Watch: SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, Ex-EXODUS, Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Members Perform At MILWAUKEE METAL FEST Pre-Party
May 26, 2023
The official Milwaukee Metal Fest pre-party took place last night (Thursday, May 25) at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The very special "Jasta And Friends" lineup included performances by organizer Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED),Paul Bostaph (SLAYER),Chris Garza (SUICIDE SILENCE),Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR),Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, KK'S PRIEST),Rob Dukes (GENERATION KILL, EXODUS),Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE),Robb Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) as well as guests Somnuri and Yotuma while DJ Danny Diablo spun the house tunes. The event was free to attend for any Milwaukee Metal Fest ticket holder.
The rebooted Milwaukee Metal Fest is taking place on Memorial Day Weekend — May 26-28 — at The Rave/Eagles club.
The iconic multi-day event has been defunct since the mid-2000s, but is returning this year after Jasta purchased the rights to the festival in 2022.
"The infamous Milwaukee Metal Fest created so many memories, hosted legendary bands, and gave up and comers something to aspire to. Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 26, 27, and 28) — it returns with a stacked line up and a new lease on life," says Jasta. "I cannot wait to see all the bands and hang with everyone in Milwaukee. I'm so grateful for [booking agent] Tim Borror and the Sound Talent Crew; and Leslie, Joe, and everyone at The Rave/Eagles for helping us put this event together. Milwaukee Metal Fest is back! See you in Wisconsin this May!"
Says Borror: "Milwaukee Metal Fest was such a huge part of the metal culture back in the day, and it really helped a lot of bands. It was always at The Rave and the combo is iconic. Working with Jamey, the great people at The Rave, and all the bands to bring it back in 2023 is fucking incredible. This is going to be a great event, don't miss it!"
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