The "Death To All Tour 2012" kicked off this past Friday night (June 22) at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California and made a stop the following night (Saturday, June 23) at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California. The trek, 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.
The drums on the "Death To All Tour 2012" are being handled by Gene Hoglan ("Individual Thought Patterns", "Symbolic"), Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, BEREFT) and Sean Reinert ("Human"). On bass is Steve DiGiorgio ("Human", "Individual Thought Patterns") and Scott Clendenin ("The Sound Of Perseverance"). Guitar duties are being shared by Paul Masvidal ("Human"), Shannon Hamm ("The Sound of Perseverance") and Bobby Koelble ("Symbolic"). The vocals are being taken care of by EXHUMED's Matt Harvey and Charles Elliott of ABYSMAL DAWN and BEREFT.
Harvey replaced OBSCURA vocalist Steffen Kummerer due to visa issues and had only nine days to learn his entire set. Harvey said of 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."
The "Death To All Tour 2012" 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."
Fan-filmed video footage of the West Hollywood performance can be seen below. Photos are available at DirtJunior.com.
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Chuck died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.
Setlist photo below courtesy of DirtJunior.com