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Hail! To Play In Lebanon Capital Beirut

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Hail!, the band comprised of Andreas Kisser from Sepultura, Ripper Owens from Judas Priest, David Ellefson formerly of Megadeth, and newly announced sticks man Paul Bostaph from Slayer, will be the first metal band to play live in Lebanon. On November 20th, Hail! will play the historic concert at Hektic Hall in the capitol city of Beirut.

“Breaking ground on an international level is what HAIL! is all about,” explained manager Mark “Abba” Abbattista, “when we first started discussing the idea of HAIL! we wondered how far we could actually push the reality of a dream. Anybody can come up with a good idea, but to create a model that no one else has ever before conceived and then to execute that plan to the level that we have makes our chests swell with pride.”

David Ellefson added “This truly is a monumental occasion - to do something for the first time ever is a rare and special opportunity. I can’t believe that it was 25 years ago, but remember how astounding it was when Iron Maiden went behind the iron curtain and played in the eastern bloc? I relate it to that and I am thrilled to be a part of something that has this kind of historic significance.”

When confronted with any possible political backlash, Abbattista spoke from personal experience “None of us are strangers to the world. Megadeth played one of the first concerts ever in Northern Ireland years ago, Ripper is in Paraguay today, Sepultura has broken ground all over Asia, the Middle East, South America, even Africa and I was involved in a project called Music Bridges which was the first time Americans had been allowed in Cuba in almost fifty years. Obviously we are aware of the ongoing tensions throughout the Middle East but we have learned from our previous experiences that music transcends all the boundaries that geography, language, religion and politics create.”

Ellefson continued “We’re just a fun-loving metal band, we have no agenda. We all come from very different backgrounds and no matter where we are playing, everybody in the building shares the same music. Music is the message. We all love the same music and that’s the beauty of unity…that’s the beauty of HAIL!”

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1. shattareded man writes:

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2. decapitator94 writes:

i'm going to that concert, it's going to be f@ckin' awesome \m/\m/

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3. murky writes:

that's not true ! they are not the first metal band to play here, there has been a metal scene since the 90s! And international bands have come by! but this is the first American Metal band. And Hektic Hall is not in Beirut, it's like 1 hour north of Beirut in the city of Jounieyh!

What douchebag wrote this !

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4. Metal 111 writes:

One Comment Hail is not the first band to through a Metal Gig in lebanon What murky said " What douche-bag wrote this ???

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5. Roy Dakroub writes:

That concert was amazing!!! It should have been in a wider space but the performance was perfect! and no they are not the first metal band to play here.

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