Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Horror metal band First Jason ponders ‘The Price of Peace’ in apocalyptic times

VIDEO PREMIERE: Horror metal band First Jason ponders ‘The Price of Peace’ in apocalyptic times

“Make that wound ooze more,” someone says as a hulking bare-chested man has the giant scar across his stomach painted over. In tranquil Dalton, Pennsylvania, a family home sits behind a few others lost in the trees, not even visible from the main road. There is a little red wagon in the yard and a […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

’80s rockers Skid Row and Warrant return to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Feb. 25, 2022

’80s rockers Skid Row and Warrant return to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Feb. 25, 2022

From a press release: It was announced today that glam metal bands Skid Row and Warrant, who both had multi-platinum hits in the late 1980s and ’90s, will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. Ted Poley of Danger Danger, known for ’80s hits like “Naughty Naughty” and “Bang Bang,” […]

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In place of Wilkes-Barre show, Tool performs in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 20, 2022

In place of Wilkes-Barre show, Tool performs in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 20, 2022

From a press release: Today, Tool announced a mammoth 2022 tour, with the progressive metal band spending three months traversing the United States, followed by a month of European dates. Unfortunately, a makeup date for their planned stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on May 1, 2020 is not […]

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Ghost and Volbeat return to Giant Center in Hershey for co-headlining concert on Feb. 8, 2022

Ghost and Volbeat return to Giant Center in Hershey for co-headlining concert on Feb. 8, 2022

From a press release: Today, the theatrical heavy metal Grammy Award winners Ghost and multi-platinum Danish rock band Volbeat announced a 2022 co-headlining arena tour with special guests Twin Temple that is coming to cities like Pittsburgh, Newark, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix. Co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions, the 26-date tour kicks […]

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Wilkes-Barre metalcore band Mind Power ‘Grounded’ in harsh reality in new lyric video

Wilkes-Barre metalcore band Mind Power ‘Grounded’ in harsh reality in new lyric video

From a press release: In January, Wilkes-Barre metal/hardcore band Mind Power released one of the heaviest records of 2021, aptly named “Self Torture.” Featuring vocals from Robert Meadows, the ex-frontman of Philadelphia metalcore band A Life Once Lost, and a lineup that includes former members of Ligeia and Wilkes-Barre bands Dead End Path and Bring […]

 Scott Kucharski

PHOTOS: Judas Priest and Sabaton at Santander Arena in Reading, 09/08/21

PHOTOS: Judas Priest and Sabaton at Santander Arena in Reading, 09/08/21

The legendary Judas Priest kicked off their U.S. Firepower Tour in Wilkes-Barre in 2018, and they returned to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Sept. 8 to begin their 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour at the Santander Arena in Reading. The madness of opening night started with Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton and their raucous 12-song set featuring […]

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’80s glam metal band Winger performs with Last in Line at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 22

’80s glam metal band Winger performs with Last in Line at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 22

From a press release: It was announced today that glam metal band Winger, who released platinum albums in the late ’80s and early ’90s, will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Oct. 22 with Last in Line, a heavy metal band formed by the original core lineup of Dio’s 1984 album “The […]

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Scranton metal band Motionless In White sets off ‘Timebomb’ before tour and festival appearances

Scranton metal band Motionless In White sets off ‘Timebomb’ before tour and festival appearances

From a press release: Today, Scranton metal band Motionless In White dropped “Timebomb,” a new single to light the fuse before their next national tour that already has several sold-out dates. “We are really excited to release a new piece of music to bridge the gap between all of the COVID downtime and our next […]

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Korn reschedules Scranton concert to Sept. 25 after Jonathan Davis tests positive for COVID-19

Korn reschedules Scranton concert to Sept. 25 after Jonathan Davis tests positive for COVID-19

From a press release: As fans lined up outside The Pavilion at Montage Mountain to see Korn and Staind on Saturday, Aug. 14, they were informed just before the show was scheduled to start that someone in the Korn camp tested positive for COVID-19. While the news was disappointing to those who were already on […]

 James Callahan

A Camp Rattler profile: Guitarist, Black Earth alchemist, and freemason TJ Bell

A Camp Rattler profile: Guitarist, Black Earth alchemist, and freemason TJ Bell

TJ Bell and I initially met in the winter of 2009 at a tiny “drinkers” bar called Nak’s by the Tracks in Exeter. I had just recently returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania from a New York City burnout and was, at the time, finishing the first draft of a textbook on artist management and development for […]

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