This Past Weekend's Metal Holiday Benefit Concert at the Beachland Was Another Huge Success

click to enlarge MC Chris Emig - COURTESY OF BILL PETERS
Courtesy of Bill Peters
MC Chris Emig
The numbers are in from this year’s Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive, an annual event organized by WJCU DJ Bill Peters, and fans who attended the concert that took place this past weekend at the Beachland again gave generously.

In the end, Peters donated 2,928 pounds of food and $1,243 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and 575 pounds of food and $2,858 to the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel. The event also raised $3,254 for the Alzehimer’s Association.

The event featured some major metal talent. The local glam metal act Priscilla, who had a commercial radio hit on WMMS back in 1989 with "Wake Up the Neighborhood" and had three songs chart on the popular heavy metal satellite radio station Z-Rock, reunited to perform. Other bands performing included Nunslaughter, Chemikill, Olathia, Hostile Omish, Vandallus, Kurnugia, Dead Earth, Sparrowmilk, Vadiat, Dying Desolation and the Iron Maiden tribute Maiden Voyage.

Chemikill and Vandallus both celebrated their respective new releases and Vadiat, a band featuring Terror’s Brian Sekula, made its live debut.

Chris Emig returned as the show's MC and also performed with her band Olathia. Megadeth mascot Vic Rattlehead also served as a MC with Emig.

During Chemikill's set, three-quarters of the original Purgatory lineup (singer Jeff Hatrix, drummer Ken Easterly and bassist Mark Alexander) reunited to play their song "Valley of the Shadow of Death" with Ken Erb from Shok Paris filling in on guitar. It was an unannounced surprise.

Olathia sold its new single "We Are The Storm," a song written as an anthem for the event, and one of Peters' listeners, Craig Hendzel, made Bill Peters Metal on Metal soap and sold over 150 bars and donated the money to the Alzheimer's Association.

In addition, Olathia also donated the money from its CD single sales to the charities.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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