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.”

Vixen Bassist Share Ross To Take Hiatus From The Band

Vixen bassist Share Ross has announced that she will be “taking a hiatus” from the band. During her absence, Julia Lage (ex-Barra De Saia) will be filling in. Ross told the crowd the following during the group’s February 8 show at Magic City Casino in Miami, FL:

“Life has got a little complicated, and I can’t keep up with a lot of shit, so something has to give. And I’m sorry to say, I have to step away from Vixen for a while. I’m taking a hiatus, and I know you’re going to be supportive – of the band, and of me – because you know that the love is there. And I want you to graciously love and open your arms to the amazing Julia Lage, who’s going to step in and play bass.”


Bassist Matt Deis Rejoins All That Remains

Bassist Matt Deis has officially rejoined All That Remains. He will be replacing Aaron “Bubble” Patrick, who exited the band last year. The group commented:

“All That Remains is thrilled to welcome back to the stage Matt Deis on bass and backing vocals. Some of you may remember Matt from our earlier material, we’re stoked he is here, make sure to send him some love!”

Soilwork Announce New Bassist

Soilwork have officially welcomed Rasmus Ehrnborn to the band as their new bassist. News of his addition comes as the group are finishing up their new album.

Soilwork commented:

“We are pleased to finally welcome Rasmus Ehrnborn to the Soilwork family and announce him as our official bass player and full time member of the band. Rasmus has been onstage with us ever since the 2019 Verkligheten campaign and recorded our EP A Whisp Of The Atlantic as well as our upcoming album that is due this year. Rasmus is a world class musician and has truly become an important member of the band, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this new constellation.”

Ehrnborn added:

“For me, joining Soilwork as a full time member is a bit of a dream come true as I’ve been a big fan of the band for many years. Their musicianship and songwriting is out of this world, and after touring and recording with the guys these past few years I’ve come to consider them all dear friends. I’m humbled and proud to be a part of the next chapter of Soilwork.”

Bassist Aaron “Bubble” Patrick (Bury Your Dead, Ex-All That Remains) Joins D.R.U.G.S.

Aaron “Bubble” Patrick (Bury Your Dead, ex-All That Remains) has officially joined D.R.U.G.S. as their new bassist. The band are currently working on a new album and they will be hitting the road on a co-headlining tour with Scary Kids Scaring Kids next year.