Back in 2016, Michael Angelo Batio and Jim Gillette relaunched Nitro with Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler and the trio were supposed to record a new album with guest bassist Victor Wooten, but now it appears that the reunion has officially been scrapped. Batio confirmed the news during a recent interview with “The Ultimate Guitars Shred Talks”, while also revealing that he is working on “a solo record based on some of those songs.”
Batio said the following when asked about the album:
“It’s gone. I’m best friends with Jim Gillette — we’re like brothers. We never had an argument, even back in the old days. NITRO didn’t break up [in the early 1990s] ’cause we got mad at each other. It was the grunge era. Young ‘hair metal’ bands, all of us, from L.A. were considered old-fashioned, and it was just timing. And then Jim went on to do fantastic in real estate, and I went on to continue my career. But we just can’t go back. I love NITRO, I love that time, and I’m proud of it, but after we did a few songs [with Adler], we did a tour together, we all realized… But I’m gonna be doing a solo record based on some of those songs. It’s coming out on Rat Pak Records later this year. It’s slated in the fall release schedule. And I’ve got a couple of songs with Chris on there and Victor Wooten.”
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