Breaking news from the Over the Top Newsroom. Due to President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration ban, all of the European bands scheduled to perform at the 2017 ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, GA have decided to cancel their performances. We contacted festival organizer Glen Hareveston about this but he was unable to talk to us because of suffering a stress-induced panic attack. We did, however, receive an email from a ProgPower representative assuring us that the show will go on. The email said this:
“ProgPower will go on! ProgPower prides itself as being a festival for the fans. While we understand the need to protest President Trump’s immigration ban, we also have a show to run and we are excited to announce that Jeff Scott Soto will be stepping in to save the day, or two days I should say, once again. Jeff Scott Soto will perform every song from every one of his bands taking only a 10-minute break in between sets.”
Jeff Scott Soto says, “I am ecstatic to once again step in and save the day for ProgPower! I mean, the people are going to get two days of Jeff Scott Soto. What doesn’t rule about that? I can’t wait to get back to Atlanta and melt some faces! ProgPower forever!”
This year’s ProgPower festival also is to feature an appearance by former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy where he will just play his drums for two hours while the crowd basks in the glory of his presence. Due to the inability of the venue to accommodate his head, Portnoy’s set will take place on the roof of the adjacent parking deck. Indoor tickets will still be honored for this performance.
Rock and metal festivals are doing quite well for themselves and for the artists that perform at them. For the price of one ticket you get to see multiple acts usually giving the fans a full stage production and a lot of bang for their buck. Joining the ranks of such festivals as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, The Uproar Festival, and the Lollapalooza festival in 2014 will be the Summer’s Even Metal Festival. The Summer’s Eve Metal Festival was the brainchild of Summer’s Eve marketing director Harry Panocha. We contacted Panocha about the 2014 Summer’s Eve Metal Festival to get the scoop on the festival and what we can expect from it.
“When I took my 14 year old son Mojado to this summer’s Mayhem Festival, I was blown away by the caliber of artists. I was also floored at how many kids were out there having a great time in the sun, kicking up dust in the mosh pit, and enjoying freebies from vendors and I just couldn’t believe that this wasn’t something Summer’s Eve had tapped into yet. I reach out to a handful of bands such as Papa Roach, HellYeah!, and Avenged Sevenfold, all of who I thought would be perfect for the Summer’s Eve Metal Festival and all of them were really excited to be a part of it! The only one that didn’t seem into it all was Rob Zombie. He told us to fuck off. The most exciting part of it all is that Five Finger Death Punch will be headlining all dates on this tour and I couldn’t think of a better band to carry the Summer’s Eve name. The festival will hit major cities with an amphitheater so be ready to rock!”
Lead singer for the festival’s headlining band Five Finger Death Punch had this to say:
“Being a part of the 2014 Summer’s Eve Metal Fest is an honor and I can’t think of a better name to represent the Death Punch! We are looking forward to killing all the posers out there, drinking a bunch of beers and maybe fucking other guys girlfriend’s backstage while they wait out at the car for us to finish with them. This is how the Death Punch rolls and we will be rolling through your town on the 2014 Summer’s Eve Metal Fest so be ready son!”
On sale dates and tour dates for the 2014 Summer’s Eve Metal Festival will be revealed soon and tickets can be purchased at all ticket outlets online and in person!
Stay Tuned for more info!
The somewhat super group Winery Dogs (featuring bassist Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth/Mr. Big), guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (Poison/Guitar for the Practicing Musician want ads), and drummer Mike Portnoy (the guy no longer wanted by Dream Theater) have announced that their most recent tour has been cancelled because of the small venues that they are playing. The venues (mostly clubs) have all been said to be unable to accommodate drummer Mike Portnoy’s head. Billy Sheehan has released this statement:
“We’re so sorry that Winery Dogs have had to cancel our recent tour due to the inability to accommodate Mike Portnoy’s head. We’ve done all we can to make this work. Portnoy even got his own bus in order to accommodate his ginormous noggin’ but unfortunately the venues just can’t fit him into their tiny rooms. Until we can play bigger venues to house his head, we will have to cancel our tour. Rest assure that we will eventually reschedule because ever since Dream Theater flat out said they don’t want him back in the band, the size of his head is decreasing at a pretty steady pace. With this band not succeeding very much, in no time his head will be back to normal and we’ll be hitting your town soon! Thanks for being patient!”
Mike Portnoy’s head couldn’t be reached for comment but it’s PR person did send us a form email and an autographed JPEG suitable for framing.
Hang in there Winery Dogs fans! Hang in there.