Metal Allegiance will be rocking at UK’s massive Bloodstock festival on Aug. 13 but before they depart for the gig, they’re teaming up with Loudwire for a very special warm-up performance in Brooklyn, N.Y.
On Aug. 11, the all-star metal outfit will perform their Bloodstock set list of selected covers and original music. Moreover, the band will also pay tribute to 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Deep Purple by performing their classic 1972 double live album Made In Japan in its entirety, with Metal Allegiance dubbing the album Made In Brooklyn for this special show.
This particular Metal Allegiance performance consist of Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Alex Scholnick (Testament) and Mark Menghi, with more band members and guests to be announced shortly.
“It’s always a great time playing St. Vitus, which in just a few years has achieved a cult status a bit like a modern version of CBGB,” comments Alex Skolnick. “Last time there, we honored vintage Black Sabbath (with a bit of their ’78 support act, Van Halen, thrown in). This time around, in light of Deep Purple’s long overdue induction in the RnR HoF, Metal Allegiance will cover Purple’s classic Made in Japan, which inspired many albums to come (including Iron Maiden’s Maiden Japan, which we may visit at some point) and featuring many of their greatest tunes, including ‘Highway Star’, ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ‘Space Truckin” etc..). Although MA has no keyboardist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – with his unique double-neck – and I will collectively pay tribute to both Richie Blackmore and the great Jon Lord. It’s the perfect challenge for this particular MA lineup and a one-time thing, so I call upon my fellow Brooklyn residents and others in the Tri-State area and beyond to come down and help us honor the great Deep Purple!”
“Alex and I wanted to do something special as a warm-up before we cross the pond to the land that created metal,” remarks Metal Allegiance mastermind Mark Menghi. “After tossing around a few ideas, we decided to cover Deep Purple’s Made in Japan in its entirety for a few reasons; 1) They were recently inducted into the RnR HoF in Brooklyn earlier this year, 2) They are co-founders of our beloved genre and 3) we are heading to their home turf right after this gig for our debut UK show. We are stoked about this and even more excited to have Loudwire partner up with us to host this mammoth of a show.”
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal adds, “Looking forward to playing together in Brooklyn! We had such a blast on our recent Destination (Almost) East Coast tour, can’t wait to do it again!!”
Tickets for the Aug. 11 show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn are available here, with special VIP packages available here. Opening acts include Chains Over Razors, Martyrd and Magus Beast. Check out a video preview above.