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This Just In: Bassist/Vocalist Marko Hietala Exits Nightwish

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Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life.

For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We have streaming company big guns demanding 9/5 work from artists of inspiration while unfairly sharing the profits. Even among the artists. We’re the banana republic of the music industry. Biggest tour promoters squeeze percentages even from our own merchandise while paying dividends to Middle East. Apparently some theocrasies can take the money from the music that would get you beheaded or jailed there without appearing as hypocrites. Just a couple of examples here.

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Singer Tommy Vext Out Of Bad Wolves

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Earlier today we saw some updates circulating on the web about the band Bad Wolves and it would appear that singer Tommy Vext is no longer among the lineup. The bands official statement was culled from their Facebook Page. The photo is one of mine from the gig in NYC back in 2019.

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Tommy Vext w Bad Wolves in NYC (Ken Pierce, 2019)

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Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler Is Out and Art Cruz Is In

There is news from the Lamb Of God side of the fence regarding the role of drummer. Take a look at this grab from the bands Official Facebook Page.

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“Dear Lamb of God fans,

We returned last week from a great European festival run and our final tour with Slayer in North America. We are excited to keep the momentum going and dive into the next record.

We’d like to officially welcome Art Cruz, who has been playing drums with us on tour for the last year, as the new drummer of Lamb of God. Art will be joining us in the studio as we begin pre-production and recording of a new album.

We’re very proud of everything this band has accomplished over the last two decades. We would like to thank Chris Adler for his contributions over the years and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Thank you,

John, Mark, Randy & Willie”

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Chris Adler in LOG (2016) by Ken Pierce

PiercingMetal Thoughts: It was recently reported that Adler was doing the drumming for the Heavy Metal supergroup HAIL! who were set to perform in Russia for a brief tour. At the time of this announcement there has NOT been any kind of statement from Adler about his departure from the band. I’ve not witnessed Art in the lineup yet but I am sure that he has the chops to propel a band like LOG forward on the live stage. I will sure miss Chris though since his style was such a unique and tactical one. As news comes to light about this development I will look to keep on top of it all. You readers can chime in with your thoughts about the matter down in the comments section below.

Official Websites:
Lamb Of God: http://www.lamb-of-god.com
Chris Adler Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chris-Adler-196137456576/?ref=br_rs

Drummer Jeremy Spencer Leaves Five Finger Death Punch!!!

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The Press Release:
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have announced today (12/18) that after 14 years drummer Jeremy Spencer will be leaving the band. After sitting out the Fall leg of the group’s recent co-headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin, Jeremy underwent a second back surgery and will need a significant amount of time to recover; the band fully supports his decision.

“This decision has been weighing on me for months; and now the time has finally come,” explains Jeremy Spencer. “I started to play when I was 6 years old, and I feel fortunate that my body has provided me with several decades of doing what I love most: drumming. However, the rigorous physical wear and tear has got me to the point where I feel I can no longer deliver a performance that brings me satisfaction and joy. I feel the band deserves to get someone with the fire and energy, capable of delivering the performance that the fans deserve. Like you, I will be cheering them on to continue making great music as they tour the world and bring exciting shows to all our cherished fans.”
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This Just In: Peter Baltes Leaves Accept!!!

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The Press Release:
ACCEPT’s founding bassist Peter Baltes has announced his exit from the band. He said in a statement: ” To all ACCEPT fans: I hereby announce my departure as bass player from ACCEPT. I have been with the band from the very beginning. Many of you were there as well. I‘d like to thank you all for the great years we shared together. Keep it metal.“

ACCEPT’s founding guitarist Wolf Hoffmann commented: “We spent four decades together through thick and thin, ups and downs and I remember some incredible moments on stage. There was a blind understanding between us, personally and musically, which is very rare in this business! Looking back, I will forever cherish the carefree early years, the countless hours we spent writing songs, goofing around or roaming cities together on tour – just having a good ol’ time! Especially these last 10 years, after the revival of ACCEPT being so much fun and so successful that I thought we would continue forever and sail into the proverbial sunset together – maybe until one of us would drop dead on stage. But I guess I was wrong, it wasn’t meant to be. To see Peter leave ACCEPT now saddens me immensely but there’s nothing I can do but to wish him well – hoping that this is the right decision for him and that he will find whatever he is looking for… I will certainly miss my musical brother! One thing is certain, however: ACCEPT will continue full steam ahead!”

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