Hartke Brings Out Metal All-Stars For Geezer Butler Tribute...during the November 9 event. In a blowout musical program, vocalists Corey Taylor (Slipknot / Stone Sour), dUg Pinnick (King’s X), and Sebastian Bach (formerly of Skid Row) were partnered with guitarists Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society / Ozzy Osbourne) and Chris Broderick (Megadeth) alongside a collection of some of the most notable bass players in music today. Frank Bello (Anthrax), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill / Pantera), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs), JD Deservio (Black Label Society), Jason Newsted (formerly of Metallica) and Rudy Sarzo rotated bass duties on a set list featuring some of Black Sabbath’s most notable songs as well as some rarely performed gems. Drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) was sole timekeeper, handling all the drum parts for every song. The all-stars and attending crowd were even treated to a performance by Butler himself, who grabbed the bass for Sabbath classics “Fairies Wear Boots” and “N.I.B.”
“The energy and excitement by everyone in the room was overwhelming,” said Hartke Director of Marketing Mark Menghi. “Looking out on that stage and seeing this amazing roster of musicians along with the honoree himself, Geezer Butler, playing these classic songs up close and personal was awe-inspiring. We knew we were witnessing something special and looking out in the crowd, they knew it too. I even saw Robert Trujillo of Metallica in the crowd acting like a kid in the candy store when Geezer took the stage. Having the honor of presenting the Bass Player Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award to Geezer was easily one of the most memorable nights of my career, and Hartke was glad to be a part of it.”
“This was the year Metal took over Bass Player Magazine!” said Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. “To honor Geezer Butler, THE quintessential Metal bassist, was the pinnacle of dedication to our genre. To prove it, a congregation of the top ranking metal bassists and musicians were in the house, all to show our respect to Geezer for all of his remarkable contributions and songs that have been the soundtrack to our lives."
“Terry ‘Geezer’ Butler is my number-one influence and greatest teacher of electric bass,” said Jason Newsted. “All true Metal bassists look up to Geezer as a pioneer and godfather of our chosen instrument. The best—ever.
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