We Need Death Metal Not Pop Music To Celebrate 50th Anniversary," read a statement from the band’s longtime guitarist, Mike Campbell, confirming that the celebrations were for the sole purpose of maintaining the band’s false sense of self-worth. “The tribute to the legendary Brian wouldn’t be the same without the maniacally enthusiastic support of such a magnificent vocalist as Brian [Whitman], Mike [Dellam], and John [Lindberg].” The statement also thanked the dozens of other musicians who made the tribute a massive success.