Anaheim, CA, December 6, 2019 – Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, who recorded on the band's groundbreaking debut album 'Killing Is My Business... and Business is Good' and the iconic platinum thrash release 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying' will be inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame.
The non-profit charity Gala takes place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove in Anaheim, CA. Proceeds go to bringing free therapy services to special needs children at specific health facilities and community centers throughout the United States.
Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Stephen Pearcy, Graham Bonnet, Joe Satriani, and Metal Church will be Joining Chris Poland in person as 2020 Metal Hall of Fame Inductees. Various bands and Inductees will be performing as well. Additional Inductions and performances by hard rock and heavy metal Legends, an All-Star Jam, and other surprises will be announced over the next few weeks!!
Long regarded as one of the World's most influential Metal players, Poland is also an accomplished solo artist, who released his critically-acclaimed major label solo debut 'Return to Metalopolis' upon his departure from Megadeth (being reissued in January on David Ellefson's COMBAT RECORDS).
In addition to his genre-defying bands Damn The Machine (A&M Records) and OHM, the latter of which would also feature late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza, Poland has made guest appearances on seminal releases from Lamb of God, Queensryche, and Tourniquet, as well as returning to the Megadeth fold for 2004's 'The System Has Failed'.
Poland will also be performing Megadeth classics live at the Gala with special guests Thom Hazaert, vocalist for Megadeth bassist David Ellefson's eponyous solo project, who performed vocals and co-produced Ellefson's recently released debut release 'Sleeping Giants', (including the hit Metal radio track "Hammer (Comes Down)", which also features a guest appearance from Poland), and guitarist Dave Sharpe and drummer Opus Lawrence of Dead By Wednesday, who also recently toured with, and performed on the Megacruise, as part of Ellefson's "Sleeping Giants" backing band, and appear on the 'Sleeping Giants' track "Vultures".
The Gala will be hosted by iconic television and radio personality Eddie Trunk, and co-hosted by Whiskey A GOGO Ultimate Jam Night / Almost Fama Show Host Jes Fama.
Pat Gesualdo, Metal Hall of Fame President/CEO, says, “The 2020 Metal Hall of Fame Gala is going to be amazing!! As always, there will be numerous Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Idols, and many exciting performances!!"
Other Performances at this years gala will include Graham Bonnet with his band Alcatrazz as well as the official launching of the band Riot Act featuring original Riot guitarists of Lou Kouvaris and Rick Ventura (Playing Classic Riot Songs) plus an All-Star Metal Hall of Fame Jam. More performances to be announced soon.
45.00 at the Door / 35.00 in Advance.
Proceeds from the Gala go to The Non-Profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). D.A.D. brings free music programs and therapy services to disabled children and wounded veterans in various hospitals and community centers throughout the United States.
Pat Gesualdo, Metal Hall of Fame Founder/CEO, says, “The 2020 Metal Hall of Fame Gala is going to be amazing!! As always, there will be numerous Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Idols, and many exciting performances!!"
Previous Metal Hall of Fame Inductees include Judas Priest, Ronnie James Dio, Randy Rhoads, Bill Ward, Scorpions, Motorhead, and Doro Pesch, among other hard rock and heavy metal icons.
To see the full list of Metal Hall of Fame Inductees, please visit www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org.
The Metal Hall of Fame holds the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala. It is dedicated to forever enshrining the iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making hard rock and heavy metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. It is part of the 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which provides free therapy services for disabled children and their families in hospitals and community centers throughout the United States.
The 2020 Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala, affectionately referred to as "The Most Important Night in Metal" by hard rock and metal fans throughout the world, will feature Inductions and performances by numerous hard rock and heavy metal Legends of all time.
The 2019 Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala featured Metallica Inducting Megaforce Records founders Jon and Marsha Zazula. In addition, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne assisted the Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala by providing former Ozzy drummer Lee Kerslake with his much awaited Platinum Record Awards for his participation on both "Blizzard of Oz" and "Diary of A Madman" albums. The 2019 Gala also featured former Ozzy Bassist Bob Daisley being Inducted by John Sykes (Whitesnake), and Ozzy producer Max Norman. Other Gala Inductees included Mike Portnoy, David Ellefson, (Megadeth) Jeff Scott Soto, (Inducted by Rudy Sarzo) Lita Ford (Inducted by Doro Pesch) Saxon, Jeff Pilson, Testament, and the 50th Anniversary for Legendary Los Angeles radio station KLOS.