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Metal Alliance at the Magic Stick, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018

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Few monikers are as descriptive as the Metal Alliance Tour.

The headbanging package show is in the midst of its eighth season, with headliner Goatwhore joined by the Casualties, Black Tusk and others. It's become an annual rite for heavy music fans, and tour founder Steve Seabury tells us that his enthusiasm about the past is equaled, and maybe surpassed, by his plans for the future...

Seabury, a former record label executive, says Metal Alliance is "truly a labor of love. I was in-between jobs at a record company and me and my friend were talking one day and he said, 'Dude, if you can start a tour, what five bands would you want on it?' It was hypothetical but then I started a management company (High River Entertainment) and...just felt like starting a tour. I thought it would be a dream to just go through my record collection and say, 'Let's have that band, and that band...'"

Seabury says the design for Metal Alliance is a varied package each year, showcasing different styles within the genre. "I'm one of those guys that just loves anything metal and heavy and loud, whether it's black metal or stoner rock, even 80s glam metal. I enjoy it all. So I wanted to bring some elements of all of those into one tour. The first year we had Helmet, Crowbar, Saint Virus. One year we had Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire. People were like, 'What the...are you trying to do?' but that's exactly it. I always want to throw in some screwball band, something a little out of the box. You can only listen to death metal for so long. It's nice to get different things in there."

Metal Alliance started as a fall tour but, due to band availabilities, has moved to the fall. Seabury, 48, expects to be back on the same schedule next year since he's already lined up a headliner (he won't identify) that will have a new album out in September. But for the 10-year anniversary in 2020 he plans to move Metal Alliance back into the spring.

The Metal Alliance Tour 2018 with Goatwhore, the Causalities, Black Tusk and more takes place Friday, Nov. 23 at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www,majesticdetroit.com

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