Other inductees on the night included; Don Dokken, Stephen Pearcy, Graham Bonnet, promoter Jack Orbin, Prong, and Metal Church. The Gala was filmed live, and will be aired in early 2020 to over 100 Million subscribers.
The Celebrity Gala included an epic monster jam for the ages, which featured Geoff Tate, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Chris Poland, Bjorn Englen, and Pat Gesualdo, who performed an unbelievable version of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid." Cell phone videos of the epic jam went viral instantly.
Another highlight of the event was the Official Modern Drummer tribute to Neil Peart, which included Cathy Rich, (daughter of Buddy Rich, and close personal friend of Neil Peart). Modern Drummer’s editor at large Billy Amendola, Hudson Music owner Rob Wallis, and drumming legend Carmine Appice.
Elsewhere during NAMM week, eonmusic caught up with Iron Maiden's Nicko Mc Brain, who exclusively gave his reaction to the Rush drummer's passing.
Several luminary performers such as Don Dokken, Riot Act, Chris Poland, Prong, and Iceland (featuring Jack Frost, Charlie Calv, John Palumbo (marketing / design director of Dean Guitars), and Pat Gesualdo) also performed.
The 2020 Metal Hall of Fame Celebrity Gala was Hosted by Television/Radio personality Eddie Trunk, and co-hosted / produced by Whiskey A Go-Go Ultimate Jam Night / Almost Fama Show host Jes Fama. Sponsors were Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment, Michael Brandvold Marketing, Spider Energy Drink, Dark Star Records, SGL Entertainment, Skateboard Marketing, and The Metal Voice.
Pat Gesualdo, Metal Hall of Fame President/CEO, says, “The 2020 Metal Hall of Fame Gala was amazing!! As always, there were Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Idols, and many exciting performances!!"
The Metal Hall of Fame holds the Annual Metal Hall of Fame Celebrity Gala. It is dedicated to forever enshrining the iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making hard rock and heavy metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. It is part of the 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which provides free therapy services for disabled children and their families in hospitals and community centres throughout the United States.