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metal-church-live-posterWest coast metal veterans will release “Classic Live” via Rat Pak Records on April 28, 2017. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof, this special edition release features nine classic songs recorded live on their 2016 tour and also includes a special bonus track; a powerful new studio version of “Fake Healer” that features a duet with Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre.

Comments guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof; “This album not only commemorates the reunion between Mike and the band, but it also pays tribute to some of the more popular songs of that era. It’s really cool to see so many old fans and new fans of all ages enjoying these classics as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this”. Mike Howe adds “It’s an honor to be back and it makes me very happy to see that almost 3 decades later, fans are still enjoying these songs!”

On the subject of the “Fake Healer” duet with Todd, Mike Howe comments, “The idea came from the owner of our label Rat Pak Records (Joe). It was his idea to record this as a duet with Todd. It’s an amazing version and I think fans will be very surprised at how good it sounds!”

Queensryche singer Todd La Torre further comments, “Having been a fan of since my early teens, never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined that the great Mike Howe would re-join the band! Getting the opportunity to record a duet to the track Fake Healer was beyond amazing!”

Metal Church Classic Live is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including vinyl, signed CD’s and t-shirts and can be found at:
01. Beyond the Black (Live)
02. Date with Poverty (Live)
03. Gods of a Second Chance (Live)
04. In Mourning (Live)
05. Watch the Children Pray (Live)
06. Start the Fire (Live)
07. No Friend of Mine (Live)
08. Badlands (Live)
09. Human Factor (Live)
10. Fake Healer (Bonus Studio Track) featuring Todd La Torre of Queensryche
11. Badlands (2015 Studio Version) *VINYL VERSION ONLY*



*with Alter Bridge and In Flames


*May 02 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
*May 03 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
*May 09 The Hippodrome Baltimore, MD
*May 11 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg, PA
* May 17 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
Jun 09 Sweden Rock Festival Norje, Sweden
Jun 10 Tivoli Bremen, Germany
Jun 11 Dynamo Club Eindhoven, Netherlands
Jun 12 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
Jun 13 Backstage Munich, Germany
Jun 14 Dascaan Stuttgart, Germany
Jun 16 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
Jun 17 Stummsche Reithalle Neunkirchen, Germany
Jun 18 Hellfest Open Air Festival Clisson, France
Jun 20 The Underworld Camden London, United Kingdom
Jun 21 Audio Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jun 22 Limelight 2 Belfast, United Kingdom
Jun 23 Voodoo Lounge Dublin, Ireland
Jun 24 Thekla Bristol, United Kingdom
Jun 30 Barcelona Rock Fest Barcelona, Spain
Jul 15 Chicago Open Air Bridgeview, IL
Aug 05 Sylak Festival Saint Maurice De Gourdans, France
Aug 10 Hirsch Nuremberg, Germany
Aug 11 Into The Grave Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Aug 12 Vagos Metal Fest Vagos, Portugal
Sep 07 ProgPower USA Atlanta, GA

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