Watch Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members Cover Rush’s “Subdivisions”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Brandon Yeagley (Crobot), and MeeEun Kim (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) have shared a quarantine cover of “Subdivisions.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“One year ago I had this idea to make a video while in quarantine. I was feeling pretty down about the passing of Neil Peart and about the Pandemic…I needed to be creative and play! I contacted Alex and Ra about doing a Rush song and video and they both liked the idea. I felt that they were probably feeling the same way I was, and that this would be a great way of jamming and entertaining while we were stuck home.

The response to the initial video was overwhelming! It really made us feel good during a bad time. A whole year ago…I cant believe it! It ended up being a year of making music and videos after all; I now have a record that’s coming out May 14 with most of the Jams. The Rush songs will be out on a special EP on Record store day in November. This song will be included on that.

Subdivisions is probably in every Rush fan’s top 10 songs, definitely one of their best. The keyboards dominate this tune and Neil‘s sound on it is so unique! His drum fills are so precise and powerful…like little hooks throughout the song, an air drummer’s dream! The lyrics tell a tale of life in the burbs and being shunned when you don’t meet a certain standard.

Subdivisions
In the high school halls
In the shopping malls
Conform or be cast out!

@alexskolnik @ra @brandon bring it big time – Alex captures Lifeson’s vibe so well, Ra kills Geddy’s bass parts and Brandon brings his amazing voice. We’d like to welcome @meeeun ,(Thanks to Alex for the suggestion), she is an awesome musician and kills the keyboard parts on this. I hope you enjoy this one, It may be one of the last ones for a bit…unless Alex wants to do that Emerson lake and palmer tune (hahahahaha)”

Numerous Rock And Metal Guitarists To Take Part In Fundraiser For Jason Becker

Numerous rock and metal guitarists will be teaming up to raise money for legendary guitarist Jason Becker, who has been battling ALS for over 30 years. The fundraiser will take place throughout March and April and it will be hosted by DragonForce‘s Herman Li.

Here’s what the fundraiser will include:

“1) A livestream telethon-style fundraiser on Twitch: special guests will appear on Herman Li’s Twitch channel to play, jam and participate in fan-generated challenges with all money raised going directly to Jason’s medical trust. Over $13,000 has been raised so far. Visit Jasonbecker.com or twitch.tv/hermanli for a full schedule of livestream guests.

2) Artists will donate signed guitars, merch and other rare items which will be sold via a special Reverb shop to benefit Jason. Details to be announced.

3) Three of Jason’s most important guitars will be auctioned off later this year, including the guitars seen on the covers of “Perpetual Burn”, “Speed Metal Symphony” and the original “Numbers” guitar played by Eddie Van Halen. Details to be announced.”

Here’s the musicians that will be taking part:

  • Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth)
  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Steve Lukather (Toto)
  • Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)
  • John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
  • Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
  • Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
  • Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
  • Orianthi
  • Devin Townsend
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Michael Angelo Batio
  • Guthrie Govan
  • Tim Henson (Polyphia)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Albert Lee
  • Matt Heafy (Trivium)
  • Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Satchel (Steel Panther)
  • John 5 (Rob Zombie)
  • Gus G (Firewind)
  • Nili Brosh (The Iron Maidens)
  • Jason Richardson (All That Remains)
  • The Dooo
  • Jared Dines
  • Ola Englund (The Haunted)
  • Steve Terreberry
  • Tyler Larson (Music is Win on YouTube)
  • Cole Rolland
  • Thomas McRocklin
  • Rusty Cooley
  • Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)
  • Sam Totman (DragonForce)
  • Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance, ex-Megadeth)
  • Lari Basilio
  • Sophie Lloyd
  • Federico Mondelli and Fabiola Bellomo (Frozen Crown)
  • Alex Lee (Holy Grail)
  • Stevie Salas
  • Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  • Mika Tyyska
  • Daniel Dekay (Diemonds)
  • N&M Creation

Li commented:

“I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Becker since I was young, and it’s one of the biggest honors of my life to be able to help organize this tribute and raise money for him. I still have a Jason Becker poster in my studio in London. It’s been very inspiring to see everyone coming together to celebrate Jason.”

Becker added:

“I am so grateful for all the love and support everyone has given to me and my family. As far as selling my guitars being sad, and that I shouldn’t have to do it, I just want you to know that isn’t how I feel. It makes me happy to see others playing my music. I feel good about passing on my guitars, thinking they mean something to others. I can’t play them now, but other folks can. That’s a good thing. And, I want myself and my family not to have to worry about money, if possible. Thank you for all the love, I send it right back to you.”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) To Release New Covers Album “Silver Linings”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be releasing a new covers album titled “Silver Linings” on May 14. The effort will feature various tracks from the drummer’s “quarantine jam video series.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Neal Casal Music Foundation.

“Silver Linings” Track Listing:

01. “City Of Blinding Lights” (U2 cover) (feat. Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
02. “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns” (Mother Love Bone cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
03. “Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
04. “Run-DMC Medley” (Run-DMC cover) (feat. Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
05. “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi, Beauty In The Machine’s Jennifer Cella, and Randy McStine)
06. “Yer So Bad” (Tom Petty cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
07. “Transylvania” (Iron Maiden cover) (feat. Skid Row’s Dave “Snake” Sabo, Anthrax’s Frank Bello, and Anthrax’s Jon Donais)
08. “Presto Vivace” (U.K. cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Testament’s Alex Skolnick, and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess)
09. “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
10. “Jimmy James” (Beastie Boys cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
11. “All The Way” (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley, Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness, and Rob Zombie’s John 5)
12. “Mr. Speed“ (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley and Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness)
13. “Public Image” (Public Image cover) (feat. Turbonegro’s Hank Von Hell, Sum 41’s Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, and Sum 41’s Jason “Cone” McCaslin)
14. “Funny Vibe” (Living Colour cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Living Colour’s Corey Glover, and Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury)

Benante said the following about the album:

“Back in February of last year with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed. My girlfriend said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

“I knew a lot of my musician friends were going through the same thing I had been, so I started asking them if they wanted to get involved, play some songs with me, maybe make a video – that’s how it all started.”

“This isn’t a solo album. This is a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time. We found a shining light and this is the result of that light. I was really happy that my musician friends came on board and helped make this record what it is. I appreciate all of them, and they all did such a fantastic job. Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

The record’s first single, Benante’s “Run-DMC Medley” with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), can be found below:

Watch Testament, Anthrax, Etc. Members Cover Stevie Nicks’ “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

Alex Skolnick (Testament), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Jennifer Cella (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Randy McStine (McStine/Minnemann), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), and Harry Waters (McNally Waters, Roger Waters) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“Just in time for #internationwomensday, a classic song that’s quite relevant today in which a woman tells it like it is (sometimes we need to just stfu & listen, amirite?). Originally by Stevie Nicks from her 1981 debut solo album ‘Bella Donna’, where she was joined by all of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (except for the great session bassist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn who played bass just on this one track). Here we have our same band that did ‘Rhiannon’ (see vid a few months back), which was so fun to do and well received that we thought we’d continue. As before, Stevie’s part is channeled by the one & only Jen Cella, with Randy chiming in as Tom Petty (the late great, may he RIP) and the lineup augmented with Hammond B3 played by McNally Waters keyboardist Harry Waters, also a veteran of recent tours with his father (whom you may have heard of, his name’s Roger).

I tried a few guitars, including my LPs, SGs, but this AS sig ESP lemonburst just captured the right tone & sustain in this case. Original guitarist Mike Campbell (currently playing with Stevie in Fleetwood Mac) is someone not always as appreciated as he should be in guitar scenes, as his playing is not technically complicated, but it’s nonetheless brilliant. I tried to capture the spirit of his original licks and, add a little bit of my own flavor but not deviate from the original too much (what Mike C did was perfect for the song, as usual).

Enjoy the tune and for goodness sake, people (I’m not gonna tell you again): STOP DRAGGIN’ MY HEART AROUND!!!”

Watch Testament’s Alex Skolnick And Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz Cover Queen’s “We Are The Champions”

Testament’s Alex Skolnick and Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz have shared a quarantine cover of Queen’s “We Are The Champions.” Skolnick commented:

“Last spring, when lockdown ‘challenges’ were all the rage, we’d been among more than a dozen musicians and singers answering Brian May’s call in a wonderful, elaborate all-star video in tribute to first responders ([go] back to last spring to see the full version, with a different vocalist singing each line). For this we created a straight through ‘jamming’ version, with her voice straight through and remixed by yours truly (not easy, but a fun challenge!). This is a special video posted on both of our Patreon accounts (thank you, patrons!) as a gift during the holidays. Now we are announcing it as it is available to view for all. Enjoy!”

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Pro-Trump Rioters Storming The Capitol

As you are probably well aware of by now, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier today (January 6) as lawmakers were counting the Electoral College votes to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to comment on the insurrection, which was spurred by Trump himself. You can find some of the various reactions below:

Paul Stanley (KISS):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Otep:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Noodles (The Offspring):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Tom DeLonge (ex-Blink 182):

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Watch Anthrax, Dream Theater, Testament, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover U.K.’s “Presto Vivace”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto “Ra” Diaz recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of U.K.‘s “Presto Vivace.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“Here is one of the most insane pieces of music I’ve learned recently! This keyboard line is as challenging as learning Charlie Parker, Zappa, VH, you name it. I come in on the 2nd half, (thankfully I had Jordan to play along to- the guitar doesn’t play that on the original) This will stay in my repertoire for a long time as a warm up, practice piece.

This SG (’09ish) felt best for this with the thinnest neck, easiest to maneuver. It’s just a quick minute or so but enough notes for a much longer tune! Charlie Benante‘s idea (thanks Charlie, haha). Seriously, this was a super fun challenge and a pleasure to play with this bunch…

From CB: “U.K. were a British progressive rock supergroup originally active from 1977 until 1980. The band was composed of singer/bassist John Wetton, keyboardist Eddie Jobson, guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Bill Bruford who was later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio. I can’t tell you what their first 2 records and their Live album #nightafternight meant to me.

The version of Presto Vivace from the Live album has always been a favorite of mine, it probably has to do with the Drumming of Terry Bozzio. I asked Alex and Ra to Rock this one out and they NAILED it.

We needed someone to play this Crazy Keyboard Part, hmmmmmm… WHO? Alex Suggested Jordan Rudess, How AWESOME! Jordan Was into it and he also NAILED it. I hope you dig this Short But fiery Blast of Notes, Hits, and Just an awesome display of Musicians having Fun!”

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Joe Biden Winning The Presidency

Joe Biden has won the 2020 election and will now become the 46th president of the United States. A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to react to the good news and you can find some of their various posts below:

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Otep:

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Machine Head:

Chris Motionless (Motionless In White):

Spider One (Powerman 5000):

Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Telle Smith (The Word Alive):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones):

Sacred Reich:

Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Jake Bowen (Periphery):

Chad I Ginsburg (CKY):

Ben Koller (Converge):

Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns):

Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“Empathy” 11.07.2020, Richmond, VA. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS… all the major news networks have just called the 2020 Presidential election for Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. Although these are just projections by media outlets (nothing is official until the members of the Electoral College cast their votes on Dec. 14th, 2020, then announced by a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021), & although there will be a lot of lawsuits brought forth by Donald Trump who will not concede anytime soon (or ever?), it’s obvious that it’s OVER- Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. At this time, I would like to encourage everyone, no matter who you voted for, to behave with some class; to speak & act with some empathy. This country has been consumed by a toxic polarity- it is time for that toxicity to end, because it is not sustainable & it does not accomplish anything. We are all tired. We all have strong feelings. It is time to act like adults with correctly calibrated moral compasses. My feelings about President Trump (& politicians in general, for that matter) are well known, but I have zero reason to gloat. That is childish, & it accomplishes nothing. Instead I will choose to act with empathy, & hope that some level of civility will return to American discourse across the board. I just came back from a “Stop the Steal” rally near the VA State Capitol, where I shot these photos. No one was rude to me, & they announced from the beginning that it would be a peaceful protest- that is their right, & although I disagree with them, I support their right- they are my countrymen & women. These people are going to be very upset today- I will show people like this empathy in the hope that we can find common ground somehow, & that this terrible atmosphere that has hung over America for the last 4 years will begin to lift. It HAS to, or we all are screwed. Please- let’s all start talking to each other again. I hope you all have a good day- now, I’m going surfing. Peace. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MadeInWetzlar #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #honetheaesthetic

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Nergal (Behemoth):

Brian May (Queen):

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Congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden and trailblazer Kamala Harris !!! It’s been hard for me to stay silent over the last few days, weeks, months, but I felt it would be wrong to interfere in even the smallest way in the politics of another country. But there is a part of me that will always be rooted in the USA – I love America and have felt profound pain watching its freedoms and decency being eroded. I can now finally speak up. I feel massive joy – I see this is a victory for the people by the people – and hopefully just in time to make it possible to start to heal the terrible damage that has been done to the American Nation and its standing in the World in recent times. I’m thrilled for my dear American friends, that they have taken this step to reclaim compassion, justice, truth, accountability, and dignity. I’m well aware that America is split as to whether Trump as a president was a Champ or a Chump. But what you guys will discover over the next few weeks is that the rest of the world was NOT split. The whole world, like me, is rejoicing with you at this moment – feeling that we are getting our best friend back – our friend America. Yes – I will pray for unity and decent debate, with some great Rebublicans sharing the work load in the new regime. And – Yes – at last – the United States of America can again be Champions of the World !!! Bri

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Richard Patrick (Filter):

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#dems #gop #republican #democracy #democrats

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Alex Skolnick (Testament) Releases Second Rap Track “Wear A Fucking Mask (WAFM)”

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has released a new solo rap track titled “Wear A Fucking Mask (WAFM).” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“‘Trump Sucks,’ came out the other week and truly came out of nowhere. Some wrote in calling it “Brilliant,” “Best rap song of 2020” and “An anthem for our times,” while others labelled it “cringeworthy,” “pathetic” and “leftist BS.” (Hey, any reaction is better than no reaction, as they say 🤷).

A few even admitted enjoying the song and/or being entertained by the video despite not agreeing. This sequel had more energy put into it so I hope everyone who appreciated the first one feels similarly about WAFM. The loss of my all-time favorite guitarist, Eddie Van Halen delayed things by about a week, as I and the world mourned.

Coincidentally, this project includes some of the the most directly VH influenced parts I’ve ever done; so much so that I’d taken out my exact replica of his guitar after quite some time (built by a pal of mine, Frankie Fulleda, who builds these just for fun). EVH influence on a rap/hip-hop track? Sure. Eddie‘s palm scratching technique on the VH track ‘Atomic Punk,’ is a perfect stand-in for a turntable sound (and easier than coordinating with an actual DJ).

The chorus is inspired by a VH groove so funky, it could have worked for rap/hip-hop ( “Mean Street”). So in light of this, it’s ironic and a bit eerie that EVH’s influence was felt so strongly just prior to the news.

Staying in my lane is something I’ve never been good at. I realize that a jazz/rock guitarist best known for thrash-metal venturing into old school hip-hop and comedic social commentary might not make much sense. But my question to you is: Does anything make much sense these days?

AS (Skoly D)

PS To anyone who thought the first track represents the pinnacle of my rap technique, three words: HOLD MY BEER 😉🎤”

Watch Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Etc. Members Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Metal Allegiance), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), Jennifer Cella (Beauty In The Machine), and Randy McStine have teamed up for a quarantine cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rhiannon.“ Benante said the following about that:

“I’ve been a fan of #fleetwoodmac for many years, there is something about that #rumors lineup that just excites me . When @markmenghi asked me about doing this song I immediately was down. It’s personal to him and I understood why.”