Less than a year after he joined the band, bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND) has announced his departure from Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS. He tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET in an e-mail, "I want to thank everybody for their fantastic support in the past year. Further statement (explanation) on my leaving PRETTY MAIDS will be given shortly." He adds, "2011/2012, I will be busy working/playing with MARYANN COTTON [the band fronted by Hal's son. — Ed.] and KING DIAMOND. Next month I'll be doing four shows in New York and one in Gothenburg, Sweden."In other news, Patino will perform with the KING DIAMOND tribute band THEM at the following shows: May 13 - The Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale NY (supporting FASTER PUSSYCAT)
May 14 - Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
May 19 - The Gramercy Theater, New York, NY
May 20 - The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY Patino made his live debut with PRETTY MAIDS on May 8, 2010 in Aalborg, Denmark. PRETTY MAIDS' latest album, "Pandemonium", was released on June 8, 2010 in the U.S. via Frontiers Records.