EXHUMED frontman Matt Harvey has been added as a special guest lead vocalist to the all-star studded "Death To All Tour 2012". After a few show cancellations due to low ticket sales, this past Friday (June 22) the legacy of Chuck Schuldiner was remembered as Matt Harvey was joined by drummers Gene Hoglan (Individual Thought Patterns/Symbolic) and Sean Reinert (Human), bassists Steve DiGiorgio (Human/Individual Thought Patterns) and Scott Clendenin (The Sound of Perseverance), guitarists Paul Masvidal (Human), Shannon Hamm (The Sound of Perseverance) and Bobby Koelble (Symbolic), and vocalist/label-mate Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn/Bereft, to celebrate DEATH! The event took place at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
The following night (Saturday, June 23) the trek arrived at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. This once in a lifetime tour, which features a majority of DEATH's amazing musicians, celebrates the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as raises awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund — a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems.
Matt Harvey from EXHUMED replaced Obscura vocalist Steffen Kummerer due to visa issues and had only 9 days to learn his entire set. Matt Harvey elaborates on the opportunity: “To say that I'm excited about hitting the stage with such amazing musicians would be a massive understatement. To say that I'm overwhelmed standing in Chuck's spot singing his songs would be the understatement of the century. Phrases like ‘it’s an honor’ get tossed around pretty casually, but taking part in this unique celebration is truly exhilarating, humbling and magical for me. Even though the name of the band is Death, this event is a celebration of Chuck's life and the vitality and staying power of his work. To be able to share what Death's music has meant to me this way is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I am incredibly grateful to have.”
Additionally, the concert organizers commented on Matt’s involvement: "The guys in the band, as well as the organizers and crew, want you to know Matt has been killing it! We are all very thankful for his efforts and talent, being able to pull this off on such short notice."
Death To All 2012 is presented by Sick Drummer Magazine/Grind Percussion LLC and Perseverance Holdings Ltd – In benefit of Sweet Relief (sweetrelief.org). This five-city tour will feature a majority of Death’s amazing musicians, as well as special guests. This tour is to celebrate the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as to raise awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems
Here is the list of remaining tour dates:
- June 26: House of Blues in Chicago, IL
- June 28: Irving Plaza in New York, NY
- June 30: The Beacham in Orlando, FL
Postponed tour dates:
- July 1: The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA (Atheist)
- July 3: House of Blues in Dallas, TX (Atheist)
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