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 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

’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 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

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 […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer celebrates 20th anniversary of debut album in Berwick on July 31

Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer celebrates 20th anniversary of debut album in Berwick on July 31

In the late 1990s and into the early 2000s, a new musical genre broadly labeled as “nu metal” gave rise to a variety of heavier rock and metal bands that sold millions of CDs, from Slipknot, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Godsmack to Linkin Park, System of a Down, Disturbed, and Staind. Many of those artists […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

German metal band Accept gets heavy and ‘Mean’ at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on July 2

German metal band Accept gets heavy and ‘Mean’ at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on July 2

From a press release: Penn’s Peak adjusted to the pandemic and kept live music alive with socially distanced events, but now that COVID-19 cases are down and indoor restrictions have been lifted, the Jim Thorpe venue is finally welcoming national and international touring acts back to its stage, the first coming 482 days after its […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Wilkes-Barre hard rockers Lifer explore social media in ‘Hate Me, Love Me’ music video

Wilkes-Barre hard rockers Lifer explore social media in ‘Hate Me, Love Me’ music video

From a press release: First active in 1999 and the early 2000s, the Wilkes-Barre-based hard rock band Lifer is reunited and entering a very different decade in the new music video for their latest single “Hate Me, Love Me” that explores the polarizing, and often harrowing, nature of social media. According to vocalist Nick Coyle, […]

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Black Label Society returns to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg with Obituary and Prong on Nov. 6

Black Label Society returns to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg with Obituary and Prong on Nov. 6

From a press release: Forced to cut their North American tour short last year due to the pandemic, Black Label Society is getting back on the road this fall and “Doom Trooping Over North America” with fellow heavy metal bands Obituary and Prong. The tour stops at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Saturday, Nov. […]

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Guitarist John 5 shreds at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Aug. 22

Guitarist John 5 shreds at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Aug. 22

From a press release: For almost 30 years, John 5 has been one of the most in-demand guitar players on the planet. As well as a guitarist for hire, he has shared the stage as axeman for metal icons Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Halford. He has also worked with an impressive array of […]