TESTAMENT, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN and VIO-LENCE members performed at a benefit concert for VIO-LENCE singer Sean Killian last night (Saturday, January 20) at The Midway in San Francisco, California.
“Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence” saw the musicians play only VIO-LENCE material spanning the band’s entire catalog of songs written from 1985 through 1992. They were joined by other heavy hitters from DEATH ANGEL, KAOS, ILL NINO, FANG, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, VALOR & VENGEANCE, I AM MORBID, PSYCHOSOMATIC, D.R.I., ANNIHILATION, MERCENARY and SACRILEGE B.C. King Arthur‘s bastard son MORDRED supported and DRESS THE DEAD kicked everything off. Katon De Pena of HIRAX DJed the show, and DJ Will of KNAC was the host of the evening.
“Killian On Command: An Evening Of Vio-Lence” concluded with a performance of the VIO-LENCE classic “World In A World” featuring four-fifths of the band’s classic lineup — Robb Flynn (guitar), Phil Demmel (guitar), Perry Strickland (drums) and Dean Dell (bass), with Flynn handling lead vocals. (Killian could not perform with the other members due to his health condition). Demmel and Flynn are both now in MACHINE HEAD.
The entire event was livestreamed by BB TV and can be seen on YouTube at this location. Additional fan-filmed video footage is available below.
Killian was recently diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis, which was caused in part by a genetic condition called hemochromatosis. He is currently a candidate for a live donor transplant. A living-donor liver transplant involves transplanting a portion of the liver from a living donor into a recipient whose liver no longer functions properly.
Sean will remain a candidate only as long as he is healthy enough for such a transplant. Sean‘s blood type is O+ and a matching donor must have type O+ or O-. Once this window closes, he will be reassessed to determine if he will be placed on the official list for a donor liver through UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing).
The “Killian On Command” organizers said: “The Killian family is not privy to any information about possible donors and where they are on the waiting list until it is confirmed they have an actual donor. Living or deceased. So the more volunteers we have for bathing donors, they better the chances are we get Sean one!”
A GoFundMe page raising money for Killian‘s medical expenses can be found at this location.
The final stage of cirrhosis of liver is considered as the most dreaded phase of the condition. If the patient is diagnosed during this stage, the life expectancy of the sufferer — without a liver transplant — is said to be one year to three years.
Megaforce Records reissued VIO-LENCE‘s classic debut album, “Eternal Nightmare”, with a live bonus CD in June 2005. The bonus disc was recorded on December 14, 2001 at Slim’s in San Francisco.