Nuclear Blast Records have announced that the TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has been added to the fifth installment of the successful “Metal Masters” clinic series, which has been growing since it started four years ago. Billy will perform three or four songs at the clinic when it returns later this month with what promises to be its most impressive concert to date.
“Metal Masters 5″ will take place in Anaheim, California on January 22 at the House Of Blues, marking the first time this legendary series plays in Anaheim. Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. with the show starting at 9:00 p.m. The event will be streamed live worldwide via GearGods.net for those around the globe unable to attend.
“Metal Masters 5″ is bringing back some of the best performers from the previous clinics while adding some new faces as well as some unannounced surprises. As always, fans can expect unforgettable performances, instructional lessons and once-in-a-lifetime musical partnerships.
Musicians scheduled to perform:
* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Frank Bello (ANTHRAX)
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
* Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG)
* Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS)
* Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER)
* Chris Broderick (MEGADETH)
* Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN)
* Rex Brown (KILL DEVIL HILL, PANTERA, DOWN)
* Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT)
“‘Metal Masters’ started out as two bassists teaching a clinic and has gone on to become a spectacle that includes some of the greatest musicians that defined a genre,” says Samson’s director of marketing and “Metal Masters” founder, Mark Menghi. “What better way to learn, than seeing these amazing performers up close and personal teaching their own personal techniques of the trade. ‘Metal Masters’ has always been about doing something special for the fans and that will never go away.”
If the still circulating buzz from “Metal Masters 4″ is any indication, “Metal Masters 5″ will not disappoint. “Metal Masters 4″ marked the clinic’s return to New York City where it played before a sold-out crowd at the Gramercy Theater. The evening featured musical clinics by Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Billy Sheehan, Charlie Benante and an opening set by PHILM featuring Dave Lombardo. The concert finale that night was one for the ages featuring metal classics such as ANTHRAX’s “Room For One More”, PANTERA’s “Mouth For War” and “5 Minutes Alone” as well as SLAYER’s “Chemical Warfare”, to name a few. The 13-song set let the crowd know they had just witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Tickets are available for $25 and can be purchased at http://concerts.livenation.com/event/09004B35B04AD54C?dma_id=345.
Dark Roots Of Thrash, a DVD/2CD release documenting TESTAMENT’s sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, NY this past February, is out now via Nuclear Blast! Order your copy here: http://smarturl.it/TestamentDROT
Dark Roots Of Thrash was produced by Get Hammered Productions, directed by Tommy Jones (DEATH ANGEL, KATAKLYSM, SOILWORK) and mixed by Juan Urteaga (VILE, EXODUS, SADUS, MACHINE HEAD). It captures a total of 19 live tracks with countless cams onstage and high above the audience, plus a special moshpit cam that makes you feel like you’re a part of the show!