Festival in Leeds, UK to EVILE bassist Mike Alexander, who tragically passed
away on October 5th, 2009 while on tour in Sweden. The festival will take
place at Leeds University Union this Saturday, 24th October. EVILE lead
guitarist Ol Drake will make a guest appearance on guitar with DESTRUCTION,
to play some of Mike's favourite DESTRUCTION tracks with the band. Ol Drake
also recently filled in on guitar for DESTRUCTION at Portugal's Caos
Ol Drake comments:
"Mike was a huge Destruction fan. It'll be a great way to pay tribute to
him by jamming some of his favourite Destruction songs with Schmier, Marc
and Mike. Throughout playing with Evile, Mike was always cautiously calm
about exciting things. "Mike, we're touring with Megadeth!" - "Oh, cool".
"Mike, we're touring with Exodus!" - "Oh, cool". I just knew he jumped
around like a child when he got home, but when I called him to say I'm
playing a show with Destruction in Portugal he went "OH MY GOD!!!!!!!
WHOAAAA, you bastard! Wow!"
"I got to pass on one of Schmier's picks from him to Mike before the last
tour and it made his day. Thank you to Destruction for wanting to dedicate
their next set to Mike and for letting me jam some songs in his honour."
DESTRUCTION bassist and vocalist Schmier comments:
"Ol Drake became a very close friend to the band since he helped us out
after the broken finger affair. When I heard that Mike Alexander died I was
speechless and shocked. I had to sit down. The world never was a fair
place. This again was a situation that shows how fast everything can be
over and out. Mike Alexander was such a positive and funny guy, his band on
the way to the top, a fucking shame and a tragedy.
"Evile and Destruction thought it would be a cool thing to dedicate the
Destruction gig in Leeds this weekend at the Damnation festival to Mike
Alexander. We will jam his fave Destruction tunes with Ol on the second
guitar. We are sure Mike would have loved this - a memorable way for us to
remember a lost friend! Rock in peace brother!"
EVILE will be unveiling a tribute site to Mike Alexander shortly and will
welcome comments, memories and photos. Donations are welcome for Mike's
children and family via http://www.ukthrash.co.uk courtesy of UKthrash.co.uk
and Wiseblood Management.
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London office phone: +44(0)207 240 5002
USA PRESS MANAGER - ANTHONY
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