Five years ago, Mike Portnoy, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson and Mark Menghi united as Metal Allegiance. In their two full length albums and onstage, the group has enlisted a multitude of metal legends, playing sets that mix in original songs with classic covers. To celebrate this anniversary, they've booked four special shows from April 17 through April 20.

Metal Allegiance will be joined by Chuck Billy (Testament), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon) for the full run. Meanwhile, Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, ex-Sepultura) and Steve "Zetro" Souza (Exodus) will make appearances at select shows

More guests are expected to be added and Superfix and Weapons of Anew will be providing support each night. See the full list of stops below and get your tickets starting March 8 at 10AM PT at the corresponding link.

Metal Allegiance 2019 Concerts

April 17 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Van Buren [tickets]
April 18 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Belasco Theater [tickets]
April 19 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues [tickets]
April 20 — San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore [tickets]

"Five years already?" comments Menghi. "Geez... when I thought of the words 'METAL ALLEGIANCE' in my local taco joint and the skeleton of a concept, I never imagined MA becoming what it has become. Only a few short months after that, we were on Motorhead's Motorboat Cruise and on that boat the future of MA as I knew it (well not at the time) is when everything changed as we thought, ‘Hey, lets write some music together.' Well... two full-length albums, an EP and many memorable shows later we’re still intact and stronger than ever. I look forward to celebrating with everyone and hope to see many old faces and new ones at these special shows. Each gig is going to be different with some surprise guests planned for each city. In true MA fashion... Ya never know who is gonna show up?!?"

Skolnick adds, "It’s hard to believe it’s been five years! While MA has had some memorable one-off concerts recently, tour dates have been relatively rare due to schedules. Now the stars have aligned to make this run of shows possible, including a strong lineup that’s touring together for the first time, some great venues and very special guests. Come celebrate with us!"

"Most bands barely survive one album and a tour," Ellefson chimes in. "So to go from our debut all star jam on Motorboat in 2014, to having full length releases and accompanying world tour dates under our belt, five years has packed a big loud punch from Metal Allegiance. I think it shows that great music and friendship have always been at the heart of Metal Allegiance so this five year milestone finds us a perfect celebration for just that!"

Portnoy finishes up, "Five years of hanging, jamming, thrashing, ball crushing and ball busting with this wrecking crew! I love being able to write, record and perform this music with these’s always a blast!"

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