Guess the fans are a bit fickle. Not surprisingly, the Austin City Limits Music Festival steps up to take his place. We still have passes available for those who want to go, but your options may quickly run out, as this has proven to be one of the most in-demand festivals of its reasonably short history.

Aventura climbs to number 2, while George Strait and the last concert of his 2009 tour bring him back into the spotlight at #3. Fans may have to wait until next year to see George live on stage again. The Longhorns remain on the countdown, though dropping to #4, while U2 holds steady at 5.

The bottom five brings this week’s countdown newcomer, Pink. Finding big success in the early part of this decade with her debut album and the follow-up, Pink’s star ebbed a bit in the mid… have we decided what this decade is called yet? 00′s… Aughts… Whatever… mid-Aughts. In any case, she released the album Funhouse in 2008 and in 2009 began an international tour in support of it. The Funhouse Tour hit North American shores in September.

1 6 ACL
2 3 Aventura
3 - George Strait
4 2 Texas Longhorns
5 5 U2
6 9 Metallica
7 8 Taylor Swift
8 4 Miley Cyrus
9 - Pink
10 - Blink-182

It’s M-E-T-A-L-L-I-C-A

These Are Your Fingers On A Keyboard. Any Questions?

Typing Pic For A Post On Misspellings, Very Creative, I Know

When not keeping track of what people are looking for on our website, one of my other terribly exciting jobs is making sure people find what they’re looking for. This includes handling misspelled searches. Since our search technology is a bit more modest than Google’s, I deal with misspellings manually. Which to say I notice them, decipher them, and add them to a table of “alternative” spellings for the artist in question. This means if these “creative interpretations” of the artist’s name are ever used again, they’ll end up right where they intended to be in the first place.

Since you’ve likely read the title and put two and two together by now, I present to you the many varied ways in which fans of the band Metallica express their desire to see them in concert through our search box:

  • matalica
  • matallica
  • metacilla
  • metaiilca
  • metaillica
  • metalica
  • metalicca
  • metallcia
  • metallia
  • metallic
  • metallics
  • metallicxa
  • metallivca
  • metallixa
  • metelica
  • metellica
  • meticallica
  • metlicca
  • metllica
  • mettalica
  • mettallica

Interestingly, this about the same number of misspelled versions as we have for everyone’s favorite southern-rock band / spelling conundrum: Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’m a bit more sympathetic to Skynyrd fans, as that one stumps me from time to time. Wikipedia tells me the band’s name is a riff on an old high school gym teacher with a no-tolerance policy for males with long hair, and not an attempt to win “most gratuitous use of the letter ‘y’ in a band name.”

Both Skynyrd and Metallica are on tour at the moment, so you can get tickets for both just one click of the mouse away.

The Week in TicketCity Search – September 18th

With one notable exception, a rather stable top 10, particularly the top 5 area. Jay-Z continues to hold top spot by a wide margin, and the Longhorns remained at number 2. In fact, things would have been remarkably unchanged in the top 5 where it not for the sudden appearance of wildcard Aventura.

Aventura, originally from New York, is a Bachata music group. Wikipedia tells me that Bachata music originates in the Dominican Republic, and routinely features themes of romance, heartbreak, and sadness. “Fire and Rain” is more my speed for that. In any case, Aventura has been around since 1994 and released 5 albums, the most recent of which is The Last. At least they’re set if they break up and never release another one. I think there’s an Abbott and Costello routine in there somewhere…

At the moment we have no tickets listed for Aventura, but you can always give one of our sales associates a call and they may be able to help you out.

The remainder of the countdown features some returning faces as well as a LSU fans supporting their team. Metallica, who had been a fixture earlier this summer makes a return appearance, and KISS moves up as well. ACL continues to find a spot on the countdown as time continues to run out prior to the festival start date.

1 1 Jay-Z
2 2 Texas Longhorns
3 - Aventura
4 3 Miley Cyrus
5 5 U2
6 4 ACL
7 10 KISS
8 7 Taylor Swift
9 - Metallica
10 - LSU Football