Death plays at The Beacham on June 30th.
Death rattle The Regency Ballroom in memory of Chuck Schuldiner
Members of the band Death, considered a pioneering force in death metal and grindcore by the music community, will reunite for a handful of shows kicking off at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco Friday, June 22.
The tour will next move on to the House of Blues in Los Angeles and Chicago, then play New York City’s Irving Plaza before winding down at The Beacham in Orlando for what is currently the tour’s final stop.
Tickets for the San Francisco show are $28 in advance and $32 day of. Doors open at 8 p.m. and showtime is 9 p.m. Special guest is Gorguts.
The five-city tour, called Death To All Tour 2012, celebrates the life and music of Death founder Chuck Schuldiner whose life was cut short when he died December 13, 2001 at the age of 34 from brain cancer. The shows benefits Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems.
In 1999, Schuldiner had been diagnosed with a high-grade pontine glioma, a malignant type of cancer that invades the brainstem. Although he underwent a successful surgery to remove the tumor, the cancer returned years later. The first surgery left the guitarist and his family with a financial debt of over $70,000. The metal community rallied with auctions, benefits concerts and fundraisers to help offset the cost.
A cash strapped Schuldiner was denied the second surgery when it was learned the family took out medical insurance after his first surgery and therefore it was a pre-existing condition (the tumor existed before and insurance refused to cover the surgery).
While Schuldiner received chemotherapy, musician friends stepped up and in the summer of 2001 members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Korn auctioned off personal items to help raise money. Schuldiner contracted pneumonia in early November and died a month later.
Touring members of Death include: drummers Gene Hoglan (Individual Thought Patterns/Symbolic) and Sean Reinert (Human); bassists Steve DiGiorgio (Human/Individual Thought Patterns) and Scott Clendenin (The Sound of Perseverance); and guitarists Paul Masvidal (Human), Shannon Hamm (The Sound of Perseverance) and Bobby Koelble (Symbolic).
Death Tour Dates
06/22 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
06/23 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
06/26 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
06/28 – Irving Plaza – New York City, NY
06/30 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL