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Issue #589.5

Mini-Issue #589.5
April 22, 2011

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-What a CRAZY week!! First off, our condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Jon Oliva’s Pain guitarist Matt LaPorte. Then there’s been a ton of band lineup changes… – Tim

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-Matthew Davis LaPorte — September 11, 1970 – April 20, 2011

[Note: This is from JonOliva.net. – Tim]

It is with great heartache and sorrow that we relay the passing of our dear friend, band-mate, guitarist and brother Matthew LaPorte. Matt passed away in his home shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday. No information regarding his cause of death is currently available.

Matt was a brilliant guitar player on all levels. He understood that instrument better than almost anyone. His knowledge of music in general was just amazing. His contributions to JOP and every band he ever played with was also without measure. He was truly a one-guitar army when he needed to be and his solo performances on all the JOP CDs will forever send chills down our spines. A near 20-year history and friendship with one of the true greats has now ended and we are deeply saddened.

Matt was a fan of all kinds of music and instruments, having even embarked on a mission to conquer the hammered dulcimer… one of the hardest instruments to play. He was always trying to expand his musical horizons and influences. He marveled at the musical greats, both old and new. He was never one to rate his talents above others and often commented about the great new music and artists he had just discovered.

Criss Oliva was without a doubt his most profound influence, and anyone who saw him play Savatage songs knew that Criss was channeling his talents via Matt. Matt’s attention to detail and always striving to play everything perfect is without comparison. We would sit for hours during rehearsals with him muddling over whether a guitar chord was played exactly as recorded. Sometimes frustrating, but always appreciated in the end. He was the professionals’ professional when it came to his guitar skills, and the loss of such a talent will be forever felt.

Matt was a gentle soul, and would avoid conflict at all costs. He got along with everyone and greeted all with a smile on his face. There was a shyness and almost embarrassment felt by him from the adoration of his fans around the world… and he had many.

He was humbled by the love and respect music fans gave to him, but in a quiet way, that made him work just a little bit harder. He had a hilarious, twisted and often sarcastic sense of humor that was unique to him. A very funny man indeed.

We miss you terribly Matt, and we will celebrate your music and life each and every day. That great band in the sky just got a whole lot better, and you are in the most peaceful place you could have ever hoped for. Until we meet again…

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-K.K. Downing Press Release

[Note: This is from KKDowning.net. – Tim]

Dear friends,

It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K.

There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time.

Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.

However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.

All my love and respect,
K.K. Downing

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-Roy Khan Leaves Kamelot!

Kamelot’s statement regarding Roy’s departure

With a heavy heart we can now announce that Roy Khan has chosen to leave the band. We wanted to give him ample time for this kind of decision, due to his recent burnout and also the amount of amazing times we have shared with him in Kamelot. We respectfully accept his resignation from the band and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The timing is actually good since we feel the uncertainty the fans have had can now be laid to rest and the band can move on to finding a new singer.

“The tour is going great so far and the fans have been amazing throughout this entire process,” adds keyboardist Oliver Palotai. With the new tour already in progress, Kamelot has begun the search for a new vocalist. “I have a few guys in mind,” said band founder Thomas Youngblood. “And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. There are some amazing singers that have already contacted us on this but we will take our time to find the right person, in the meantime Fabio Lione is kicking serious ass every night.” Due to the overwhelming success of the recent shows in South America, we are pleased to announce new shows in November/December for Europe (stay tuned).

*The band headlines the Print de Temps Festival tonight and will play a Amsterdam (nearing sold-out) concert tomorrow followed by a full headliner tour with special guests Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons Of Seasons. (*Guest vocalists Fabio Lione and Tommy Karevik)

Thank you for your support and see you on tour!!

Thomas, Casey, Oliver and Sean

Khan’s statement on the matter follows below.

“Dear fans and friends,

“There have been a lot of speculations around why I am not touring with Kamelot and I want to make a statement although it may not prevent further guessing as to what’s actually going on. It is a fact, however, that I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough, they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with Kamelot). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales, they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; it is finished.

“I am currently spending time with my family in Norway taking it easy and wondering profoundly what the future is going to bring. Communication with the outer world has been so and so, but I have had several talks with Thomas [Youngblood, Kamelot guitarist/mainman] along the way, although I am still called in sick.

“I am terribly sorry that my decision is affecting so many others and I want you to know I wish the band and associates all the best for the future and that I enjoyed every second in the spotlight. How could I not?! They were nourished by the best fans in the world!

“I am eternally thankful for everything you and Kamelot have given me and equally sorry that it has to end here. The good news is; God was there after all…

“Love you to death!!!”

Pandemonium Over North America 2011

The long awaited North American Tour, to support the Billboard Charting Epic POETRY FOR THE POISONED (Peaking @ number 74 in the US on Billboard’s Top 200!), has been solidified. Along for the ride, are folk/power metalers Alestorm, who are happy to bring their brand of “Pirate infused Metal” to the Kamelot Legions. Also, aboard are Canada’s ferocious Blackguard and the The Agonist.

Metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties.

Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating, “I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour… I always loved the sound of the band… and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band, and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot… See you soon on tour and let’s rock!!!”

In addition to Fabio, throughout these shows there will also be special guest and vocal appearances from top artists in the scene, this is a special and rare tour, and one not to be missed!

In addition, Kamelot’s “Pandemonium Over Europe 2011” is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons Of Seasons to the already announced European tour schedule!

Pandemonium Over Europe Tour 2011
special guests:
Evergrey, Amaranthe & Sons Of Seasons (On select dates, TBA)

22.04.2011 – FRA – Paris – Elysee Montmartre
23.04.2011 – NED – Amsterdam – Paradiso
24.04.2011 – BEL – Antwerp – Trix
27.04.2011 – GBR – Sheffield – Corporation
28.04.2011 – GBR – London – KoKo
29.04.2011 – LUX – Luxemburg – Den Atelier
30.04.2011 – SWI – Luzern – Schüür
01.05.2011 – ITA – Milano – Magazzini Generali
03.05.2011 – HUN – Budapest – Petöfi Hall
05.05.2011 – SVK – Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
06.05.2011 – POL – Krakow – Kwadrat
07.05.2011 – GER – Berlin – C-Club
08.05.2011 – GER – Stuttgart – Longhorn / LKA
10.05.2011 – GER – Köln – Live Music Hall
11.05.2011 – GER – Hamburg – Markthalle
12.05.2011 – SWE – Gothenburg – Trädgårn
14.05.2011 – NOR – Oslo – Sentrum Scene (plus Circus Maximus)
15.05.2011 – DEN – Copenhagen – Amager Bio

Pandemonium Over North America Tour 2011
special guests:
Alestorm, Blackguard & The Agonist

02.09.2011 – MONTREAL, QUE – CLUB SODA
04.09.2011 – TORONTO, ONT – MOD CLUB
06.09.2011 – CLEVELAND, OH – PEABODY’S
07.09.2011 – DETROIT, MI – BLONDIE’S
09.09.2011 – ST. PAUL, MN – STATION 4
12.09.2011 – SEATTLE, WA – EL CORAZON
13.09.2011 – PORTLAND, OR – PETER’S ROOM
14.09.2011 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SLIM’S
16.09.2011 – TEMPE, AZ – CLUBHOUSE
20.09.2011 – DALLAS, TX – TREES
21.09.2011 – HOUSTON, TX – SCOUT BAR

Go to Kamelot.com for more info!!

*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Nevermore: Announces The Departure Of Jeff Loomis And Van Williams

[Note: This is from CenturyMedia.com. – Tim]

Nevermore guitar player Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from the group. The two have released a joint statement:

“In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time.”

Loomis and Williams had been with Nevermore since the band’s first album, 1995’s self-titled, NEVERMORE.

Nevermore recently announced that they would be cancelling their planned tour with Symphony X. No information regarding additional confirmed tour dates is known at this time.

-More on the Judas Priest shakeup… In an interview with Rock Hard in France ( http://www.facebook.com/rockhardfr ) singer Rob Halford said K.K. Downing told the band back before Christmas that he intended to leave Priest. His replacement is Richie Faulkner (Lauren Harris, Deeds).

-In a recent interview with KNAC.com, Malice guitarist Mick Zane indicated the band’s new singer is James Rivera (Helstar, Vicious Rumors, Seven Witches). The rest of the lineup consists of guitarist Jay Reynolds (Metal Church), bassist Mark Behn (Monster), and drummer Pete Holmes (Black ‘N Blue, MSG, Monster, Black Symphony). Touring and a new album are in the works. Check out the complete interview at http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=7850 , and see http://www.MaliceMusic.com/ for more.

-Online reports seem to indicate guitarist Randy Piper is out of Where Angels Suffer (W.A.S.), which basically was a newer incarnation of his Animal project. Guitarist Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, Metal Church) is apparently now in the band, along with singer Rich Lewis (Animal), guitarist Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), bassist Steve Unger (Metal Church), and drummer Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.). Stay tuned to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Where-Angels-Suffer-Official-Site/208331399192170 for more.

Thanks to Benjamin “Benji” Baudelot for help gathering some of this information.

*** OUT ***

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