Band Photo: Fear Factory (?)
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
This Los Angeles, California-based band is one of the few truly innovative acts in death metal, mixing industrial-style electronic rhythms and samples with grinding guitars and harsh vocals to create their own brutal soundscape. Formed in late 1991 with the line-up of Burton C. Bell (vocals), Dino Cazares (guitar, who has an additional side project, Brujeria ), Andrew Shives (bass) and Raymond Herrera (drums), the band rapidly made an impact with two tracks on the LA Death Metal compilation, produced by Faith No More bass player Bill Gould, and subsequently signed to Roadrunner Records.
The Colin Richardson-produced Soul Of A New Machine established Fear Factory as a genuine death metal force, with a good collection of songs delivered with originality and ferocity. Meanwhile, the band set about developing their live show on their debut tour with Brutal Truth in Europe, followed by US dates with Sick Of It All and Biohazard.
Fear Is The Mind Killer, a mini-album of remixes by Canadian industrialists Front Line Assembly, demonstrated further dimensions and possibilities available to the Factory sound by adding an industrial dance edge, bringing the band further acclaim.
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MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the Gigantour.com web site:
"A few days ago, while considering what to do for the first week or so of shows until THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN joins Gigantour, and what my options were at the time when my fantastic 'co-headliners' DREAM THEATER were going to have to depart, I mentioned that I may move someone to Stage 1 from Stage 2. Well, I am no longer considering that.
"You see, I had contemplated having six acts on each stage, but at that length of time and with that amount of talent, each band would have had their set-time cut down, and I would just be having bands on for the sake of having bands on.
"I am not a 'second-guesser' kind of guy, and I am going to stick with five acts per stage, and keep the set times as long as I can with respect to each band and their accomplishments so far.
"Of course, there is sure to be some instances where one act is bigger than another in a different city as opposed to their position on the bill, but the 'goings on' behind the scenes on a touring festival like this is quite laborious and once things are in a groove, it is much easier AND better for the crew working in the trenches everyday to keep it in the groove. You must know that the bands make it 'rock', but the crews make it "roll."
"So, here are the set times for Stage 1:
MEGADETH - Co-headline (90 mins)
DREAM THEATER - Co-headline (90 mins) confirmed through 6/21-9/3/2005
FEAR FACTORY - Special Guests (45 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - Guests (30 mins) confirmed 8/2-9/11/2005
NEVERMORE - Guests (30 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
LIFE OF AGONY (40 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
SYMPHONY X (30 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
DRY KILL LOGIC (20 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
[last act to be confirmed this week] (20 mins) 6/21-9/11/2005
BOBAFLEX (20 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
"Once DREAM THEATER has to leave, I have my short list for the next act to finish out the last week of Gigantour 1 in North America; ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, and OVERKILL are just to name a few. In fact, I left things with Scott Ian and we both agreed, that it would be a perfect time and position for ANTHRAX, as I am sure it would.
"So, for now, I am pretty much done with all of the selecting talent, excluding the announcement of the "new school who does old school" metal band coming up this week. The holiday took precedence over the tour business and I was unable to wrap this up before the weekend, but it will get finished this week.
"I want to wish a great Memorial Day Weekend to the friends here who celebrate it, and to all of my awesomes guests on the roster for Gigantour 1."
According to MTV.com, the fourth mystery producer behind Roadrunner Records' forthcoming "Roadrunner All-Stars" disc — which is expected to contain original tracks that are the product of collaborations between past and present members of the label's roster — has been revealed.
Joining producers/composers Joey Jordison of SLIPKNOT, Dino Cazares of FEAR FACTORY and MACHINE HEAD's Robert Flynn will be Matt Heafy of TRIVIUM.
All four musicians will not only play on the songs they've written, but will assemble a team of artists to record the tracks. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.
The project is being overseen by longtime Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner. Mixing duties will be handled by legendary hard rock producer Colin Richardson. The album is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2005.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"You have spoken, and being a band of the people, by the people, blah, blah, blah. . . it is my privilege to welcome LIFE OF AGONY to Stage 2 of Gigantour.
"Some of you may remember when [MEGADETH] toured with LOA back when Whitfield Crane was subbing for the estranged original singer, but they have reformed, have a new disc coming, and I have a friendship with the boys, and I think will be great to have them around.
"I really like this band and I hope you do too.
"Tomorrow I should be confirming my 'new school band that does old school metal,' and this is prolly going to be the last band on the tour if we don't move a Stage 2 band to Stage 1."
Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Other main-stage acts include FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Also scheduled to appear on the second stage are DRY KILL LOGIC, SYMPHONY X and BOBAFLEX.
LIFE OF AGONY will be releasing their new album, "Broken Valley", on June 14 via Epic Records.
More dates have been added to Megadeth's "Gigantour", which features Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the main stage, and Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X and Bobaflex on the Second Stage so far. Tour dates:
Jul 21 Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Jul 22 Las Vegas, NV - Thomas and Mack
Jul 23 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Amphitheatre
Jul 24 Los Angeles, CA - Verizon Wireless
Jul 26 Sacramento, CA - The Cove @ CalExpo
Jul 28 San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre
Jul 29 Tucson, AZ - Casino Anselmo
Jul 30 Albuquerque, NM - Journal Amphitheatre
Aug 2 Dallas, TX - Nokia Live
Aug 3 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
Aug 5 Atlanta, GA - Gwinett
Aug 6 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug 7 West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheater
Aug 8 Tampa, FL - St. Pete's Times Forum
Aug 10 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
Aug 11 Ft. Wayne, IN - Coliseum Expo
Aug 12 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Aug 13 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom Complex
Aug 14 Cleveland, OH - Tower City Amphitheatre
Aug 17 Pittsburgh, PA - Chevrolet Amphitheatre
Aug 19 Portland, ME - Civic Center
Aug 20 Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 21 Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid-Hudson Civic
Aug 23 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
Aug 24 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Banks Art Center
Aug 26 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
Aug 27 Reading, PA - Soverign Center
Aug 28 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Aug 30 Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes Amphitheatre
Sep 2 Montreal, QU - Bell Centre
Sep 3 Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
Numerous dates have now been revealed for the "Gigantour", which features Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the Main Stage, and Dry Kill Logic and Symphony X on the Second Stage so far. Here's the current schedule:
Jul. 21 Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Jul. 22 Las Vegas, NV - Thomas And Mack Arena
Jul. 23 Sacramento, CA - The Cove @ Cal Expo
Jul. 24 Concord, CA - Chronical Pavillion
Jul. 30 Tucson, AZ - Casino Anselmo
Aug. 02 Dallas, TX - Nokia Live
Aug. 04 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amp.
Aug. 06 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug. 07 West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amp.
Aug. 10 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Aug. 19 Portland, ME - Civic Center
Aug. 20 Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Amp.
Aug. 23 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 24 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 26 Boston, MA - Bank of American Pavilion
More dates are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Fear Factory are to release their new album entitled, "Transgression", and have set an August 23. The album will be produced by Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn). Also, Billy Gold from Faith No More will be contributing bass to two songs on the album entitled, "Echo of My Scream" and "Super Nova". Other tracks are as follows:
New Promise (co-written with Mark Morton of Lamb of God)
540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit
Contagion (which original¹s version was recorded for Rainbow 6)
Fear Factory released the following about the album:
"It's really cool to be writing a new record. We are all feeling very positive
and it's moving quickly since we have overcome some major obstacles. Now we can
work on a fucking great album. 2005 is the year of Transgression for FEAR
Fans will get to hear some of the new FEAR FACTORY tracks this summer on Dave
Mustaine's GIGANTOUR. Christian Olde Wolbers, who will be slaying fans on the
GIGANTOUR tour this summer with his new JACKSON signature series guitars and
Krankenstein amps, states, "We're really excited about doing a big summer tour -
we haven't done that since we headlined the side stage of the Ozzfest tour in
98. I'm happy to convert the older and young metal fans of the GIGANTOUR. Once
again Dave has put together a slamming summer tour!"
DRY KILL LOGIC have been confirmed as the first band on the second stage of this summer's Gigantour, a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Other main-stage acts include FEAR FACTORY, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Additional artists for the second stage will be announced during the coming weeks. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Aug. 23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Gigantour follows MEGADETH's sold-out 2004 "Blackmail The Universe" tour in support of 2004's "The System Has Failed" — MEGADETH's tenth studio album — which debuted on the charts at #18 and was critically hailed as a brilliant return to form. Bandmates Glen Drover (guitar), James MacDonough (bass) and Shawn Drover (drums) will once again join mainman Dave Mustaine on the road.
Fear Factory have set "Transgression" as the title of their next studio album, tentatively due August 23 via Trillion Records. Trillion is the new imprint from Liquid 8 Records And Entertainment founder and CEO, Mike Cattain, who has created Trillion as a home for Fear Factory and new bands seeking a creative haven grounded in growth.
Fear Factory will enter Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California on May 5 with producer Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, Soulfly) to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Archetype". "We are all very, very excited about the collaboration with Toby," says singer Burton C. Bell. In addition to Toby Wright, there will be a list of guest musicians collaborating on "Transgression", including bass player Billy Gould of Faith No More fame. Burton explains, "Billy brings a different vibe to the music the way his bass lines move around the beat and drive the songs with a unique element." Billy will contribute to two songs: "Echo Of My Scream" and "Super Nova". Other working titles for "Transgression" include "New Promise" (co-written with Mark Morton of Lamb Of God), "Empire", "540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit" and the projected title track.
"It's really cool to be writing a new record," says Burton. "We are all feeling very positive and it's moving quickly since we have overcome some major obstacles. Now we can work on a fucking great album. 2005 is the year of 'Transgression' for Fear Factory!"
You can get a preview of what's to come on "Transgression" when you play the new game "Rainbow Six Lockdown", which features a track from "Transgression" entitled "Lockdown", as well as scores created by Fear Factory throughout the menus. Apart from contributing music to "Rainbow Six Lockdown", drummer Raymond Herrera's production company, 3volution Productions, has produced the soundtrack to the Tom Clancy "Rainbow Six Lockdown" game, which will include Fear Factory tracks and many other songs from various bands, to be released on Calvin/Trillion Records on August 3.
Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.
Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."
The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."
A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.
The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.
Century Media report that NEVERMORE recently completed the recording process for their new album, This Godless Endeavor, at Backstage Studios in England with legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH). The new offering is currently set for a summer release. This will mark the group’s first recording with guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-TESTAMENT).
Nevermore will embark on massive six-week summer festival tour, dubbed the Gigantour, alongside MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN in late July.
Warrel Dane (vocals) further describes his thoughts on the new album and upcoming tour: “We have completed the recording process for This Godless Endeavor and Andy Sneap will finish mixing and mastering the record this week. It was a great experience working with Sneap again and he has really outdone himself on this record. We are also really psyched up for Gigantour. It's great to part of a tour that is focused on musicianship instead of current trends. This summer is going to be great.”
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the group's official web site:
"I thought I would start to inform you of what you can expect from the Gigantour Festival this summer.
"First off the set times on the main stage will be approximately 90 minutes for MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER each, 45 minutes for FEAR FACTORY, and 30 minutes each for DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE.
"We are hoping to have a second stage of talent and as of now there is a list of fourty bands that want to be part of this wonderful summer excursion. Each one of those bands would play approximately 20 minutes, excluding the headlining band for the second stage, which would be around 30 minutes.
"We are going to play in many cities that we may have missed last trek, and so far the dates total 32, but that may grow depending on the demand from you, the fans, and from the promoters who believe. More...
It's called Gigantour, and it's the brainchild of MEGADETH frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine.
Set to launch in late July, Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER, who'll be accompanied by other main-stage acts FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Artists for the second stage will be announced in the coming weeks.
Gigantour follows MEGADETH's sold-out 2004 "Blackmail The Universe" tour in support of 2004's "The System Has Failed" — MEGADETH's tenth studio album — which debuted on the charts at #18 and was critically hailed as a brilliant return to form. Bandmates Glen Drover (guitar), James MacDonough (bass) and Shawn Drover (drums) will once again join Mustaine on the road.
Gigantour — whose moniker was inspired by the classic 1960s cartoon "Gigantor" — will criss-cross North America, with stops in amphitheatres and arenas in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver and Minneapolis, among others. The tour is implementing the "fan-friendly" ticket price of approximately $35 each. Mustaine notes: "I think people may want an affordable alternative to the choices out there — along the lines of a pure music festival — like Monsters of Rock or Clash of the Titans."
Mustaine handpicked the bands for Gigantour, with a focus on musicianship. "There are few very successful tours out each summer and in order to be significant, I knew the first Gigantour had to make an impact with top bands like DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE." Mustaine wanted to "put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment."
Mustaine comments on the other bands he's chosen for the Gigantour main stage. "I think that the variety of playing styles and the credibility of the different players is really exciting. I'm looking forward to spending time with DREAM THEATER — including my friend Mike Portnoy — while on the road. I think DREAM THEATER is unbelievably talented. I can't wait to see what their set list is going to be for this festival."
Mike Portnoy from DREAM THEATER comments on the band's perspective on the tour: "I think we probably bring some diversity to the bill, because we're kind of like chameleons — we can fit into a lot of different situations. We've done shows in the past with IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER and PANTERA, and then we've also done shows with ELTON JOHN, YES and DEEP PURPLE. I think our fan base is very diverse like that too." Portnoy sees Gigantour as a "kind of a meeting of musicians and metal-heads." He adds: "I've been listening to MEGADETH since day one and always admired them and Dave as an artist — he constantly stuck to his guns and stuck by the music he believes in. MEGADETH are one of the pioneers of the genre." Gigantour marks the first U.S. leg of DREAM THEATER dates in support of their forthcoming release "Octavarium", due out June 7 on Atlantic Records.
Mustaine first toured with FEAR FACTORY in 1994. "I think FEAR FACTORY and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are really going to add something different to the tour and bring some new people in." He continues, "The frontman of NEVERMORE [Warrel Dane] used to be in a band called SANCTUARY and I produced their first record."
Mustaine is excited to hit the road and has a positive outlook for Gigantour. "I look forward to watching this develop over the years and seeing how we can turn this into something that's going to stand the test of time. And if this works, and it really works, maybe we'll take it elsewhere."
Stay tuned for tour dates, venues and information about the second-stage bands to be announced soon.
Fear Factory have begun pre-production on 15 new tracks for their next album. A release late this year is expected
Roadrunner Records is in the process of putting together a groundbreaking record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. Tentatively titled "Roadrunner All-Stars", the full length release, a 'master-class' in hard rock, will contain original tracks that are collaborations between past and present Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians will be chosen to produce and write all the songs. Those chosen thus far are Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer is yet to be named. These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician will play for more than one writer/producer and each song will feature a different vocalist.
Musicians who have already recorded for this project are Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Roy Mayorga (ex-Soulfly), Logan Mader (ex-Machine Head), Marcelo Dias (ex-Soulfly), Dave McClain (Machine Head), Nadja Peulen (ex-Coal Chamber) and Mike Sarkisyan (Spineshank). More...
Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell is finally to release an EP called 'Iconoclast' from his side project Ascension Of The Watchers. Initially, this will only be available on vinyl through the band's official website. Apart from Bell, the only other member of the Watchers is former Killing Joke/Prong keyboard player John Bechdel.
Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has quit BRUJERIA, the extreme metal project he co-founded 16 years ago.
According to Dino, he made the decision to leave the group in order to spend more time working on a new band he recently formed with ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Nick Barker. "Sometimes you have too many projects and one always suffers," Dino explained.
Although BRUJERIA's most recent touring lineup included Barker and bassist Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH), neither musician will continue to perform with the group, according to Cazares. It is not presently clear if singer John Lepe (a.k.a. Juan Brujo) — the band's sole remaining member — will attempt to carry on with BRUJERIA using replacement musicians.
Formed in 1989, BRUJERIA released four full-length albums through the Roadrunner label and boasted a revolving lineup of high-profile musicians, including former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould and FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera.
Despite his split with BRUJERIA, Cazares will continue his involvement with ASESINO, the BRUJERIA off-shoot project that also features in its ranks STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos on bass/vocals and SADISTIC INTENT drummer Emilio Marquez.
Dino's as-yet-unnamed collaboration with Barker recently recorded a two-song instrumental demo with producer James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and is currently seeking a bassist and singer.
An article has been posted on FMQB.com listing the heavy metal moments of 2004, from the formation of new bands to the new releases of older bands. An excerpt from the article:
2004 will definitely be thought of as a year when Metal made an official "come back" in the commercial world. This is not to say that Metal ever went away, but like any genre, it ebbs and flows, and this year brought a tidal wave of good music. The beginning of the year was dominated by strong releases from Iced Earth, Damageplan, the re-united Fear Factory and Dave Grohl's Probot project, which featured Grohl backing up singers like Lemmy from Motorhead and King Diamond.
Read the full article at FMQB.com.
Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.
Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.
There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...
Members of Iron Maiden, Andrew WK, Murderdolls, Type O Negative, Disturbed, Poison, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Orgy, Danzig, Fear Factory, W.A.S.P., Bang Tango, Quiet Riot, Beautiful Creatures, Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Danger Danger, Ministry, Misfits and Great White are among the musicians that have reportedly been confirmed to appear a benefit concert on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at the Hard Rock Café in Beverly Hills, California to raise funds to pay for the surgery and medical treatment of Raven Nicole Robinson, a two-month-old girl born with a very large hole in between the right and left pumping chambers of her heart.
According to a posting at RavensHeart.org, "[Raven's] condition is called Ventricular Septal Defect. Large ventricular septal defects cause problems, as the pressure in the right side of the heart decreases, blood will start to flow to the path of least resistance. This leads to congestive heart failure and must be treated. The most important sign of congestive heart failure is the baby's growth.
"Babies who have significant congestive heart failure will have failure to thrive and will have difficulty maintaining a normal weight gain in the first few months of life. Such is Raven's case, at birth she weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. She is now [four] months old and struggles with every swallow; [Mother] Misse often feeds her with a medicine dropper and anticipates the usual vomiting that follows. Raven has just reached 8 lbs. She is on numerous medications to try and prolong her life until surgery."
Read the full article at RavensHeart.org.
Several thousand fans and friends gathered at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday night to mourn Damageplan/ Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
The inside of the cavernous convention center was filled with flowers and oversized magazine covers featuring Abbott, according to The Dallas Morning News. Among the musicians on hand to pay tribute were guitarists Zakk Wylde and Eddie Van Halen.
"I'm here for the same reason as everyone else, to give some love back," said Van Halen, who, along with Wylde, reportedly downed shots of booze as he spoke.
"This guy was full of life. He lived and breathed rock and roll." Van Halen held his cell phone up to the microphone and played a profanity-laced message left by an excited Abbott after a concert he played with Van Halen.
"I just wanted to give you a ... call to tell you thank you so ... much, man, for the most awesome, uplifting, euphoric, spiritual rock and roll extravaganza ever," Abbott said in the message to Van Halen, according to reports.
"A whole part of my life is gone," said Wylde, described as red-eyed and visibly upset. More...