A DEATH fan named Kyle Messick proposed to his girlfriend Valeskandrea “Crystal” Bunkelman during the June 26 “Death To All” concert at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. Video footage of the happy occasion can be seen below.
“So I’ve been with this lovely lady for four years now,” Kyle said from the stage. “She’s pretty great. We may disagree on the little things, like what the best DEATH album is. But I love her very much and I don’t wanna stop at four years. So right now I’m gonna ask you, Crystal, if you’ll marry me.”
The “Death To All” trek, which features a majority of DEATH‘s amazing musicians, celebrates the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as raises 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” are being handled by Gene Hoglan (“Individual Thought Patterns”, “Symbolic”), Danny Walker (INTRONAUT, BEREFT) and Sean Reinert (“Human”). On bass is Steve DiGiorgio (“Human”, “Individual Thought Patterns”) and Scott Clendenin (“The Sound Of Perseverance”). Guitar duties are being shared by Paul Masvidal (“Human”), Shannon Hamm (“The Sound of Perseverance”) and Bobby Koelble (“Symbolic”). The vocals are being 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.
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Chuck died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.