Yuimetal Exits BABYMETAL, Band Premieres “Starlight” Music Video

Yuimetal has officially exited BABYMETAL. This news comes after she spent a lengthy time away from the band due to illness.

The group commented:

“Thank you for continually supporting BABYMETAL. We would like to inform you of BABYMETAL’s new beginning which will be effective starting this month’s BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN performances.

YUIMETAL had expressed her desire to return performing with the group in the following months after last December’s performance due health concerns. During her absence, both SU-METAL and MOAMETAL as well as the entire staff team had been preparing for her awaited return. However, YUIMETAL came to a decision that she will not be performing at BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN and that she will no longer be a part of BABYMETAL. We thank her for all of her contributions and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

This month’s BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN will mark the rebirth in which SU-METAL and MOAMETAL form the core of BABYMETAL.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the fans for the continued support and look forward in what’s next for BABYMETAL.”

Yuimetal also issued her own statement:

“To all the fans,

I am truly sorry for the inconvenience I have caused so many people due to being absent for an extended period of time. I have mulled over this over and over again but, I have decided to leave Babymetal at this time.

I feel very sorry that my decision will disturb the other members and some many fans who have supported Babymetal. I am further terribly sorry to sadden the fans who have supported Babymetal. I had the strong desire to appear on stage again but my physical condition is not at its best even now, and further I feel that I would like to pursue my dream, one that I have had from a long time ago, of going on my own as Mizuno Yui. It is these factors that led to my decision.

I am thankful for the numerous and precious experiences I was able to have being a part of Babymetal. I always felt day to day that I was truly blessed. The live shows where we all smiled together and became as One were truly happy and enjoyable times. I will do my utmost best to be able to again one day meet all of you as Mizuno Yui.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the last 8 years.
Mizuno Yui”

In other news, BABYMETAL have also premiered a new video for their new song “Starlight”:

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Ace Frehley Explains Decision To Fire His Solo Band

As previously reported Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) fired his solo band, which most recently featured Richie Scarlet, Chris Wyse, and Scot Coogan, so he could hire Gene Simmons’ backing band. Now, he has offered an explanation for his decision during an appearance on Trunk Nation. According to him, “it wasn’t just about funds.”

Frehley said the following:

“That was hard. Well, I had performed with Gene’s backup band in Australia, and then Gene, for some reason, canceled his trip to Japan. So I went to Japan with his band and we did eight shows. And they’re super tight; they all sing lead — four-part harmony. I mean, I’ll never forget playing ‘2000 Man’ the first time with this band, and all of a sudden, I’m hearing all the harmonies that were on the original record done by Paul [Stanley] and Gene. I’m saying, ‘Great.’ So, after the last show in Tokyo, I said to these guys, ‘Are you available? Would you consider doing the [‘Kiss Kruise’]?’ And they said, ‘Yeah.’ They’re all fans of mine. And they’re cheaper than my band, and I’m trying to cut costs down. I cut one crew member… It wasn’t just about funds. I would have paid them what I’m paying my band right now, because they’re that good. But don’t let them know that.”

He added the following when asked how they took the news:

“Chris took it really well. He’s been playing with the [HOLLYWOOD] VAMPIRES, he told me he was doing solo shows with Joe Perry, and he’s one of the most sought-after bass players in Los Angeles. So Chris took it really well. Scotty didn’t take it very well. And Richie didn’t take it well, because his wife had just passed away [after battling ALS for many years].”

He continued:

“It was a nightmare, because I kept procrastinating, because I said, ‘How can I call Richie and let him know I’m using another band when his wife is on her deathbed?’ And it was tearing me apart. Finally I just said, ‘I’ve gotta man up.’ So I called him and I told him briefly why and… and he hung up on me. [Laughs] He goes, ‘I can’t believe this shit,’ and he hung up on me. So, two days later, I called him back in the evening, and I said, ‘Rich…’ He apologized for hanging up on me. I’ve known Richie forever. So we healed. He told me he loved me like a brother; I told him the same. I said, ‘Tell me what I can do for you, because I know you were expecting the money from the cruise.’ So I wired some money into his account to help pay for Joann’s funeral. She was a wonderful lady.”

He also added:

“Bad timing is bad timing, but business decisions really don’t… can’t… with personal life, it never jells. It’s never the right time, in a lot of cases.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ace Frehley Parts Ways With Solo Band, Recruits Members Of Gene Simmons’ Backing Group

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has apparently parted ways with his solo band, which most recently featured Richie Scarlet, Chris Wyse, and Scot Coogan. He will now be moving forward with members of Gene Simmons’ backing band, which recently featured Philip Shouse, Ryan Cook, Jeremy Asbrock, and Christopher Williams. Frehley told “The Cassius Morris Show” the following:

“I’m changing the lineup in my band. I’m actually gonna start working with the band that backed up Gene [on his recent solo tours]. I worked with them in Australia, and they also did eight shows with me in Japan. And I realized that… I think they were better than my current lineup, so I’ve decided to make a change. They’re younger and more hungry.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Wolvhammer Officially Confirm Jeff Wilson’s Departure

Wolvhammer have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Jeff Wilson from their lineup. Jarrett Pritchard has been recruited to take his place. The band commented:

“After years of dedication and being a driving force of Wolvhammer Jeff decided it’s time for him to move on to other endeavours and we wish the best for him. Keep and ear out for his projects in the future. That being said, we would like to welcome Jarrett Pritchard of Pulchra Morte and the infamous Eulogy on guitar. You may have seen him with us at Psycho Las Vegas and the shows leading out. He is more than capable and had been a great friend for many years as well as a guest musician and engineer of The Monuments of Ash and Bone. The machine rolls on, slaves to the grime.”

[via Metal Injection]

Bobby Lynge Steps Away From Fit For A King To Sell Plants With His Wife

Bobby Lynge has announced that he is stepping away from Fit For A King. The guitarist’s decision comes after him and his wife started a plant shop in Fort Worth, TX.

Lynge commented:

“These three gentlemen mean more too me than they’ll ever know. I regret not telling them how important they were to me and how much I needed them in my life when we were on the road together. So, this post is for them.

A million thanks for all the hard work, amazing days & nights, long talks during drives and everything in between. This band is built with strong, talented, intelligent musicians. With more drive and charisma than most acts out there. Fit For A King will live forever.

At the end of 2017 I decided to make a massive shift in my life and start a business in Fort Worth with my wife, Emily. I could go into all the details as to why I was willing to sacrifice this incredible career, but let’s just keep it simple – I was not designed to be away from my wife and children for half, if not the majority of the year.

So we bought an airstream, renovated it and now we have a plant shop located in the heart of Fort Worth on Magnolia Ave.

I’ve been putting this announcement off because every time I would think about making a statement I would feel sick and need to come back to it at a later date. (I’m two tours late). So I apologize to you three for keeping our fans in the dark, forcing y’all to answer the awkward questions. I should’ve been transparent about this from the beginning.

I’m thankful that y’all are gracious enough to allow me to write & create while you tour the world. (I will be involved in the writing process as long as they’ll have me & will still be going into the studio with the band to write new heavy tunes.) It doesn’t feel right to say that I’ll never be on stage again, and it doesn’t feel right to say that I’ll never tour again.

So if you feel so inclined, continue to follow along to my journey as I talk about plants, my family, and bust out the occasional riff video. Maybe you’ll catch me out on the road with the guys in the future. But for now, I’m selling plants with my hot ass wife.

Thanks for everything. Riff on.”

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These three gentlemen mean more too me than they’ll ever know. I regret not telling them how important they were to me and how much I needed them in my life when we were on the road together. So, this post is for them. A million thanks for all the hard work, amazing days & nights, long talks during drives and everything in between. This band is built with strong, talented, intelligent musicians. With more drive and charisma than most acts out there. Fit For A King will live forever. At the end of 2017 I decided to make a massive shift in my life and start a business in Fort Worth with my wife, Emily. I could go into all the details as to why I was willing to sacrifice this incredible career, but let’s just keep it simple – I was not designed to be away from my wife and children for half, if not the majority of the year. So we bought an airstream, renovated it and now we have a plant shop located in the heart of Fort Worth on Magnolia Ave. I’ve been putting this announcement off because every time I would think about making a statement I would feel sick and need to come back to it at a later date. (I’m two tours late). So I apologize to you three for keeping our fans in the dark, forcing y’all to answer the awkward questions. I should’ve been transparent about this from the beginning. I’m thankful that y’all are gracious enough to allow me to write & create while you tour the world. (I will be involved in the writing process as long as they’ll have me & will still be going into the studio with the band to write new heavy tunes.) It doesn’t feel right to say that I’ll never be on stage again, and it doesn’t feel right to say that I’ll never tour again. So if you feel so inclined, continue to follow along to my journey as I talk about plants, my family, and bust out the occasional riff video. Maybe you’ll catch me out on the road with the guys in the future. But for now, I’m selling plants with my hot ass wife. Thanks for everything. Riff on.

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Machine Head Clarify They Aren’t Breaking Up Following Phil Demmel & Dave McClain’s Departures

Robb Flynn previously revealed that guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain will be leaving Machine Head after their upcoming North American tour. Now, the band have issued a new statement saying that this will just be “the Farewell Tour of this line-up of Machine Head” and that they will be continuing on without the two.

Here’s the new statement:

“After 23 years with Dave McClain pounding the skins at the drum throne, and 15 years with Phil Demmel shredding the guitar on stage right, both members have decided to move on from Machine Head and open a new chapter in their lives.

The upcoming Freaks & Zeroes Tour of North America (that starts this Thursday in Sacramento, CA) is still happening, and will be a celebration of the music that the line-up have created throughout the years. The split is amicable, and the guys are looking forward to playing these very special shows for the Head Cases of North America and ending this era on a positive and classy note.

Head to our YouTube page to watch Robb‘s emotional announcement.

To clarify: this is the Farewell Tour of this line-up of Machine Head, not the Farewell Tour of Machine Head, as has been reported in the media.

Machine Head wish to thank Phil and Dave for their significant contributions to the band, both musically and lyrically, as well for the spirit, genuine passion they infused into the music, and legendary live performances brought along the way.

Machine Head ask that you, the Head Cases, the Freaks & Zeroes, the Lion Hearts of America, come down and have a drink (or 5), a joint (or 3), rage at the shows, let your freak-flag-fly, and celebrate this unique moment in time with us.

Thank you friends,

– Machine Head“

Phil Demmel & Dave McClain Quit Machine Head

Robb Flynn has revealed that Phil Demmel and Dave McClain are planning to exit Machine Head after their fall North American tour. He also added that Jared MacEachern “kind of quit” too, but he has now decided to stay. The upcoming trek, which is now being called a farewell tour, will be a “celebration of [the group’s] music and this era of the band.”

Flynn said the following about the split:

“We have grown apart as people. Musically we’ve grown apart. I have held onto too tight to the reins of this band and I have suffocated those guys. I got some rough edges—I’m kind of a barnacle. And those rough edges have given us the success we have, but they’ve also hurt the people around me.”

“I’ve got a lot of drive, but I got a lot of anger and rage. And that drive of mine has alienated folks in the band. I ask that you respect Phil and Dave‘s decision, as I respect Phil‘s decision. I want to say that I’m honored and grateful for everything that they have contributed to Machine Head, which is a lot.”

He also added the following about the future:

“I don’t know what the future holds. We’re all a little scared. I’m scared and they’re scared…”

He later continued:

“I’m gonna do a little bit of soul searching here in my life and take a long hard look at myself, as I’ve done in the past. I’ve done twenty years of therapy at this point and apparently it wasn’t enough.”

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[via The PRP]