San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE will play an exclusive European reunion show at the Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival, set to take place August 9-11 in Kortrijk, Belgium.
The VIO-LENCE lineup that will appear at Alcatraz is the same one that will perform at the Oakland Metro in Oakland, California on April 13 and April 14: guitarist Phil Demmel, vocalist Sean Killian, bassist Deen Dell, drummer Perry Strickland and guitarist Ray Vegas.
Although current MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn was part of VIO-LENCE’s classic incarnation and played on the band’s debut album, “Eternal Nightmare”, he wasn’t contacted about doing the comeback shows because “he’s always really worked pretty hard to not talk about VIO-LENCE or include VIO-LENCE in the past,” Demmel told Decibel magazine. “This is something we’re doing without him.
“When we closed VIO-LENCE back in 2003 when I joined MACHINE HEAD, I was actually gonna write a VIO-LENCE record and shortly after I joined MACHINE HEAD, I was told that I couldn’t do that,” Phil added. “So Robb, he played in that last show and even his involvement in that last VIO-LENCE show back in 2003 was kinda… there are some memories from all of us about him being involved and playing the benefit with Sean that was something special and he got to sing. We will do like we have done before, move on, without him.” via Blabbermouth