Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta has secured the rights to Milwaukee Metalfest, the heavy metal festival in the American Midwest, last held in 2007 as Milwaukee Metalfest XIX.
Thankfully, after that 16-year hiatus, the prominent metalcore musician plans to bring Milwaukee Metalfest 2023 back to Wisconsin’s most populous city. And he’s doing so in part as a tribute to a friend in the metal community he recently lost.
This week, festival founder Jack Koshick officially handed the fest over to Jasta, with both making comments.
Jasta says, “I am so grateful and thrilled that Jack Koshick has passed the Milwaukee Metalfest torch on to me. He is a visionary and we will carry on the legacy of Milwaukee Metalfest for years to come.”
The Hatebreed Bandleader and The Jasta Show The podcast host continues, “So many of us have great memories from Milwaukee Metalfest and the time is right for it to return [Black Dahlia Murder vocalist] Trevor Strnad, I fantasized about bringing the festival back and even wanted Trevor to curate it with me. In light of his passing, I feel the need to go ahead and restart the festival in 2023.”
Koshick says the historic metal festival “was a labor of love for me. I started working on it when I was 29; I’m 66 now. I want to thank everyone, living and dead, for making this dream come true.”
He adds: “Most of all I want to thank the bands, fans and crews who made this possible. It’s time to move on. I believe Jamey Jasta and his partners will do a good job representing the brand.”
The Milwaukee Metalfest had a legendary annual run from 1987 to 2004. In 1991, for example, the fest’s stacked lineup included Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Napalm Death, Sepultura, Sick of It All, and several other extreme bands. Milwaukee is actually pronounced Mill-e-wah-quewhich is Algonquin for “the good country”.
On Thursday (June 30), Jasta took to social media for band suggestions for the Milwaukee Metalfest 2023 lineup. See below. Learn more at milwaukeemetalfestival.com.
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