New York might be frozen to the core, but loud amplifiers and sweaty mosh pits will thaw things out! Like most winter months, February isn’t exactly packed with concerts, but there are still at least one or two quality shows every week, including some classic thrash metal, an acoustic night with the tribute goddesses in Lez Zeppelin, and The Who playing their last local show of the Quadrophenia tour. Following are the concerts on the Hard Rock Examiner’s radar for February 2013:
Monday, February 4: Doro Pesch at B.B. Kings. What can you say about the queen of heavy metal? Doro continues to reign with both solo and Warlock hits, sounds as great as ever, and is sure to pack the underground B.B. Kings to capacity. Get there early if you want a good view, and read my review of Doro’s last New York show right here. Also be sure to hit up the official afterparty, to be held at Duff’s Brooklyn in Williamsburg.
Friday, February 8: Lez Zeppelin at Highline Ballroom. The first week of February surely belongs to the ladies. The four fantastic musicians in this all-female tribute band put on stunning performances that not only sound just as good as Plant and Page, but look even better. This all-acoustic show, billed as “Stripped Down and Strapped On,” promises a night of your favorite softer Zep hits. Read all about the last local Lez Zep show, which featured Led Zeppelin II played in its entirety, by clicking here.
Tuesday, February 12: The Pink Floyd Experience at the Paramount. There’s no lack of Floyd tributes in the New York area, but for a group as memorable as Pink Floyd, there’s more than enough brilliant music to go around. The Pink Floyd Experience promises all your favorite hits, deep cuts, and of course, a dazzling light show. The brand new Paramount is also a great venue for just about any band, with a variety of floor and balcony options.
Thursday, February 14: Testament & Overkill at Best Buy Theater. Easily the thrashiest show of the month, metalheads absolutely cannot miss this one! Both bands predate the Big 4 and will surely pulverize the floor of Best Buy with their decades of pure speed metal. Last year’s Overkill show sold out, so buy your tickets early or risk missing this year’s Saint Valentine’s metal massacre.
Friday, February 15: Testament & Overkill at The Paramount. Missed the Best Buy show? Head out to Long Island for a second chance to thrash. The Paramount’s wide floor will offer some prime moshing space, but beware – that concrete floor hurts when you hit it hard! With Flotsam & Jetsam on both bills as well, no one will blame you if you want to catch this show twice.
Friday: February 15: Meshuggah at Roseland Ballroom. It’s another night of hardcore metal for New York. The Swedish maniacs in Meshuggah put on skull-crushing performances, and with Roseland’s wide open floor you know there will be fierce mosh pits from one end to the other. Get there early to catch instrumental opening act Animals As Leaders too.
Saturday, February 16: The Pink Floyd Experience at Bergen Performing Art Center. The Floydians in this tribute play a second local show for Jersey fans. The BPAC venue is ornately decorated and a great place to groove on Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Comfortably Numb.
Thursday, February 21: The Who at Nassau Coliseum. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend have already played three local shows featuring their epic Quadrophenia album, and here’s your last chance to catch their fourth and final New York date. Cheap tickets are still available in the upper sections for this historical tour. Read my review of Daltrey’s 2011 Tommy show at Nassau Coliseum here.
Friday, February 22: Cradle of Filth at Irving Plaza. The black metal masters return to New York for a brutal good time. Past years have seen the group playing the much bigger Best Buy Theater, so expect close up confrontation when fans hit the floor and Dani Filth starts to scream. My last Cradle of Filth concert review can be found here.
Friday, February 22: Dope at Webster Hall. It’s been way too long since the bad boys of Dope came around, and even this show is rescheduled from the original Sandy-affected November date. With a multi-year absence, fans will be fiending to wild out to Die Motherf*cker Die so brace for a hardcore impact on the Studio floor. My last Dope review, opening up for Black Label Society in 2009, is right here.
Wednesday, February 27: Flyleaf & Drowning Pool at The Paramount. It’s a doublebill of Texas bands! The female-fronted Flyleaf comes to Long Island with Drowning Pool, now on their 4th singer but still touring hard. Both groups offer hard rock with catchy hooks, and frankly it’s worth the price of admission just to hear mega-hit Bodies in all its moshing, headbanging glory.
Thursday, February 28: Flyleaf & Drowning Pool at Irving Plaza. Finish off the month with a Manhattan date for this tour, which also hits south Jersey’s Stone Pony the following day. Read my last live review of Drowning Pool by clicking here.
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