Neil Peart (Rush) To Be Honored At Modern Drummer Festival

LiveXLive have partnered with Modern Drummer to stream a virtual tribute concert for the late Neil Peart (Rush) as part of the Modern Drummer Festival. The event will take place on September 12 and it will feature: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Ray Luzier (Korn), Eric Singer (KISS), Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater), Jason Bittner (Overkill), and more. Tickets can be found HERE with proceeds set to benefit brain tumor research.

Overkill To Begin Recording New Album This Month

Overkill will be hitting the studio this month to start the recording process for their new album. Jason Bittner recently confirmed the news in the below Instagram post. The record is tentatively set to be released in April 2021.

Watch Testament, Overkill, Etc. Members Perform Death’s “Overactive Imagination” In Quarantine

Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall) has joined forces with Felipe Roa (ex-Shadows Fall), Bobby Koeble (ex-Death), and Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, ex-Death) for a quarantine performance of Death’s “Overactive Imagination.” You can check that out below:

Bittner commented:

“Well there’s a bunch of explaining that goes along with this video and a history of sorts…

After the whole pandemic started, I contacted my longtime friend and former bandmate Felipe Roa (SHADOWS FALL touring guitarist after Jon joined ANTHRAX) to see if he wanted to do some ‘quarantine covers’ and I proposed ‘Wake Up Dead’ by Megadeth, and by now you have seen that one. At the time of discussion Felipe asked if I wanted to do a DEATH tune, knowing that they are one of my all-time fave bands as well as his, and we used to jam DEATH in soundchecks all the time. Initially my first reaction ‘ummmm, I don’t know if I want to do that much WORK, hahaha,’ but as soon as he said ‘Overactive Imagination’ I was in – I used to jam this song all the time in my formative years but I did wonder if I could still pull it off. After a couple days of shedding and trying to be 25 again, we had a completed drum track, which I even sent to my pals (former Death drummers) Richard Christy and Gene Hoglan for ‘approval’. Sean [Reinert] already gave me the green light from Heaven.

At first we were just going to do it the two of us, but I had a plan. Here’s some crazy trivia – while I attended Berklee College of Music in the 80’s, I played in a band with Bobby Koeble and we actually recorded a few original songs wayyyyyy back in the late 80’s. Bobby later went on to join Death for the Symbolic album and still plays in DEATH TO ALL. After not speaking for over 30 years I hit up Bobby, reconnected (which I’d been meaning to do for years) and asked him if he wanted to do this tune with us and he said yes right away. He asked who was playing bass and I told him Felipe probably would do that too… unless… ‘Unless what?’ Unless I can get Steve to do it… So the next point was to contact my friend, and one of the greatest bass players out there, Mr. Steve DiGiorgio to see if this could be possible.

At first Steve wasn’t sure if he could commit due to his many projects, so we actually asked our friend Bill Bodily (Ex- Toxik, Flotsam And Jetsam touring bassist) to do the bass since Steve wasn’t available. In the meantime, I had sent Steve the track after we put Bobby on it just to ‘make sure’ he couldn’t do it. I had a feeling if Bobby committed, Steve would follow. A week later he did send his tracks, so first off THANK YOU to Steve for going above and beyond in such a quick and timely manner, and also to Bill for being our ‘backup’, sorry it didn’t work out – next time!

So there you have it folks, we put a lot of work into this one because we absolutely love this band in every incarnation, and I am proud to say that I am friends with a lot of the people who have played in their ranks so… so this one goes out to… Terry Butler, James Murphy, Richard Christy, and Gene Hoglan. Lastly, a moment to remember past members Scott Clendenin, my former bandmate and friend Ralph Santolla, my longtime friend and mentor Sean Reinert, and lastly the one and only Chuck Schuldiner for being one of the greatest songwriters to ever grace the Metal world!! Enjoy and share!!”

Watch Exodus, Overkill, Etc. Members Cover Megadeth’s “Wake Up Dead”

Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Jack Gibson (Exodus), and Felipe Roa (Angor, ex-Shadows Fall) recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of Megadeth’s “Wake Up Dead.” You can check that out below:

Paul Bostaph (Slayer) Working On New Project

Paul Bostaph (Slayer) has revealed that he is working on a new project with a “friend” who is “very familiar.” He didn’t provide too many details, but a comment from Jason Bittner (Overkill, etc.) seemed to suggest that Bostaph and two other members of Slayer’s final lineup, Kerry King and Gary Holt (Exodus), are working on something with Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.). However, this is just an unconfirmed rumor and Holt previously said that he was planning to focus on Exodus after Slayer’s final tour, so his inclusion seems a bit unlikely.

[via Blabbermouth]

Jason Bittner On Possible Shadows Fall Shows: “We’re Still Waiting For The Right Time”

Jason Bittner has offered a bit of an update on Shadows Fall. The drummer tweeted the following after a fan asked about the possibility of future live shows from the group:

Watch Slipknot, Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Etc. Members Perform At 2019 Dimebash

Last night (January 24), a number of artists took the stage at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul at the 2019 Dimebash. The event was hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it featured the following: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.), Tony Campos (Static-X, Ministry, etc.), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Nita Strauss, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Jason Christopher (Prong), Dug Pinnick (King’s X, etc.), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill, Powerflo), Christian Brady (HELLYEAH), Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Gonzo (Armored Saint), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Randy Weitzel (In This Moment), Wes Hauch (Glass Casket), and Rick Thorne (Good Guys In Black). You can see some footage from the show below:

Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members To Perform At 2019 Dimebash

The 2019 Dimebash is set to take place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 24. The event will be hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it will include performances by Kill Devil Hill, Fireball Ministry, and an all-star band featuring: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.), Tony Campos (Static-X, Ministry, etc.), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Nita Strauss, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), Jason Christopher (Prong), Dug Pinnick (King’s X, etc.), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill, Powerflo), Christian Brady (HELLYEAH), Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Gonzo (Armored Saint), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Randy Weitzel (In This Moment), Wes Hauch (Glass Casket), and Rick Thorne (Good Guys In Black). A private afterparty will be held after the event and it will include jams from Kyng, food from Grohl’s BackBeat BBQ, and raffle prizes. Proceeds will go towards MusicCares and Guitars For Vets.

Jason Bittner On Shadows Fall’s Hiatus: “People Stopped Coming To See Us”

While responding to a story that mentioned the fact that Shadows Fall’s “Retribution” is turning ten this year, drummer Jason Bittner offered more insight into the band’s lengthy hiatus. He tweeted the following:

[via The PRP]