Gear Gods — the only online destination for musicians in the heavy music community — live-streamed the fifth annual “Metal Masters” clinic last night (Wednesday, January 22) from the Anaheim, California House Of Blues.
The “Metal Masters 5″ lineup was loaded with a star-studded cast of metal musicians. As in years past, the show started with a brief clinic offering some tips and tricks, and ended with an all-star jam session of metal cover songs.
* Kerry King (SLAYER)
* Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX)
* Frank Bello (ANTHRAX)
* Scott Ian (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)
* Steve Vai
The following songs were performed, among others:
* “Wrathchild” (IRON MAIDEN)
* “Killers” (IRON MAIDEN)
* “God Of Thunder” (KISS)
* “Sargent D And The S.O.D.” (STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH)
* “Freddy Krueger” (STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH)
* “Strength Beyond Strength” (PANTERA)
* “I’m Broken” (PANTERA)
* “Postmortem” (SLAYER)
* “Raining Blood” (SLAYER)
* “Mouth For War” (PANTERA)
* “Mandatory Suicide” (SLAYER)
* “Five Minutes Alone” (PANTERA)
* “South Of Heaven” (SLAYER)
* “Angel Of Death” (SLAYER)
* “Fucking Hostile” (PANTERA)
“‘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.”
King previously stated about his motivation for taking part in “Metal Masters”: “The reason I still do it to this day is to get Phil involved, because I think the world misses him. He’s good at what he does and I’m one of the few guys he looks up to to the point where he’d come out and do it. And I’m not blowing sunshine up my ass; it’s just a fact. And everybody wants to see Phil. Everybody loves Phil. When I come out, it’s a huge applause. When Phil comes out, it’s like somebody came back from the dead; they’re not expecting it. And it’s cool.”
In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, Anselmo stated about performing PANTERA songs at “Metal Masters”: “I’m up there with guys that I’ve known since the ’80s who have a good five, six years on me of playing music and being successful, people that I looked up to and still look up to… The thing is just being up there with those guys is overwhelming enough, but then playing the PANTERA songs, don’t get me wrong, it feels great, it feels fantastic, and it does bring me back to a very powerful place, a very unique place in history. I guess, growing up and cuttin’ my chops and growing up with the guys in PANTERA, we always played with a chip on our shoulder and you get that rush of memory when you’re up there doing it, but it’s a lot of emotions balled up into one, but they’re all pretty damn good. For me, the most fun thing about it of all is just seeing the fan reaction. I’ve always said that PANTERA fans were the best in the world, and I truly meant that and I still mean it. That’s why ‘Metal Masters’ keeps the pulse of the whole thing going.”
Speaking to Artisan News prior to the “Metal Masters 4″ event in September 2012, Sheehan and the other musicians spoke about what it was like for Billy to come in and play heavier stuff than he is used to.
“I’ve been prepped,” said Sheehan. “And it’s great. I actually love it. It’s like being on another planet. It’s like an adventure into another land, and it’s really cool. It’s challenging to play this stuff.”
Added Bello: “It’s great seeing [Billy] come into this world, and step up as he did. I mean, Billy Sheehan is playing [chuckles] he’s playing SLAYER and EXODUS tonight — without a pick. Just think about those lines right there. He totally kicks ass in it, too. The guy stepped up to it, and you can’t ask for more than that. So for these kids, seeing a treat like that, man, it’s a good time.”
Said Holt: “[If you had told me that] this guy here [pointing at Billy], who is one of the greatest musicians in rock history, would be standing there watching my fingers as I’m playing [EXODUS's song] ‘Piranha’, I would havee called you a stone-faced liar and said, ‘Get outta here!’”
Dvs Artist Management has uploaded drum-cam footage of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza playing the band’s classic song “Lucretia” Check out the clip below.
Menza was recently recruited by Gabe Reed Productions as the “headlining” drummer for this years Metal All-Stars tour featuring BLACK LABEL SOCIETY leader and former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist ZAKK WYLDE, as well as former ROB ZOMBIE and current Ozzy bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson to join the previously announced Metal All-Stars lineup.
Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN)
Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)
Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA)
Brian Fair (SHADOWS FALL)
Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall)
Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall)
Jasin Todd (SHINEDOWN)
Aaron Rossi (MINISTRY)
Ross “The Boss” Friedman (MANOWAR)
Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE)
Menza commented:” I’m totally pumped and honored to get the opportunity of sharing the stage with some of the largest and legendary voices/ guitar shredders in heavy metal. It’s definitely going to be an interesting and unique tour something fans don’t want to miss.“
(METAL ALL-STARS CONFIRMED DATES)
23 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Armeec Hall
24 – Bucharest, Romania – ROM EXPO
26 – Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena
28 – Gdansk, Poland – Ergo Arena
3 – Stockholm, Sweden – Hovet
5 – Riga, Latvia – Arena Riga
6 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
8 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – YBL Arena
9 – Moscow, Russia – Live Arena
MEGADETH are the latest act confirmed for the 2014 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, taking place June 4th – 7th in Solvesborg, Sweden.
Acts confirmed for Sweden Rock 2014 include: ALICE COOPER, ALTER BRIDGE, AMMOTRACK, ANNIHILATOR, ARCH ENEMY, ASPHYX, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK TRIP, BLUES PILLS, BOMBUS, CANNED HEAT, CLOVEN HOOF, CROWBAR, DARK ANGEL, DEATH SS, DUST BOWL JOKIES, EDDIE MEDUZA LEVER, ELECTRIC BANANA BAND, EMPEROR, FIVER HORSE JOHNSON, FREAK KITCHEN, HEAVEN’S BASEMENT, HORISONT, JAGUAR, KAMELOT, MAGNUM, MEGADETH, THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG, MONSTER MAGNET, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, POWERWOLF, PRETTY MAIDS, Q5, THE RAINMAKERS, RED DRAGON CARTEL, ROB ZOMBIE, ROBIN BECK, ROYAL REPUBLIC, SAGA, SODOM, SOLSTAFIR, SPARZANZA THERION, THUNDERMOTHER, THE RODS, TNT, TRANSATLANTIC, TURISAS, URIAH HEEP, VOLBEAT, WASP, Y&T.
Complete festival details can be found here.
Although a bit off our musical mandate, members of the hard rock/heavy metal community have paid tribute to Phil Everly who passed away on Friday, January 3rd of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital. About the EVERLY BROTHERS, BOB DYLAN once said, “We owe these guys everything. They started it all.” Along with his brother Don Everly, the pair’s hits included ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ and ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. They were inducted into the Rock `n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
SCORPIONS’ Klaus Meine: “Always loved The Everly Brothers. RIP Phil Everly. Your music lives forever in my heart.”
MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine: “It is with great sadness that I just learned music legend Phil Everly has passed away. Since joining his Cleartone String Company, one of the things I looked forward to most was meeting him. My sympathies to the family.”
JACK RUSSELL (ex-GREAT WHITE): “Another sad day in music! Rest in peace Mr. Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.”
MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has kicked off 2014 with the launch of his official Facebook page here.
Drover has also posted the following announcement:
“Nicko McBrain of IRON MAIDEN and I will be teamed up for a golf skills challenge February 8th at Tampa Bay Downs, Inc. More details soon!”
Pop-Break.com recently caught up with Drover. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
PB: Your band recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Countdown to Extinction by playing it in its entirety. Do you think any of the elements from Countdown rubbed off on Super Collider or will it possibly influence the new material? I know Dave is already talking about his ideas for the new music.
SD: “I don’t know because we did the celebration for that record a year ago. Obviously, we played that in a lot of areas. The thing with that, we also did the whole Rust In Peace celebration 2010 and that didn’t really rub off on the next record. It’s cool to go back and revisit, it’s a cool thing for the fans to come see, which is great. Honestly, you got to stay in the now. If you go back and try to repeat yourself, you’re just a fake and you’re trying to replicate something you have already done in the past. It’s like VAN HALEN going back and trying to re-record Van Halen 1. It’s not going to sound entirely like ‘Atomic Punk’; you just can’t do it because you’re in a different headspace. It could be aggressive or whatever you want it to be but it’s never going to be the same. I just don’t think it’s good to replicate yourself anyway.”
Go to this location for the complete interview.
Photo by Myriam Santos
W:O:A Crew has issued the following on the Official Website:
The Advent calendar for the Wacken Open Air 2014 comes to an end, today is the last chance to get one of the daily prizes at our raffle. And you should also have all 24 letters for the solution by now to win one of our main prizes.
For today’s Christmas Eve, we have prepared a huge punch: Megadeth – the mighty thrash titans from the USA! This is the last band of our calendar, but of course we will continue to announce bands for W:O:A 2014 soon – so stay tuned!
Another huge Wacken premiere for the Anniversary! Thrash legend and Big Four member Megadeth will come to the holy land for the very first time. A real metalhead surely doesn’t need a instruction what Dave Mustaine’s band is about. After he left Metallica he released “Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!” in 1985 – and the rest is history.
If you really need to read more about it, check Billing/Bands.
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine is featured in a new interview with Samuel J. Fell at New Zealand’s Stuff.co.nz. An excerpt is available below:
The band, which released its 14th album this year (almost 28 years to the day after their debut), has now been around for almost three decades, an incredible achievement in anyone’s book. And while Mustaine has a reputation for being somewhat of a tainted character (before you interview him, you get the now ubiquitous, ”No questions about Metallica, drugs or religion” ultimatum), you can’t deny he’s one of metal’s greats and that the band he created is worthy of legend status.
”Time flies, 30 years seems like a long time, but boy, it’s over so quick,” Mustaine marvels. ”Sometimes I sit back and think how many things have happened over the years, and I guess the thing that makes me feel the best is when I see how many people who’ll say, ‘We met at a concert’, ‘We got engaged at a concert’, ‘We got pregnant at a concert’, all these things that they share. These landmarks, these mementoes, they’re really cool.”
Go to this location for the complete story.
Mergadeth performed at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA on December 18th. Capital Chaos TV was on hand to capture the action:
Photo by Myriam Santos
Thrashers MEGADETH recently made an appearance on US tv show ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’ Said Jimmy – “If you think Megadeth is the kind of band who shouldn’t make a Christmas album – you’re right.” Check out the band singing clips of Christmas songs in their own unique metal way: