Tour de Force



OH MY FUCKING LORD, the Death to All Tour somehow just got even more awesome. In case seeing a bunch of old Death tunes being performed by former members of that band (including Paul Masvidal,  Shannon Hamm, Bobby Koelble, Gene Hoglan, Sean Reinert, Steve DiGiorgio, and Scott Clendenin) while being fronted by Obscura’s Steffen Kummerer and Abysmal Dawn’s Charles Elliott AFTER either Gorguts or Atheist have opened the show wasn’t enough to make your sexual organs explode with excitement, it has now been announced that NINE MORE TOTALLY RAD DUDES have been added to the tour — including the great Richard Christy, one former member of Death who seemed conspicuously absent from the already-announced roster of participants.

The only downside (if you can even call it a downside) is that the tour’s organizers aren’t announcing which of these guys will be playing at which shows — only that “There will be guest appearances in each city and some cities may have more than one surprise in store.” So if, for example, you’re really stoked on the idea of seeing Awesome Musican A, there’s no guarantee you won’t end up seeing Awesome Musician B instead. That being said, it’s really hard for me to imagine you being disappointed in seeing ANY of these guys, as they’re all great.

And if you really do feel like seeing one of these players and not another is the make-it-or-break-it point for your decision to buy a ticket, well… if you use your noggin, you can probably guess which musicians will be at which shows. For example, Christy lives in New York, so it seems like a safe bet he’ll be at the NYC show; Emil Werstler is from Atlanta, so it’s not unlikely he’ll be at the Atlanta show; and so on and so forth.

Here’s a complete list of the newly-announced guest musicians, plus the most up-to-date tour itinerary for you:

  • Richard Christy (Death, Charred Walls of the Damned)
  • Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy (Testament)
  • Paul Ryan (Origin)
  • Craig Locicero (Forbidden)
  • Travis Ryan (Cattle Decaptiation)
  • Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder)
  • Emil Werstler (Dååth, Chimaira)

Tour dates:

6/22/2012 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA (Gorguts open)
6/23/2012 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA (Gorguts)
6/26/2012 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL (Gorguts)
6/28/2012 – Irving Plaza – NYC, NY (Gorguts)
6/30/2012 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL (Atheist open)
7/01/2012 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA (Atheist)
7/03/2012 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX (Atheist)


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