Baroness Part Ways With Pete Adams, Welcome New Guitarist Gina Gleason

Guitarist Pete Adams has exited Baroness. Taking his place will be Gina Gleason.

Adams said the following:

“I would like to say thanks to all of the Baroness fans far and wide and all of the support through the ups and downs along the way. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the chance to travel great distances with Baroness and to meet so many of you. I honestly never thought I would be able to do what I have done with Baroness.

Playing alongside my oldest friends, playing music that isn’t simply readily accepted by the masses, and sharing the stage with some of the best musicians and bands from around the globe. That said, it’s time for me to focus my energy closer to home and not on the road. However, this isn’t the end of my musical career by any means as I plan to continue working with Valkyrie. Again, thank you to all along the way, and most importantly thank you greatly to the current, past and future members of Baroness.”

John Baizley added:

“I need to take a moment, on behalf of myself and Baroness, to recognize and sincerely thank one of my oldest friends and bandmates, Pete Adams, as he moves on from Baroness to pursue a new phase in his life. I feel fortunate beyond words to have shared the stage with you for nearly 25 years, since we were barely teenagers. It would be impossible to articulate the value and impact of the personal history, friendship and musical bond we have enjoyed throughout our lives and within this band.

Through Baroness, we’ve seen that friendship grow further and often in unexpected ways; we’ve taken part in so many adventures together that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s never easy to part ways but it is important to highlight a couple of things: First, we offer unconditional support and respect for Pete’s decision and we’re excited to see where his path leads

Second, Baroness will forge ahead with an undiminished passion and as much creativity as ever. The narrative of this band has often felt as though it falls into distinct chapters, and while we’re excited to move into the next, we are equally sad to see Pete go. When Pete and I were kids, as he’s often said in interviews, we shared a dream of growing up and playing music together and seeing the far corners of the globe. And we did. Thank you Pete, for being a friend when I needed support, a brother when I needed family, and a bandmate when you and I had a hunger to see the world.

With Pete Adams’ official last show just over a month behind us, and a European tour on the not-so-distant-horizon, we are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Gina Gleason, into Baroness, and we hope our fans will share in our excitement and provide her a warm welcome into the Baroness family. She has worked tirelessly in recent weeks/months, not only learning the specifics of our material, but slowly beginning to carefully stake out her own personal territory within our sound.

Throughout the lifespan of this band we’ve had the genuine pleasure of working with incredibly gifted artists/musicians, who recognize in Baroness the need each member has to contribute something of their own musical personality, rather than imitate one that’s been established, not simply to respect the individual contributions of past members, but to develop a genuine connection to our songs, old and new alike.

Gina’s ability both to learn our music and to find her own voice within our songs has been inspiring to observe, and it helps once again to renew our belief in this band’s music, which we’ve come to rely on as a true wellspring of creativity and musical discovery.”

“I really thought I would have become a jaded musician at this point, with nothing left to discover and no will to try, but each subsequent year proves me wrong. We play a hometown show with Gina tomorrow, followed by a European tour and my only regret is that we won’t have time to go everywhere on Earth we’d like to before the urge to get back to writing our new record overtakes us.

We’re bringing a bunch of songs on tour that haven’t been played in many years; we’re anxious to dust off some of these earliest Baroness songs. Thanks to all of you who have offered your support over these years. We’ll be seeing you soon.”

Baroness Announce 2016 Australian/New Zealand Tour

Baroness have announced a 2016 Australian/New Zealand tour. Check out the dates:

12/05 Auckland, NZ – Studio
12/07 Sydney, AUS – The Metro
12/08 Brisbane, AUS – The Triffid
12/09 Melbourne, AUS – The Prince
12/10 Meredith, AUS – Meredith Music Fest
12/12 Adelaide, AUS – The Gov
12/13 Perth, AUS – Capitol

Baroness Announce 2016 U.S. Tour With Pallbearer

Baroness have announced a summer headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Pallbearer.

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Baroness Tour Dates (Pallbearer not on festival dates):

08/12 Washington, DC – The Howard Theater
08/13 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Ballroom
08/14 New York, NY – Webster Hall
08/16 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
08/17 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
08/19 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
08/20 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
08/21 Chicago, IL – The Metro
08/23 Minneapolis, MN – The Varsity Theatre
08/24 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre
08/26 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
08/27 Phoenix, AZ – Club Crescent
08/28 Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas
08/30 San Diego, CA – The Observatory Northpark
08/31 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
09/02 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
09/03 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
09/04 Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theatre
09/06 Orlando, FL – The Beachum Theater
09/07 Tampa, FL – State Theater
09/08–10 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/09 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
09/17 Chester, PA – Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival
09/24–25 Houston, TX – Houston Open Air
10/22 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock

Police Investigating “Serious Assault” At Baroness Concert In Leeds, UK

During Baroness’ February 26 show in Leeds, UK, a man assaulted a another man in the moshpit, and fractured his eye socket. Now, The West Yorkshire Police are asking the public to help find the offender. They tweeted a picture of the man, and posted a statement:

“Police investigating a serious assault on a man during a heavy metal band concert in Leeds have released a CCTV image of a man they want to identify.

The victim, a 25-year-old man from Dewsbury, had been watching American band Baroness perform at the Stylus venue at Leeds University Union, in Lifton Place, at about 9.40pm on Friday, February 26.

He was hit in the face after he asked a man who had been deliberately bumping into people on the dancefloor to leave him alone.

He later went to hospital and was found to have a fractured eye socket and needed two metal plates fitting.

PC Marc Guibert, of Leeds District CID, said: “The victim received very serious injuries and we urgently need to identify the man shown in the CCTV image.

“He was described as white, about 6ft 2ins to 6ft 4ins tall, medium build, with a shaved head. He was aged in his mid-twenties to mid-thirties and was wearing a checked shirt.

“Clearly the CCTV image is low quality but we hope that along with the description and the circumstances that someone will recognise him. We would like to hear from anyone who knows someone fitting that description who was at the Baroness gig that night.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 6642 Guibert at Elland Road via 101 quoting crime number 13160092087 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”