Report: MARCH METAL MELTDOWN Organizer Says His Festival Is A Preview Of OZZFEST

Jay Lustig of the Star-Ledger is reporting that March Metal Meltdown VI, which takes place Friday and Saturday at The Cricket Club in Irvington, offers the chance to see dozens of bands from well-known acts like TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, M.O.D. and SYMPHONY X to virtual unknowns in a more intimate setting.

"These are the bands you're going to see at Ozzfest a year or two down the road," says organizer Jack Koshick, 48. "With the exception of OZZY (OSBOURNE) and SLIPKNOT, every band that's on Ozzfest this year is a former Metalfest band."

Performers will include original JUDAS PRIEST lead vocalist Al Atkins, guitarist Dennis Stratton (an early-'80s member of IRON MAIDEN), and singer Jess Cox of TYGERS OF PAN TANG. Backed by Atkins' current band, they will perform songs by all three acts.

"Dennis and I are really just guesting with Al and his band," says Cox, 47, "but obviously you have to have a name, so I think Jack Koshick must have come up with THE NEW WAVE OF BRITISH METAL ALL-STARS. It's not a permanent thing. It's a special, one-off thing." [Read more]

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