Down & Warbeast Dedicate Winter Tour to Mike Scaccia -
The metal world was rocked over the Christmas period when news
of Rigor Mortis and Ministry
guitarist Mike Scaccia passing
The guitarist was performing in celebration of vocalist Bruce Corbitt's 50th birthday when he suffered a heart attack brought on by a serious heart disease.
Corbitt has returned to the forefront of Warbeast as they prepare to hit the road later this month whilst planning to dedicate the entire winter tour with Down to Scaccia's memory. He has also started a fundraiser for Scaccia's wife and family and plans to host a benefit concert in his bandmate and good friend's memorey.
Down frontman Phil Anselmo had this to say on the life of the late guitar virtuoso in a posting relayed by Corbitt:
"I have travelled the world playing music, and I've been fortunate to play, with extremely talented guitarists, and to have seen living legends right in front of my eyes. But when it came down to extremities, I've known since 1987 who the fastest, most precise player on this planet was, and that was the one and only Mike Scaccia. The playing field is now even.
I can't put into words what it meant for me to be accepted into the Rigor Mortis horde back when I was the new guy in town, and playing in a rival band back in the late '80′s. But we were kindred spirits, and Mike Scaccia's kindness helped that bonding process which I still cherish today. Underneath Mike's soft-spoken, quiet demeanor, there lived a monster of mythical size, unbridled passion, and a practitioner of inhuman feats that will never be replicated.
We called his picking hand, 'The Hummingbird' because of its blinding speed and accuracy. But now, 'The Hummingbird' has flown.
Let his body of work speak for itself, as a legacy of success not many can achieve. When Mike played, you knew it was him, and with that, he left a mark in music that can't be touched.
The DFW area has lost our era's two greatest guitarists in Mike Scaccia and Dimebag Darrell Abbott, and that is a terrible blow.
But their accomplishments will be considered sacred ground for aeons.
When I think of my fallen comrade Dime, I think of him as a star in the cosmos.
I will think of Mike in the same way, in honor of his legacy and friendship. Celebrate this great man's life. With all my love, sincerely."
- Philip H. Anselmo
Those wishing to donate to the Mike Scaccia Family Fundraiser can click here and follow the link.
Down / Warbeast 2013 Tour:
1/5 - Fort Worth, Texas - The Rail Club (Warbeast only)
1/11 - Houston, Texas - Warehouse Live Ballroom
1/12 - San Antonio, Texas - Backstage Live
1/14 - Tempe, Ariz. - The Marquee
1/15 - Las Vegas, Nev. - Fremont Country Club
1/16 - West Hollywood, Calif. - Key Club
1/18 - Anaheim, Calif. - City National Grove of Anaheim
1/19 - Sacramento, Calif. - Ace of Spades
1/20 - San Francisco, Calif. - Regency Ballroom
1/22 - Seattle, Wash. - Showbox at the Market
1/23 - Portland, Ore. - Roseland Theater
1/24 - Boise, Idaho - Knitting Factory Concert House
1/26 - Denver, Colo. - The Summit Music Hall
1/28 - Minneapolis, Minn. - First Avenue
1/29 - Milwaukee, Wis. - The Rave
1/30 - Cincinnati, Ohio - Bogart's
2/1 - Chattanooga, Tenn. - Track 29