Two promotional videos for the 2014 Metal All-Stars tour featuring former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza can be viewed below.
Menza: I’m totally pumped and honored to get the opportunity of sharing the stage with some of the largest and legendary voices in heavy metal. It’s definitely going to be a interesting and unique tour, something European and South American fans don’t want to miss and I’m hoping it hits the states.
The Metal All-stars tour will feature “some of the biggest contributors to the heavy metal genre along with some of the most technical musicians in the industry,” according to a press release.
Metal All-stars will be offering unique items and experiences to be auctioned off in order to raise funds for Ride For Dime. Ride For Dime Inc., a 501 (c) 3, charitable organization, honors the lives of guitar hero and friend, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (PANTERA), Jeff Thompson, Nathan Bray and Erin Halk. Ride For Dime has proudly given back to charities that were of interest to Darrell during his life as well as charities he would have been proud to be a part of, like Little Kids Rock, Toys For Tots, IAVA and many more. Ride For Dime was formed in 2010 and began funding its own Ride For Dime Scholarship Fund.
Originally formed in Arlington, Texas, in 2005 by Darrell’s friends and family, the organization has now grown to having six nationwide chapters. Each chapter holds its own event, and all proceeds go directly to the Ride For Dime Scholarship Fund. Their current chapters include: Texas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Florida, Wisconsin, Nashville, Minnesota and the U.K.
23 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Armeec Hall
24 – Bucharest, Romania – Rom Expo
26 – Lodz,Poland – Atlas Arena
28 – Gdańsk,Poland – Ergo Arena
3 – Stockholm, Sweden – Globe Arena
5 – Riga, Latvia – Arena Riga
6 – Helsinki, Finland – Old Ice Arena
8 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – YBL Arena
9 – Moscow, Russia – Live Arena
Confirmed artists include:
Phil Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN)
Nick Menza (ex – MEGADETH)
Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)
Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex – ACCEPT)
Max Cavalera (SEPULTURA, SOULFLY)
Brian Fair (SHADOWS FALL)
Ross The Boss (ex – MANOWAR)
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Jasin Todd (ex-SHINEDOWN)
Matt Bachand (SHADOWS FALL)
Kobra Paige (Gene Simmons Records artists KOBRA AND THE LOTUS)
Jesse Billson (LEVEL ZERO)
Aaron Rossi (MINISTRY, PRONG)
Bones Elias (DEAD BY SUNRISE)
Metal All-Stars tour is expected to hit South America sometime in 2014 for more information visit www.metalallstars.com
Menza is currently at his Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California working on his new project, ATOMIC DISINTEGRATOR.
Menza previously stated about ATOMIC DISINTEGRATOR’s musical direction: “It’s very heavy and I’m very pumped, And I’m making some progress with finding some other players ‘Cause right now it’s just me doing everything and I can’t very well tour on that by myself. But I can definitely release a couple of tracks and see where it goes from there.”
He continued: “I’m trying to do a cartoon with it for TV and a comic book. And it’s really cool. The whole concept is THE ATOMIC DISINTEGRATOR… It’s got some governmental, conspiracy, alien stuff in it. It’s mostly about current stuff that’s going on in the world. And the music is very metal, but more contemporary style like MESHUGGAH-type, OPETH, GOJIRA. It’s heavy.