Zakk Wylde, a brilliant performance on Metal All Stars stage in Bucharest


The Metal All Stars show organized by Phoenix Entertainment came in Bucharest on Monday night at Romexpo in a marathon spanning almost four hours, during which a lot of famous metal songs were performed. Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly), Joey Belladona (Anthrax), Udo Dirkschneider (UDO, Accept), Rob Blasko Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne), Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Ross the Boss (Manowar), Jon Donais (Anthrax), Jasin Todd (ex-Shinedown), Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall), Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Pong), Jesse Billson (Heaven Below) si Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus) were the names that brought back the metal of old. To be honest, I expected a little more enthusiasm, especially from the public. The news that curbed the excitement was that Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) and Cronos (Venom) did not participate, that being announced a day before, when the blockbuster was in Sofia.
The opening was made at the scheduled hour by a relatively new band, belonging to guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman, Death Dealer, together with which he has a first album, “Warmaster.” The Death Dealer representation included several Ross the Boss moments, which only his guitar could produce.
After about 20 minutes, the Canadians led by Kobra Paige went on the stage which have two albums already, “Out of the Pit” and “Kobra and the Lotus,” with the third expected this spring. Among the songs they performed, there was the famous song of Iron Maiden, “Fear of the Dark,” the singer saying this song is fit for Romania, as here lies the “land of vampires.”  After another couple of songs, “Kings of Metal” and “Fifty shades of evil,” Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) came up on the stage and provided an excellent show. Full of energy and with his well-known dreadlocks he has had since teenage years, he had three songs in his playlist, “That light that blinds,” “What drives the weak” and “Thoughts without words.” Next came UDO, the senior of the show, with his famous “Animal House,” “Metal Heart” and “Balls to the wall,” as the atmosphere turned more volcanic. From Brazil directly to Metal All Stars, Max Cavalera came next. With the nostalgia of the years since he was singing with the band Sepultura, Max forced the audience with songs as “Refuse/Resist” and then went to “Back to the primitive” and “Eye for an eye,” which heated up the fire already burning. The stage opened for Joey Belladonna then, the vocal singer of Anthrax who kept the bar high with songs such as “Medusa” or “TNT” which made those present to effectively sing along, he could not therefore fail.
Zakk Wylde and his magic guitar were brilliant on Metal All Stars stage in his all-too-known style, as each time he finishes a representation, Zakk lifts the guitar over his head, makes a cross, kisses it and goes on. He repeated his ritual this time, as if thanking his guitar for accompanying him to this show. Zakk can very well be a one-man show with his guitar and his energy that you cannot get enough of.
In the end, three songs each and one for farewell. That was the format respected by all who went up the stage of Metal All Stars show.

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