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 Lukather (Toto)
Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Michael Angelo Batio
Tim Henson (Polyphia)
Alex Skolnick (Testament)
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)
Ola Englund (The Haunted)
Tyler Larson (Music is Win on YouTube)
Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)
Sam Totman (DragonForce)
Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance, ex-Megadeth)
Federico Mondelli and Fabiola Bellomo (Frozen Crown)
Alex Lee (Holy Grail)
Elliot Easton (The Cars)
Daniel Dekay (Diemonds)
“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.”
“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.”
Creed still don’t have plans to reunite, but if they do it looks like they already have some new material to work with. During an appearance on the “Stop! Drop & Talk” podcast, Scott Stapp revealed that him and Mark Tremonti are sitting on “eight or nine songs” that they wrote in 2012.
Stapp said the following when asked about a Creed reunion:
“I actually was just with Mark and Scott Phillips Friday. Everything is good. Everything is positive. We are friends. And communication is there.
Nothing is planned. Right now, there is nothing on the schedule. There is nothing that I am keeping from you.
When there’s an announcement to be made [about a possible reunion], I promise you guys will know.”
He also added the following when asked if there is leftover material from the “Full Circle” sessions:
“Mark and I got together, I think it was in 2012, and I actually crashed at his place for, I wanna say, a couple of weeks — I can’t remember exactly — and we wrote eight or nine songs. So we’ve got some stuff that we put together in 2012. I was listening to a couple of ’em the other day, and I was, like, ‘You know what? It doesn’t sound old to me.’ It’s something we could demo for a new record. I’m not saying that that’s gonna happen. Don’t put words in my mouth. I’m just saying we did write some songs, and we’re sitting on those.”
“My producer lives here in Orlando, Florida, and Myles [Kennedy] has been here the last two months recording his solo album. He just finished tracking it a day or two ago, so I’m next on deck to go into the studio for mine in November/December. Once that’s done, Myles and I will start to work on writing the next Alter Bridge album while touring for our solo projects. That’s when we start compiling ideas for the next Alter Bridge album.”
He continued when asked how far along he is with the songwriting process:
“I’m pretty very far along; I would say I’m 14 songs deep. I would get to about 20 songs before deciding which ones will make the final cut. It’s not a question of which songs are good or bad; it’s which work and have a good dynamic range.”
He also added the following about the musical direction as it compares to Alter Bridge:
“It has heavier elements, and it definitely has some of the moody, atmospheric stuff like Alter Bridge. The Tremonti band’s rhythm section stands apart from Alter Bridge, and any type of speed metal that I bring into Tremonti might not necessarily fit into Alter Bridge. Our vocal couldn’t be any more different. Myles is a seasoned tenor, and I’m almost a baritone. That’s the big difference in how the two bands sound different.”
Megadeth’s David Ellefson has premiered a lyric video for his new song “Hammer Comes Down.“ The track features a number of guests including: Ellefson’s business partner Thom Hazaert, Eric “A.K.” Knutson (Flotsam And Jetsam), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, etc.), Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth), Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich), and Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head). The song will appear on Ellefson’s “More Life With Deth” companion album “Sleeping Giants“ (out July 16).
According to Blabbermouth, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, etc.) was asked about the possibility of a Creed reunion during an appearance on Jamey Jasta’s (Hatebreed) The Jasta Show. He responded by saying he is not entirely opposed to revisiting the group at some point in the future and that he is actually “sitting on an entire Creed album.”
Tremonti said the following:
“People say, ‘Is it done? Is it over? Is there new music coming out?’ I’m sitting on an entire CREED album… When we were together doing the reunion tour, we put a lot of music together and I have like really sketchy little demos of probably 13 songs. I listened to them maybe a year ago and they’re good songs.”
He also added:
“It’s just, there’s no time. Is it good enough for me to put everything on the back burner that I’ve been working on for the past 14 years? No. Is it good enough to maybe 10 years from now or seven years from now… or some big resurgence happens or there’s an anniversary where everybody’s like, ‘We want to see CREED and the world demands it like they used to.’ I wouldn’t say no.”
During their August 2 show in Virginia Beach, VA, Disturbed were joined onstage by Alter Bridge‘s Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti and Saint Asonia’s Corey Lowery for a performancd of “Who Taught You How To Hate.” Check out some footage of that below:
Alter Bridge have begun working on a new album which is set to be released in the fall. As a way to promote their new music, the band is offering fans some special items via https://fret12.com. These include things like guitars, drumsticks etc. that will be used in the recording process, trips to the studio, VIP passes for life, special meet and greets, and more.
“Gearing up for [the fifth Alter Bridge album], we are happy to be able to offer our fans a few of the things they have asked us for in the past. As a band, we also tried to come up with a few unique items which I feel are the ultimate collector’s items!”
Myles Kennedy added:
“We are very excited to offer these exclusive and unique opportunities for the Alter Bridge fans as we begin the next chapter of our journey!”
Tremonti mastermind, Mark Tremonti, revealed that the band actually recorded two albums during their sessions for Cauterize. He told the Pulse Radio the following (transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“We put together two albums. We have this album that’s [coming] out, but in the same recording session we recorded another album called Dust. That’s gonna be coming out who knows when, but probably within a year. So I want people to know that the record is part two of this record. It’s not necessarily record three, it’s just the second disc of this album. So there’s two 10-song albums.”
In other news, bassist, Wolfgang Van Halen will not be touring with the band, due to his Van Halen commitments. He said the following:
“I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of Cauterize, but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming tour dates, both in the States and overseas due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the upcoming summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live in Concert album. Look forward to seeing all the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!”