Late January can be like one long slow news day, so a live 80’s Metal All-Star Jam was a welcome experience in early 2015.
On January 21st, Metal Allegiance blasted the Downtown Disney House of Blues in Anaheim, California with members from classic metal bands Exodus, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Death Angel and Sepultura.
The show started with Scott Ian (Anthrax) and his spoken words stories. Scott talked about how sometimes he is mistaken for other rock stars by people he meets, noting one instance in a Los Angeles taxi, where the driver turned around and yelled at him, “your System of a Down!” LOL. The driver thought he was Shavo Odadjian because he also has a bald head and beard. The stories continued for about 30 minutes and then it was time for some kick ass tunes.
Hitting the stage first were Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante from Anthrax along with Troy Sanders from Mastodon, thrashing the S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) gem ‘March of the S.O.D.-Sargent D & the S.O.D.’ and ‘Freddy Krueger.’
Next up was Rex Brown (Pantera), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), amd Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), rocking hard two Judas Priest songs, ‘Rapid Fire’ and ‘Victim of Changes.’
All night, this all-star jam kicked ass on songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Sepultura, Van Halen and Ronnie James Dio. Former DIO guitarist Jimmy Bain was a special guest.
It was an amazing show and we wish to thank Kevin Chiaramonte for making this happen for METAL SHOP… You Rock Kevin! Here are some photos and videos. -Ralph
Metal Allegiance Performers:
- Mike Portnoy (Ex Dream Theater)
- Troy Sanders (Mastodon)
- Alex Skolnick (Testemant)
- John Tempesta (The Cult)
- David Ellefson (Megadeth)
- Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer)
- Scott Ian (Anthrax)
- Andreas Kisser (Sepultura)
- Mark Osegueda (Death Angel)
- Rex Brown (Pantera)
- Chris Broderick (Ex Megadeth)
- Frank Bello (Anthrax)
- Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
- Chuck Billy (Testament)
Here are some more photos. You can also view videos on the METAL SHOP YouTube page at this location – Click Here. -Ralph
80’s thrash metal heavy weights Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus have teamed up to go on tour across the U.S.A. and played to a sold out crowd at The Forum in Inglewood, California on November 14, 2014. Unfortunately, we arrived late to the venue due to L.A. Traffic and missed Exodus’ very short 6 song set.
Suicidal Tendencies hit the stage with You ‘Can’t Bring Me Down’ and kicked ass on a set that included ‘I Saw Your Mommy,’ ‘War Inside My Head,’ ‘Possessed to Skate’ and ‘Cyco Vision.’ Missing from the set list was ‘Institutionalized.’ As always singer Mike Muir was all over the stage getting the fans fired up and guitarist Dean Pleasants and Nico Santora sounded great splitting guitar solos. Even though S.T. only played 8 songs, it was a kick ass hometown show!
Headliner Slayer opened their hour and a half set with ‘World Painted Blood.’ Tom Araya sounded fantastic and for a few seconds during the show, was all smiles and headbanging, something he has not done in a very long time live because of nagging back and neck issues he suffered four years ago. Kerry King, Gary Holt and Drummer Paul Bostaph blasted through the classics, including ‘Chemical Warfare,’ ‘Hell Awaits,’ ‘Die by the sword,’ and ‘Angel of Death,’ in which Slayer pays tribute to fallen brother Jeff Hanneman with a huge back drop of the Heineken Beer logo.
Big thanks to Heidi at HERFitz PR for making this happen for METAL SHOP. Here are a few photos and video of the entire show. -Ralph