On October 13th, some of heavy music's most respected bands will come together for a benefit at Los Angeles' Wiltern honoring late bassist/vocalist Caleb Scofield. The event, dubbed "A Celebration of the Life and Art of Caleb Scofield," will feature performances by his former bands — Cave In and Old Man Gloom — as well as Pelican and 27. Additionally, it will see the members of iconic post-metal outfit ISIS reuniting for their first set since calling it quits in 2010; rather than perform under their original moniker at the benefit, the band will go by Celestial, a nod to their seminal 2000 debut full-length of the same name. Tickets for the October 13th benefit go on sale June 14th at 10 a.m. PST via Ticketmaster.
Scofield died on March 29th after his truck accidentally struck a concrete barrier on a New Hampshire highway. The musician was just 39. A memorial fund benefiting his family was established upon news of his death; proceeds from the October 13th event — and a hometown tribute show taking place tomorrow (June 13th) at Boston's Royale featuring Cave In, Old Man Gloom and Converge — will go to Scofield's family, as well.
ISIS members Jeff Caxide, Mike Gallagher, Aaron Harris, Bryant Clifford Meyer and Aaron Turner commented on the highly anticipated performance in a short statement:
"Caleb was a touring partner and bandmate to the individual and collective personnel of ISIS; he was also a dear friend, roommate and collaborator. We are profoundly saddened that Caleb is gone. His place in our lives and hearts is indelible. Caleb's loss is unquestioningly felt most deeply by the family he leaves behind: his wife Jen and children Desmond and Sydney.
"As a group we are moved to try to do something to help them, and to commemorate Caleb's life, to celebrate what he meant to us. Sadly, we were unable to participate in the Boston Scofield family benefit show on June 13th. However, we will be performing at the Los Angeles event on Oct. 13th, along with Caleb's friends in Cave In, Old Man Gloom, 27 and Pelican.
On this occasion, we are choosing to perform under the name Celestial. This event is a one-off performance to benefit Caleb's family in their time of need and to pay tribute to a person we loved and lost.
We are glad to be able to do our small part in the face of this tragedy and are looking forward to coming together to celebrate the beautiful and all too brief life of Caleb Scofield. Thank you."