Hail! Featuring Current and Former Members of Lamb of God, Megadeth, Exodus, and Machine Head: More Shows Announced
The newest iteration of the Hail! Rockstar Extravaganza tour, on which notable musicians are brought together to perform as an all-star cover band, will feature drummer Chris Adler (Lamb of God), vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and bassist James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, ex-Black Label Society, ex-White Lion). News of this latest edition of the recurring trek — which in the past has featured members of bands like Slayer, Sepultura, and Dream Theater — first started making the rounds last week. Primarily because us LoG fans find it a little worrisome that, following injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, Adler hasn’t toured with the band for which he’s known in a year, but now he’s touring with these dudes, and even Randy Blythe is basically all “Yeah I dunno what’s up.” But also because the other dudes in Hail! are obviously notable, too.
At that time, only one Hail! show, scheduled to take place on October 19 at the Rock House in Moscow, Russia, had been reported. But now additional shows have been announced, including dates in Dubai, Siberia, and Kazakhstan (cue the lame Borat jokes)! The tour’s current itinerary is as follows:
October 18 – Dubai @ El Barrio Club at Hyatt Place Al Rigga
October 19 – Moscow @ Rock House
October 22 – Novosibirsk @ TBA
October 24 – Almaty @ Tin
We obviously don’t know what material will performed at these shows, but Phil Demmel did recently all but explicitly announce that Megadeth’s “Tornado of Souls” will be in the setlist.
Meanwhile, since we’re on the subject of Adler and Lamb of God, this seems worth mentioning: LoG have two shows scheduled to take place just one week prior to the Hail! gig in Dubai: one on October 11 at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA, and one on October 13 at the Exit 111 Festival in Manchester, TN. Assuming the Dubai show is the first one on the tour, there’s no reason Adler couldn’t do the LoG shows. So whatever happens there should be telling. If I was gonna make a wager, though, I’d put my money on MetalSucks making a lot of “Chris Adler would rather go to Siberia than play with Lamb of God jokes” in three months.
Thanks: Nick K.