Mötley Crüe Officially Recruit John 5 As Their Touring Guitarist

Mötley Crüe have officially recruited John 5 (ex-Rob Zombie, etc.) as their new touring guitarist. He will be replacing Mick Mars, who recently announced his retirement from the road.

The band commented:

“While change is never easy, we accept Mick‘s decision to retire from the band due to the challenges with his health.

We have watched Mick manage his Ankylosing Spondylitis for decades and he has always managed it with utmost courage and grace.

To say ‘enough is enough’ is the ultimate act of courage. Mick‘s sound helped define Mötley Crüe from the minute he plugged in his guitar at our very first rehearsal together. The rest, as they say, is history. We’ll continue to honor his musical legacy.

We will carry out Mick‘s wish and continue to tour the world as planned in 2023. No doubt will it take an absolutely outstanding musician to fill Mick‘s shoes so we are grateful that our good friend, John 5 has agreed to come on board and join us moving forward.

We’ll see all you Crüeheads out on the road!

Vince, Tommy & Nikki”

John 5 added:

“I’m honored to carry on Mick‘s legacy and am looking forward to playing these songs.”

I Am Morbid Part Ways With Guitarist Kelly McLauchlin

According to Blabbermouth, I Am Morbid (ex-Morbid Angel, etc.) have parted ways with guitarist Kelly McLauchlin (ex-Possessed). Richie Brown (Exmortus) has since taken his place. You can see fan-filmed footage of the band performing with Brown below:

Deep Purple Officially Welcome Guitarist Simon McBride To The Band

Deep Purple have officially welcomed Simon McBride to the band as their new guitarist. He will be replacing Steve Morse, who exited the group to care for his wife, who is sadly battling cancer.

The band commented:

“We are thrilled that Simon has agreed to join. Simon’s playing is up there with the greats. Of course, Steve can’t be replaced, the same as Ritchie, and Steve has a long legacy with Deep Purple. In Simon we have not found a replacement, but an extraordinarily talented and exciting guitarist in his own right. The reception from audiences over the Summer has already been great and we are looking forward to the forthcoming dates in the UK and Europe across the rest of the year. It is clear that Simon also holds great respect for those before him. We are all excited for what the years to come hold for the band.”

McBride added:

“I’m very happy to be asked to join the band, at the start of the pandemic if someone would have said to me that I was going to be the new guitarist in Deep Purple I would have just laughed, but here we are and it’s happening. Deep Purple has a history of great guitarists so I’m very honoured to be asked to be part of that. They are all amazing musicians and more importantly, I have become very good friends with the guys so I can’t wait to continue touring and even perhaps some writing and recording.”

Former DevilDriver Guitarist Neal Tiemann Officially Joins Carnifex

Carnifex have officially welcomed Neal Tiemann (ex-DevilDriver) to the band as their new guitarist. This news comes after he was previously serving as a fill-in for ex-guitarist Jordan Lockrey.

Vocalist Scott Ian Lewis said the following about recruiting Tiemann during an appearance on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s “The Jasta Show“:

“Neal Tiemann is going to be playing guitar for us. He’s a member of the band, which is… he’s really an awesome guy and he’s just a riff factory. Like, dude can just write all day, any metal genre you want. Riffs just come out of his hands and that’s, you know that’s the ultimate [guitarist]… Obviously [drummer and keyboardist Shawn Cameron is] still writing a bunch, [guitarist Cory Arford] writing a bunch and I’ve always got my… I’m always in there like ‘no, move this here, move that there.’ It’s fun because it’s more to play with, because [Neal is] really just pumping out material in a way that we kind of never… I guess we’re just not riff factories like that, you know what I mean?”

Lewis also confirmed that the band are currently planning to record their new album in February 2023.

[via Metal Injection]

DevilDriver Reunite With Bassist Jon Miller, Recruit Guitarist Alex Lee

DevilDriver have reunited with bassist Jon Miller. He will be taking over for Diego “Ashes” Ibarra, who exited the band this month. With this news, the group have also recruited Alex Lee (Holy Grail) as their new guitarist. He will be taking over for Neil Tiemann, who exited the band last fall.

Miller said the following:

“After spending the past 10 years away from writing music, recording, and touring, I have made the decision to return to DevilDriver to settle some unfinished business with two lifelong friends.”

Frontman Dez Fafara continued:

“Jon is a monster on bass and wrote much of our early material. We began talking daily and it just felt right… and having him onstage again will be absolutely pummeling technically and visually! For the fans that have seen the band with Jon in it, please welcome him back. And for those of you who haven’t, get ready because he holds it down! Having most of the OG members in the band now after almost 20 years feels good!

Get ready because we have a massive tour announcement coming in August! It’s been since July 2019 that we’ve toured, and the break was needed. The fire is there now and we are ready to destroy stages!”

“It’s always difficult letting guys go in any line of work, but we thank Ashes for his time playing with DevilDriver on tour. I’m sad I had to let him go, but to make way for an original member was the right thing to do. We wish him the best and he’s a great guy.”

Guitarist Mike Spreitzer added:

“It’s been a solid decade since I’ve shared the stage with Jon Miller, and I’m thrilled to have him back in DevilDriver. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be in the band. He was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 that eventually lead to me joining DevilDriver. I’m very much looking forward to getting out on the road and having him with us again.”

“Ashes has been an amazing addition to the DevilDriver family over the years. He’s one of the most solid and fun guys I have ever had the honor to call my friend. I’m going to miss our 3-4 hour long morning coffee sessions that we shared since he joined. He will forever be my brother.”

Lee also commented on his addition to the band:

“Back in 2016, I had the privilege of touring with DevilDriver with my old band [Holy Grail]. We got along great and kept in touch over the years. Fast forward to the present, I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the DevilDriver family! Dez made the final call to give me this opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. Great guys, heavy music, and I can’t wait to see you all on the road!”

Fafara added:

“Alex is a bad ass on guitar and one of the most talented guys I’ve seen in years. He gets along well with the band, he’s a great writer, and onstage he brings the energy. We welcome him and look forward to years of good times.”

Alice Cooper Reunites With Guitarist Kane Roberts

Alice Cooper has reunited with guitarist Kane Roberts. This news comes after Nita Strauss recently exited the frontman’s live band. Cooper commented:

“I’m looking forward to welcoming back Kane Roberts for our shows in September and October. We’ve been friends all this time, and he’s always been one of my favorite guitarists. He’s bringing more muscle to the Detroit Muscle Tour. We’ve always had a swinging door policy where players can come and go, so it’s very exciting to get back on stage with Kane. The fans are in for a real treat at these shows. It’s gonna be a blast. Kane Roberts, Ryan Roxie, and Tommy Henriksen on guitars? Hell yeah!”

Guitarist Nick Cordle (Ex-Arch Enemy) Officially Joins Omnium Gatherum

Nick Cordle (ex-Arch Enemy) has officially joined Omnium Gatherum. This news comes after the musician was previously serving as a touring guitarist.

The band issued the following statement:

“Nick Cordle joins Omnium Gatherum

Official debut show with a new lineup at Tuska festival on Friday

Omnium Gatherum will perform at Tuska in Helsinki on Friday, officially for the first time with a new line-up: Nick Cordle, who was already on the band’s first successful North American headliner tour earlier this year, will take on the duties as Omnium Gatherum‘s second guitarist, alongside the OG band leader and guitarist Markus Vanhala.

‘We are proud to announce that Nick Cordle will be joining the OG horde. After a banging North American tour with this guitar hero, he is most welcome to participate in our shenanigans across the world!’

Cordle, who is known not only as a guitarist but also as a distinguished songwriter in Arch Enemy, arrived to Finland earlier this week and is excited about the future with Omnium Gatherum.”

Cordle added:

“I could not be happier to be joining my long time friends in OG. We will shred Tuska in a few days and this is just the beginning.”

Lordi Announce New Guitarist

Lordi have officially welcomed Kone to the band as their new guitarist. He will be replacing Amen, who exited the band last month. The group commented:

“Lordi 2022 live shows kick off this weekend together with our new uglysome dude on guitar – Mr. Kone! This year we also celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Get Heavy’ release, what would you like to hear from that album? See you soon at Rock In The City -festival 10.6. Kuopio and 11.6. Vantaa, Finland!”

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.

Bad Wolves Officially Welcome Guitarist Max Karon To The Band As A Permanent Member

Bad Wolves have officially welcomed Max Karon to the band as their new guitarist. He will be replacing Chris Cain.

The band commented:

“It’s with great excitement that we announce our new permanent guitar player: Max Karon. The funny thing is that Max isn’t new to us, he started the band with founder John Boecklin in 2014 and was a major writer/player on all three Bad Wolves albums. Being a key ingredient to the Bad Wolves sound, this was a no-brainer decision. There is no other person on this earth that would be a better fit for Bad Wolves than Max.”

Karon added:

“Words can hardly express how thrilled and grateful I am for this opportunity, and how right it feels to be here. Having been part of Bad Wolves since the very beginning, I’m so proud to be joining in full. It’s amazing how far this band has come, and I’m so excited and driven to see how far we can go. I’m looking forward to everything about this new chapter. I’ll see you out there!- Max”