Metal Allegiance was originally formed in 2014 on the inaugural voyage of Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise. That trip united artists like Frank Bello, Charlie Benante and Scott Ian of Anthrax; David Ellefson of Megadeth, Chris Broderick; and Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick of Testament. Rounding out the lineup for the House of Blues appearance were Pantera/Kill Devil Hill bassist Rex Brown, Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, Death Angel vocalist Mark Osegueda, Winery Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy, Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders and Cult drummer John Tempesta.
Considering that the event coincided with the 2015 NAMM Show, the Anaheim streets were buzzing with metalheads eager to see many of their heroes on stage at the same time. The artists themselves shared a similar excitement.
The camaraderie between each musician was clear, as each guy traded hugs and fist-bumps as they subbed for each other. It makes sense, too, because the seeds of Metal Allegiance were planted many years ago. Continue reading