Heavy metal all-star band METAL ALLEGIANCE — featuring members of PANTERA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT – played a set of heavy metal's most influential and recognizable songs during MOTÖRHEAD's Motörboat cruise, which took place last week. Taking part in the performance were singers Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA), Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX), and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), guitarists Chris Broderick (MEGADETH), Jon Donais (ANTHRAX, SHADOWS FALL), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), Mark Zavon (KILL DEVIL HILL), bassists Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, ex-PANTERA) and David Ellefson (MEGADETH), and drummers Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) and Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER).
Fan-filmed video footage of METAL ALLEGIANCE's set can be seen below.
The first annual MOTÖRHEAD's Motörboat sailed from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West , Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. "The Loudest Boat In The World" featured MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, METAL ALLEGIANCE, TESTAMENT, DOWN, HIGH ON FIRE, KILL DEVIL HILL, Zakk Wylde, JIM BREUER BAND, DANKO JONES, FIREBALL MINISTRY, WILSON and CILVER, as well as a spoken-word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.
Prior to the cruise, event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment said. "The whole reason to do these music cruises is to give fans an experience that they can't get anywhere else — and bringing METAL ALLEGIANCE onboard with metal's most loyal fans fits that bill."
Added Ellefson: "METAL ALLEGIANCE is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal."
"I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The ALLEGIANCE jam is sure to be the best jam I've been involved with yet," said Philip Anselmo.
Rex Brown said: "We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but METAL ALLEGIANCE is gonna blow EVERYONE on the Motörboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!"
Portnoy agreed: "I've been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there's something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the Motörboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much."
— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) September 26, 2014