Ray Burton joins the Metal Allegiance for a very special show at the City National Grove in Anaheim, California.
Paying tribute to some of the musicians the world has lost in recent years, Metal Allegiance put on a show for the ages at the City National Grove of Anaheim this past weekend, proving the best way to pay tribute to someone is not to mourn their death, but to instead celebrate their life.
Metal heavyweights Gary Holt (Slayer and Exodus), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), and current drummer Mikkey Dee (Motörhead, Scorpions) joined the standing roster of Mark Menghi (bass), David Ellefson (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums), and Alex Skolnick (guitars).
Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho traded most of the vocal duties and joined throughout the evening by Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Eddie Hermida (Suicide Silence), and the one and only Chuck Billy of Testament.
While highlights included “Suffragette City,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Iron Fist,” the quintessential moment of the evening was Ray Burton, father of the late Cliff Burton, walking out on stage. He watched as the band tore through the Metallica classic, “Disposable Heroes,” in honor of his son. Bassist and founding member, Mark Menghi, was clearly moved playing for Mr. Burton, as it was a special moment for not only the band but for everyone in the venue.
Wrapping up the evening with “Seek and Destroy,” everyone who had played earlier in the show returned to the stage to join in, ending a perfect night of celebrating our fallen heroes.
Event Date: 20-Jan-2017