Pirates, Landlubbers, visiting guests, & social network followers:
It is with a very heavy heart I need to let everyone know that a couple of months ago I lost
something that is very important to me and to this business.
About 4 years ago I bought a case that's designed house 6 flash drives, and since then its been
home to a usb hub, 3 SD cards, an OTG cable, along w/ 4 flash drives totaling 34gigs worth of
memories of the past 14 years of my life.
Needless to say that all of DMN's & PGE's information was on one of the SD cards. This is a huge
loss to me and everyone that's ever been involved with PGE. Even now just trying to type this
message out makes me hurt.
As of now I no longer have any of PGE's archived backups, corporate documents, graphics, logos,
archived software, & previous software versions.
This is not an easy thing for me, and it's definitely not easy for me to admit any of this
publicly. I'm not sure right now if things are ever going to be ok with these drives missing.
Because of this embarrassement & loss I am in the process of working on an online storage system
that will be specifically designed to house DMN's & PGE's business & website files. I will also be
making a new offline copy that will be kept updated on better schedule.
It's hard to believe that 3 years has passed since I was sitting down at my laptop working on putting Pirates Gold Entertainment back together after we offline again in 2010. Nearly a year was about to pass since we had went offline yet again and here I was trying to put things back together. My love of music and my will of determination could easily bring myself out of my depressive state of mind if I allowed it to. I was in a bad place at the time and I was going to use PGE to draw me out of that dark hole, so I could start putting my life back together.
After almost a month of work and beta testing & extending private invitations to people to test the network PGE re-launched on May 21st, 2011. While I was putting the pieces back together I wanted to make sure the PGE looked & worked exactly as it did the day it went offline. This was not about hiding the fact that we went offline for nearly a year; we hadn't changed in that year. This was a life giving infusion. Bringing people back to what they knew & loved about Pirates Gold Entertainment, and from there we could change our look or make other major changes.
Over the next 2 months as one of my beta testers can attest we suffered some serious server issues which lead us to host hopping. Eventually we found & settled on x10Hosting's free package and as for hosts the rest they say is history. We've been here ever since.
The past 3 years has been a difficult road. We've changed our look, we lost features because of upgrades, we suffered unacceptable downtime when we lost our domain name in 2012, development became almost nill last year. Even though times got tough I tried to never give up and loose what I worked so hard to create, bring back, & keep online.
As we get ready to turn 3 we stand ready to face the next 3 years with a more powerful platform, a larger social networking community, & more opportunities than before. I hope that you will consider becoming a part of the PGE family and celebrate with us.
Now it's time to give away some Birthday goodies to one lucky winner. I am giving everyone 3 chances to win a $30.00 giftcard to Amazon.com w/ a $25.00 giftcard to Papa John's Pizza.
Here's how to enter:
I will be accumulating all eligible entries on May 22nd and drawing one lucky winner's name on May 23rd.
Good luck to everyone! I wish you all well and hope to see you all as landlubbers someday,
This past year has been very hard on me both mentally & physically and while I did what I could with what I had; this was not good enough.
While 2013 was a good year financially that let me take care of some personal things, and allowed me to create a cement foundation for Pirates Gold Entertainment I let our "house" suffer.
Other than our "behind the scenes" bug & stability fixes the majority of our updates were on expanding our links directory and even that was not updated in a timely manner.
As a result of my negligence our Traffic Rank has dropped to the point that Alexa shows no data for us. This is unacceptable even by my lowest standards and it should have never gotten this far.
Transforming into a social music network from a radio station wasn't something that was thought about let alone even thought possible back in 2007, but with former members' help that is exactly what happened when Caribbean themed Pirates Gold Radio shut down and Pirates Gold Entertainment emerged a few months later.
As we approach our 3rd Anniversay of consecutive uptime it is imparative that I get back to work to PGE's "house" and grow this company or we may not be around for our 4th Anniversay because it just won't be worth it anymore.
This company was built upon both News & Content with a fun socially music atmosphere & it's about time to get back to the basics.
With that said I think it's time to put forth a 2014 roadmap for the future of this company.
Monthlies:This is not a feature, but more of a compliation of timely releases I'm calling Monthlies.
2014These are my goals for Pirates Gold Entertainment to achive before the end of the year.
Thank you all for your time, loyalty, & membership.
Welcome to Across The Pond sponsored by Pirates Gold Entertainment.
Across The Pond is a monthly music column dedicated to european artists such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Judas Priest, & many many others. This feature is released on the first Tuesday of each month.
Across The Pond’s featured artist of July is: Nightwish.
Nightwish was formed in Tuomas Holopainen’s years of high school where ironically all the original members attended school. In July of 1996 Tuomas started to think of making his own band where he would play keyboard and write the music while he was camping with friends.Thus Nightwish the name was formed from their first song. He asked Tarja Turunen a friend from college to sing lead vocals; of course she immediately said yes along with Emppu Vuorinen who was to be the guitar player to join what was then to be an acoustic project. Soon after their first song came out Tuomas decided that Tarja’s operatic voice was too powerful, so he incorporated heavy metal influences like drums and electric guitars.
Early 1997 Jukka Nevalainen joined making it no longer acoustic but electric. Enforcing the heavy metal elements produced the core of Nightwish’s sound. In May 1997, Nightwish signed a recording contract with Spinefarm for two records. Their first album, Angels Fall First, was internationally released in November of 1997 reaching number 31 on the Finnish album charts. Their first single was “The Carpenter”. They made their first live debut in their hometown, Kitee.
Since they were missing a bass player Samppa Hirvonen joined as a sessional member, soon they were also joined by Mariana Pellinen as a keyboardist and a sessional back vocalist for Tarja. Plans were made to make Hirvonen a permanent number but soon he left to join the Finnish army due from a army conscription.The band then returned to the studio of August the next year as a five-piece, to record their upcoming album.
On October 7th the same year they released their second full-length album Oceanborn it was an instant success in Finland reaching the fifth spot on the Finnish album chart. The album adopted a more technical and progressive tune than the previous album Angels Fall First. Due to the newly made album the band abandoned its folk and ambient elements, with the exception of Moondance. Contrasting to the female vocals of Turunen, the album also featured Tapio Wilska [ex-Fintroll] because Tuomas didn’t want to sing again.
The first single on the CD “Sacrament of Wilderness” hit number one on the Finnish singles chart. The album’s release was originally limited to Finland, but due to the success Spinefarm released Oceanborn internationally in spring of 1999. Following the fantastic international success, the band had the opportunity to be the opening band for Rage’s European Tour of 1999.
In 2000 Nightwishwas accepted in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Sleepwalker” winning second place.
Wishmaster was released in May. This debuted was number one on the Finnish album chart. German magazine Rock Hard proclaimed the album “Album of the Month”’ despite competing with Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden. After the release they embarked on their first world tour, stopping in South America, Canada and Mexico. Also headlining as the first European tour with Sinergy and
Soon after the band had one of the hardest points in its history. The issues were centered around the bassist, Sami Vanska who had started to misbehave not taking the gigs as seriously as the other members and failing to show up at appointments. After a long discussion between the members when things haven’t changed they all stopped caring and tensions grew. After Nightwish's last gig for the Over the Hills and Far Away tour in 2001, Holopainen called Drakkar and Spinefarm, unofficially declaring Nightwish was over.
Holopainen changed his mind and decided some changes were in order. He chose Ewo Pohjola as their new manager, asked Sami Vänskä to leave the band and invited Marco Hietala to join the band in his place, effectively leaving his previous band Sinergy. As well as playing bass guitar, Hietala would also perform male vocals.
Once has sold triple platinum in Finland, platinum in Germany and gold in six other countries. It also reached number 1 in the Greek, Norwegian and German album charts. it was so successful the success of the album allowed them to perform the Once World Tour, taking them to play in many countries the band had never visited before. Nightwish performed at the opening ceremony of the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, held in Helsinki, highlighting the acclaim the band had gained.
In May 2007, former Alyson Avenue, frontwoman, Anette Olzon was revealed as Tarja’s Turunen’s replacement.
Dark Passion Play was released the last week of September of 2007. It was awarded double platinum in Finland the second day after its release and took the number 1 position on the charts of Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Hungary and Croatia and got in top 100 in other 16 countries, including the United States.
On March 6, 2009, Nightwish released a new live MCD/DVD entitled Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places). The eight live tracks were recorded during the “Dark Passion Play World Tour” in 2007 - 2008, and the album also incldues one b-side from the “Bye Bye Beautiful” single, one b-side from the “Amaranth” single, a previously unreleased demo version of “Cadence of Her Last Breath”, and a bonus-DVD with three music videos as well as a 37 minute documentary called “Back in the Day is Now”.
February 10, 2011 the band declared the new title of their latest album would be Imaginaerum. They also stated that they have been preparing a movie based around the album. On August 22, 2011 declared that the album would be out by the end of the year. So my conclusion is that through their many hurdles they became even greater in many ways and are still holding the fort down.
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