CHUCK SCHULDINER Tribute Concert To Be Livestreamed Next Weekend

CHUCK SCHULDINER Tribute Concert To Be Livestreamed Next Weekend

Former DEATH members will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passing of the band’s mastermind Chuck Schuldiner by playing two special shows in Florida this month. On Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12, James Murphy (guitar) and Terry Butler (bass) will perform DEATH‘s classic third album, “Spiritual Healing” (1990), in its entirety under the LIVING MONSTROSITY banner, while Steve DiGiorgio (bass), Bobby Koelble (guitar) and Kelly Conlon (bass) will join forces as SYMBOLIC to play songs from “Human” (1991), “Individual Thought Patterns” (1993), “Symbolic” (1995) and “The Sound Of Perseverance” (1998).

The Sunday show (December 12) will be livestreamed worldwide from the Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida.

The Brass Mug, which has been in continuous operation since 1974, has hosted many of the Florida death metal bands in their early years.

“We wanted this historic event to be at a place that also has some historical significance to the metal community,” said Leo Lozano, co-producer of the show and guitarist and vocalist of SYMBOLIC.

The Sunday show at the Brass Mug is nearly sold out. Tickets can be purchased here while they last. Livestream tickets are on sale now at this location.

SYMBOLIC lineup:

* Steve DiGiorgio (DEATH; bass on “Human”, “Individual Thought Patterns”; CONTROL DENIED – bass on “The Fragile Art Of Existence”)
* Bobby Koelble (DEATH; guitars on “Symbolic”)
* Kelly Conlon (DEATH; bass on “Symbolic”)
* Dirk Verbeuren (MEGADETH, SOILWORK – drums)
* Max Phelps (EXIST; guitars and vocals)
* Leo Lozano (SYMBOLIC; guitars and vocals)


* James Murphy (DEATH; guitars on “Spiritual Healing”)
* Terry Butler (DEATH; bass on “Spiritual Healing”)
* Gus Rios (GRUESOME; drums)
* Matt Harvey (GRUESOME, EXHUMED; guitar, vocals)

Originally released in 1990, “Spiritual Healing” marked a new turn in the DEATH discography, one which ushered in cleaner production, a new level of boundary pushing musicianship and songwriting skills that were previously unimaginable from a metal band. “Spiritual Healing” sets the standard for riffs, insane time changes and, of course, Schuldiner‘s masterful guitar solos. Reissued in 2012 as a double CD housed in super deluxe packaging featuring brand new liner notes from Murphy and Butler, Chuck‘s sister Beth Schuldiner and VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen, Disc 1 featured a completely new remaster of the original album and Disc 2 contained 16 previously unreleased rehearsal, outtakes and studio instrumentals.

In addition to the two-disc edition, a limited-edition (2000 machine-numbered copies) triple-CD digipak was made available exclusively from The third CD featured a never-before-released live set recorded in 1990 featuring the “Spiritual Healing” DEATH lineup. An iTunes deluxe edition was also released containing five additional previously unreleased pre-“Human” rehearsal tracks not available on either of the CD versions.

Schuldiner died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.

In recent years, DEATH‘s storied catalog has undergone a meticulous reissue campaign via Relapse Records.

Relapse released the first-ever fully authorized DEATH tab book, featuring 21 classic songs tabbed out for guitar from the band’s entire discography. The book, which includes traditional notation as well as tablature, also comes with a digital download of all tracks.

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ANTHRAX's FRANK BELLO Doesn't Care About 'Trolls' Focusing On 'Negative Stuff' In Band's History

ANTHRAX's FRANK BELLO Doesn't Care About 'Trolls' Focusing On 'Negative Stuff' In Band's History

ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello spoke to the “Battleline” podcast about the various lineup changes the band has undergone over the years, particularly the departure of John Bush, who fronted ANTHRAX between 1992 and 2005 but was sidelined when the group reunited with Joey Belladonna for a 20th-anniversary tour. When that collapsed, and relationships disintegrated with next frontman Dan Nelson, Bush returned for a time before Belladonna took the job back in 2010.

Speaking about personnel shuffles in general, Bello said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET), “Stuff like that needs to happen in a band when things aren’t working anymore.” He then added: “John, I don’t think he wanted to do it a lot; he didn’t wanna tour a lot anymore.

“Look, I love John Bush; you have to understand that,” he explained. “And we’re all good friends. Sometimes in bands, this is what happens. This is what I’ve learned as a fan in a band. This shit happens, and you’ve gotta roll with the punches and see where it goes. And that’s what we did. So when Joey came back, it was great. It made sense — it made sense what we were doing. And the good thing about it is nobody’s hurt — nobody hurts from this stuff. John‘s good. The last ARMORED SAINT record rocks — it’s great; great stuff. Joey‘s singing great with us. So it’s good all around.

“I know people and the trolls are gonna try and dig into the negative stuff,” Frank said. “I’m not into it. I don’t care. I don’t care. At the end of the day, what makes me happy is this band rocking and really putting out a great record and playing great shows. It’s been a great ride, and I just don’t look back — I honestly don’t.”

Asked if he and his ANTHRAX bandmates still get along after four decades of recording and touring together, Frank said: “Yeah. Look, we’re no angels — we do argue; songwriting [and] stuff like that, that happens. But you’ve gotta realize that 40 years together, we’ve been together longer than with our families. I grew up in the same house as Charlie [Benante, ANTHRAX drummer]. But we grew up together on the road. There were times we weren’t home for months at a time — months. We were on tour. So I spent a lot more time with Scott [Ian, ANTHRAX guitarist] and Charlie and Joey than with a lot of people in my life. So, yeah, we’re tight.

“Again, peaks and valleys, right?” he continued. “You have disagreements like every family member would. The truth of the matter is you’re not gonna get through that. That’s why bands break up — ’cause you don’t talk about it. If you don’t talk about it and get shit out, it doesn’t work. But we found a way to do it. We know this works, and that’s the most important part. This band works, and we know when we get together onstage, there’s a magic there that can’t be touched for us. So, it’s that important.”

Formed by Ian and bassist Dan Lilker in Queens, New York on July 18, 1981, ANTHRAX was one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the East Coast and quickly became regarded as a leader in the genre alongside METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH.

Active over the past five decades, ANTHRAX has released 11 studio albums, been awarded multiple gold and platinum certifications, received six Grammy nominations, toured the world since 1984 playing thousands of shows, including headlining Madison Square Garden and playing Yankee Stadium with the “Big Four”.

The arrival of ANTHRAX‘s latest album, 2016’s “For All Kings”, followed a five-year period during which the group experienced a rebirth of sorts, beginning with ANTHRAX‘s inclusion on the “Big Four” tour, and continuing with the 2011 release of comeback LP “Worship Music”.

Bello is currently promoting his memoir, “Fathers, Brothers, And Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, And Anthrax”, which was released on November 2 via Rare Bird. The foreword was written by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

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EVANESCENCE's JEN MAJURA Shares Behind-The-Scenes Video From U.S. Tour

EVANESCENCE's JEN MAJURA Shares Behind-The-Scenes Video From U.S. Tour

EVANESCENCE guitarist Jen Majura has shared a series of videos featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the band’s current U.S. tour with HALESTORM. The trek kicked off on November 5 in Portland, Oregon and will run through December 18 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Majura wrote in a message accompanying the YouTube release of her latest video: “I wanna make clear that this is NOT official [EVANESCENCE] content and just the ‘being on tour’ experience through the eyes of Jen.”

Majura, a self-described “half-Asian living in Germany,” joined EVANESCENCE in August 2015 as the replacement for Terry Balsamo.

In 2019, EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee said she was happy to have Majura in the band. “She has added a lot to our live shows because she’s a singer,” Amy explained. “It has been a really awesome thing to have live background vocals for the first time. I am such a fan of layered vocals, and to have that better represented at our show has been a cool breakthrough for me. And also, she’s just rad energy. She’s got a great attitude, fun personality, very engaging, killer onstage, so she has been a fun addition to our family. And of course, it’s awesome having another girl in the band for the first time.”

Majura has released two solo albums thus far, 2014’s “Jen Majura” and 2017’s “InZENity”.

Earlier this year, EVANESCENCE released “The Bitter Truth”, its first album in 10 years, which the Los Angeles Times called their “fiercest songs to date.” The latest single, “Better Without You”, was EVANESCENCE‘s first Top 10 Rock Radio track in ten years, and previous single “Use My Voice” was nominated for “Best Rock” at the MTV Video Music Awards. It was the second year in a row that EVANESCENCE had scored a “Best Rock” nomination, as well as the second year in a row that they were the sole female-fronted act nominated in the category.

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