Metal Allegiance Bring Chris Jericho Onstage to Pay Tribute to Megadeth’s Nick Menza + Gar Samuelson
Metal Allegiance's star-studded 'Tribute to Fallen Heroes' show at City National Grove in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 20 was an awe-inspiring endeavor as the group reined in more of rock and metal's best to honor the rockers we've lost throughout the decades. One of the many highlights was when it came time to pay respect to two deceased Megadeth drummers: Nick Menza and Gar Samuelson.
Following an introduction by Megadeth's David Ellefson, he and his fellow Metal Allegiance rockers Mike Portnoy, Phil Demmel and Alex Skolnick were joined by WWE wrestling superstar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho as they tore into the opening moments of the Rust in Peace track "Rust in Peace... Polaris." After some frenetic soloing, everything dropped out save for Portnoy's steady kick drum as Ellefson's familiar "Peace Sells" bass line overtook the crowd. Jericho gave a delivery that was a perfect fit to mirror Dave Mustaine's vocal aesthetic, sending fans into ecstasy as seen with his close interaction with them during the back half of the performance.
Samuelson, who passed away at the age of 41 in 1999 due to liver failure, was a member of Megadeth between 1984 and 1987, playing on the band's first two records: Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! and Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? The metal world lost Menza last year at the age of 51, after he died from a heart attack while performing onstage. A member from 1989 through 1998 and once again in 2004, he sat behind the kit on Rust in Peace, Countdown to Exctinction, Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings.
Check the performance featuring Chris Jericho above and the speech by David Ellefson below:
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