HADES singer Alan Tecchio will be joined by members of OVERKILL and SEVEN WITCHES for an appearance at this edition of the Headbangers Open Air festival, set to take place July 26-28 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. Their set is being billed as "A Night Of Hades Music With Alan Tecchio & Friends" and they will exclusively play music from the first two HADES records.
In order to "warm up" for the Headbangers Open Air concert, "Tecchio & Friends" will play a one-off U.S. show on Tuesday, July 24 at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey.
Regarding how he chose the musicians to join him at the Headbangers Open Air concert, Tecchio previously said, "[When HADES guitarist] Dan Lorenzo decided not to play the show, no one else in the band wanted to do it without him since he is the band's founder. I felt the same way initially. However, since the promoters had already been advertising us for over eight months, I felt an obligation to deliver on our promise to play. We finally came to an agreement that our set will be billed as 'A Night Of Hades Music With Alan Tecchio & Friends' and we will exclusively play music from the first two HADES records.
"In all fairness, bassist Kevin Bolembach, who has been in HADES now for the past few years, will be on bass and Ron Lipnicki from OVERKILL (who was also on one HADES CD — 'DamNation') will be on drums, so there is at least some related HADES history there for two of the players and myself.
"Personally, I hate it when I see a band and there is only one original member left so I came as close to getting former members as I could.
"On guitar, Jack Frost [SEVEN WITCHES, ex-SAVATAGE] immediately offered to help since I am in the early stages of writing a new SEVEN WITCHES CD with him anyway. He suggested his friend and bandmate in a local cover band, Sean Tarr, as the second guitarist. I checked out Sean at a gig and he really blew me away. So that took care of the axemen."
Lorenzo issued a statement in May saying that he was pulling out of the Headbangers Open Air gig because it would have required of him "to work at least an hour or two a day for months to play the songs adequately." He added, "Playing 25-year-old songs just isn't where my head and heart is this year."