DRUMMER Brian Tichy and guitarist Rob Caggiano have quit Whitesnake and Anthrax respectively on a seismic news day for hard rock and heavy metal.
Tichy, who dislocated a shoulder in a mountain biking accident before New Years, wants to devote more time to his Something Unto Nothing (SUN) project with Sass Jordan – but bassist Michael Devin will continue to be a member of both Whitesnake and SUN.
Whitesnake vocallist David Coverdale said in a statement: “We are truly sad to see him go, but, we fully support the pursuit of his ambitions and sincerely wish him well. His fearless drumming brought a relentless driving edge and to our music that we fully embraced. Good luck, Brian. May the SUN shine brightly on you!!”
Caggiano, meanwhile, wishes to become a fulltime producer – an area where he has already had some success. In his statement, he said: “I’m extremely proud of my time in Anthrax.
“This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make, but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now. I’ve always been one to follow my heart in everything that I do and while this might be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, it feels like the right one for me at this time.”
Anthrax later announced Jon Donias, formerly of Shadows Fall, would tour in place of Caggiano.
BLACK Sabbath have completed recording on their new album, entitled 13, and released in June.
Guitarist Tony Iommi says it’s the first completely sober album the Birmingham pioneers have done. It’s also the first album the band has done with singer Ozzy Osborne since Never Say Die in 1978. There are 16 songs, Rick Rubin was the producer and the work was done in Los Angeles.
Sabbath also have Australian and New Zealand tour dates coming up, with Shihad in support. They are:
April 25 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, 27 – Allphones Arena, Sydney, 29 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne.
May 1 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, 4 – Perth Arena, Perth.
CONFUSING lineup changes in the Queensryche and Ratt camps. Drummer Bobby Blotzer initially quit the latter to join Geoff Tate’s version of the former, only to recant.
Upon signing with Cleopatra Records, the Tate-fronted band announced a line-up of Rudy Sarzo on bass, Kelly Gray on guitar, Robert Sarzo on guitar and Simon Wright on drums.
A statement said Blotzer had returned to Ratt as “as an integral part of the band that made him famous.”
The Todd Le Torre fronted version of Queensryche, meanwhile, plans to release new material in the coming months.
JUST days after it was revealed Angels singer Doc Neeson has a brain tumour, bassist Chris Bailey was placed in paliative care with jaw cancer.
Bailey, also a founding member of Gangajang, has been battling the disease for some time. “John and Rick Brewster, Dave Gleeson, Nick Norton and Sam Brewster are deeply saddened to learn that our bass player, Chris Bailey, has an aggressive, life threatening cancer and is now undergoing palliative chemotherapy,” the band said in a statement.
Sam Brewster, son of John, will fill in on bass for upcoming dates.
OUR gig of the month was Stryper, with special guests, at the House Of Blues in Anaheim during NAMM.