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.”

Coheed And Cambria Reveal Final Lineup For Rescheduled “S.S. Neverender” Cruise

Coheed And Cambria have revealed the final lineup for their “S.S. Neverender” cruise. The event is scheduled to set sail from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas on October 25-29 and it will feature the following: Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, The Dear Hunter, Touché Amoré, Cloud Nothings, Polyphia, Ho99o9, Thank You Scientist, Sheer Mag, Spiritbox, Torche, Fire Deuce, Weerd Science, Three, Hail The Sun, and Peelander-Z. “Emo Nite” and chef Graham Elliot will also take part as well.

Watch DragonForce, Animals As Leaders, & Polyphia Members Perform “Through The Fire And Flames”

DragonForce guitarist Herman Li and bassist Alicia Vigil recently performed “Through The Fire And Flames“ with Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi and Polyphia guitarist Tim Henson as part of “RazerCon.” You can see footage of that below:

[via The PRP]

Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Etc. Added To UK Download Festival

Over 40 more bands have been added to the UK Download Festival. That event will take place at Donington Park on June 12-14 and the updated daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 12:

Main Stage:

KISS
Deftones
Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes
Black Veil Brides
Motionless In White
Theory Of A Deadman
Wayward Sons

Second Stage:

The Offspring
The Distillers
Airbourne
Lacuna Coil
Amaranthe
Hatari
The Glorious Sons

The Avalanche Stage:

The Menzingers
PUP
Tiny Moving Parts
Sleep Token
Gender Roles
Press Club
Wargasm

The Dogtooth Stage:

Electric Wizard
Blues Pills
British Lion
Will Haven
Bokassa
Tempt
Cellar Door Moon Crow
JJ Wilde

June 13:

Main Stage:

Iron Maiden
Alter Bridge
Gojira
The Pretty Reckless
The Raven Age

Second Stage:

Killswitch Engage
Mastodon
Daughtry
3 Doors Down
Bush
The Wildhearts
Stone Broken

The Avalanche Stage:

Funeral For A Friend
Employed To Serve
Holding Absence
Loathe
Puppy
Sullii
Blackout Problems

The Dogtooth Stage:

Sepultura
Obituary
Dying Fetus
Chelsea Grin
Fire From The Gods
Bleed From Within
Higher Power
Lotus Eater
Dead Label
Uncured

June 14:

Main Stage:

System Of A Down
Korn
Volbeat
BABYMETAL
Alestorm
Powerwolf
Thy Art Is Murder
Wage War

Second Stage:

Disturbed
The Darkness
Skillet
Baroness
Of Mice & Men
P.O.D.
Wednesday 13
The Laste Internationale

The Avalanche Stage:

Bowling For Soup
Lit
The Skints
Marianas Trench
Milk Teeth
The Hara
Cemetery Sun
Dead Posey

The Dogtooth Stage:

Periphery
Northlane
Haken
Polyphia
Twin Temple
SHVPES
Kill The Lights
Heavy Lungs
Modern Error
Renounced

Circa Survive Reveal Opening Acts For “Blue Sky Noise” 10th Anniversary Tour

Circa Survive have revealed that Polyphia and Gouge Away will be joining them on their “Blue Sky Noise“ 10th anniversary tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/20 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03/21 Richmond, VA – The National
03/22 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
03/24 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/25 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
03/26 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
03/28 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
03/29 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
03/31 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
04/01 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
04/03 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
04/04 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
04/05 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
04/07 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/08 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
04/10 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
04/11 Montreal, QC – Fairmont Theatre
04/12 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
04/14 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/09 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05/11 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
05/12 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/14 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05/18 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
05/19 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/20 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
05/22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Club
05/25 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
05/26 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
05/28 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
05/29 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
05/30 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
06/01 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06/02 Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theater
06/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology Live
06/05 Hartford, CT – The Webster
06/06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
06/07 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Megadeth, Trivium, Animals As Leaders, Etc. Members Take Part In “Biggest Shred Collab Song In The World III”

The third “Biggest Shred Collab Song In The World” has officially been released. The track features a number of YouTubers and musicians including: Jared Dines, Angel Vivaldi, Nik Nocturnal, Become The Knight, Stevie T, Andy James, Felix Martin, Ola Englund (The Haunted, etc.), Lucas Mann (Rings Of Saturn), Rudy Ayoub, Matt Heafy (Trivium), Sarah Longfield, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Davie504, Tim Henson (Polyphia), Ichika Nito, Stephen Taranto, Jason Richardson (All That Remains), Cole Rolland, Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), The Dooo, and Manuel Gardner Fernandes. You can check that out below, but it’s worth noting that there was an issue with Richardson’s part, as Dines explained:

“Hey guys! Unfortunately, i am a dumb dumb and put Jason Richardson’s part over the wrong backing in the final file for the big shred collab video this year. I know I know.. you’d think I’d have my act together by now… 🙄 WELL, here is what he actually intended for you all to hear haha merry Christmas everyone! (Tbh, Jason could play over dumpsters fucking and it would sound good). My deepest apology to you Jason, please don’t SLAPP me at namm 😫😫😫”

Thrice, Power Trip, Etc. Added To Coheed And Cambria’s “S.S. Neverender” Cruise

More bands have been added to Coheed And Cambria’s “S.S. Neverender” cruise. The event, which will take place aboard the Norwegian Pearl, will sail from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas on October 26-30 and it will now feature: Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, The Dear Hunter, Power Trip, Polyphia, Thank You Scientist, Sheer Mag, Culture Abuse, Torche, Fire Deuce, Weerd Science, Three, Radkey, Hail The Sun, Peelander Z, and Graham Elliot. An Emo Nite event is also being planned.