Acclaimed drummer Sean Reinert (CYNIC, DEATH) suffered a ruptured achilles tendon several days ago while training for the "Death To All Tour 2012" in benefit of Sweet Relief. This five-city trek, which will feature a majority of DEATH's amazing musicians, 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.
Reinert, who has had the necessary surgery and has started rehabilitation, will remain a drummer on the tour, but to what extent depends on his progress. Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL) and tour drum tech Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, EXHUMED) will also be on the team to help make the most of the situation.
Commented Sean: "This is a horrible injury. The pain has been off the charts, but I think it's meant to be. I think the grand plan here is to use this as an example for a reason to raise awareness and have an outlet for musicians in need.
"Although I am devastated that I can't perform at 110 percent, I am grateful that my injury is a minor one (one that will heal over time) and still allows me to be a part if this wonderful tour and cause."
According to the organizers, "There will be guest appearances in each city and some cities may have more than one surprise in store. You never know when or where these guests will be showing up, but you can expect to be seeing the following musicians somewhere on the tour."
* Richard Christy (CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, DEATH, ICED EARTH)
* Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT)
* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
* Paul Ryan (ORIGIN)
* Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN)
* Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION)
* Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
* Ryan Knight (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER)
* Emil Werstler (DAATH, CHIMAIRA)
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.