By now you’ve heard about the Heavy Metal Supergroup known as Metal Allegiance and if not it’s a talent whirlwind that features Alex Skolnick, Mike Portnoy, Mark Oseguesda, Chuck Billy and more. They toured these parts a few months ago and it was a blast that was enjoyed by all. Earlier today a press release went out citing how the group would be swapping some members for a brief East Coast run. I’ve copied the press notice for you below so check out the poster, press copy and dates before I return with some additional thoughts.
The Press Release:
METAL ALLEGIANCE are proud to announce their Destination (Almost) East Coast tour! The 7 day trek kicks off March 31st in Providence, Rhode Island followed by stops in Poughkeepsie, New Haven, and Lancaster before the final show on April 7th at the Gramercy in New York! With the recent release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album under their belts, they are bringing their all-star team and epic live experience to the East Coast! In true METAL ALLEGIANCE form, the band is bringing along some good friends to share the stage. Accompanying the band for these 7 special shows are none other than Mark Oseguesda (DEATH ANGEL). Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT).
Check out the Destination (Almost) East Coast tour trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgR441vt6gY
“I’m stoked for MA to be playing other areas in the States,” comments Mark Menghi. “We’re trying real hard to hit everywhere in America (and all over the world for that matter) when time allows. Prepare for a full-on metal assault during our (almost) East Coast trek…”
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal stated: “Very excited to be joining METAL ALLEGIANCE for these shows! Can’t wait to make music together, and to see you all!”
Don’t miss your chance to catch the METAL ALLEGIANCE brethren that is Mike Portnoy, Mark Osegueda, Chuck Billy, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Alex Scholnick and Mark Menghi doing what they do best – playing some heavy metal music!
Joining the band on the Destination (Almost) East Coast tour is teen prodigy progressive metallers NEXT TO NONE who will be direct support. Opening the shows each night is CHAINS OVER RAZORS!
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3/31/2016: Lupos – Providence, RI
4/01/2016: Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
4/02/2016: The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
4/04/2016: The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/05/2016: Toads Place – New Haven, CT
4/06/2016: Chameleon Club -Lancaster, PA
4/07/2016: The Gramercy – New York, NY
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I hit the show that took place at the Playstation Theater a few months ago and it was a blast. Since the group plays a lot of covers, there was a lot of singing along by the Metal fans who were in attendance. That show and the overall tour also featured Alissa White-Gluz who is one of my favorite Metal singers but she is not a part of this go round I guess she is just too tied up with Arch Enemy at the present time. The great thing about this project is that it can always feature a surprise addition or two along with an ever rotating cast of players. I’ve got a pretty locked up April already according to my planner but with the band hitting Gramercy Theatre you can bank on my trying to be there and rocking out with everyone else. I also enjoy the talented youths of Next To None. Yeah its Mike Portnoy’s sons band but “wow” can this dude play as well. What do you think of this group and will you attend one of these exclusive East Coast shows? Let me know in the comments section. See you next time.
Official Website: http://www.metalallegiance.com