JANUARY 21st 2015
METAL ALLEGIANCE 2015
Review By: Ruben Mosqueda
Photos By: Char Tupper
The Metal Allegiance line-up was unleashed in 2014 on the Motorhead Motorboat Cruise. For those that don’t know, Metal Allegiance is a rotating line-up that includes a who’s who from the world of hard rock and heavy metal. The second installment of Metal Allegiance invaded the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on January 21st, 2015 during the week of NAMM.
Prior to the show the audience was treated to metal classics by KNAC’s own DJ Will, who assisted in firing up the already amped fans. Kicking things off in place of an opening band was Scott Ian, who did a 30 minute spoken word set; though short in stature Ian has a huge stage presence and once the music thing winds he certainly can do this full-time.
The main vocalist for the evening was the magnificent Mark Osegueda from Death Angel who tore into metal classics from the likes of Heaven and Hell, Ozzy Osbourne, Accept and Judas Priest. Metal Allegiance mixed it up playing some S.O.D. which launched the set and some Van Halen. Handling the vocals on the S.O.D. and Van Halen was Mastodon’s Troy Sanders who did a great job with the S.O.D. songs but sadly his attempt at tackling Van Halen‘s ‘green face’ fell short; which was unfortunate because Testament’s Alex Skolnick absolutely destroyed the audience with his tribute to Eddie Van Halen.
Other highlights of the night included; Testament’s Chuck Billy and Exodus’ Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza reuniting again as they have in Dublin Death Patrol for Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat” and UFO’s “Lights Out,” and Billy taking on Sepultura’s “Refuse/Resist,” and “Territory.” Recluse former Dio and Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain surfaced mid-way into the set to perform the Rainbow classic “Stargazer.” Bain sadly looked worse for wear but played with the same vigor and energy as recalled with Dio. The Metal Allegiance line-up also included; Exodus’ Gary Holt, Tom Hunting, Megadeth’s David Ellefson, former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera’s Rex Brown, Winery Dog’s Mike Portnoy, The Cult’s John Tempesta, and Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser amongst others.
Metal Allegiance packs a lot of entertainment value; it’s fun, it’s loose and offers fans a line-up of charismatic musicians in multiple incarnations that they may not have witnessed before or ever. Metal Allegiance are gearing up to do it again in February on the annual ,Ship Rocked Cruise.