On Friday, January 20, METAL ALLEGIANCE, the all-star metal band consisting of a rotating cast of musicians, including members of TESTAMENT and MEGADETH, gathered at the City National Grove Of Anaheim for a monumental tribute to our fallen heroes. Hosted by Jackson and Charvel EVH, the event was a who's who of the metal community playing some heavy music!
This night marked the first time in a year that the core METAL ALLEGIANCE four — David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi and Mike Portnoy — played together. Joining them on stage were Marty Friedman (MEGADETH), Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE), Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH), Richie Faulkner (JUDAS PRIEST), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS), Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD, SCORPIONS), Hernan "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 started at 7 p.m. with sets by Marty Friedman, Gus G. and MARTYRD.
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)