Watch Halestorm, Judas Priest, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine performance of Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation.” The cover finds the guitarist joined by Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains). Demmel commented:

“First in a series. After Marta and I had so much fun covering [Alice In Chains’] “No Excuses”, I invited my buds Dave McClain, Richie Faulkner, Mike Inez and resident Bad-Ass Lzzy Hale to hang on one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Mixed by Paul Fig, Vid Edit by Todd Shuss. More “Collab-A-Jams” coming soon and look for a Guitar Breakdown/Playthrough show coming as soon as the Shelter in Place rules allow.”

Watch Bleeding Through, Shinedown, & Ex-Machine Head Members Cover Alice In Chains’ “No Excuses”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), and Eric Bass (Shinedown) have shared footage of themselves covering Alice In Chains‘ “No Excuses” in quarantine. You can check that out below:

Phil Demmel commented:

“No Excuses is song I had been wanting to cover with our cover band “The Merkins“. On the anniversary of Layne‘s passing (April 5th), I asked Marta if she would want to record it in our home studio where it would be the 1st vocals I’ve recorded there and her 1st time recording a lead vocal track.

It was a fun learning experience so we asked our friends, Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, MH) and Eric Bass (Shinedown) to help complete the track. We’ve decided to share that experience with you all knowing that its far from perfect, as we all as humans are.

I’ll be adding a ton of video content in the coming weeks. LOTS of cool things on the docket.

Thanks to Scott Kirkeeng for the Vid edit and to Juan Urteaga for the quick mix.

Much love and respect to Jerry, Mike, Sean and Layne for creating such a beautiful song. RIP LS.”

Sacred Reich Premiere “Salvation” Music Video

Sacred Reich have premiered a new video for their song “Salvation.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Awakening.” Phil Rind commented:

“We want to put something positive out there right now. ‘Salvation‘ is about music’s ability to encourage and inspire us and bring us together.”

Former Sacred Reich Guitarist Jason Rainey Passes Away

Former Sacred Reich guitarist Jason Rainey has sadly passed away at the age of 53. According to his ex-bandmates, his death was the result of a heart attack.

Sacred Reich issued the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce that our friend, guitarist and founding member of Sacred Reich, Jason Rainey has passed away.

Jason started the band after only playing guitar for six months. With sheer determination and will, he lead us through the early years of the band. He worked tirelessly. Sacred Reich was his life.

In recent years he faced some serious medical issues. He ultimately succembed to a heart attack on Monday, March 16. He was 53 years old.

Jason, we wish you peace and love. ❤️

Jason Wesley Rainey
February 14, 1967 – March 16, 2020″

Sepultura Postpone North American Tour With Sacred Reich, Crowbar, & Art Of Shock

Sepultura have postponed their North American tour with Sacred Reich, Crowbar, and Art Of Shock due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“Sepulnation, due to the development of the Coronavirus situation, we have been forced to postpone our North America tour until the fall. It was not an easy decision, but we need to take care of each other. This is like you understand far beyond our control. Rescheduled dates will be announced soon, stay tuned. Thank you for your understanding and listen to “Quadra“!”

Infectious Grooves Announce San Francisco, CA Show

Infectious Grooves will be performing with Sacred Reich and Ottto at the Warfield in San Francisco, CA on June 13. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (March 13). In other news, the band will also be releasing a new EP titled “Take You On A Ride” on Record Store Day (April 18). That effort will come with four songs including the title track, “Funny Farm,“ “Payback’s A Bitch,“ and “What Goes Up.”

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

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

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):