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.”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) & Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) Launch New Project Ellefson-Soto

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Sons Of Apollo singer Jeff Scott Soto have launched a new project called Ellefson-Soto. The band, which also includes guitarist Andy Martongelli and drummer Paolo Caridi, have released a cover of Riot‘s “Swords & Tequila,” which features Rick Hughes (Sword).

Ellefson commented:

“Jeff and I have been friends for so many years that it’s great to finally collaborate on some material together. He has such a distinctive voice and perfect style for some new ideas my guitarist Andy Martongelli (Ellefson) and I have been composing. We are excited about the progress of it all and thought this would be a perfect time to give a little sneak preview.”

“The first time I ever heard of Riot was on the Castle Donington Monsters of Rock album from 1980. For me, they were the USA representatives during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. And, ‘Swords & Tequila‘, along with the entire ‘Fire Down Under‘ album for that matter, show the band delivering it’s rowdy and high energy rock n roll like no other band in the USA was doing at that time. So, it is an honor to offer them much deserved reverence, as well as a reminiscent tribute to the mighty Guy Speranza, who fronted the band like a god during that period.”

Soto added:

“As COVID-19 became a big negative around the globe, it actually offered many artists a chance to finally collaborate with one another that might have never happened otherwise…as I have known David for many years, I knew from our other efforts outside of our day jobs that we could come up with some badass jams…and here we are, letting you in on our cool little secret!”

“What can I say? This was a classic metal track from Riot that we all knew growing up, when David brought up that we should cover it I was thrilled. But when we added Rick Hughes from the band Sword onto it, it truly came to life! 40 years after its release, we hope you dig this new version we built for you!”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Premieres Video For His Cover Of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has premiered a new video for his cover of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff.” The track, which features Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), is from Ellefson‘s new covers album “No Cover,“ which was released on November 20.

Jason Bieler Recruits Megadeth, Queensrÿche, Sevendust, Etc. Members For New Album “Songs For The Apocalypse”

Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick) will be releasing a new solo album titled “Songs For The Apocalypse“ on January 22. That effort, which will be released under the name Jason Bieler And The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra, will feature a number of guests including members of Megadeth, Queensrÿche, Sevendust, Skindred, and more.

Here’s the full list of guests:

– Devin Townsend
– Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche)
– David Ellefson (Megadeth)
– Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Asia/Sons Of Apollo)
– Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo)
– Clint Lowery (Sevendust)
– Benjie Webbe (Skindred)
– Pat Badger (Extreme)
– Butch Walker (ex-Marvelous 3)
– Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH)
– Andee Blacksugar (KMFDM)
– Emil Werstler (Dååth, ex-Chimaira)
– Ricky Sanders (ex-Saigon Kick)
– Steve Gibb (ex-Black Label Society, ex-Crowbar)

Here’s the track listing:

01. “Never Ending Circle”
02. “Apology” (feat. Todd LaTorre, Kevin Scott, and Andee Blacksugar)
03. “Bring Out Your Dead” (feat. Edu Cominato, David Ellefson, and Devin Townsend)
04. “Annalise” (feat. Kevin Scott)
05. “Stones Will Fly” (feat. Ricky Sanders, Pat Badger, and Butch Walker)
06. “Down In A Hole” (feat. Edu Cominato, Kyle Sanders, and Stephen Gibb)
07. “Anthem For Losers” (feat. Ricky Sanders and Clay Cook)
08. “Horror Wobbles The Hippo” (feat. Emil Werstler)
09. “Beyond Hope” (feat. Benji Webbe, Ricky Sanders, David Ellefson, and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)
10. “Crab Claw Dan”
11. “Born Of The Sun” (feat. Edu Cominato, Kyle Sanders, and Clint Lowery)
12. “Baby Driver”
13. “Alone In The World” (feat. Ricky Sanders and Jeff Scott Soto)
14. “Very Fine People”
15. “Fkswyso”

A video for the record’s first single, “Apology,” can be found below:

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Releases Cover Of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has released his cover of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff.” The track, which features Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), is from Ellefson‘s new covers album “No Cover,“ which will be released on November 20.

Ex-Machine Head, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Revelation (Mother Earth)”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head, etc.), Dino Jelusick (Trans–Siberian Orchestra, etc.), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot, etc.) Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), and Julie Bélanger Roy (Gone In April) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Revelation (Mother Earth).” You can check that out below:

Phil Demmel commented:

“This series wouldn’t be complete without this song included. It’s my favorite [Randy Rhoads]-era Ozzy song/solo so when Mike told me it was one of 3 songs on his ‘to do’ list, it was time to tackle this song. Dino and I had been waiting for a song to do with MP and since the BPMD record had come out and I wanted to wait a bit before doing another with him.

This needs to be epic and although having Marta handle the piano/synth bells/vocoder parts was going to be legit, I wanted something filling more space and immediately asked Julie (who killed it on ‘Falling’ for us) to add as much as she wanted and see what she would come up with. Having these 2 on this song with their ideas and performance makes it incredible.

We needed a Bass player and I shot for the moon. Rudy is the most professional, courteous, polite, capable and compassionate musician I’ve worked with and as he said ‘of course, I’d be honored’ I knew it was going to be special, in many ways.

It’s no secret Randy is my favorite musician. His passion for not only music but also for performing has struck something with me and I’m paying tribute in this way to maybe inspire others to follow his life’s work.

With some of my earlier Jams I recorded single/pass tracks, but with this one I wanted it to respect it as he would. 2 rhythm, 2 6-string acoustic, 2 solo, 1 12-string and 1 nylon-string tracks later, I hope you all enjoy what the 6 of us accomplished.

RIP RR”

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Shares Video For Acoustic Cover Of Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live”

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.) has shared a video for his acoustic cover of Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live.” This track appears on his latest covers EP “Barefoot 3.”

Ex-Machine Head, Sons Of Apollo, Etc. Members Cover Van Halen’s “Loss Of Control”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), Billy Sheehan (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), and Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Van Halen’s “Loss Of Control.” You can check that out below:

Demmel commented:

“This a song Dave and I have been jamming for awhile. It had to be covered.

While I was touring with Nonpoint last year, my bud Jeff came to a show and we talked about our VH worship. He went on to show me his ‘tri-tone’ DLR screams that pretty much NO ONE can match. I’ve been waiting for the perfect tune to come along to ask him to do and this was perfect!

I was going to reach for the moon and ask him to hit up his band-mate Billy to join us but he beat me to the punch and MADE IT HAPPEN. McClain puts on a tight shirt/Alex VH shades and kills this.

If you haven’t seen DLR’s 1983 US Festival footage, check it out to get our opening scene Iced Tea reference.

Such an honor to be joined by these guys to jam on a kick-ass song by some of our heroes of Rock.”

Late All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert Featured On New Lost Symphony Song “Conflagration”

Lost Symphony have premiered a new song titled “Conflagration.“ The track, which features late All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre, and Conrad Simon, is from the band’s new album “Chapter II.” That effort will be released on October 16 and it will also feature members of Megadeth, Anthrax, Arch Enemy, etc. Lost Symphony‘s Benny Goodman commented:

“When I hear the song, I just think of the whole world burning. Basically, the guitar players are getting us out. It has the most testosterone. It was literally blowing up my speakers like a ‘Conflagration.’ The adrenaline speaks for itself.”

“Chapter II” Track Listing:

01. “The World is Over” (feat. Marty Friedman & Jeff Loomis)
02. “Leave Well Enough Alone” (feat. Jason Costa & Conrad Simon)
03. “Negation Delirium” (feat. Oli Herbert, Joey Concepcion & Jimi Bell)
04. “No Exit” (feat. David Ellefson, Jeff Loomis & Jimi Bell)
05. “The Garden Of Earthly Delights” (feat. Oli Herbert, David Abbruzzese, Rusty Cooley, Jimi Bell, Joey Concepcion, Matt LaPierre & Conrad Simon)
06. “Conflagration” (feat. Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre & Conrad Simon)
07. “A Murder Of Crows” (feat. Jon Donias, Matt Bachand & Jimi Bell)
08. “The Long Wait For The End” (feat. Oli Herbert, Conrad Simon & Matt LaPierre)

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”