Last week, we told you the exciting news of the upcoming Death tour via its surviving members under the name Death to All. As a recap, here’s the lineup as it was first announced:

Guitars – Paul Masvidal (“Human“)
Guitars – Shannon Hamm (“The Sound Of Perseverance“)
Guitars – Bobby Koelble (“Symbolic“)
Bass – Steve DiGiorgio (“Human“/”Individual Thought Patterns“)
Bass – Scott Clendenin (“The Sound Of Perseverance“)
Drums – Gene Hoglan (Individual Thought Patterns“/”Symbolic“)
Drums – Sean Reinert (Human)

Excellent lineup, without a doubt! But obviously, we’re missing the ever-important frontman. While the late Chuck Schuldiner can’t be “replaced,” a tribute tour is incomplete without a vocalist that will faithfully pay homage to his memory and confidently honor his craft. While there are presumably going to be a few vocalists that will appear, the first name announced was Abysmal Dawn‘s Charles Elliot!

Here’s what Charles had to say:

“Let me just say that I don’t pretend to be Chuck Schuldiner. I don’t sound exactly like him and I’m not trying to, even if he is an influence of mine. Chuck was a unique individual, as am I. What I am trying to do though is humbly pay tribute to a man and band that changed my life, while supporting his family and a charity I believe in. I know some people will inevitably talk shit no matter what, but now at least I’ve said my piece.

“My first band INHUMAN VISIONS opened up for DEATH back in 1998 at what would become the infamous ‘Live In L.A.’ show. I was just a kid and I think if you listen closely at the very end of the show, you can hear me screaming, ‘Thank you, DEATH’ on the DVD. That statement is as true as it was in that life-changing moment as it is now.

Awesome! I’m sure he’ll do great!

Here are the dates:

June 22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
June 23 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
June 26 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
June 28 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
June 30 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham

It’s a shame there are so few dates. Hopefully they can do this every year or two, but all of these dudes are super busy, so we can count ourselves lucky we’ve gotten to see this happen at all! We’ll be sure to fill you in on new Death to All happenings when they come in.

– JR

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