The “Death To All Tour 2012” kicked off on June 22 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California and concluded on June 30 at The Beacham in Orlando, Florida. The trek, which features a majority of DEATH‘s amazing musicians, celebrated the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as raised awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund — a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems.
The drums on the “Death To All Tour 2012” were handled by Gene Hoglan (“Individual Thought Patterns”, “Symbolic”), Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, BEREFT) and Sean Reinert (“Human”). On bass was Steve DiGiorgio (“Human”, “Individual Thought Patterns”) and Scott Clendenin (“The Sound Of Perseverance”). Guitar duties were shared by Paul Masvidal (“Human”), Shannon Hamm (“The Sound of Perseverance”) and Bobby Koelble (“Symbolic”). The vocals were taken care of by EXHUMED‘s Matt Harvey and Charles Elliott of ABYSMAL DAWN and BEREFT.
Harvey replaced OBSCURA vocalist Steffen Kummerer due to visa issues and had only nine days to learn his entire set.
Commented Elliott at the end of the tour: “I just want to thank all the DEATH fans that were supportive of the ‘Death To All Tour’. I wasn’t sure how people would take someone besides Chuck playing these songs but people were very supportive. I’m obviously not trying to replace Chuck, just pay tribute to one of my favorite bands for a good cause. The people that realized this had an amazing time sharing in Chuck‘s memory and music at the shows.
“Getting up on stage with these incredible musicians and playing those songs for people that love DEATH as much as I do, was an incredible and surreal experience that I’ll always remember. I’d like to thank Sick Drummer Magazine, the Schuldiner family and estate, all the crew on the tour, and all the crazy fans that came out to the shows.”
Fan-filmed video footage of the Orlando performance can be seen below.
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Chuck died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.