Watch Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, & Crobot Members Cover Rush’s “Red Barchetta” While In Quarantine

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), and Brandon Yeagley (Crobot) have shared footage of themselves performing Rush’s “Red Barchetta” while quarantining in their individual homes. You can watch that below:

Benante commented:

“Once again, we’ve been completely knocked out by the responses to our video tribute to the one & only RUSH, thank you. This time, we’ve decided to follow up our most recent track (and our first vocal song, ‘Freewill‘) with another one of our favorites, ‘Red Barchetta’.

Sadly, our completion of this video coincides with breaking news of the loss of one of rock’n’roll’s greatest pioneers, Little Richard. On the one hand, it’s difficult to find a more sonically different pair of acts than RUSH and Little Richard. On the other, it’s safe to say (and we’re sure the boys from Toronto would agree) that Little Richard blazed a trail for all of us with a force that perfectly fits the subject of ‘Red Barchetta’ – a high powered sports car from the same time period in which Little Richard was first emerging as an artist. This song is dedicated to him and we hope it brightens up your day.”

Watch Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, & Crobot Members Cover Rush’s “Freewill” While In Quarantine

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), and Brandon Yeagley (Crobot) have shared footage of themselves performing Rush’s “Freewill” while quarantining in their individual homes. You can watch that below:

Benante commented:

“Dear friends: Once again, the three of us (Alex , Ra and myself) were completely knocked out by the responses to our latest video. As if your appreciation of the music wasn’t enough, it’s been humbling to hear from so many of you who’ve let us know how much this has been helping during this difficult period of quarantine and isolation. This brings us to the following conclusion: “We can’t stop now, can we?”

Here is our follow up: “Freewill.” “Freewill” is about thinking for yourself, accepting difficult truths and avoiding superstition, magical thinking and herd mentality (most pertinent during these times). We now have a @rush trilogy. When we “made a choice” (as the song says) to take on this tune, we had a new challenge on our hands: Our previous two (“YYZ” and “La Villa Strangiato”) are both instrumental and doing this one would require a vocalist who is up to the task (sadly that excludes the three of us). Fortunately, we know just the guy. On vocals, we proudly present Brandon Yeagley @brandoncrobot of @crobotband

In addition to Neil Peart (the great Rush drummer and composer of these lyrics, whom we lost in January), this song is dedicated to John Horton Conway, genius mathematician who recently left us due to Covid-19, whose influence extended beyond mathematical circles, including artists (such as musician/producer Brian Eno), software developers, game makers etc and whose achievements include a personal favorite entitled “Free Will Theorem.”

Special thanks to @blechugag for assisting with this audio mix and once again, @pieromedone who makes the video magic happen.

Enjoy!”

In other news, Benante and Diaz also recently jammed on a partial cover of the Beastie Boys‘ “Jimmy James”:

Watch Anthrax, Testament, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover Rush’s “La Villa Strangiato” While In Quarantine

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies) have shared footage of themselves performing Rush’s “La Villa Strangiato” while quarantining in their individual homes. You can watch that below. If you missed it, you can also find footage of them covering Rush’s “YYZ” HERE.

Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Oh Say Can You Stream” Fundraising Event

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation has teamed up with the Grammy Music Education Coalition for a special “Oh Say Can You Stream” online benefit concert to raise money for the “School’s Out” initiative, which provides online lessons, instruments and gear for kids and aspiring musicians during quarantine, and other COVID-19 relief charities. The livestream will launch on April 11 at 3PM CT / 4PM ET on Ellefson’s Facebook page and YouTube channels as well as the Grammy Music Education Coalition’s Twitch and Facebook pages. In addition to Ellefson the benefit will also feature: Alice Cooper, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (RUN DMC), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), and tons more. You can find additional details HERE.

Watch Anthrax, Testament, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover Rush’s “YYZ” While In Quarantine

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies) have shared footage of themselves performing Rush’s “YYZ” while quarantining in their individual homes. You can watch that below:

Azusa Premiere New Song “Detach” Feat. Testament’s Alex Skolnick

Azusa (Extol, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Detach.” This track features Testament’s Alex Skolnick and it will appear on the band’s new album “Loop Of Yesterdays,” which is set to be released on April 10. The group said the following:

“Like a smokeless fire ripping through dry grass, ‘Detach‘ moves in and out of the heaviest groove Azusa has concocted thus far. The lyrics are a deep dive into how we accept and respond to the downward spirals life inevitably throws us all into. The track builds like a runway cleared for the maniacal solo of Testament‘s Alex Skolnick to launch the listener into the stratosphere.”

[via Metal Injection]

Gary Holt (Exodus) & Alex Skolnick (Testament) Detail “Terrifying” Ferry Ride Through Powerful Winter Storm

Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel are currently on tour in Europe and while they were taking the ferry from Sweden to Finland on February 9, they were hit by a powerful winter storm called Storm Ciara. Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Gary Holt (Exodus) shared some posts regarding that:

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Yesterday was insane, although some reports are greatly exaggerated…Yes, our overnight ferry from #stockholm to #helsinki got caught in #stormsabine aka Storm Ciara. With hurricane level winds, 25 ft waves, our large vessel felt like the “Minnow” from #gilligansisland . There was wreckage all over the ship (@garyholt_official’s pic is not the result of partying) & most of us didn’t sleep a wink. Some of us who “never” get seasick had an exception (hello 👋🏼 🤢). Here’s where things got misreported online – our equipment truck wasn’t thrown overboard (although no one would’ve been surprised in those conditions) – it was on the next ferry which was postponed (as ours probably should have been)…So we did the gig punk rock style – street clothes, borrowed gear – 1st pic is just before going on w @punkerted’s guitar (Thank you to @deathangelofficial & @exodusbandofficial whose equipment arrived on the same boat as ours) and a literal t-shirt as backdrop. The wild crowd was incredibly understanding and in fact, seemed to especially enjoy the set, which included many songs pulled out of the hat. Ok, not the leisurely ferry ride that was anticipated (still feeling beat up) but as @brianmayforreal & co said, “the show must go on.” _ Soon, we are on in #Tampere, Fi with everything back to normal (🤞)….

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