Sanctuary Might Release A New Album With Witherfall’s Joseph Michael

Following the death of Warrel Dane, Sanctuary decided to head out on their previously planned tour with Iced Earth to pay tribute to the late singer with guest vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall). Now, it appears the band may move forward with a new album as well, if the demos with Michael sound good. Guitarist Lenny Rutledge confirmed the news during a recent interview with Metal Wani. You can watch that chat and read some excerpts below:

Rutledge said the following:

“We have a lot of music. Joseph and I are talking about it, and Joseph has some of the songs that we were working on, and we’re going to see where we go from there. This isn’t a secret, but live is different from the studio. We’ll see. We’re having a great time live, I can tell you that. Him and I are hitting it off; we have a good time up there every night; he nails it; and I think there’s been a new — and I hate to say this, because I absolutely adored Warrel more than anyone will ever know. He’s been my music partner for a very long time, and I never really thought about writing with someone else, but now, in this situation, Joseph has kind of breathed new life into the band. We’ve been able to play some songs that we don’t normally play with Warrel. In Warrel’s later years, he had some things going on with his voice and his health. Although he was still an amazing vocalist and writer and everything, there was just some things that we shied away from doing, and now that Joseph’s in the band, he has kind of a different range that’s available to him, so we’ve been trying some other stuff. It’s kind of breathed a new energy into the band, so that’s been really cool for us. We’re moving forward.”

Michael added:

“We’re having an amazing time live. It’s honestly my favorite tour so far in my multi-decade span as a musician. With writing, it happens or it doesn’t. I’m not the kind of guy who’s just going to throw some shit on top of it, and be like, ‘Well, I want to be on a SANCTUARY record.’ I want to be inspired. I’ve been listening to the [demos] for a week or so now, and I have a few ideas. It’s a different way of working for me — usually, I’m right there when it happens, and you just build it all there; these guys like to demo ideas and toss stuff, throw stuff out, bring in new stuff — so my job in the next few weeks when I get back home is, I’m going to lay demos down for them based on what they have, and then we’ll probably swap some things back and forth and see if it’s amazing. If it’s not, then we’ll call it a day and maybe do another tour, or some festivals, keep the tribute going. If it’s amazing, I don’t think there’s any reason why we shouldn’t put out some music. If the songs are great, they should live.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Jeff Loomis & Jim Sheppard Rejoin Sanctuary Onstage In Seattle, WA

During Sanctuary’s March 5 set at El Corazon in Seattle, Washington, the group were joined onstage by former guitarist Jeff Loomis and former bassist Jim Sheppard. You can see footage of Sheppard playing “Future Tense” and footage of Loomis playing “Taste Revenge” below (skip to the 11:30 mark for their performances). The band have been out on the road with Iced Earth, paying tribute to the late Warrel Dane. Their current touring lineup includes guest vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall) and guest guitarist Joey Concepcion (Armageddon, The Absence).

[via Blabbermouth]

Sanctuary Recruit Guitarist Joey Concepcion For Iced Earth Tour

As previously reported Sanctuary will be paying tribute to the late Warrel Dane on their tour with Iced Earth, and now in addition to guest vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall), the band have also recruited guitarist Joey Concepcion (Armageddon, The Absence). Guitarist Lenny Rutledge commented:

“We’re proud to announce that master shredder Joey Concepcion will be joining us on our 2018 U.S. tour honoring our brother Warrel Dane.”

Concepcion added:

“I’m very stoked to be playing with Sanctuary on their upcoming tour. I’ve been a fan since I was in high school listening to ‘Into The Mirror Black’. I’m looking forward to playing these songs live and honoring the legacy of Warrel Dane.”

Sanctuary To Pay Tribute To Late Singer Warrel Dane On Upcoming Tour

Sanctuary have announced that they will be going out on their tour with Iced Earth and Kill Ritual as planned. The band will be joined by guest vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall) and will use the trek as a way to pay tribute to their late frontman Warrel Dane. Guitarist Lenny Rutledge commented:

“Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel‘s musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.”

Tour Dates:

02/22 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
02/23 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
02/24 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
02/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom
02/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall
02/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground
02/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/02 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
03/03 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage
03/04 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
03/05 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/07 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
03/08 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
03/09 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
03/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues
03/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
03/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
03/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
03/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues
03/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues
03/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
03/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground
03/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
03/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen
03/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
03/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
03/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
03/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
03/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater
03/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
03/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
03/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge