The Rust Belt in East Moline is beginning to knock off the rust, so to speak, in opening up to more live shows — and audiences are responding with enthusiasm.
Tickets to see Corey Taylor in concert at East Moline’s Rust Belt in June were to go on sale this morning (March 19) to the general public. But the June 12 limited capacity show sold out within a day of opening in pre-sale Wednesday, and they’ve added a second date for the frontman of Grammy-winning juggernaut Slipknot and platinum rock force Stone Sour on Sunday, June 13. The artist management and venue are limiting both shows to 600 patrons (at $50 per person), below the 20-percent capacity maximum ordered by the state of Illinois.
“They went on sale March 17, to the internal fan club and I-Rock 93.5,” Rust Belt promoter Kyle Peters said Friday morning. “We’re working with management for the band and everybody’s trying to make sure – we’re still trying to be cautious, get things going. That’s why we added the second show; we brought attendance down, and Corey’s management team was good to go with two shows.
Taylor, a 47-year-old Des Moines native, is kicking off his indoor 2021 tour May 18 in Tempe, Ariz., and Peters said it wasn’t too tough to add
a second date here, at the 4,000-person standing-room venue, 533 12th Ave., East Moline.
“We could have just done the one, but we know we have lot of Corey Taylor, CMFT, Slipknot, Stone Sour fans in the Quad-Cities,” he said.
Taylor’s website (thecoreytaylor.com) shows that he’s taking Covid very seriously, noting: “Be advised that at these shows, regardless of State guidelines, Covid health protocols shall be strictly enforced by purchaser for all employees, patrons and artists throughout the event.
“All patrons are required to wear masks at all times when NOT in their pod or at their table/seat,” the site says. “Patrons shall be required to practice social distancing at all times
when NOT in their pod or at their table/seat. There will be temperature checks at entry. Patrons included in each pod or table shall be required to enter venue together. Together we can stop Covid-19.”
At the Rust Belt, multiple entrances and exits will be used to discourage crowded waiting areas and social distancing will be strictly enforced during arrival and in lines for vendors and the restrooms.
Pods for patrons will be first come, first served and not assigned. Pods will be arranged for groups of 2-4 people, to maintain social distancing.
A Oct. 1, 2020 USA Today feature noted that as frontman of heavy metal band Slipknot for more than two decades, Taylor has performed in a wide array of the group’s signature, frequently terrifying masks. “Which is why the outspoken singer gets ticked off when he sees people refuse to wear face coverings to protect themselves and others from coronavirus,” the story said.
“If I can wear a mask for two, three hours a night, you can wear one for five, 10 minutes in the grocery store. Suck it up,” he says. “It’s tough
for me to watch people being stupid and not say something. At the same time, the minute you say something, people accuse you of playing politics when it’s actually just common sense.”
Taylor, for his part, is completely unmasked on his debut solo album “CMFT” (the title is an explicit acronym for his name), released last fall. “The 13-track effort is a stark departure from the kind of songs he made with Slipknot or Stone Sour, the hard rock band he co-founded in 1992,” USA Today wrote.
In the interview, Taylor said: “With this, it’s a singular vision and one that I wasn’t completely ready to do until now because I was never confident enough. Hearing it back, it’s really made me hungry to do it again. It’s such an upbeat, energetic album. Sometimes being in that Slipknot frame of mind can really weigh you down. Especially if you have demons you need to purge, it’s the best vehicle for it. But that’s not me all the time, I’m not a brooding 20-year-old anymore. I’m a guy heading toward 50 who still just wants to make music and have fun.”
The heavy metal Slipknot formed in 1995 in Des Moines and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
With two gold-certified albums and a platinum single, Stone Sour have notched five Top 10 debuts on the “Billboard 200” and garnered Loudwire’s “Rock Album of the Decade” for “House of Gold & Bones — Part 1,” which also spawned its own Dark Horse Comics graphic novel of the same name by Taylor.
His debut solo effort, “CMFT,” last fall made history with the powerful single “Black Eyes Blue” reaching #1 at Active Rock Radio making Taylor the first artist in the history of the format to reach #1 with three separate projects, following chart-topping efforts from Slipknot and Stone Sour.
Taylor first crashed the New York Times Best Seller List with “Seven Deadly Sins” in 2011, occupying the chart for four weeks. He followed it up with three popular tomes: “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven” , “You’re Making Me Hate You” , and “America 51” .
Meanwhile, his filmography encompasses “Fear Clinic,” “Doctor Who,” “Officer Downe,” and “Sharknado 4.” Taylor’s bio calls him: “The rare renaissance man who can give a symposium at Oxford University and headline heavy music festivals around the globe, Taylor forever challenges culture to think, dream, and scream along with him.”
Peters said of the new solo record: “It’s still active rock. You’re gonna get the same Corey Taylor personality. He’s got a big personality, that’s what draws people.”
Being from Iowa, a lot of people in the area can relate to him, Peters said.
“We’re kind of cut from the same cloth, the same area,” he said. “It definitely doesn’t hurt. Everybody’s trying to get the cogs in the wheels to start turning. Everybody in the musician industry, we all understand that. It’s not a light switch, to get things going again. It’s been a long year without live music.”
Reopening to live public shows May 7
The Rust Belt will have its first 2021 live concert outside on May 7 at 7 p,m., with rock band Badflower and Goodbye June at River Bend Park (formerly known as Murphy Park), in front of the Hyatt hotel at The Bend.
Those tickets range from $30 to $50, and each pod (fitting up to six people) will be at least six feet from another. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets on the lawn. They’re asked to ensure that both the people in your group and items you bring can comfortably fit within the designated pod area. Aisles and space provided for required social distancing must be kept clear.
Facial masks or coverings will be required for entry, while waiting for entry, exit, and to move about the common areas. Facial masks or coverings are strongly recommended but not required when attendees are in their seating pods.
As with any Rust Belt event, attendees should be asymptomatic for at least 14 days prior to attending the event in person. Anyone feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms such as but not limited to fever, cough, or shortness of breath should stay home. Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has been experiencing these symptoms in the last two weeks should also stay home.
“We take the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic seriously,” the Rust Belt site says. “We have identified reasonably foreseeable health
risks and have steps to mitigate them.”
“While there is no guarantee of an illness-free event, it is indisputable that planning, training, and implementing reasonable health and
safety measures are the best ways to protect this live event and the people who create it,” the site says.
The Rust Belt – which opened in February 2019 – has not been entirely dark the past few months.
They have hosted three “Instamix Live” sessions, coordinated by Jose Urquiza of the Q-C band 3 Years Hollow, where touring musicians come together to create a new song with the help of limited audience of 50 people maximum, Peters said.
The Saturday before the Super Bowl, the Rust Belt hosted members of Sevendust, CMFT and Breaking Benjamin, he said.
“We have a lot of cool lights and sound and they asked, can we do this?” Peters said. “These are little plugs we can do, those are huge — that bring in the talent we did. Jose does great job of recruiting talent like that,
building relationships, for guys that eventually will play the Rust Belt. They’re all great guys. It’s really neat.”
Last night (March 18), the venue was happy to host the big announcement by Chad Pregracke and his new Bison Bridge Foundation, which attracted over 80 business, state, and community leaders in attendance.
“I think it’s cool. Chad has a great vision, thinks big,” Peters said. “There’s few people that have that ability to think big and he’s one of them, to get the right influencers there. It’s gonna take something like that to help the Q-C area to pop and stand out. Hopefully, we’ll do what we can from our side.”
Still waiting for federal Covid relief
Like most live music venues across the country devastated by Covid, the Rust Belt is anxiously waiting federal relief – from the $15 billion approved by Congress in the “Save Our Stages” act in December.
“We were notified that the portal was supposed to open the last week of April,” Peters said. “We’ve been patiently waiting — from December until April has been an eternity. We’ve got great ownership at the Rust Belt, management that understands.”
“In down times like this, when we’re not able to promote live music, we can do stuff for Chad, and people can see the venue through a different lens,” he said. “It helps capture a different audience, bring general awareness to the venue. It’s a unique venue with a lot of history. As we move through the pipeline, we’ll have a whole genre of stuff we can do there besides just music. We’re definitely open to other events. We’re patiently waiting for things to open up more, to open up the playbook.”
Having some guests Thursday night who haven’t been to the venue before can help spread word of mouth, Peters said.
“Word of mouth is everything, to bring new people in,” he said. “Activity brings activity. It always has and always will. We’ve essentially had over a year of no larger audiences of over 50 people. We’re definitely excited to bring people through in a safe way, kind of get this momentum going for the venue.”
For the federal “Shuttered Venue Operators Grant” program, the entities eligible for Covid relief funding include:
Other requirements of note:
Grant amounts will reflect either of the following instances:
For more information on the grant program, visit www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant.
For tickets to Rust Belt shows, visit www.therustbeltqc.com.
Air Partner launches Tour Protect for music and entertainment industry
Air Partner’s Tour Protect offers the advanced safety solutions needed to mitigate risk, safeguard all VIP charter flights and ensure a smooth travel experience at each stop along the tour
Diversified private jet services provider Air Partner has announced the launch of Tour Protect. It’s described as “the first COVID-19 travel protection program for complex world tours.”
As the music and entertainment industries begin to plan to tour again, Tour Protect offers the advanced safety solutions needed for today’s age in travel to mitigate risk, safeguard all VIP charter flights and ensure a smooth travel experience at each stop along the tour.
The Tour Protect add-on charter program delivers a new industry solution to music and entertainment companies. It comes as they begin to plan their tours. The plan provides the most advanced safety measures including, enhanced COVID-19 protocols, evacuation planning, security detail, and 24/7 health and medical support.
Air Partner Tour Protect
Air Partner’s Tour Protect add-on program includes:
- Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Protocols: Guarantee all aircraft and crew comply with recommended COVID-19 procedures, including deep cleaning of aircraft, advanced crew training, access to ground transportation that has been safely vetted, and access to COVID-19 testing and vaccination validation screenings.
- Quick-Response Evacuation Planning: Governments trust Air Partner for its evacuation planning services. Tour Protect provides this same protection level to ensure the fastest solution for any evacuation needs related to COVID-19 or other emergencies that may arise.
- 24/7 Medical Support: In partnership with Northcott Global Solutions, Tour Protect includes 24/7 access to medical support for individuals and groups, along with access to a network of highly trained medical personnel who can deploy on short notice to assist with any needs.
- Security Screening: Air Partner works closely with airports, airlines, suppliers, and cargo agents globally to ensure that necessary security is in place, offering solutions that meet the requirements set out by international regulations and compliance. This includes advanced security screening through rapid deployment of security teams and equipment and added security for high-profile clients. Credentialing and badge IDs are available for all passengers, including crew, entourage, and additional personnel.
“With so many considerations going into the production of live events, Tour Protect is designed to alleviate clientele of concerns and provide reliable air transportation to take them where they need to be and back on schedule,” said David McCown, President of Air Partner, Americas.
He added, “Air Partner’s global network of resources, and 60 years of experience in the private aviation space, allows our team to manage these tours with the highest degree of care and service. Our ability to swiftly pivot, robust level of security capabilities, and experience coordinating campaign tours during COVID-19, allows our team to be an ideal resource to entertainment and music companies as they take flight again.”
Paramount+ Launches Today With Live Sports, Breaking News, And Entertainment | SEAT42F
Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS, launched today with an unparalleled content offering that bundles live sports, breaking news, and an expansive collection of exclusive new originals, hit series, marquee franchises and popular movies. Featuring more than 30,000 episodes and countless films from ViacomCBS’ family of world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel, Paramount+ is home to premium entertainment for the whole family.
“The launch of Paramount+, which builds on ourlegacy of innovation and superior storytelling, is a significant milestone for ViacomCBS that demonstrates our commitment to being a global leader in streaming,” said Tom Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming. “By combining fresh original content with live and on-demand programming and an established library of titles from world-class entertainment brands, we have created an unrivaled service that offers live sports, breaking news and entertainment for all audiences.”
Premiering today with the launch of the service is a slate of new originals, including The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event; Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, a prequel series and the first-ever spinoff of SpongeBob SquarePants; MTV Documentary Films 76 Days, the Oscar Shortlisted documentary that looks at life in the earliest days of the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, China; For Heaven’s Sake, a docuseries blending comedy and crime for a unique take on uncovering the truth; The Real World Homecoming: New York, a reunion special with the original New York cast in the iconic NYC loft; 60 Minutes+, a new form of the flagship series that reveals the stories behind the news through original reporting and captivating interviews; and Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning out the News, the second season of the animated daily news satire series.
These titles join a growing slate of originals currently on the service exclusively, including The Good Fight, Why Women Kill, The Stand, Star Trek: Lower Decks, No Activity, Coyote and more.
Coming this Spring to Paramount+ is an extensive lineup of live sports including every UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match, culminating with the UEFA Champions League Final on May 29;coverage of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, featuring all of CBS’s games throughout the tournament highlighted by the National Championship game and Final Four with first-round coverage beginning on March 19; and CBS Sports’ coverage of The Masters.
The Paramount+ slate will also continue to expand with 36 exclusive originals coming to the service in 2021, including the following titles that will debut this spring: Rugrats, an all-new series featuring Nick’s iconic babies, back together with the original voice cast and an all-new CG animation style; No Activity, a half-hour police comedy that will transition from live action to animated for season four; and Behind the Music, the groundbreaking and prolific music documentary series returns with several new episodes and the best of the vault remastered. Beginning late spring, the Paramount+ film library will grow to over 2,500 titles including recent hits from Paramount Pictures, such as Bumblebee, Crawl, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Gemini Man, Like a Boss, Pet Sematary, Playing with Fire, Rocketman and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as popular movies from MGM, such as Bill & Ted Face the Music, Skyfall, The Addams Family, Child’s Play and Valley Girl.
The reimagined service, built on the strong foundation of CBS All Access, features live linear programming, plus a deep and growing content portfolio that spans the best in scripted dramas, kids and family, sports, news, documentaries, comedy, music and reality. Starting today, subscribers can stream:
How to Stream
Paramount+ has two pricing tiers available to U.S. subscribers that marry the best of live and on-demand programming. The premium tier, at $9.99, is available now and combines live sports, including NFL games, soccer and more; breaking news through CBSN; CBS’ live linear feed; and commercial free, on-demand entertainment options spanning Paramount+ originals to the full suite of current and library shows and movies with 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision and mobile downloads. In June, Paramount+ will introduce a new ad-supported tier, at $4.99, that offers live NFL games, news and entertainment, but no longer includes local live CBS station programming. A $5.99 ad-supported tier, which includes live CBS programming, is available until June at which point only the $4.99 and $9.99 tiers will be offered to new subscribers.
All Paramount+ subscribers will have access to a seamless user interface, enhanced curation and discovery, cross-platform dynamic play functionality, personalized homepages, content categories and central hubs for ViacomCBS’ brands. Additionally, each subscription option will include parental control capabilities and up to 6 individual profiles.
Consumers can subscribe to Paramount+ online at ParamountPlus.com; via the Paramount+ app for iOS and Android; and across a wide number of platforms, including smart TVs, connected-TV devices, online, mobile, gaming consoles, and leading OTT providers. Paramount+ will also be distributed on major platforms in local markets internationally. The new Paramount+ app will begin rolling out across platforms today. For more details on Paramount+, please visit ParamountPlus.com.
ViacomCBS will bring Paramount+ to international markets with initial debuts in 18 Latin American countries and Canada today; the Nordics on March 25, 2021; and Australia with a rebrand and expansion of 10 All Access later this year.
With production capabilities across five continents, strong distribution agreements and local relationships and expertise around the world, Paramount+ will leverage ViacomCBS’ leading global reach — including the largest global broadcast footprint — to drive streaming growth and international expansion. ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) will build on its momentum in prized formats, and as one of the top global producers of Spanish-language content, to bring exclusive series to market for fans of kids and family, scripted dramas, reality and more. Subscription prices will vary by market, but Paramount+ will be available to international audiences at a compelling price point.
Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.
For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.
ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.
Evercade VS – A New Home Gaming Console From Blaze Entertainment
On April 23, 2021, Blaze Entertainment announced their newest console, called Evercade VS. What is the console? Well, this console is a home-based 1080p Evercade system with up to four players supported.
Evercade VS is set for release on November 3, 2021 starting at $99.99 USD. There are multiple options that will be available for purchase. These order configurations include:
Starter Pack 1 Game (TBA) and 1 Controller
Premium Pack: 2 Games (TBA) and 2 Controllers
Special Edition color scheme (TBA)
One of the interesting facts about the console is the dual cartridge slot, which allows for more games to be selectable at a given moment. Evercade VS uses existing Evercade cartridges, which will feature over 280 games by the end of 2021. Save stages are saved directly to the cartridge, so they can be swapped between consoles.
The console will feature a brand-new user interface as well as new resolution options, including “Pixel Perfect” option. There is also built-in Wi-Fi to enable a hassle-free user interface and game updates. At this time, there are no plans for online gameplay.
The console comes with a new controller, but non-Evercade controllers and wireless adapters are supported. Even the handheld Evercade can be used as a controller, but it requires an additional link cable, which is sold separately.
Let’s talk about the cartridges being “subject to license” for a moment. According to the press release, “The Namco Museum collections are by contract Handheld exclusives and are available in Europe only. Therefore those two cartridges will not be compatible with the Evercade VS.” Hopefully this will change because I have routinely said that Namco Museum 2 is the reason to buy the handheld console:
· Brutally honest opinions on Evercade: https://youtu.be/TY7OVpZiUVI
· Review of Namco Museum 2: https://youtu.be/L9CCjztYpeg
The Evercade VS is the first consolized version of the existing handheld ecosystem, and the price is reasonable. I am a bit disappointed because the Namco collections are not currently licensed for this console, but that will hopefully change. I like the controllers and design of the console. It reminds me of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s design. Would I buy one for myself; well that remains to be seen.I bought my handheld unit last year and it supports HDMI out.
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