Friday, March 30, 2018

Members of Classic San Antonio Metal Bands Reunite for TexPop Show

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Art Villarreal (left), shown here in a 1982 performance with S.A. Slayer, is one of the members performing in the South Texas Legion supergroup. - PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB CATLIN
  • Photo Courtesy of Bob Catlin
  • Art Villarreal (left), shown here in a 1982 performance with S.A. Slayer, is one of the members performing in the South Texas Legion supergroup.
The South Texas Popular Culture Center (TexPop) will turn up the volume on its current "Metal Mayhem" exhibit with a concert uniting the musicians who helped make San Antonio the "Heavy Metal Capitol of the World" in the early '80s.

The Sunday, April 8, show will assemble performers from South Texas' S.A. Slayer, Watchtower, Juggernaut and Militia, among others, to shred through the songs that made up their setlists. It's all ages and runs 5-10 p.m. in the gallery's outdoor space. Admission is $10 (or half price for those who say the secret code "Happy birthday, April.")

Those still suffering tinnitus from that 1980 UFO-Triumph show at Convention Center Arena will likely recognize the performers in the supergroup dubbed the South Texas Legion:
  • Chip Alexander, drummer for Karion and Militia
  • Bob Catlin, guitarist for S.A. Slayer and Juggernaut
  • Bobby Jarzombek, drummer for Fate's Warning and Juggernaut
  • Jason McMaster, vocalist for Watchtower and Dangerous Toys
  • James Rivera, vocalist for Helstar
  • Mike Soliz, vocalist for Militia
  • Art Villarreal, guitarist for S.A. Slayer and Karion
  • Scott Womack, bassist for Juggernaut
The TexPop exhibit, which runs through April 22, showcases photos, art, video and memorabilia documenting San Antonio's thriving '70s and '80s heavy metal music scene, including displays on DJ Joe "The Godfather" Anthony, promoter Stone City Attractions and myriad local bands.

$5-$10, Sunday, April 8, 5pm, TexPop, 1017 E. Mulberry, (210) 858-8935,

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