It was just about a week ago when I pointed out that the Finnish Rock band Santa Cruz had pulled out of the remaining dates on their US Tour. They were one of the many openers for Fozzy and also doing some headlining dates on the off times during this run. We did that HERE if you missed it and want to be properly up to speed.
Though there wasn’t any sort of full OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT made about the status of the tour and why it was cancelled on their Official Website or Facebook Page, it seemed as though the band members took to their personal Instagrams and posted that they had left the group; Here are the embedded posts from Johnny Cruz, Taz Cruz and Middy Cruz (Joonas Parkkonen, Mitja Toivonen and Tapani Fagerstrom respectively).
Now this news might have been expected after discussing in a post yesterday that Xandria had cancelled their upcoming North American tour because of apparent health (or something else) with their lead singer Dianne van Giersbergen. If you didn’t see that post just click HERE to get a refresher and then come on back to see what’s transpired since as Dianne herself has announced to the world via her Facebook that she was no longer a member of Xandria. I’ll return after the statement.
The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.
For nearly 2 years now I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors). I am a fighter, but I’ve come to see that this is one I cannot win. I don’t want to leave, I love the music that I got to write for you – which is 100% me – but I can’t live, can’t perform, can simply not exist in an environment that harms me. This environment does not care for me nor for the fans (even proposed me to playback in order to do more shows in a row) and somehow miraculously never generated any financial outcome and therefore no stability for any of its band members.
Yesterday evening the last hope I had of ever reconciling with the boys was shattered when they made a statement announcing that ‘I’ could not perform with the band anymore, forgetting to mention that I am in this unhealthy position because of Xandria & management. Not surprisingly they also already have a replacement for me and kicked me out of every Xandria social media page. With that they’ve send me one last clear message: they are not interested in fixing the situation nor are they willing to support me if that means (partly) stepping away from the business perspective (quote: ‘we are not friends’) which leads me to conclude what I know now: it is time for me to close this chapter and wish them the best of luck in continuing the band I loved so much.
Now, I don’t know where we will meet again, but I didn’t follow my passion, study all those hours and travel all those roads to simply give up. I’m sad to close this chapter, but I’m sure there will be another one to write. In the meantime I will be focussing on what does make me happy and I will be posting my daily business and updates on my Precious Metal Jewelry and Ex Libris stuff as usual. I very much hope to see you online so we can stay in touch and who knows, maybe one day in an audience again.
Thank you all for understanding, for your love and support!
I am forever grateful ♡
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Wow, what a surprise or was it not too much of one based on the cryptic nature of the bands commentary yesterday. Having caught Xandria twice on visits to our fair Metal Metropolis I can say that her sonic register will be missed during these songs. I’m sure in time the band will bounce back with another singer (and they noted that they had a temporary player in place so maybe she is fulltime now) but its Dianne’s good health that I am most hopeful for. If she felt that she was put through the ringer by the band then she would probably be best served by taking a few months out of the public spotlight to recharge the mental and physical batteries. I think she is a wonderful talent and hope that she is out there kicking some Metal behind sooner than later. What do you readers think about her decision? Did you expect this? Does it surprise you? Chime in down in the comments section below.
We got this news a little while ago which lines out the recent developments in the band Nile. Read on.
The Press Release:
Tour With OVERKILL Kicks-Off February 14th! NILE will be embarking on their next tour in support of their latest release What Should Not Be Unearthed on Feb 14, 2017. The tour will be with the legendary OVERKILL and will visit 24 cities across America. The band and would also like to announce that Dallas Toler-Wade has decided to leave the band to focus on his own plans and recordings.
This tour also marks the debut of Nile’s newest member, guitarist / vocalist BRIAN KINGSLAND. After this tour the band will is tentatively scheduled to return to Europe this Summer for a series of METAL Festivals followed by a WSNBU-Latin America tour. NILE is already working on songs for their next album which will be recorded in late 2017 for an early 2018 release. More info will be released in the coming months. Continue reading Dallas Toler-Wade Quits Nile; Band Introduces Brian Kingsland→
The geography of music is changing a little bit as it was recently announced that Carmine Appice was reinventing the band Cactus after the departure of bassist Pete Bremy and retirement from touring duties by founding guitarist Jim McCarty. Read the full statement and inside scoop below. I’ll return at the close with some thoughts.
The Press Release:
Coming off a very successful US tour and the release of its first studio album in 10 years, Black Dawn, the time has come for founding member and world renown drummer Carmine Appice to re-energize and rebuild Cactus. The band was once heralded by critics as America’s answer to Led Zeppelin.
Appice announced today two new members to the legendary band’s line-up: bassist Jimmy Caputo and guitarist Paul Warren. Caputo replaces bassist Pete Bremy, who has left Cactus to pursue other projects. Warren, best known as lead guitarist for Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Joe Cocker, will be the band’s new guitarist for touring, taking over for founding member Jim McCarty. McCarty remains a writing and recording member of Cactus but unfortunately is unable to tour with the band due to health reasons. Lead vocalist extraordinare Jimmy Kunes and harmonica wizard Randy Pratt, both of whom joined when the band re-grouped in 2006 remain in the line-up.
“Nearly five decades after I formed this band, the time has come to re-invent Cactus once again,” says Appice, who also still drums for Vanilla Fudge, The Appice Brothers, and The Platinum Rock All Stars. Adds Appice: “The music remains the same and Cactus is still a ‘hot and sweaty’ band. The level, quality and consistence of the band’s musicianship is as strong as ever.”
“I saw the original Cactus live a few times, and they absolutely killed it,” says guitarist Paul Warren. “That was one of the great bands of the era, and they are still a great band, today. I am excited, and honored, to play with such an historic band!” Warren, who has his own successful solo band, is a native of Detroit and who considers Jim McCarty as one of his biggest musical influences. “”Filling in for Jim McCarty will be a challenge. Not only is he a founding member of the band, he is a brilliant guitarist and one of the best to ever come out of Detroit. Jimmy could never be replaced. I plan to honor and pay homage to his work with Cactus while still bringing some of my own ‘Detroit attitude’ to the legendary music of this band.” Continue reading Carmine Appice Presents: Cactus “Redux” w New Band Members→
Earlier today, keyboardist Alexi Munter of Swallow The Sun made an announcement on his personal Facebook Page that he would be leaving the band after being on duty since 2001. I’ve copied his full statement for you below to digest and then will add some personal thoughts on the matter at the close.
“Tomorrow’s show in Houston, TX will be my last show with Swallow the Sun and mark my departure from the band.
I came to this decision during late summer 2016, when I had a burn out which I’m still struggling with. For the past 6 years I’ve been touring and working so much that it’s a small miracle this didn’t happen earlier. Not wanting to leave the guys hanging, and looking for some kind of closure for myself, I decided to force myself to do the shows for this year – even though I barely could find the energy for 1 show, let alone 40 – and then step down.
In addition to burning out, I also sort of had enough, which I believe is as valid a reason as any. I’ve always had things I’ve had a passion for, but never could find the time or the energy to follow up on: photography, graphic design, my own music, among others. I will first take some time off, and then pursue these things I’ve pushed aside for all these years. Continue reading Swallow The Sun’s Aleksi Munter To Depart Lineup→