Seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST have been added to three shows (Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas) on the "Death To All Tour 2012" in benefit of Sweet Relief. This five-city trek will feature a majority of DEATH's amazing musicians, as well as special guests. This tour will celebrate the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as to raise awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund — a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems.
Commented ATHEIST frontman Kelly Shaefer: "We could not be more honored to be direct support on the upcoming 'Death To All' tour! It's gonna be a blast to gather with all our old and dear friends form the early days of extreme metal, and also to help celebrate the music from the godfather of death metal, Chuck Schuldiner. Any fan of death/extreme metal, I'm telling you now, sell everything to attend one or more of these shows. It's going to be legendary and you can bet on that! We will be doing the Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas shows, so we hope to see all the Southern metalheads out in force. Thanks to Anton and the organizers for asking us to be a part of this monumental moment in extreme metal history! See you all there!"
Canadian technical death metallers GORGUTS will open all shows up to, but not including, Orlando.
The drums on the "Death To All Tour 2012" will be handled by Gene Hoglan ("Individual Thought Patterns", "Symbolic") and Sean Reinert ("Human"). On bass will be Steve DiGiorgio ("Human", "Individual Thought Patterns") and Scott Clendenin ("The Sound Of Perseverance"). Guitar duties will be shared by Paul Masvidal ("Human"), Shannon Hamm ("The Sound of Perseverance") and Bobby Koelble ("Symbolic"). The vocals will be taken care of by Steffen Kummerer of OBSCURA and Charles Elliott of ABYSMAL DAWN and BEREFT.
The dates are as follows (opening act listed in parenthesis):
June 22 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA (GORGUTS)
June 23 - House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA (GORGUTS)
June 26 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL (GORGUTS)
June 28 - Irving Plaza – New York, NY (GORGUTS)
June 30 - The Beacham - Orlando, FL (ATHEIST)
July 01 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA (ATHEIST)
July 03 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX (ATHEIST)
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Chuck died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.