Ex-MEGADETH drummer Chuck Behler joined KINGS OF THRASH on stage Friday night (February 24) at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan to perform some classic tracks
The reunited musicians performed the MEGADETH classic “In My Darkest Hour” as well as a cover of the SEX PISTOLS‘ “Anarchy In The U.K.“, which the Dave Mustaine fronted group covered on their 1988 album “So Far, So Good… So What!“.
The band known as KINGS OF THRASH currently features former MEGADETH members David Ellefson (bass) and Jeff Young (guitar), with the occasional appearance by Chris Poland (guitar).
Ellefson went on to post a pic of him, Young and Behler to his social media from the Flint show, writing in a caption: “Such a historic moment for fans and friends alike. Tonight in Flint, MI was the first time me, Jeff Young and Chuck Behler have performed live together in 35 years…our last show together was Monsters Of Rock Castle Donington England August 20, 1988! Thank you for sharing a heartfelt and magical moment together!”
Behler reunited with Ellefson on stage for the first time in more than 30 years back in August 2019 at the Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan as part of Ellefson’s tour in support of his memoir “More Life With Deth“.
Behler played drums for MEGADETH from 1987 to 1989, appearing on the “So Far, So Good… So What!” album.
David Ellefson was fired from MEGADETH in May of 2021 after sexually explicit messages and video footage involving the bassist and a young fan of the band was posted on Twitter.
Jeff Young‘s time in MEGADETH was spent recording and touring in support of the band’s 1988 album “So Far, So Good…So What!“
KINGS OF THRASH kicked off its “Thrashin’ USA” 2023 tour on February 16 at The Forge in Joliet, Illinois. The trek is crossing the Midwest, East Coast, and southeastern part of the USA through March 15. As with the band’s 2022 warm-up shows, the group, which also includes drummer Fred Aching as well as guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon, is performing “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” and “So Far, So Good… So What!” in their entirety. Support on all shows is coming from HATRIOT.
KINGS OF THRASH are set to release a live CD/DVD package called “Best Of The West…Live At The Whisky A Go Go” on March 24 via Cleopatra Records. The 17-song set, featuring performances of MEGADETH‘s classic albums “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” and “So Far, So Good… So What!“, was recorded and filmed live at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on October 15, 2022 and includes an appearance by Chris Poland. The DVD was directed by Michael Sarna for Inmotion Entertainment.
KINGS OF THRASH’s “Thrashin’ USA” 2023 tour dates:
Feb. 16 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Feb. 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Feb. 19 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Feb. 20 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
Feb. 21 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
Feb. 22 – Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
Feb. 24 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Feb. 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Legends Bar And Venue
Feb. 27 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom And Tavern
Feb. 28 – Warrendale, PA – Jergels
Mar. 01 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Mar. 03 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Mar. 04 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Mar. 05 – Harrisburg, PA – Midtown Arts Center
Mar. 07 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
Mar. 08 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Mar. 10 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
Mar. 11 – Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
Mar. 12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Mar. 14 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Mar. 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)