On Friday, January 20, 2017, METAL ALLEGIANCE, the all-star metal band consisting of a rotating cast of musicians, including members of TESTAMENT and MEGADETH, is gathering at the City National Grove Of Anaheim for a monumental tribute to our fallen heroes. Hosted by Jackson and Charvel EVH, the event will be a who's who of the metal community playing some heavy music!
This night will mark the first time in a year that the core METAL ALLEGIANCE four — David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi and Mike Portnoy — will play together. Joining them on stage will be Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH), Richie Faulkner (JUDAS PRIEST), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS), Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD, SCORPIONS), Eddie Hermida (SUICIDE SILENCE), Arejay Hale (HALESTORM), Carla Harvey (BUTCHER BABES), Chris Jericho (FOZZY), Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL), Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD), Gary Holt (SLAYER/EXODUS), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT) and Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS). The show will start at 7 p.m. with sets by Marty Friedman, Gus G. and MARTYRD.
General admission tickets for the night can be purchased here.
Said Sheehan: "So excited to be joining my friends in METAL ALLEGIANCE for their 'fallen heroes' tribute in Anaheim this year! I'll get up for a few songs and we'll have a fabulous night of incredible music! Don't miss it!"
Added Skolnick: "A METAL ALLEGIANCE show is always a great time for us and the audience, but nothing quite compares to when it happens in Anaheim during the month of January. It becomes a very big event and with so many friends in town, we're able to have a unique combination of musicians that would be very difficult to pull together otherwise. This will be the first time we play our originals in Anaheim and the first time we do specific dedications to our Fallen Heroes. It will be a very special night. See you there!"
Commented Menghi: "I’m stoked to return to Southern California where this crazy METAL ALLEGIANCE concept and once pipe-dream of an idea all spawned from way back when! SoCal and the entire Anaheim area are so damn near and dear to me as we started this thing there… and now we get to return to our second home in SoCal and unleash our brand of thrash. Get ready for the biggest and craziest METAL ALLEGIANCE show to date."
Said Jericho: "Of all the bands playing in Anaheim that week, this is the one show you don't wanna miss! Thrash metal played at its finest by a band that has sold over 50 million records collectively with an audience made up completely of bikini models! Well, all of those things might not exactly be true, but you get the idea. The point is, come see the coolest fuckin’ band in Anaheim that week — METAL ALLEGIANCE!"
Added Demmel: "Can't wait to eat lightning and crap thunder with my bros in METAL ALLEGIANCE again at our 'fallen heroes' tribute show in January!"
Said Ellefson: "Every year, Anaheim becomes the largest gathering and annual musician summit anywhere in the world. I'm proud that this year METAL ALLEGIANCE is taking center stage to make sure it gets very loud with a special tribute to the many great 'fallen heroes' of our genre."
METAL ALLEGIANCE's a special EP, titled "Fallen Heroes", was released on August 12, 2016. The band united to pay homage to the three legends — Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie and Glenn Frey — who impacted not just their lives but the world as well.
METAL ALLEGIANCE took the news of Lemmy's passing very hard as the bands very first gig was on MOTÖRHEAD's first Motörboat cruise. It was on that boat where the idea to write a record together and carry the METAL ALLEGIANCE flag as a brand/band rather than a sporadic, special event show.
In late 2015, the band scheduled a West Coast string of intimate club dates with a stop as the world-famous Whisky A Go Go. The year concluded with the band heartbroken saying goodbye to their beloved friend. They later found out that his funeral and memorial services would be held the day of their performance. The band was asked by their tour agent who is also MOTÖRHEAD's agent, Lemmy's management, close friends of his, and the owner of the Rainbow and Whisky to incorporate a tribute which, of course, they obliged. The day of their performance, Sunset Blvd. was shut down and their bus was parked on a street filled with tears, madness, partiers and a sea of mourning metal heads. They said goodbye to their friend that evening with help from MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee amongst a ton of other special guests. The next day they played their final show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Mid-set, they were informed that David Bowie had passed.
Recorded at Conclave Studios in New York City, "Fallen Heroes" was produced by Mark Menghi and Alex Skolnick. The album was mixed by Jay Ruston in Los Angeles, California and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City by Ted Jensen. The initial sketch of the artwork was created by Mark Menghi and Stephen Thompson (ANTHRAX) and was later finalized by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER).
"Fallen Heroes" track listing:
01. Iron Fist (featuring Troy Sanders)
02. Suffragette City (featuring Mark Osegueda)
03. Life In The Fast Lane (featuring Alissa White-Gluz)