The press release for tonight's show:
MMA Superstar Josh Barnett Announces
Japanese Benefit Show; All Shall Perish Headlining
House of Blues – Sunset
(Los Angeles – May 23, 2011) It's common knowledge that actions speak louder than words and MMA superstar Josh Barnett is truly a man of action as he has spearheaded a relief fund to help the victims of the recent travesty that hit Japan. Barnett is very open about his love of heavy metal and he knew it made perfect sense to put together a show that featured some of the metal's best acts to raise some money for this very worthy cause.
This special event featuring All Shall Perish, Animals As Leaders, Cattle Decapitation, Abysmal Dawn, Internal Corrosion and Thrown Into Exile is set to take place at the House of Blues in Hollywood on May 26th and all proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross Japanese relief effort. Tickets are only $15 and are on-sale now at www.hob.com or at www.ticketmaster.com
Barnett states: "As someone that has worked in Japan over the last nine years and even lived there for a time I felt an obligation to try and help a country which has shown so much love and hospitality to me over the years. This event dealt a devastating blow to the 'Land of The Rising Sun,' not only economically but to the hearts, minds and souls of its people. I don't think that my event can in any way reverse what has happened or completely restore a country and its people, but music has the power to move the heart and soul. That kind energy can reach masses and be transferred to others and if even one person can be helped, it was worth it. In any form that we can generate funds, support and just simply the bushido spirit to all those affected by this we will be successful and keep the sun forever rising in Japan."
“I am incredibly lucky and thankful for all the bands, companies and people that have helped me organize such an awesome show and I not only look forward to seeing everyone there but to sit back and be a fan myself. I'll be the big blonde guy headbanging, horns in the air."
Ben Orum (guitarist of All Shall Perish) further comments: “We would like to personally thank Josh Barnett for inviting us to play this very special Japanese relief benefit show. What happened over there was a travesty and while it's easy to not think about the events that took place because we are so far away, we hope to remind people how much help is still needed." We will be performing some new material off of our upcoming CD, This is Where it Ends, so come out and check it out! Check out the link below for a sneak peak to some of our new material. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UKYTmbzrQw