Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The "Dark Roots Of Thrash Tour" Brings The Love To New York City On Valentines Day!
This past Thursday, February 14, over two thousand headbangers celebrated Valentines Day at The "Dark Roots Of Thrash" Tour. This once in a lifetime tour features TESTAMENT, OVERKILL (no longer part of the tour), FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, and 4ARM. The New York City stop of the tour took place at the Best Buy Theater in the heart of Times Square, were the love for Thrash Metal was present from beginning to end.
While most fans showed up to see TESTAMENT and OVERKILL share a stage for the first time in over 25 years, 4ARM and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM were perfectly picked to warm up the crowd. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM always deliver the musical goods. Not only does FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bring plenty of experience to this tour, but they offer the TestaKill fans a fresh sonic approach when it comes to live music by jamming their hearts out.
Once OVERKILL took center stage, the venue was fully packed and the crowd was on their feet when Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and the rest of the band demolished ear drums via their vulgar display of old school Metal! Even though "Blitz" was later diagnosed with pneumonia, which is why the band had to cancel their appearance on the rest of the tour, he sounded great and do not let anybody tell you otherwise. While he was kneeling down quiet often while performing live,and allegedly was given oxygen during the bands set, "Blitz" didn't miss a beat and OVERKILL brought their A game!
However, OVERKILL were forced to cancel their appearance for the rest of the tour due to the fact that Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth's needs time to recover from pneumonia. Full statement HERE!
After we all quenched our thirsts with some cold brews, which we obviously enjoyed responsibly, TESTAMENT took center stage and became everyone's Valentine! We have personally seen TESTAMENT various times within the last few years and even though they performed some amazing sets, this time around the band - Chuck Billy (vocals), Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson (guitars), Greg Christian (bass), Gene Hoglan (drums) - went for the kill. Even though the competition between Heavy Music bands is always a friendly one, we humans love competition. And TESTAMENT definitely stepped their game up in order to be able to outperform OVERKILL and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. Take a look at the bands killer set list:
It is refreshing to know that our music is alive and well, and that the future is very bright! If you get the chance to catch this amazing tour, do not hesitate. Just make sure you warm your neck up and that you bring ear plugs. Here are the remaining tour dates:
2/20: Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
2/21: The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
2/22: The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/23: First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
2/25: The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/26: In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
2/27: Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
2/28: Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Flotsam And Jetsam