It seems the answer to the question I first posed when we learned of this awesome tour is, “A number of singers will be filling in for Chuck Schuldiner on the ‘Death To All Tour, Mr. Harris.’”
The first singer is a dude by the name of Charles Elliot. I happen to know he’s a fucking solid dude, and is probably humbled as fuck just to be asked to take part. Charles happens to front two bands: Bereft and Abysmal Dawn. He’s a good dude, so, I’m hoping elitists don’t give him any shit.
“When they asked me to do it I was somewhat reluctant and suggested numerous other artists who I thought sounded more like Chuck and have been around longer, i.e. John Tardy, Martin Van Drunen, Luc Lemay, etc.,” says Charles in a statement.
“In the end, I think they chose me to perform some of these songs because I’m a huge Death fan and because, more than anything, they felt I’m part of a newer generation embodying the overall spirit of Chuck,” says Charles. Amen to that.
“I’m glad they asked me though because playing with these guys is more than a dream come true and I couldn’t be more excited about it,” he adds. “Let me just say that I don’t pretend to be Chuck Schuldiner. I don’t sound exactly like him and I’m not trying to, even if he is an influence of mine. Chuck was a unique individual, as am I. What I am trying to do though is humbly pay tribute to a man and band that changed my life, while supporting his family and a charity I believe in. I know some people will inevitably talk shit no matter what, but now at least I’ve said my piece.
“My first band Inhuman Visions opened up for Death back in 1998 at what would become the infamous ‘Live In L.A.’ show. I was just a kid and I think if you listen closely at the very end of the show, you can hear me screaming, ‘Thank you, Death’ on the DVD. That statement is as true as it was in that life-changing moment as it is now.
“Thank you, Chuck Schuldiner, for a legacy of metal that left a lasting impression on me. I hope to do you justice, as the fans and musicians you touched all gather to pay tribute to you and your music. Let the metal flow.”
This five-city trek will boast a number of Death’s members, including the very cool Gene Hoglan. Drummer Sean Reinert will also be on the tour, along with bassists Steve DiGiorgio and Scott Clendenin, and guitarists Paul Masvidal, Shannon Hamm and Bobby Koelble.
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