Khemmis Officially Welcome Bassist David Small To The Band

Khemmis have officially welcomed David Small to the band as their new bassist. This news comes after Small was previously working as a touring member following Dan Beiers’ departure from the group. Khemmis commented:

“WE RIDE ONCE MORE INTO BATTLE! We are so stoked to begin this tour tomorrow night alongside @triviumband @btbamofficial and @whitechapelband in Boise at @revolutioncenter. We are even more excited that this is our first tour with @aveofthed as an official member of Khemmis! If you’ve seen us live with Dave, you know he’s a headbanging maniac and an absolute bass wizard. We are honored to call him friend, bandmate, and brother. Give Dave a big ol’ welcome, everybody!”

Steel Panther Welcome Bassist Joe “Spyder” Lester To The Band, Announce “Claus & Paws Holiday Party” Shows

Steel Panther have officially welcomed Joe “Spyder” Lester to the band as their new bassist. He will be replacing Travis “Lexxi Foxx” Haley, who exited the band last year.

The group said the following about Spyder’s addition:

“We wanted it to be you. We wanted it to be you so badly. So, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but we want to do that because we want you. We want all of you, forever, you and us, every day. To us, you are perfect. You had us at hello. You complete us. We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

With this news, the band have also announced the dates for their “Claus & Paws Holiday Party” tour:

11/26 Sault St. Marie – Kewadin Casino
11/27 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
11/29 Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall
11/30 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
12/02 Waterloo, NY – Del Lago Casino
12/03 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
12/04 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
12/29 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
12/30 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

The Last Ten Seconds Of Life Announce New Lineup

The Last Ten Seconds Of Life have officially announced their new lineup. Founding guitarist Wyatt McLaughlin will now be joined by vocalist Tyler Beam, bassist Andrew Petway, and drummer Dylan Potts.

The band issued the following statement:

“We would like to welcome Tyler Beam as the new vocalist of The Last Ten Seconds of Life. You might know him from the PA riff heads PROMISE BREAKER. His vocal ability excels the band to another level of intensity with his approach to new music and previous songs.

If you saw us on our most recent tour Andrew Petway was caving in chests with his bass tone. He will continue in that position and officially join the band. If you don’t know Dylan Potts; you will very soon. A powerhouse drummer with infectious groove.

We begin tracking at Atrium Audio in one week and cannot wait to show you all what we have created together!”

This news comes after vocalist John Robert Centorrino, bassist Mike Menocker, and drummer Steven Sanchez all exited the band earlier this year.

The Crown Officially Welcome Bassist Mattias ”Arvid” Rasmussen To The Band

The Crown have officially welcomed bassist Mattias ”Arvid” Rasmussen to the band. The group commented:

“Viking Punks! Let’s all welcome Mattias ”Arvid” Rasmussen as a permanent member of The Crown! The Deathrace Machine is once again ready to kill!! We have some really cool plans how to approach the next album regarding recordings etc, but more about that later on. We have also started to work on a solid live schedule for 2023 together with Dragon Productions and Metal Blade Records! Forwards, FIRE!!! Let’s go 2023!! //The Crown never dies!”

Nightwish Officially Welcome Bassist Jukka Koskinen To The Band

Nightwish have officially welcomed bassist Jukka Koskinen (Wintersun) to the band. The group commented:

“We’re delighted to announce our dear friend Jukka Koskinen is officially inaugurated as a member of the band. 🙏 We’ve been incredibly thankful to have him on our side while touring and it only feels natural to have him join the band officially. 🤍 Now it’s time to recharge our batteries for October when we head to South America. 🔥”

Signs Of The Swarm Officially Welcome Bassist Michael Cassese To The Band

Signs Of The Swarm have officially welcomed Michael Cassese to the band as their full-time bassist. The group commented:

“We would like to take this time to publicly welcome @michael_sots as our bassist. After doing 5 beautiful tours together, we felt that the time is right. You earned it! Love you buddy! 🖤”

Watch Footage From Evanescence’s First Show With New Lineup

Last night (June 5), Evanescence took the stage in Athens, Greece for their first show with Tim McCord on guitar and Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies) on bass. You can see fan-filmed footage from that concert below. As previously reported, Anzai was recruited as the band’s new bassist after McCord shifted to guitar following the departure of Jen Majura.

Megadeth Officially Name James LoMenzo As Their Permanent Bassist

Megadeth have officially welcomed James LoMenzo back to the band as their permanent bassist. This news comes after the musician was previously serving as a fill-in following the departure of David Ellefson.

The group commented:

“Megadeth announce bass player James LoMenzo as a permanent member of the band. LoMenzo was Megadeth’s bass player in the mid-2000s and recently stepped back in as a touring member for The Metal Tour of the Year. LoMenzo now officially rejoins the Megadeth family.

Frontman Dave Mustaine added:

“I am thrilled to welcome back James to the Megadeth family. James rejoined the fold as the touring bassist and it’s been a blast having him back, we thought let’s make it permanent.”

LoMenzo continued:

“I’m so excited to rejoin Megadeth and move forward full steam into the next phase of this iconic band’s history! With Dave, Kiko and Dirk there’s no stopping us! It just feels great to be home again.”

Lita Ford Announces New Bassist

Lita Ford has recruited Marten Andersson as her new bassist. He will be replacing Marty O’Brien, who recently joined Daughtry.

Ford commented:

“Marten brings to the stage a sound and high-energy dynamic style of bass guitar playing like a freight train hauling thunder through a hurricane.”

Andersson continued:

“For those of you who haven’t heard, Yessss I have indeed joined the Lita Ford band. I am super excited to join these awesome musicians and kind souls: Lita Ford, Patrick Kennison, Bobby Rock, and the great team around them. Can’t wait for the upcoming tour dates and to get out and rock!

My special thanks to my dear friend and long time Lita bass player Marty O’Brien for making this transition so easy and smooth. Good luck in Daughtry brother. I will of course miss my Steelheart bros (and all you Steeles out there) but I am planning to stay in your lives and I know Steelheart will continue to slay without me and be better then ever.”

O’Brien added:

“Welcome to the Lita Ford family; Marten Andersson on the bass! Not only a fantastic bass player, but also a great guy and a dear friend of mine! #MartenRules.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Evanescence Bassist Tim McCord Switches To Guitar, Band Recruit Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies) As New Bassist

Evanescence bassist Tim McCord will now be taking on guitar duties for the band following the departure of Jen Majura. Furthermore, the group have also welcomed Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies) to the band as their new bassist.

Evanescence issued the following statement:

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have some very big news to share.

Introducing our new guitarist…


After 16 years in the band as our rock solid bass player, Tim is taking a turn on his original instrument. Spoiler alert- he’s great at it.

And on bass, it is our extreme pleasure to welcome the incredibly talented Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies! We’ve been friends and fans for years, and the time has finally come to join forces.

Emma will be pulling double duty as we have some shows with Sick Puppies coming up soon, so get ready for that! We are all very excited to bring this new formation to the stage for the first time in Athens on June 5. See you soon!”

Singer Amy Lee also commented:

“Making positive change in your life (and band) can be really hard. Some choices we make, some are made for us. But who we are in the end is how we handle whatever comes our way. Today is a big day in my band. Taking another step forward with my brothers who have been beside me for 15+ years, and welcoming in a beautiful friend we are so excited to share the stage with…. I’m happy. You never know whats around the corner, but when something is right you know it’s right. And this feels so right. Welcome Emma! Love all you guys.”