Down & Warbeast Dedicate Winter Tour to Mike Scaccia
The metal world was rocked over the Christmas period when news
of Rigor Mortis and Ministry
guitarist Mike Scaccia passing
The guitarist was performing in celebration of vocalist Bruce
Corbitt's 50th birthday when he suffered a heart attack brought on
by a serious heart disease.
Corbitt has returned to the forefront of Warbeast
as they prepare to hit the road later this month whilst planning to
dedicate the entire winter tour with Down to Scaccia's memory. He
has also started a fundraiser for Scaccia's wife and family and
plans to host a benefit concert in his bandmate and good friend's
Down frontman Phil Anselmo had this to say
on the life of the late guitar virtuoso in a posting relayed by
"I have travelled the world playing music, and I've
been fortunate to play, with extremely talented guitarists, and to
have seen living legends right in front of my eyes. But when it
came down to extremities, I've known since 1987 who the fastest,
most precise player on this planet was, and that was the one and
only Mike Scaccia. The playing field is now even.
I can't put into words what it meant for me to be
accepted into the Rigor Mortis horde back when I was the new guy in
town, and playing in a rival band back in the late '80′s. But we
were kindred spirits, and Mike Scaccia's kindness helped that
bonding process which I still cherish today. Underneath Mike's
soft-spoken, quiet demeanor, there lived a monster of mythical
size, unbridled passion, and a practitioner of inhuman feats that
will never be replicated.
We called his picking hand, 'The Hummingbird'
because of its blinding speed and accuracy. But now, 'The
Hummingbird' has flown.
Let his body of work speak for itself, as a legacy
of success not many can achieve. When Mike played, you knew it was
him, and with that, he left a mark in music that can't be
The DFW area has lost our era's two greatest
guitarists in Mike Scaccia and Dimebag Darrell Abbott, and that is
a terrible blow.
But their accomplishments will be considered sacred
ground for aeons.
When I think of my fallen comrade Dime, I think of
him as a star in the cosmos.
I will think of Mike in the same way, in honor of
his legacy and friendship. Celebrate this great man's life. With
all my love, sincerely."
- Philip H. Anselmo
Those wishing to donate to the Mike Scaccia Family Fundraiser
can click here and
follow the link.
Down / Warbeast 2013 Tour:
1/5 - Fort Worth, Texas - The Rail Club (Warbeast only)
1/11 - Houston, Texas - Warehouse Live Ballroom
1/12 - San Antonio, Texas - Backstage Live
1/14 - Tempe, Ariz. - The Marquee
1/15 - Las Vegas, Nev. - Fremont Country Club
1/16 - West Hollywood, Calif. - Key Club
1/18 - Anaheim, Calif. - City National Grove of Anaheim
1/19 - Sacramento, Calif. - Ace of Spades
1/20 - San Francisco, Calif. - Regency Ballroom
1/22 - Seattle, Wash. - Showbox at the Market
1/23 - Portland, Ore. - Roseland Theater
1/24 - Boise, Idaho - Knitting Factory Concert House
1/26 - Denver, Colo. - The Summit Music Hall
1/28 - Minneapolis, Minn. - First Avenue
1/29 - Milwaukee, Wis. - The Rave
1/30 - Cincinnati, Ohio - Bogart's
2/1 - Chattanooga, Tenn. - Track 29