A Festival Weekend for Cleveland Headbangers

Bill Peters on air
  • Bill Peters on air

It’s a gala weekend for Cleveland area heavy metal fans who’ll have the chance to hear 14 of the area’s best bands in the genre over two nights at shows put together by long-time area metal maven Bill Peters.

Tonight at the House of Blues, the WJCU Metal on Metal 30th Anniversary show at 7 p.m. celebrates Peters’ 30 years on the air at John Carroll University radio station WJCU 88.7 FM, which broadcasts his Metal on Metal show each Friday evening. Two of the founding bands on Peters’ Auburn Records headline the event: Shok Paris and Breaker. For Breaker, who recently reunited with singer Jim Hamer, the show will be a warm-up before they board a plane for their appearance next weekend on the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany.

Peters promises, “Breaker's set list for this Friday's show at HOB is going to be incredible! They are playing some songs they have not played in decades.”

Breaker photo by Joe Kleon
  • Breaker photo by Joe Kleon

Cellbound will be marking their final appearance with multitasking guitarist Shaun Vanek.

Says singer Chris Emig, "We're proud to have had 4 kick ass years together musically and we can't even count how many beers and laughs we had together!!! Please join us as we wish him only the very best -—Horns up to Shaun!!!"

Manimals, Venomin James and Deadiron round out the bill. Soulless dropped off the show due to an injury to one of its members. Tickets are $17 at the door, and the first 100 people through the door will get a free Metal on Metal 30th anniversary T-shirt designed by Cleveland-based artists Derek Hess (Everyone else will be able to buy one).

Tomorrow night’s Iron Ingo Cleveland Metal Festival at the Beachland Ballroom kicks off at 6:30 and features another of Peter’s classic Auburn bands from the ’80s, Destructor, along with a roster of the area’s best newer metal bands: Eternal Legacy, the Approach & the Execution, Ground Zero, Lick the Blade, Shades of Remembrance, Julia Roberts’ Global Warning and Alternate Reality. It’ll be hosted by “Iron Ingo” Stuhrenberg, a loyal Metal on Metal listener who is currently visiting from Germany. The Beachland show is free with a ticket from the House of Blues show, or $10 without.

Iron Ingo and Bill Peters
  • Iron Ingo and Bill Peters

Longtime metal scenesters will be excited to hear that Chris Andrews will be back in Cleveland and attending both shows. Andrews was a mainstay of the area’s music scene in the ’80s and ’90s, best known as for his stint with the Spudmonsters. He also played with the Monitors and Shadow of Fear, was the backbone for ’80s cooperative record label St. Valentine’s, and drove the creation of Madison Village, a Waterloo-like collection of businesses in Lakewood that flourished in the ’90s, with two stores Andrews owned — Chris’ Warped Records and King Daddy’s Wah Wah Palace — among its attractions. Andrews now lives in North Carolina.

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