Metal Allegiance is usually bassist David Ellefson (Megadeth), drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), and guitarists Mark Menghi and Alex Skolnick (Testament). The band will play Black Sabbath's 1970 album in full at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL on Halloween, as well as original songs, though not with the aforementioned lineup.
Instead, Ellefson and Portnoy will be replaced by guitarist Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and drummer Brann Dailor (Mastodon). Here's what Menghi and Skolnick had to say about the show.
Menghi: “FINALLY! We’re playing in Chicago as MA. About time… We heard all the messages loud and clear! Prepare for my wig, Alex’s fake mustache that’ll most likely fall off mid-set, Blitz’s ball-busting, Brann’s MA debut and the MA attack ChiTown!”
Skolnick: “Last Halloween, we played Sabbath 1.0 in Brooklyn with vintage instruments (and facial hair); it was a musically satisfying experience and a heck of a good time. This time, we’re bringing the festivities to the Windy City and excited to jam with Brann for the first time, making the night all the more special. If in Chicago and in need of Halloween plans, look no further!”