Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, & Diego Verduzco Say They Never Left Ill Niño

Yesterday (January 17), Ill Niño announced that they were planning on moving forward with a new lineup consisting of Dave Chavarri, Laz Pina, Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). However, Cristian Machado has now issued a statement saying him, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco never left the band and that they are planning to continue with their own version.

Machado told Blabbermouth the following:

“To all our family, friends, and fans, contrary to what you may have heard, Ahrue, Diego and I have NOT left Ill Niño and remain very dedicated to the band and all our fans.

We’re excited to be working on new music, partnerships, and opportunities. We will have more info for you all soon.”

Machado, Luster, and Verduzco filed a trademark application for the Ill Niño name on November 6, 2018. Pina then filed a request for express abandonment “without the authorization, knowledge and consent of the LLC” one week later. Machado, Luster and Verduzco claim this move was made in an effort to give Chavarri sole control of Ill Niño from the LLC. Shortly after, Chavarri filed a separate application alleging that he is the owner of Ill Niño. Machado, Luster and Verduzco have since petitioned the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to get Pina’s express abandonment request dropped. They are also seeking to have the LLC’s original application reinstated.

Ill Niño Announce New Lineup, Premiere New Song “Sangre” (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Cristian Machado, Ahrue Luster, and Diego Verduzco are now claiming they never left Ill Niño.

Original Story:

Ill Niño have parted ways with singer Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue Luster and Diego Verduzco. Taking their places will be vocalist Marcos Leal (Shattered Sun), rhythm guitarist Sal Dominguez (ex-Upon A Burning Body), and lead guitarist Jes Dehoyos (Sons Of Texas). With this news, the band have also shared a new song titled “Sangre.”

Drummer Dave Chavarri commented:

“Sometimes being in a band is like being married – sometimes people grow apart and no longer see eye to eye, and a separation becomes inevitable. We wish our former members the best in their musical careers, and are pumped to move forward with our new band members. Not only have we toured with them, but they’re very respected, seasoned musicians, and dudes that have always been our ‘Familia’ since day one.”

Leal added:

“Anyone who knows me knows the love I have for this band. I got my start singing Ill Niño covers in my younger years and this band has always held a special place in my heart. When the opportunity arose to front one of my favorite bands of all time, it was something I needed to consider.”